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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.

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.

McCarthy, coauthors win research award for study on effects of GI Bill

December 19, 2016

Whom shall I marry? The answer to this question seems to have changed for many veterans after taking advantage of the educational benefits of the World War II GI Bill, according to research coauthored by USC Price Professor T.J. McCarthy. Published in the journal Demography, the paper “War and marriage: Assortative mating and the World War II GI Bill” won the 2016 Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award.

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