Fall 2015 Newsletter

A just released report from the Petris Center, “State Actions to Promote and Restrain Commercial Accountable Care Organizations,". Published through the Milbank Memorial Fund, the report uses case studies to outline tools that state governments can use to promote the potential benefits of ACOs while mitigating their potential risks.

New Article: ACA Market Concentration

Out now online, Professor Scheffler has a newly released article in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law entitled, “Covered California: The Impact of Provider and Health Plan Market Power on Premiums”. Forthcoming in print (December 2015). This fall Dr. Scheffler is starting a new multi-year research project on healthcare market concentration changes and impacts under the ACA.

A recently published paper in Health Affairs by Dr. Scheffler and Dr. Brent Fulton, associate director of the Petris Center, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, found that rate review by states with prior approval authority may be a viable option for moderating the growth in health insurance premium. Given the rate increases in premiums being proposed this year, the findings are highly timely. The press release can be found here. The full paper, published in the August issue of Health Affairs can be read here
  On November 17th, from 1:00-2:30pm EDT, Dr. Scheffler, Dr. Fulton, and former Petris Center Graduate Researcher Ann Hollingshead will be participating in a webinar hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative on the topic "Is Rate Review the Answer to Lower Health Insurance Premiums?" Based on the findings from the rate review paper Dr. Scheffler and Dr. Fulton published, the webinar will discuss the impact of state-level rate review regulations on health insurance premiums.
Recent Activity:
Accountable Care Organization Project
In May 2015 Professor Richard Scheffler and the Petris Center at UC Berkeley hosted a workshop on Accountable Care Organizations that convened experts from the regulatory, academic, and legal sectors of healthcare policy and the Affordable Care Act. The panel sessions from this recent workshop are available online here. Dr. Scheffler hosted another workshop in April, 2014 which resulted in the recent publication of a special journal issue on ACOs through the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law – also available via open access online as of June 2015 here

Fogarty International Mental Health Research Training Program
After the ACO workshop in May, Professor Scheffler traveled to Charles University in Prague to host his annual post-doctoral mental health research training conference at which he was awarded the Gold Medal of Charles University for his longstanding and continued support of international scientific and educational collaboration. 
This was after nearly 25 years of collaborations and research with Charles University. He then went on to chair a meeting in June on public-private-partnerships in healthcare in Spain related to an ongoing project in this area. 

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Petris Center Staff

We've had several recent additions to the Petris Center Staff, including a visiting scholar joining us this year from China. 



Richard Scheffler, PHD, Director- Richard M. Scheffler is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy at the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy, Director of the Petris Center, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Brent Fulton, PhD, MBA, Associate Director Brent D. Fulton, Ph.D., MBA, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Economics and Policy in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His research areas include health reform, health insurance markets, the health workforce, cost analyses, mental health, and oral health care.

Wei Ouyang, PhD, Visiting Scholar - Dr. Wei Ouyang is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China. He has just joined the Nicholas C. Petris Center at the University of California, Berkeley for one year as a visiting scholar. Dr. Ouyang holds a D.D.S. from Capital University of Medical Sciences, China, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Health Services Research from University Of Minnesota at Twin Cities.

Kati N. Phillips, Program Manager - Kati N. Phillips is the program manager for the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She was just awarded the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Achievement Award for staff in June, 2015 and will be starting in the masters of public health program in health policy and management at UC Berkeley this coming fall, 2015.

Matthew Valeta, Graduate Student Researcher - Matthew is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy. For the past three years, he worked as a health policy analyst with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit membership organization where he focused on the implementation the Affordable Care Act and advocating for lower premiums for consumers. 

Mandy Ferguson, Graduate Student Researcher - Mandy Ferguson is joining the Petris Center team as a first year Master's of Public Health Student at UC Berkeley where she will be focused on Health Policy and Management and Global Health. She is coming from Boston, MA where she spent three years working at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leading innovator in improving health and health care worldwide.

Daniel Arnold, Graduate Student Researcher- Daniel Arnold is a graduate student researcher at the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He conducts research in the fields of health economics and industrial organization.

Grayson Dimick, Undergraduate Research Assistant - Grayson Dimick joined the Petris Center in Summer 2015 as an undergraduate research assistant. She is a third-year student at UC Berkeley, studying Political Science, History, and Public Policy. Grayson's interest in healthcare policy comes from her four years of experience working for a mental healthcare nonprofit. 

Joanna Cabrera, Student Assistant Joanna Cabrera is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in political science with a minor in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy. Joanna has been a student assistant with the Petris Center for the last year and a half, with a small break to study abroad in Spain.
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