Gehr Faculty Perspective Pieces

Gehr Center faculty have emerged as thought leaders on a variety of Health Systems Science topics.

The USC Health Data Accountability project involves a collaboration between the Gehr Center and the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism at USC. In a more than yearlong effort, we sought to obtain and publish health care quality data for the clinic groups that serve 3.9 million people, 30 percent of the state’s 13.3 million Medicaid recipients. In this blog series, we describe the roadblocks we encountered, and lay out policy fixes that could make the Medicaid program more transparent.

  1. Part 1: Free the Data: Public accountability sorely needed for Medicaid providers. By: Michelle Levander and Michael Hochman, July 11, 2018.
  2. Part 2: California would benefit from a common yardstick to measure Medicaid performance. By: Jeff Rideout, July 17, 2018.
  3. Part 3: Taking health care transparency to the next level. By: Alexandra Obremskey, July 26, 2018.
  4. Part 4: State officials show little interest in providing quality of care information for poor. By: Michelle Levander and Rusha Modi, August 7, 2018.
  5. Part 5: Massachusetts pioneers making quality a public priority for safety net patients. By: Martha Bebinger, August 14, 2018.

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The Gehr Center Slow Medicine series “Disruption or Distraction: A Critical Look at Healthcare Delivery Reform” unpacks the data behind healthcare delivery system interventions, highlighting well-intended reforms that have yet to achieve the impact many have assumed. The series is co-edited by Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH.

  1. Part 1: Assessing the Affordable Care Act in the Political Fog.  By: Steffie Woolhandler, Adam Gaffney, and David Himmselstein, August 26, 2016.
  2. Part 2: Calibrating the ‘Hot-Spotting’ Hype.  By: Joel Greenberg, September 21, 2016.
  3. Part 3: The Unintended Consequences of Medicine’s Digital Age. By: Jordan Rosenfeld and Michael Hochman, November 3, 2016.
  4. Part 4: Health Information Exchange: A Brave New Frontier or More Unfulfilled Promises? By Kirsten Clodfelter and Michael Hochman, January 26, 2017.
  5. Part 5: Will eConsult Ideal be Borne out in Data? Michael Opene, Sonali Saluja, and Michael Hochman, March 21, 2017.
  6. Part 6: Learning from the Best in Value-Based Payment. By Jessica Farmer and Michael Hochman, April 19, 2017.

This blog began as a series of discussions about developments in clinical medicine among students, residents, and faculty.  These discussions, which are co-led by Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, led to regular email posts and eventually a blog series.  A new term arose from these discussions — “Slow Medicine” — which, consistent with the broader “Slow Movement”, emphasizes thoughtful clinical reasoning, evidence based practice, and the importance of lifestyle changes for improving health.

    1. Updates in Slow Medicine website.
    2. The Slow Medicine blog with MedPage Today.
    3. The Slow Medicine blog with the USC Center for Health Journalism.