USC Price School of Public Policy


Study: Privatized version of Medicare saves money, helps patients

January 9, 2017

The health care program that provides fixed payments for services, Medicare Advantage, results in greater savings, more efficient quality care and better patient outcomes for knee replacement and other common procedures than traditional fee-for-service Medicare programs, according to a new USC-led study published in the journal Health Affairs. The study comes just as Congress discusses overhauls to health care, including the possibility of privatizing Medicare. The findings are part of a growing body of evidence that shows alternative payment models for Medicare can be better for patients while reducing health care costs. USC Price Vice Dean Neeraj Sood, director of research for the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, was the study’s study principal investigator and senior author.

Study: Caring for special-needs children at home brings high cost

December 27, 2016

U.S. families provide nearly $36 billion annually in uncompensated medical care at home to children who have special health care needs, such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, according to a new national study. Researchers found that an estimated 5.6 million children with special health care needs receive 5.1 hours of weekly medical care at home. In many cases, depending on their condition, children receive much more. Price School Associate Professor John Romley, an economist at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, was the lead author of the study, published Dec. 27 in the journal Pediatrics.

Goldman, Lakdawalla emphasize need to use academics’ knowledge in policy creation

December 21, 2016

The Conversation published an op-ed by Darius Lakdawalla and Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center about the possible benefits of consulting with academics to craft and reform public policy. “At a time of deep political division, an academic approach to policymaking has never been more important,” Lakdawalla and Goldman wrote. “We need to question each others’ positions based on the strength of the evidence.”

Price alumni dedicated to public service work to improve life in Los Angeles

December 21, 2016

USC Trojan Family Magazine featured USC Price School of Public Policy alumni in an article on “Trojans Dedicated to Public Service Work,” showcasing how alumni are woven throughout the fabric of Southern California civic life. Among those featured in the article are Price alumni: Art Leahy MPA ’82, CEO of Metrolink; Ashley Atkinson MPA ’07, MPL ’07, planning specialist in the L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development; Dalila Corral Lyons ’81, L.A. County Superior Court judge; Miguel Espinoza MPP ’07, prosecutor for the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office; Thomas Wong MPA ’13, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board member; and Tom Bakaly MPA ’89 of the Beach Cities Health District.

Giving away real money raises the stakes for USC Price students

December 21, 2016

USC Price class teaches students how to write and evaluate nonprofit grant applications, exposing them to real-world challenges while helping invest in local solutions to “wicked problems” like homelessness and poverty. The class selects a local nonprofit worthy of a $10,000 grant.

Duquette measuring philanthropy in the face of rising income inequality

December 21, 2016

The trend of rising income inequality in the United States has been well-chronicled; however, the silver lining to that sobering direction is that the wealthy give more to charities when income inequality is high. At least that was the traditional theory that USC Price School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nicolas Duquette brought to his research to measure how giving from the very top was affected by the rises and falls of inequality. What Duquette found thus far has surprised him. Greater income inequality is actually strongly associated with lower philanthropy, according to his research, which is still in progress.

Goldman remarks on pharmaceutical pricing methods

December 20, 2016

Kaiser Health News quoted Professor Dana Goldman, Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, about the pricing strategies of pharmaceutical companies.

USC Price offers public policy, cultural management program for Shanghai officials

December 19, 2016

How do the public and private sectors impact cultural institutions as diverse as the Getty, the Music Center and the Santa Monica Pier? These were some of the topics addressed during a four-week executive training program organized by the USC Price School of Public Policy – led by Professor Eric Heikkila – for 19 public officials from the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV.

Ross Minority Program in Real Estate honored by SoCal Development Forum

December 19, 2016

In recognition of its valuable service to the community, the Ross Minority Program at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate has received a 2016 Design & Philanthropy Award from the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF), an organization for real estate professionals. The award included a $10,000 donation in support of the program.

Inside look at CA’s historic Senate race from campaign strategists, scholars

December 19, 2016

For the first time in state history, November’s ballot for the vacant U.S. Senate seat in California featured two candidates – Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez – from the same political party. On Dec. 2, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute at the Price School of Public Policy brought together top political scholars and experts, including the campaign managers for each Senate candidate, to discuss how the Golden State’s top-two open primary system shaped the historic race.