Dr. Cameron Kaplan provided comments on e-cigarettes as medical devices, the effect of legalized marijuana on tobacco use, and the government’s role in encouraging citizens to quit smoking in this article on WalletHub.

Gehr student innovator, Kristen Park, and her mentor, Dr. Cameron Kaplan have co-authored a piece comparing the financial hardship between high-deductible health plans and non-high-deductible health plans with and without health savings accounts, stratified by enrollees’ number of chronic conditions. The paper, Alleviating Financial Hardships Associated with High-Deductible Health Plans for Adults with Chronic Conditions Through Health Savings Accounts, has been published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Gehr team members, Gehr Affiliates, and Partners in Care (a community- based organization that provides social and other resources to medically fragile Californians) developed and delivered a training program to address vaccine hesitancy using the help of Partners in Care case managers. The findings from the program, known as “Partners in Vaccination,” are being shared through California Health Care Foundation.

Gehr Center affiliate, Dr. Ronan Hallowell, and faculty members, Dr. Sonali Saluja and Dr. Michael Cousineau, shared about their experience with pairing medical students with public policy students to learn about the intersections of health justice and advocacy in a new Teaching and Learning in Medicine article.

Gehr student innovator, Allie Schmiesing & her mentor, Dr. Barbara Turner have co-authored a piece looking at how low-income minority populations often confront barriers to professional nonpharmacologic management of chronic pain and how this can lead to poorer daily function. The paper has been published in PM&R.

Congratulations to Dr. Todd Schneberk on receiving the Safety Net Innovation Award through the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Southern California Healthcare Delivery Science Center. The grant funding will support a project focused on strengthening the effectiveness of hospital-based violence intervention programs in LA County.

Join us on July 21st from 9-noon as our Gehr Student Innovators present their mentored implementation science and health services research work-in-progress focused on health equity. For more information and to RSVP.

Dr. Todd Schneberk, Dr. Susanne Hempel, and Aneesa Motala did a systematic review of quality indicators for high need patients who often are challenging to treat for providers and health systems alike. They found that robust evidence exists in the elderly medically co-morbid populations but some of the most challenging to care for, such as those with psychiatric, behavioral and social needs were neglected in the literature providing quality guideposts for care.

Dr. Cameron Kaplan wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that legislators have made COVID tests free through insurance but gave insurers no ability to negotiate prices, so we’ll eventually pay for these tests through higher premiums. He argues that the government should provide these tests directly or regulate the prices.

Dr. Barbara Turner’s paper, published in PM&R, found that in a weighted sample of Latinos with chronic pain, professional physical interventions reduced the likelihood of daily impairment in mobility and ADLs. The findings reinforce the need to promote access for vulnerable, low income populations to professional services such as physical therapy, massage, and mind-body interventions.

Dr. Todd Schneberk’s paper “Medical Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Justice-Involved Health” has been published in Healthcare as part of the Special Issue Incarceration and Health.

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Turner who received the American College of Physicians Certificate of Appreciation for Women in Medicine – a recognition by her esteemed peers to promote gender equity in medicine and support the career advancement of women in medicine.

Gehr student Will Mehring has published a research report describing higher rates of exposure to COVID-19 among Spanish vs. English speakers in the U.S.

USC news has highlighted the work that the Gehr Center’s Todd Schneberk has done to advance human rights.

Two enduring CME modules, Home BP Telemonitoring and Pharmacist on the Care Team to Improve Hypertension Control and Undiagnosed Hypertension: Hiding in Plain Sight were created by Michael Hochman, MD and Alissa Maier, MPH to train health system leaders on emerging best practices for hypertension identification and management.

The Gehr Center’s Evidence-Based Practice Center team, led by Susanne Hempel, PhD, has published an evidence synthesis to guide resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Anesthesiology news has featured work by the Gehr Center’s Carol Peden to develop practical approaches for protecting cognitive function among older adults undergoing surgery.

The Gehr Center’s new medical student health policy curriculum, led by Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH, has met a warm reception with Keck students.

The California Healthcare Foundation has profiled the Gehr Center’s COVID-19 patient self-assessment tool, which has now been used by more than half a million people worldwide.

The new edition of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Quality and Audit Compendium, on which the Gehr Center’s Carol Peden, BSc, MB ChB, MD, FRCA, FFICM, FFMLM, MPH is the senior editor, launched yesterday. This free to download book is used around the world.

