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Petris Center Director Dr. Scheffler Quoted in Los Angeles Times Article Discussing AB 3087

Posted on 13 Apr 2018
The Los Angeles Times published an article covering the introduction of AB 3087, a California bill aimed at establishing an independent commission to set healthcare prices. The article, entitled “An Ambitious California Bill Would Put the State in Charge of Controlling Prices in the Commercial Healthcare Market,” discusses how prices would be based off Medicare rates and then be determined by this new independent commission. The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra (San Jose) introduced the bill on April 9th. Dr. Scheffler is quoted as saying that “a commission looking at costs, looking at what drives it, looking at who the actors are — you can call out people [responsible for high prices]… could be very, very powerful.” You can read the full Los Angeles Times article here.  

Dr. Scheffler Featured on KCRW Discussing Pros and Cons of AB 3087

Posted on 13 Apr 2018
Petris Center Director Dr. Scheffler recently joined Dr. Mazer from the California Medical Association to discuss AB 3087 on KCRW radio. The station describes that the new California bill would “allow the state to set prices for healthcare, including doctor’s appointments, surgery and hospital stays.” Prices would be based off Medicare rates and then be determined by this new independent commission. Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra (San Jose) introduced the bill on April 9th. The pros and cons are discussed fully here.

Scheffler Op-Ed in SF Chronicle: Single-payer plan is within reach of California

Posted on 04 Apr 2018
Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler has a new op-ed entitled “Single-payer plan is within reach of California” published today in the San Francisco Chronicle. The op-ed describes how just-released Petris analysis identifies three changes in the California health care system that can generate enough reductions in health spending to finance a feasible path to universal health coverage in the state within the next few years. You can read the full op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle here. The op-ed is based upon the Petris Center report, “Proposal to Use Three Initiatives to Lower Healthcare Spending and Finance Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California,” which can be accessed here. The report was accompanied by a blog on the Health Affairs website, which you can read here.

Petris Center Report Widely Featured in Media Coverage of CA Attorney General Sutter Health Lawsuit

Posted on 03 Apr 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s has moved to sue Sutter Health, alleging anticompetitive business practices leading to higher prices for employers and patients. Media coverage highlights that the lawsuit relies on a newly released Petris Center report on consolidation in California’s health care markets. Coverage discusses Becerra’s response to the report’s key finding that people living in areas where there is greater consolidation among hospitals, physician groups and insurance companies pay more for health care. The report has been featured in media such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, SF Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, The Hill, Mercury News, Kaiser Health News, and the San Francisco Business Times. You can read the newly released Petris Center report “Consolidation in California’s Health Care Market 2010-2016: Impact on Prices and ACA Premiums” here. You can also listen to the audio of the press conference with California Attor

Los Angeles Times Discusses CA Attorney General Lawsuit Against Sutter Health Based on New Petris Center Report

Posted on 03 Apr 2018
The Los Angeles Times published an article covering California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s moves to sue Sutter Health alleging “anticompetitive business practices” leading to higher prices for employers and patients. The lawsuit relies on a newly released Petris Center report on consolidation in California’s health care markets. The article, entitled “California Sues Sutter Health, Alleging the Hospital System Unfairly Inflated Costs for Patients,” discusses Becerra’s response to the report’s key finding that people living in areas where there is greater consolidation among hospitals, physician groups and insurance companies pay more for health care. You can read the full Los Angeles Times article here. You can read the newly released Petris Center report “Consolidation in California’s Health Care Market 2010-2016: Impact on Prices and ACA Premiums” here. You can also listen to the audio of the press conference with California Attorney Ge

Washington Post Covers Petris Center Report at Center of CA Attorney General Sutter Health Lawsuit

Posted on 03 Apr 2018
The Washington Post published an article covering California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s moves to sue Sutter Health alleging “anticompetitive conduct” leading to higher prices for employers and patients. The lawsuit relies on a newly released Petris Center report on consolidation in California’s health care markets. The article, entitled “California Sues Sutter Health Alleging Excessive Pricing,” discusses Becerra’s response to the report’s key finding that people living in areas where there is greater consolidation among hospitals, physician groups and insurance companies pay more for health care. The article mentions the report’s recommendation that there is a need for “regulators and legislators to take action” based on new findings. You can read the full Washington Post article here. You can read the newly released Petris Center report “Consolidation in California’s Health Care Market 2010-2016: Impact on Prices and ACA Pr

Petris Research Cited in CA Attorney General’s Lawsuit Against Sutter Health

Posted on 02 Apr 2018
On Friday, March 30th, the Office of the California Attorney General announced it was suing Sutter Health, the largest hospital system in Northern California, for anti-competitive practices that increase healthcare prices for Californians. The announcement and complaint that was filed both heavily cite the Petris Center’s newly released  report “Consolidation in California’s Health Care Market 2010-2016: Impact on Prices and ACA Premiums.” As the Attorney General writes, “Earlier this week, Attorney General Becerra called for action in light of a new report by University of California Berkeley’s Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. The report documents how the rapid consolidation of healthcare markets in California has led to rising healthcare costs for consumers throughout the state. Market consolidation in Northern California was especially glaring. The cost of the average inpatient hospital procedure in Northern California $223,278 exceeded that in

New Health Affairs Blog from the Petris Center – Financing Universal Coverage In California: A Berkeley Forum Roadmap

Posted on 29 Mar 2018
Today, Health Affairs published a new blog by Petris Center researchers, entitled “Financing Universal Coverage In California: A Berkeley Forum Roadmap.” The blog provides updated estimates of health spending in California under the status quo for the period 2015 through 2022, and of the potential expenditure reductions from implementing the three Berkeley Forum cost-saving initiatives – global budgets/integrated care systems, patient-centered medical homes, and palliative care – for the period 2018 through 2022. The blog shows that if California were able to capture these spending reductions, they could be used to finance health coverage for the remaining uninsured Californians. You can read the full blog on the Health Affairs website here. The blog is a companion piece to the Petris Center report “Proposal to Use Three Initiatives to Lower Healthcare Spending and Finance Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California.” You can read the full repo

Just Released Petris Report: Proposal to Use Three Initiatives to Lower Healthcare Spending and Finance Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California

Posted on 29 Mar 2018
The Petris Center has released a new report, “Proposal to Use Three Initiatives to Lower Healthcare Spending and Finance Universal Health Insurance Coverage in California,” authored by Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler, Associated Director Dr. Brent Fulton, Petris Research Associate Donald Hoang, and Dr. Stephen Shortell.  Health expenditures in California continue to grow with respect to the state’s gross domestic product, resulting in healthcare becoming more unaffordable to the state, employers, and individuals. In this report, the authors project health spending in the California from 2015 to 2022. They then estimate potential reductions in spending from the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare Delivery System’s initiatives to increase the use of global budgets/integrated care systems, patient-centered medical homes, and palliative care. By 2022, these initiatives generate an estimated $15.4 billion in health spending reductions, an amount suf