Our Research in the Media

Nicholas C. Petris Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

On April 24th, 2024, the Petris Center celebrated its 25th anniversary celebration at UC Berkeley’s Faculty Club with dinner, speeches, and a toast to Richard Scheffler, the founder of the Nicolas C. Petris Center. The attendees of the anniversary dinner celebrated the many accomplishments of the Petris Center and enjoyed a recorded video from California’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, who recognized and honored the center’s research.

View California’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta’s, speech, the anniversary celebration program, and more pictures from the event.

Private Equity Impacts On Health Care: Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Actions, Will It Matter?

Richard Scheffler co-authors an opinion piece on the Milbank Quarterly about the role of private equity in health care. The piece discusses recent policy developments and their potential impacts on this growing form of commercial activity in health care markets.

View the Milbank Quarterly piece here.

STAT article considers what happens with cross-market hospital mergers

In a recent STAT article, published in April 2024, the implications of cross-market hospital mergers are discussed. Referencing the UC Berkeley Health Economists, Daniel Arnold, the article mentions that this is the third study that stands as a demonstration to cross-market hospital mergers causing price increases.

View the STAT article and the PDF.

Modern Healthcare article leads the discussion on cross-market hospital merger oversight

Modern Healthcare article discusses new research which shows that acquired out-of-market hospitals tend to increase prices. The study found both larger and smaller systems involved in cross-market mergers were associated with higher prices. The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department have updated their guidelines to potentially be used to analyze cross-market hospital mergers.

View the article on Modern Healthcare and the PDF.

Six UC Berkeley scientists elected lifetime fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Richard Scheffler, along with five other UC Berkeley researchers have been elected 2023 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

View the article here and learn more about Richard Scheffler’s Wikipedia page here.

The Better Healthcare Policy Group

The Better Healthcare Policy Group held a meeting of employers/purchasers, health plans, provider organizations and health policy leaders in Washington D.C. on March 14th, 2024 to discuss and advance the criteria for continuously improving better care as laid out in the Health Affairs Scholar article “The Better Care Plan: A Blueprint for Improving America’s Healthcare System”.

View the Health Affairs Scholar Article at this link.

Monetizing Medicine: How Private Equity’s Changing Who Your Doctor Works For & What It Means For You

Richard Scheffler, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy, addresses the current state of healthcare financing and the challenges of creating a healthcare system that is available for all.

Click here to access the video presented by UC Berkeley Retirement Center.