You are viewing 18 posts for August 2011

Zachary Meisel, Time.com, ER Weekend Effect

  • Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Pennsylvania hospitals have made significant progress in eradicating the dreaded 'night-weekend' effect in their emergency departments writes Zachary Meisel in his latest Time.com column. The LDI Senior Fellow and Penn emergency physician notes that changes in the physical design, staffing and management of the state's trauma centers have made patient outcomes…

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Daniel Polsky & Jalpa Doshi, Health Economist, Medicare Behavior

  • Monday, 29 August 2011

Previously uninsured Medicare enrollees tend to maintain their old medical habits, including fewer physician visits and many more ER and hospital outpatient visits, according to a new study by LDI Senior Fellows Daniel Polsky and Jalpa Doshi published in the journal Health Economics

Polsky, PhD, MPP, and Doshi, PhD, were…
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Mapping Philadelphia's Bed Bug Epidemic: Tale of a SUMR Project

  • Monday, 29 August 2011
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What's it like surveying North Philadelphia neighborhoods for bed bug infestations in 100+ degree weather? University of Pennsylvania junior Stephanie Lamb now knows because of her work on a summer research project that mapped the spread of the blood-sucking insects.

Lamb was one of 18 student research scholars in the Leonard…

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Art Caplan, PBS, Drug Safety Testing

  • Thursday, 25 August 2011

Appearing on the PBS NewsHour, LDI Senior Fellow and director of Penn's Center for Bioethics Art Caplan warned there has been an"explosive" increase in drug safety testing overseas. Caplan, PhD discussed why these pharmaceutical trials are performed in other countries and ethical issues associated with the practice.

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Raina Merchant, Patriot-News, Disaster-Preparedness

  • Thursday, 25 August 2011

Facebook has emerged as an important mass communications system during earthquakes and other disasters, LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant, MD, told the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The article explored the speed with which social media users responded to this week's east-coast earthquake, providing their own real-time news long-before mainstream media companies caught up…

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Jason Karlawish, Inquirer, Alzheimer's

  • Thursday, 25 August 2011

Speaking in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt, LDI Senior Fellow and director of the Penn Memory Center Jason Karlawish, MD, emphasized the importance of supporting Alzheimer's patients. "We have to learn how to set up systems that will allow talented people to still contribute,"…

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New Penn Center for Innovations in Health Care Financing

  • Monday, 22 August 2011

University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) is partnering with the Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics of the University of Pennsylvania on a new initiative to be called the UPHS Center for Innovations in Health Care Financing (read the full press release).

The new Center will…

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James Coyne, Inquirer, Post-Traumatic Growth

  • Tuesday, 16 August 2011

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the Behavioral Oncology Program at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center James Coyne is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about "post-traumatic growth," or what many believe can be the emotionally rewarding side of being stricken by cancer or similarly frightening diseases. Coyne, PhD was a counterpoint…

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Karin Rhodes, NEJM, 'Mystery Shopper' Studies

  • Monday, 15 August 2011

Despite their controversy, 'mystery shopper' studies that use phone calls by fake patients to access to various kinds of physicians are a powerful tool for understanding the experiences of patients, writes LDI Senior Fellow Karin Rhodes in a commentary in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.…

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Zack Meisel, Time.com, Mystery Doctor Shoppers

  • Monday, 15 August 2011

Writing in his regular Time.com 'Medical Insider' column, LDI Senior Fellow and Penn emergency physician Zack Meisel explains why secret 'doctor shopping,'  or 'mystery shopper' research techniques are necessary in a national health care system plagued by disparities. Secret shopping -- the use of fake patient phone calls to assess…

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Said Ibrahim, U.S. House, Musculoskeletal Health

  • Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Said A. Ibrahim, professor of medicine and vice chair of the Penn Department of Medicine was invited to present at a briefing on disparities in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases convened for Congress by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.). Ibrahim, MD, MPH, joined several other health experts who addressed research, technologies and…

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Judith Long, VA Research Today, Vets

  • Tuesday, 9 August 2011

“Vets Help Vets: Peer Support Proves Popular and Effective for Those Coping with Chronic Disease,” an article in VA Research Today magazine, featured a report on a pilot study by LDI Senior Fellow Judith Long. That project tested peer mentoring along with another strategy -- financial incentives -- to help minority…

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Judy Shea, SGIM, Educator Award

  • Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Society of General Internal Medicine has named LDI Senior Fellow Judy Shea this year's recipient of its Clinical-Educator Award. The honor was announced at SGIM's 34th annual meeting in Phoenix. Dr. Shea is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical Education Research at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Earlier…

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Brian Strom, ABC, Lipitor

  • Tuesday, 9 August 2011

ABC World News Tonight's story about whether Pfizer's cholesterol-lowering prescription drug Lipitor should be made available over the counter featured LDI Senior Fellow Brian Strom. Strom, MD and director of Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology, thinks Lipitor shouldn't be sold without a doctor's supervision because "People won't think it's a real…

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Brendan Carr, ABC, Trauma Map

  • Tuesday, 9 August 2011

LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Carr's interactive trauma-care map project continues to generate national publicity. The latest exposure was a program on ABC that explored how the map site enables anyone to determine which vacation sites are not within easy distance of a level one trauma center. The web site, created in…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Chirantan Chatterjee, PhD, Seminar Presentation

  • Sunday, 7 August 2011

LDI Presentation: Aug. 4, 2011 | 1:19 Video Excerpt Above

Chirantan Chatterjee Carnegie Mellon University and IIM Bangalore

Title: Regulation and Welfare: Evidence from Paragraph IV Generic Entry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Consumers benefitted greatly in the short-term and pharmaceutical companies were disadvantaged in the long-term by the 1984 Hatch-Waxman Act…

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Kevin Volpp on GE's Anti-Smoking Incentives

  • Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Kevin Volpp, the director of the Centre for Health Incentives is featured in a story in the The Economist about the growth of corporate wellness programs.

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