Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

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Chronic diseases touch one of every two U.S. adults and account for 86 percent of our nation’s health spending. This webinar explored strategies for preventing chronic diseases and consider the drivers of poor health.

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The second part in our Defying Despair series, this webinar focused on current trends in mental and behavioral health and programs designed to turn the tide for the better.

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This Research Insights highlights a study showing that certain low-value cancer drugs are more likely to be prescribed in independent physician practices.

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The role of the courts has recently heightened as many individual market and Medicaid policy issues are set to be determined by judges across the country. In the lead up to the midterm elections, this webinar will examine the implications of impending health policy legal decisions.

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This Research Insights summarizes a new study that takes a closer look at the idea of focusing on end-of-life spending as a way to trim wasteful health care spending.

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Chronic diseases touch one of every two U.S. adults and account for 86 percent of our nation’s health spending. This webinar explored strategies for preventing chronic diseases and consider the drivers of poor health.

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This webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with grant support from NIHCM Foundation, explored the current state of Medicaid programs and outlined topics that reporters should be covering.

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Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor & John Van Reenen

This comprehensive analysis of claims data from three national insurers documents the extensive variation in the prices that hospitals receive for the same procedure. Payment rates vary not only across and within hospital markets but also within individual hospitals, suggesting that the relative bargaining power of hospitals and insurers plays a role in price determination. The work also establishes that monopoly hospitals are paid higher prices and are more likely to obtain contracts that place them at lower financial risk, whereas hospital prices are lower and contracts are more likely to be based on prospectively determined rates when the insurer market is more concentrated. Finally, analysis of hospital mergers over a five-year period demonstrates post-merger hospital price increases, with the largest impact observed when merging facilities are in closer proximity to one another.