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Just Released in Health Affairs – Health Care Market Concentration Trends In The United States: Evidence And Policy Responses

Posted on 06 Sep 2017
Dr. Brent Fulton’s new paper “Health Care Market Concentration Trends In The United States: Evidence And Policy Responses” was published in Health Affairs this week. Dr. Fulton’s study analyzes market concentration trends in the United States from 2010 to 2016 for hospitals, physician organizations, and health insurers, finding that hospital and physician organization markets became increasingly concentrated over this time period. Concentration among primary care physicians increased the most, partially because hospitals and health care systems acquired primary care physician organizations. The paper finds that a large number of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are highly concentrated – in 2016, reaching 91% for hospitals, 65% for specialist physicians, 39% for primary care physicians, and 57% for insurers. The paper concludes that public policies that enhance competition are needed, such as stricter enforcement of antitrust laws, reducing barriers to

KCBS Interview with Dr. Scheffler on GOP’s Proposed Health Plan

Posted on 08 Mar 2017
Dr. Scheffler was interviewed on March 7th on San Francisco’s KCBS radio station, discussing the newly unveiled Republican health care plan, part of the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  In the interview, Dr. Scheffler discusses the implications of changing health care subsidies from being based on income to being based on age, the philosophical battle surrounding health care reform, and how likely the GOP plan is to pass through Congress. You can listen to the full KCBS interview by clicking on the following links: part 1, part 2, part 3.  

Dr. Scheffler Discusses ACA Repeal on ABC7 News

Posted on 07 Mar 2017
Dr. Scheffler was interviewed by ABC7 News on March 6th, discussing the details of the GOP’s newly released “American Healthcare Act.” If House Republicans are successful in repealing and replacing the ACA, millions could stand to lose coverage according. “Under Obamacare, about 22 million people got healthcare and I think more or less over a few years, more than half of those will eventually lose that,” according to Dr. Scheffler. The full interview can be seen on ABC7 News here.

Dr. Scheffler Quoted in USA Today Magazine on the Future of the ACA

Posted on 27 Feb 2017
Dr. Scheffler was quoted in a January 2017 USA Today Magazine article about the future of the Affordable Care Act. The article explores the common ground and areas of agreement between Republicans and Democrats regarding health care reform in the midst of the post-election “repeal versus replace” rhetoric. “Richard Scheffler, professor of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley, explains, ‘I think the Affordable Care Act has done a great job of getting people covered, who, quite frankly, never ever had insurance… It affects people’s lives in so many ways. It makes them healthier, more productive, and kept many of them from financial crisis.’ ”  You can read the full article, entitled “Repeal or Replace,” from USA Today Magazine here.

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