With the threat of COVID-19, immigration detention may be a death sentence. A powerful piece by the Gehr Center’s Drs. Todd Schneberk and Jeniffer Kim.

A Keck School of Medicine feature article highlights the Gehr’s Center’s COVID-19 patient self-assessment tool, as well as a research written about the tool led by Gehr student Will Mehring.

In a new research paper in the Journal of Cancer Education, Gehr faculty Barbara Turner and her team describe the challenges of educating clinicians about hepatitis C screening among baby boomers.

An HSC news article highlights the work of the Gehr Center’s Todd Schneberk at the Keck Human Rights clinic.

Millions of Americans have not only lost their jobs, but their insurance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this Op-Ed published in the Center for Health Journalism, Dr. Sonali Saluja and students from Keck discuss the consequences of rising uninsurance, advocate for universal insurance coverage and suggest some short term policy solutions to help curb the problem.

Gehr student Will Mehring has published a Journal of General Internal Medicine case report in the Gehr Center’s new COVID-19 self-assessment application. As described in an accompanying press release, the application has now been used by almost 450,000 individuals wordwide.

A new study published in the journal Healthcare highlights the Keck School of Medicine’s new health policy curriculum – which was developed by the Gehr Center team. The article was led by Gehr student Surabhi Reddy.

A Gehr research report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine documents the rapid increase in telehealth services at Keck Medicine of USC in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A research paper led by the Gehr Center’s Barbara Turner, MD, MPH highlights the potential of community health workers for improving diabetes control among low-income Hispanic patients.

See The Gehr Center’s NEW COVID-19 page.

Drs. Peden, Hochman, and Turner published a piece in the Center for Health Journalism on the role that the Coronavirus is having in the shift toward tele-medicine use at Keck Hospital of USC.

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced that Brian Bensadigh, MD, MBA of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded the 2020 Patient Safety Curriculum Award for his proposal, “Perioperative Patient Safety Curriculum for Anesthesia Trainees”. His co-investigator and mentor for the grant is the Gehr Center’s own Carol Peden, MB ChB, M.D.

The Gehr Center’s Michael Cousineau, DPH, discusses how hygienic factors that affect homeless populations could impact the spread of coronavirus.

Gehr Center Project Manager, Alissa Maier, MPH, recently presented on “Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevalence and Programming in LA County” at a Right Care Initiative LA University of Best Practices meeting.

Gehr students Surabhi Reddy and Allie Obremskey published a new analysis in the journal Healthcare describing the impact of the Keck School of Medicine health policy curriculum – co-developed by the Gehr team – on medical student knowledge of and interest in health policy topics. Co-authors include Gehr faculty Sonali Saluja and Michael Hochman, along with Pam Schaff and Greg Harlan from the Keck medical education team.

KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) interviewed the Gehr Center’s Michael Cousineau, DPH, about hygienic factors that affects homeless populations throughout Southern California.

The Gehr Center’s Susanne Hempel, PhD received a 5-year Evidence-Based Practice Center grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Through the Center, Dr. Hempel and her team will be eligible to apply for funding to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topics that are posted by AHRQ. There are just a handful of such Centers nationwide, and AHRQ will award up to $40 million in funding to these Centers over the next 5 years.

Gehr faculty member Barbara Turner, MD, MPH had a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine describing the challenges and opportunities in screening for and treating Hepatitis C in safety-net settings.

A new analysis led by Gehr Center faculty Michael Cousineau, DPH reports on an initiative to provide the diabetes prevention program, in a digital format, to low-income patients  The study found that “low-income patients with prediabetes benefitted from a digitally delivered diabetes intervention.”

A perspective piece in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Gehr faculty Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH and Michael Hochman, MD, MPH describes the opportunity for primary care clinicians to take a more active role in preventing hospital readmissions.

Applications for the 2020 Gehr Summer Student Innovators program are now available

A Keck initiative, led by Gehr team members Carol Peden and Veronica Pagán, aimed at promoting person-centered care for patients undergoing orthopedic and cancer care was featured in a recent brief by the Hospital Association of Southern California.

Led by the Gehr Center’s director of health systems innovation, Carol Peden, MD, MPH, Keck Medicine of USC has implemented a new peri-operative care program to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing.

Gehr faculty Susanne Hempel, PhD, establishes the Southern California Evidence Review Center at Keck.

