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People on high-deductible health plans aren’t better health-care shoppers

January 25, 2016

High-deductible health plans are sold as a way for consumers to take greater control over managing their medical costs, but new research shows people on those plans are no better at price shopping for health care professionals or services than people on traditional insurance. “The main message of our research is this: Giving skin in the game or giving people financial incentives is not enough to prompt people to become better consumers of health care,” said co-author Neeraj Sood, director of research at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and vice dean of the USC Price School.

Faculty Research Update: January 2016

January 14, 2016

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research.

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House calls program for ailing seniors saves health care dollars, study finds

January 14, 2016

A Los Angeles program that makes house calls to older patients shows promise as a national model for other health care companies to save money, USC researchers say. In a new study published this month in the journal Health Affairs, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and USC Price School of Public Policy researchers found that the House Calls program became more efficient as it reduced health care spending and hospitalization rates over the course of a few years. Professor Glenn Melnick was lead author of the study.

Study: Blood thinner, antidiabetic drug mix increases hospitalizations

December 9, 2015

A blood thinner known for serious drug interactions is linked to increased hospitalizations for falls, altered mental state and insulin shock for Medicare patients who also take some diabetes drugs, according to a new study. John Romley, an associate professor at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and USC Price School of Public Policy, was the study’s lead author.

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