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Ezekiel Emanuel: 'Long Live Fewer Hospitals'

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

 A lengthy Reuters article about the continuing financial collapse of rural hospital systems quotes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's prediction that more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals will close by 2020.

The article quotes from Emanuel's recent book, "Reinventing American Health Care," that explains why local clinics can more efficiently…
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Susan Domchek, New York Times, BRCA Gene Screening

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

In a New York Times interview, LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek took issue with new study findings from Israel that suggest all women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent should be screened for the cancer-causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Current practice is to screen only women who are from families where such…

Tags: Cancer, oncology
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Guy David, MedCity News, Medical Homes and ER Visits

  • Friday, 5 September 2014

A new study of the association between patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and emergency department utilization led by LDI Senior Fellow Guy David is the subject of a MedCity News article.

Published in Health Services Research, the study set out to assess if PCMHs reduced the use of hospital emergency departments…

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Nancy Hanrahan Leads Penn Team on White House PTSD Toolkit Project

  • Wednesday, 3 September 2014
A post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Toolkit created by a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing team led by LDI Senior Fellow Nancy Hanrahan has become an integral part of the White House's new
LDI Senior Fellow Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS.
program to enhance health care services for veterans.

The…

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Austin Frakt, New York Times, Insurer Competition

  • Tuesday, 2 September 2014

While greater competition fostered by the Affordable Care Act may theoretically have the ability to drive down health insurance premium prices, that hasn't happened yet, Austin Frakt writes in his New York Times "The Upshot" column

One reason for this, he notes, is that many health insurers, including UnitedHealthCare, the…
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LDI Experts' Marijuana Study Sparks Broad Media Interest

  • Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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A study by three LDI experts that suggests the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a 25% reduction in opioid painkiller overdose deaths has garnered massive media pickup.

Led by LDI Fellow Marcus Bachhuber and co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner and LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Colleen Barry, the…
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Penn Community Health Worker Project Gets $1.9 Million PCORI Grant

  • Sunday, 31 August 2014

The University of Pennsylvania's widely publicized community health worker (CHW) research project has been awarded a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a study of treatment support strategies for low-income chronically ill patients.

Meanwhile, the same Penn CHW program is the subject of a…
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Ezekiel Emanuel's International Call for Ebola Drug Ethics

  • Monday, 25 August 2014
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In the wake of the apparent success of an experimental drug in ridding two U.S. missionary of the Ebola virus, Britain's Telegraph newspaper and France's Agency French Presse are spotlighting a Lancet article by LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel that calls for the use of ethical principles in the distribution of…

Tags: bioethics
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David Asch and Raina Merchant, Philadelphia Inquirer, Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Monday, 25 August 2014

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Raina Merchant explore why the highly publicized "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease research provides a promising communications model for other health-care topics.

Promulgated by online video and other social media,…

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Katherine Milkman, Strategy + Business Magazine, 'Fresh Start' Effect

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's "Fresh Start Effect" study is the subject of an article in Strategy + Business magazine. Published in Management Science journal in June of this year, the study found that "fresh starts" on specific event dates -- like a birthday, an anniversary or the beginning…

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Barbara Kahn, Poets & Quants, Free MOOC Courses

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

In an article published on Poets & Quants, the social network of the graduate school business education community, author Laurie Pickard critiques the MBA marketing teaching of LDI Senior Fellow  Barbara Kahn.

Pickard has generated a great deal of her own media attention as she chronicles her effort to complete…

Tags: education
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Ezekiel Emanuel, Washington Post, Ethics & Ebola Drug

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

In a Washington Post article, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel argues that it would not violate medical ethical guidelines to provide the unapproved experimental drug ZMapp to Africa's victims of the rapidly spreading Ebola virus.  

ZMapp, a cocktail of anti-viral agents whose replication employs chemicals found in tobacco, was…

Tags: bioethics
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David Mandell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Autism and Insurance

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

 LDI Senior Fellow David Mandell is quoted in a lengthy Philadelphia Inquirer article about childhood autism and insurance coverage throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

 
The article focuses on the affordability and availability of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the one-on-one therapy that currently appears to be the most effective treatment. But…
Tags: autism
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An Overview of Israel's Universal Health Care System

  • Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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VIDEO EXCERPT: Appearing at a policy seminar at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), Professor David Chintz of Hebrew University discussed Israel's 19-year-old universal health insurance system.

Nineteen years after enacting a universal coverage law, Israel continues to grapple with the triangular constraints of cost, access…

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Christian Terwiesch, Multiple Media, MOOC Disintermediation

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

The scholarly analysis, "Will Video Kill the Classroom Star," co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Christian Terwiesch, continues to generate debate and media pickup across the country. The paper, whose subtitle is "The Threat and Opportunity of Massively Open Online Courses for Full-Time MBA Programs," predicts that MOOCs will ultimately…

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Scott Harrington, Baltimore Sun, Hospitals' Insurance

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Scott Harrington is quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about the pooled insurance coverage of Johns Hopkins, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and the University of Rochester.

The article explores the financial fallout and insurance implications a $190 million Hopkins settlement related to a clinic gynecologist who took secret photos…

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Mitesh Patel, Penn News, Medical Education

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

In his continuing study of the educational trends and attitudes of a national population of medical school students, LDI Senior Fellow Mitesh Patel's latest survey has found that student satisfaction with health policy education was rising. In 2008, more than 50% were not satisfied with the level of health policy training…

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Sean Hennessy, Philadelphia Inquirer, Potassium Study

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

A study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Sean Hennessy that showed potassium supplements may increase survival in chronic heart failure patients is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article. The research looked at 180,000 patients in five states who were also taking a "loop diuretic" as part of their treatment. …

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IOM Eyes Big Changes in Graduate Medical Education

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

In a New England Journal of Medicine article published simultaneously with an Institute of Medicine (IOM) landmark report on the subject, LDI Senior Fellow David Asch writes about the deficiencies of the current $15 billion-a-year Graduate Medical Education (GME) training system.

Currently, the federal government spends $15 billion annually to pay…
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Judith Long Awarded $1.9 Million PCORI Grant

  • Wednesday, 30 July 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Judith Long has been awarded a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a study of treatment support strategies for low-income chronically ill patients.

Long, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and…

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