In a Health Affairs blog piece, Gehr Center faculty Michael Hochman, along with other colleagues, calls for a “public option” to facilitate health information exchange.

A new Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by Gehr faculty member Susanne Hempel highlights the need for future research on energy intake and expenditures.

Gehr student Andrea Banuelos Mota’s article describing the challenges of medication compliance for Latino patients with diabetes was featured by La Opinion.

The Gehr Center is enthusiastic to join forces with the USC Center for Health System Innovation (CHSI), forming the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science & Innovation. We welcome the new team members, including Carol Peden, MD, MPH, who will serve as the Gehr Center’s director of innovation. For further details, see the announcement.

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Gehr student Andrea Banuelos Mota on her recent study on medication barriers for Latinos. (Andrea’s segment starts at 30:45)

A team of Gehr summer students publish an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine offering insights on improving medication adherence for Latino patients with diabetes

Carol Peden, the director of health system innovation at the Gehr Center, recently published a study in the Lancet showing that a large quality improvement initiative to improve care for patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery did not reduce mortality rates. She concluded: “Future [quality improvement programs] should ensure that teams have both the time and resources needed to improve patient care.”

Gehr faculty publish an analysis demonstrating the value of a physician performance dashboard in the emergency department.

Gehr faculty, along with partners from John Snow, Inc., published an AHRQ environmental scan examining the role of primary care providers in preventing hospital readmissions.

Gehr faculty member Michael Cousineau to debate Lanhee Chen on March 27, 2019 about whether or not healthcare is a right.

Keck medical student Lisa Shue, along with Gehr faculty member Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH, published a blog piece for the LA County Medical Association highlighting the variation in care for undocumented immigrants throughout California. Shue conducted this project as part of the Gehr summer student program.

A new analysis by Gehr faculty member Michael Cousineau describes the barriers to care faced by survivors of childhood cancer.

Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH, calls for focusing on health insurance for children, rather than building a border wall, in an Oped for The Medical Care Blog.

Gehr Center faculty highlight the important of transparency for Medicaid providers in Health Affairs.

The Gehr Center announces the release of an evidence-based medicine App!

Gehr Center faculty member Barbara Turner publishes perspective piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussing the disparities in pay between men and women in medicine.

Read about the innovative palliative care training program developed by Gehr Center affiliate member Carin Vany Zyl, in partnership with CareMore.

Listen to NPR’s August 28, 2018 piece, A Bill to Improve Medi-Cal Quality of Care, which cites the Annenberg/Gehr Center’s Health Data Accountability project.

Recently, Gehr Center affiliate members Monica Perez Jolles and Brian Mittman, along with Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, spoke at a symposium at the USC School of Social Work focused on innovations in Implementation Science. Watch the video here.

Project by Gehr Innovation fellow Elissa Lee on diabetes care featured on the cover of the spring/summer edition of the USC Chan Magazine.

Rajiv Sethi, MD and Frank Acosta, MD, present at the Gehr Center on the Overuse of Spinal Surgery.

The Gehr Center launches its latest blog series, “Free the Data”, in partnership with the USC Center for Health Journalism.

Gehr faculty Michael Cousineau and Michael Hochman give commencement addresses for the USC Dental and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention programs.

Gehr Center affiliate members Monica Perez Jolles and Brian Mittman, along with Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, speak at a symposium at the USC School of Social Work focused on innovations in Implementation Science.

Gehr Affiliate Lello Tesema, MD, was featured on NPR about innovations in jail health services in Los Angeles County. Dr. Tesema, along with other Gehr faculty, recently received a grant to study a protocol for managing patients admitted to jail who are intoxicated.

An editorial in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Gehr Center director Michael Hochman explores how electronic health records are faltering.

A new research article co-authored by Gehr faculty member Welmoed Van Deen describes a consensus list of patient-reported outcomes for inflammatory bowel disease.

The Gehr Center announces its new “affiliates” program. Here’s the application if you are interested in learning more about how to become more involved with the Gehr Center!

Peter Long, PhD, President and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, to speak at the Gehr Center on February 5.

New blog post by Gehr faculty member Rusha Modi calls for a greater emphasis on health policy in medical education.

Gehr faculty member Albert Farias, PhD, MPH, won a USC James H. Zumberg Faculty Research and Innovation Fund Diversity and Inclusion Grant to support his project: “Assessing racial/ethnic disparities in quality of care among Medicare colorectal cancer survivors.”

