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Patricia Danzon Wins Excellence in Mentorship Award

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wharton School professor and LDI Senior Fellow Patricia Danzon has received the annual John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship award. The honor was announced at the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Trainees Research Conference.

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the NRSA event is…

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David Asch to Head New Penn Innovation Center

  • Wednesday, 20 June 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- David Asch, who is stepping down as the executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) has been named executive director of the new Penn Medicine Center for Innovation.

Formed as a partnership between LDI and Penn Medicine, the Center combines the expertise of faculty members…
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Robert Field, Yahoo!, SCOTUS Predictions

  • Wednesday, 20 June 2012

LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Robert Field is featured in a Yahoo! News compilation of the 16 most talked about predictions about how the Supreme Court will rule. Field, a professor of both Law and Health Management and Policy at Drexel University, predicts that the individual mandate will go down. Contradicting him…

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David Grande, JAMA, The Hidden Costs of Prescription Drug Coupons

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Are physicians and their patients overlooking the hidden costs of using pharmaceutical company coupons to purchase prescription drugs?, asks LDI Senior Fellow David Grande in an article in JAMA. Grande, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, writes that "drug coupons raise 2 primary financial concerns. First,…

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Zachary Meisel, Time.com, What Health Care Can Learn From the TV Remote Control

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

In his latest Time.com column, LDI Senior Fellow Zachary Meisel argues that its time for the "simplicity revolution" in medicine. With co-author Jesse Pines, he writes, "We have been living for way too long in the era of the giant health care VCR remote with too many buttons that no…

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LDI Senior Fellows Win Both of Penn's CMS Innovation Grants

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Research projects proposed by LDI Senior Fellows David Asch, Kevin Volpp and David Casarett have won both Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grants awarded to the University of Pennsylvania. The awards were among the latest 81 announced by CMS for its ACA-funded Health Care Innovation Awards program that now…
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Kevin Volpp Discusses 'Automated Hovering' on WHYY

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A WHYY and Newsworks story features LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp discussing the "automated hovering" concept that won his center's recent innovation tournament. Automated hovering is a system that helps patients adhere to prescribed medication after they are discharged from hospital treatment for heart attacks. Volpp, MD, is director of LDI's…

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AARP Features Maureen Maguire Vision Loss Study

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Maureen Maguire's study of drugs for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is featured in the AARP Bulletin. The research project essentially showed that $50-per-dose Avastin is as effective a treatment as the $2,000-per-dose Lucentis. "The impact on vision is virtually the same, no matter which drug is…

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Marjorie Bowman Leaves Penn for Dean Position

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Marjorie Bowman is leaving the University of Pennsylvania to become Dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Ohio. Boonshoft is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals and more than 20 other health care institutions throughout the Dayton region. Bowman, MD, MPH, has been…

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New White Paper: Worldwide Consequences of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A new white paper by LDI Senior Fellow Dan Polsky and Wharton Health Care Management doctoral candidate Caroline Ly explores the worldwide health consequences of indoor air pollution generated by the use of wood, coal and other solid fuels. The latest World Health Organization data attributes 2 million annual deaths and…

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Brendan Carr on Using Police Cars as Ambulances

  • Thursday, 7 June 2012

Philadelphia, which has about 50 ambulances but needs 70 to fully cover the city, has authorized police cars to transport gunshot and other trauma victims to local hospitals. LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Carr is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that explores this policy and asks if it's safe and effective. "We…

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David Asch, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stepping Down

  • Saturday, 2 June 2012

David Asch, who is stepping down after 14 years as LDI's executive director, is profiled in a Philadelphia Inquirer Business section article

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David Mandell and The 50-State 'Essential Benefits' Tangle

  • Friday, 1 June 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the CHOP Center for Autism Research is featured in an article in the LDI Health Economist  about the impact of the ACA's "essential health benefits" provision on insurance coverage for autism.

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Ezekiel Emanuel Faults da Vinci Robots as 'Pseudo Innovation'

  • Friday, 1 June 2012

Writing in his latest "Opinionator" column in The New York Times, Ezekiel Emanuel bashes the da Vinci surgical robot as a "pseudo innovation" that increases costs without improving patients' health. He concludes that "We need to stop glorifying every new technology as an innovation." Emanuel is Penn's Vice Provost for…

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Jason Karlawish, NEJM, Biomarker Patent Wars

  • Friday, 1 June 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish is the co-author of a New England Journal of Medicine article arguing for a less private enterprise and more public approach to the ownership and exploitation of biomarkers as tools of medicine.  Karlawish, MD, is a professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn's…

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Alison Buttenheim, Behavioral Economics and Child Mortality

  • Friday, 1 June 2012

More funding alone is not sufficient to reduce the current gap in global maternal and child mortality rates, says LDI Senior Fellow Alison Buttenheim in a Science in Action article. She emphasizes the importance of framing choices and using other behavioral economics techniques to encourage more effective responses from individuals…

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