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    No Surprises Act may reduce payments to emergency medicine providers
    Monday, September 19, 2022
    The No Surprises Act — implemented in January, 2022 — prohibits hospital providers who are out of a patient's coverage network from billing the patient when they couldn’t have known they were receiving care out of network. Now, a new analysis by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy &... Read More »
    ACA exchange plans negotiate lower hospital prices than commercial plans
    Friday, September 16, 2022
    Health plans offered on the insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) negotiate hospital prices equivalent to or lower than prices paid by commercial group plans, according to recent analysis from USC Schaeffer Center. In the report, published in AJMC, ACA exchange plans on average paid 89% of what... Read More »
    Video spotlight: Physical therapists help stroke patient regain quality of life
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    After experiencing a stroke that left him with severe physical deficits, William “Billy” Mallon, MD, traveled from Stonybrook, NY to USC Physical Therapy with one goal: to walk again. A recently released video now documents how a unique collaboration between physical therapist Lori Ginoza, DPT, NSC, and researcher Kristan Leech,... Read More »
    USC School of Pharmacy joins community partners at South L.A. Health Fair
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Students, staff and faculty of the USC School of Pharmacy joined several community organizations at an afternoon health fair at South Los Angeles' Saint Mark United Methodist Church on Sept. 10. The event featured free flu and COVID-19 vaccines, health screenings and giveaways, and a community discussion about the dangers... Read More »
    Pandemic conditions have increased elder abuse severity
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Reported cases of elder abuse over the course of the pandemic show a worrying trend — an increase in severity and multiple abuses happening at the same time. The data was gathered and analyzed in a first-of-its-kind study led by Duke Han, PhD,  director of neuropsychology in the Department of... Read More »
    USC School of Pharmacy alumni spotlight: Sharon Jhawar
    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Sharon Jhawar earned her PharmD at the USC School of Pharmacy in 2001, an accomplishment that soon led to a job at SCAN Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans. A board-certified geriatric pharmacist who also holds an MBA, Jhawar is passionate about helping older adults.... Read More »
    Keck Medicine receives $2 million to address physician burnout
    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    UniHealth Foundation has awarded $2 million to Keck Medicine of USC to study solutions to physician burnout. This research will address three major elements of physician burnout — emotional stress, skill mastery and workflow — by conducting a randomized clinical trial to explore different approaches to improving the mental health... Read More »
    Structural brain changes found in young people with suicidal ideation and behaviors
    Monday, September 12, 2022
    In response to rising suicide rates among children and teens, a group of international researchers called the ENIGMA Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours (ENIGMA-STB) consortium, has conducted a study to examine associations between brain structure and suicide attempt in young people with major depressive disorder. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry,... Read More »