A new STAT piece by Gehr Center affiliate Lello Tesema, MD, sheds light on barriers to healthcare for deported veterans.

Gehr faculty member Albert Farias, MPH, PhD, was quoted in a Reuters article discussing new evidence showing that certain breast cancers can recur, even decades after treatment.

Gehr Center releases application for the 2018 Gehr Summer Student Innovators program.

Congratulations to Gehr student Jennifer Perdomo who was one of the winners for the 2017 California Medical Association-Network of Ethnic Physicians Organization Poster Session Competition for her project on addressing medication non-compliance among Latino patients.

Gehr Center faculty member Rusha Modi, MD, MPH explains how stomach ulcers form in this TedEd talk.

The Gehr Center’s Michael Hochman, MD, MPH publishes a book review on Health Systems Science.

Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, publishes editorial on complex case management.

Consumer reports piece on overuse of medications quotes Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH. Read more.

Former New York State Health Commissioner to speak at the Gehr Center January 11, 2018. See details here.

Rusha Modi, MD, MPH publishes blog piece explaining the growing challenges in academic medicine.

The American Heart Association’s Annual 5K at the Rose Bowl will be on Saturday September 23. This year we will be raising funds in honor of our Founder, David Goldstein. You may join our team or donate here!

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas addresses the Gehr Center about the future of healthcare reform in Los Angeles County. See video of event here.

Welmoed Van Deen PhD, MD, wins team building grant aimed at understanding the optimal design of performance dashboards in the healthcare setting.

New study co-authored by Gehr Center faculty demonstrates the potential for bilingual patient portals to improve care for Spanish-speaking patients.

Gehr Center faculty featured at the May 9th Symposium on Hypertension sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Keck Health System.

Keck medical student Jessica Farmer, along with Gehr Center faculty, publish blog article describing why value-based payment initiatives have had disappointing results to date.

Gehr Center student intern authors perspective piece in JAMA calling for a shift to value-based payment models for community health centers.

Gehr Center faculty Rusha Modi pens blog piece explaining why data is not living up to its promise in medicine.

Fourth year medical student Mike Opene, along with Gehr Center faculty, publish blog article explaining the need for more research on the “eConsult” model.

The Gehr Center is pleased to announce Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, the CEO of CareMore Health System, as the next guest for our Speakers Series. See details here.

Gehr Center faculty member Welmoed Van Deen, MD, PhD, to speak about “Value” in caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Lena Chen, MD, to speak about bundled payments for the Gehr Center on March 30.

Gehr Center releases its 2016-17 annual report.

New articles by Gehr Center faculty discuss the latest evidence on managing “high needs/high cost” populations as well as the drivers of burnout in primary care.

Gehr Center faculty member Michael Hochman publishes article in the American Journal of Medicine with policy suggestions regarding the disposal of unused medications.

New study by Gehr Center faculty member Welmoed van Deen shows the potential for value-based incentives in healthcare.

Gehr Center blog explains why health information exchange efforts have yet to gain widespread traction.

The Gehr Center is pleased to announce that faculty member Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH, has been awarded a USC Institutional Career Development Award for her project aimed at understanding barriers patients face in enrolling in and accessing healthcare services.

On January 9, Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein delivered the Gehr Center’s quarterly speakers’ series event, titled Heallthcare 2.0. You may watch the vide of the event here.

What will healthcare be like under the Trump administration? Here’s what we have to say on the latest “The Wandering Nerve” podcast.

Gehr Center faculty discuss the Affordable Care Act for the new Keck School of Medicine podcast, “The Wandering Nerve”: https://soundcloud.com/user-325294219/affordable-care-act-and-the-2016-election

The Gehr Center’s latest blog entry takes on electronic health records.

Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS to discuss the translation of health services research into health policy at the Gehr Center.

Information now available on the 2017 Gehr Student Innovator Awards Program!

The Gehr Center welcomes its newest faculty member, Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH!

Please support the Gehr Center team at the American Heart Association’s 5k Walk at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday October 8th.

The Gehr Center kicks off its new blog series: Disruptions or Distractions: A Critical Look at Healthcare Delivery Reform
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Gehr Center announces 2016 Gehr Innovation Awardees
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Gehr Center announces partnership with innovative care delivery organization CareMore.
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Welmoed van Deen, Assistant Professor at the Gehr Center, publishes about measuring value in healthcare.
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