“‘This is a very important study and the data it presents is going to be hugely important in the healthcare debate about competition among hospitals and price transparency,’ said Richard Scheffler, a health economics and policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley.”
Read the full article here.
Listen to Richard Scheffler’s remarks on healthcare spending in California during a meeting of the Healthy California For All here (43:03-49:13).
Congratulations to Claire Boone and Maria Dieci for co-receiving this year’s Richard Scheffler Health Economics Award for the best UC Berkeley PhD Dissertation(s) in the field of health economics!
Claire’s research interests center on health economics, health policy, and behavioral economics. She will be taking on a postdoctoral position at the University of Chicago next year. Read more about Claire here.
Maria’s research interests focus on global health and development economics. She will be taking on an Assistant Professor position next year in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Emory University. Read more about Maria here.
U.S. healthcare is increasingly pivoting towards for-profit management.
“‘There’s a reason private equity firms have invested in companies staffing hospital emergency departments,’ said Richard M. Scheffler, a professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
‘The money in the hospital is in the ER,’ he said. ‘It is the biggest net generator and a huge profit center for almost all hospitals.’ The problem, he said, is that ‘ER doctors are being told how to practice medicine’ by financial managers.”
Read more here.
The Petris Center recently received a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to study the feasibility of implementing public options at the state level.
Richard Scheffler was one of three guests invited to speak on KQED’s January 31 podcast. Entitled “How a Surge in Private Equity is Transforming Healthcare,” Dr. Scheffler’s work on private equity has proven far from irrelevant. Listen here.
Harry Snyder (UC Berkeley School of Public Health) advocates for a single-payer system, drawing from Dr. Scheffler’s piece regarding health equity. Read the CalMatters commentary here.
California’s ban on the corporate practice of medicine is tested with a lawsuit against Envision Healthcare. Dr. Richard Scheffler calls it a “landmark case” with the first real pushback. Read more here.
The detrimental effects of private equity are recently exemplified in a dermatologist’s practice in Michigan, USA.
“The private equity business model is fundamentally incompatible with sound health care that serves patients,” concluded a paper in May co-authored by Richard M. Scheffler, professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; Laura M. Alexander, the vice president of policy at the American Antitrust Institute, a nonprofit organization; and James R. Godwin, a Ph.D. candidate at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Read more here.
The Petris Center is pleased to welcome Ola Abdelhadi as our Postdoctoral Scholar! A public health and epidemiology whiz, Dr. Abdelhadi will be working on health care quality and medical expenditures. She will undoubtedly make a valuable addition to our team.