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Petris Center’s Dan Arnold on Covered CA Consumer Choice – California Healthline

Posted on 18 Jan 2017
The Petris Center’s Dan Arnold was recently interviewed by California Healthline on the recent Health Affairs study, co-authored by Arnold, along with the Petris Center’s Dr. Scheffler, Dr. Fulton, and Jon Gabel from NORC, which analyzed consumer choice and premium increases in the California ACA marketplace. “Consumers have to do their own research on these plans,” said Daniel Arnold, a University of California, Berkeley researcher and co-author of the study. “We hear [about] an increase of 13 percent, but when consumers switch plans, they might see an increase no larger than 5 percent.” The full article, including Arnold’s comments, can be read here.

SF Chronicle Op-ed by Scheffler and Arnold: Covered California is a Model for the Whole Nation

Posted on 18 Jan 2017
This week, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by the Petris Center’s Dr. Richard Scheffler and Daniel Arnold. Entitled “Covered California is a Model for the Whole Nation,” the op-ed discusses the findings of their recent Health Affairs paper “Covered California Premium Increases and Consumer Choice.” Although rises in premiums have dominated the news surround the ACA, Scheffler and Arnold use of Covered California enrollment data (California is the only state which makes enrollment data for its marketplace publicly available) paints a very different story of what enrollees paid – with premium prices 15.2% lower than the average offered price in 2016. The op-ed concludes that the exchange in California was highly effective for consumers and had all the ingredients necessary for competition among insurers – and that Covered California’s success is something the President-elect should look to model. The full op-ed can be read in

New Health Affairs Article on Covered California Premium Increases and Consumer Choice

Posted on 13 Jan 2017
The Petris Center has a new article published in the January issue of Health Affairs, entitled “Consumers Buy Lower-Cost Plans on Covered California, Suggesting Exposure to Premium Increases Less than Commonly Reported.” The paper was authored by the Petris Center’s Graduate Student Researcher Daniel Arnold, Dr. Brent Fulton, and Dr. Scheffler, along with Jon Gabel and researchers from NORC. The full article can be read on Health Affair’s website here.

Dr. Scheffler Interviewed on the Reasoning Behind Prop. 61’s Rejection

Posted on 20 Nov 2016
Dr. Sheffler was on Capitol Public Radio’s “Insight with Beth Ruyak” program this week to discuss Proposition 61’s rejection by Californians in the November 2016 election and the path forward for reigning in prescription drug prices. He was joined in conversation by Roger Salazar, the spokesman of the Yes on 61 campaign.   The full audio of the interview can be found here.

Petris Center Hosts Visiting Scholar Dr. Heinz Janßen

Posted on 14 Nov 2016
The Petris Center is hosting visiting scholar Dr. Heinz J. Janßen for several weeks this fall. Dr. Janßen is a professor of public health at Bremen University of Applied Sciences in Germany, focusing on Health Economics and Healthcare Management, where he has taught since 2004. He has severed as the University’s Dean of the Faculty of Social Science since 2012 and currently serves as the head of the University’s Institute of Health and Nursing Economics, with previous positions as the director of the University’s International Degree Course in Health and Nursing Management and as the project leader and EU coordinator for the International Master Degree in Health Care and Social Management. His research interests include health economics evaluations, health services research, evaluations in orthopedics, cardiology, internal medicine, geriatrics, and rehabilitation; and is currently working on researching a project entitled “Evaluation of Mobile Geriatric Rehabili

Just Released: WHO Report on Health Workforce Requirements Authored by Dr. Scheffler

Posted on 08 Nov 2016
Dr. Scheffler authored a new report just released by the World Health Organization (WHO), entitled “Health Workforce Requirements for Universial Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.” The paper analyzes the quantitative implications of and requirements for the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030. The Strategy sets out the policy agenda to ensure a workforce that is fit for purpose to attain the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that a health workforce of adequate size and skills is critical to the attainment of any population health goal. The full paper can be read here.

New Article by Scheffler, Fulton, and Arnold to be Published in Health Affairs

Posted on 08 Nov 2016
A new article by the Petris Center’s Dr. Scheffler, Dr. Fulton, and Researcher Daniel Arnold – “Consumers Buy Lower-Cost Plans on Covered California Suggesting Premium Increases Are Less than Commonly Reported” – was accepted for publication by Health Affairs. This piece was authored along with Jon Gabel, Heidi Whitmore, Samuel Stromberg, and Matthew Green from NORC at the University of Chicago. More information on the article is forthcoming.

New World Bank Booked Edited By Dr. Scheffler: Health Labor Market Analyses in Low and Middle Income Countries

Posted on 14 Oct 2016
  The World Bank has just published a new book edited by Dr. Scheffler, Health Labor Market Analyses in Low and Middle Income Countries. Health Labor Market Analyses in Low and Middle Income Countries contains extensive collation of tools and data needs for health labor market analyses in low- and middle-income countries provides pragmatic guidance and concrete examples to address many of the challenges that universal health coverage and the health workforce face. These challenges include a potential deficit of 15 million health workers by 2030, the majority of these in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), while at the same time population growth, demographic and epidemiological transitions, and economic growth are creating additional demand for social and health care – needs equally challenged by the existing constraints on the technical and financial resources available.   The book offers planners and policy makers practical approaches to how they can assess the

Dr. Scheffler Among 33 Economists to File Amicus Brief with the Seventh Court of Appeals on FTC v. Advocate Health Network

Posted on 29 Jul 2016
This week, thirty-three of the most prominent economists in America with expertise in the subjects of antitrust, competition, and health economics, including Dr. Scheffler, filed an amicus brief with the Seventh Circuit of the US Court of Appeals regarding the case Federal Trade Commission v. Advocate Health Network. This case is an effort by the FTC to block the merger of Advocate Health Care Network and NorthShore University HealthSystem, two leading providers of general acute care inpatient hospital services in the North Shore area of Chicago, and is one of the FTC’s latest efforts in regulating hospital mergers. These efforts were blocked by a district court in June, with the FTC now appealing. In the brief, the thirty-three economists state that the analysis and conclusions the district court used in this case was based upon faulty economic reasoning, particularly as it relates to geographic market definition. In the brief, they explain that the district court “relied