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U.S. Medical Centers Shy Away From African Ebola Service

  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014
While large amounts of hospital resources have been devoted to preparations to treat any new cases of Ebola inside the U.S., there has simultaneously been a "striking absence" of public commitments by U.S. health care institutions to
Penn Medicine's Scott Halpern, is an Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine,…
Tags: bioethics
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Leighton Lecture 2014: How Mitchell Katz Changed San Francisco STD Response Policies

  • Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Mitchell Katz, MD, the current Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and former Director of the San Francisco County Health Department, was the speaker at this year's Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Hoag Levins

N oting that political barriers can be…

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Scott Halpern, Ezekiel Emanuel and the End-of-Life Debate

  • Friday, 12 December 2014

Scott Halpern and Ezekiel Emanuel's rising voice in the national debate about the healthcare system's end-of-life attitudes and shortcomings is the subject of a major Washington Post article.

The Post article looks at the continuing reaction to the Institute of Medicine's September publication of a 500-page report documenting the ineffective…
Tags: end-of-life
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Bekelman and Emanuel - Unnecessary Radiation Treatments

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014
A new study by Justin Bekelman and Ezekiel Emanuel shows that the majority of breast cancer lumpectomy patients are receiving radiation
Justin Bekelman (top) and Ezekiel Emanuel
treatments over a longer period of time than may be required for their conditions.

Wide media pickup
The findings are generating news stories in…

Tags: oncology
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Craig Umscheid - New UPHS Predictive Tool for Sepsis

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014

An article in the journal ICU Management, spotlights Craig Umscheid's role in the development of an electronic health record-based early warning and response system (EWRS) for sepsis among new hospital admissions.

Umscheid, MD, MSCE, is Co-director of Penn's Center for Evidence-Based Practice, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's…
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Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Named LDI Distinguished Policy Fellow

  • Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has been named both a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and a Visiting Fellow at the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI).

Currently completing her fifth term representing Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District, Schwartz will bring her experience in government…

Tags: Politics
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Penn Program Launches Different Kind of Alzheimer's Website

  • Tuesday, 2 December 2014
A new website launched at the University of Pennsylvania is an eMagazine of art, culture and information focused on the world of Alzheimer's.

By Hoag Levins

In an effort to broaden the national conversation about the growing “epidemic” of Alzheimer's, the University of Pennsylvania's Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program (NDEPP)…

Tags: alzheimers
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Tom Baker, Penn Law News, Insurance Exchange Curriculum

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A gift from the Leo Model Foundation will establish a new Penn Law School Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative whose first program will be a yearlong seminar and workshop on health insurance exchanges taught by Penn Law Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Tom Baker. 

According to the Law School announcement,…

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Ralph Muller, Philadelphia Business Journal, Health Care Innovations

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Philadelphia is emerging as a significant center of health care-related innovation, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal article co-authored by University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO and LDI Senior Fellow Ralph Muller.

In the piece, Muller details Penn's two-year-old innovation development partnership with Independence Blue Cross and the DreamIt Ventures health…

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Kathryn Schmitz, The Examiner, Cancer and Exercise

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Perelman School of Medicine Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Kathryn Schmitz is featured in an Examiner article about the changing attitudes about exercise and cancer treatment. In the past, oncologists generally advised against vigorous activities for patients undergoing cancer treatments. But now, as a result of research done by Schmitz and…
Tags: Cancer, oncology
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Olivia Mitchell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pension Funds

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Director of the Wharton School Pension Research Council and LDI Senior Fellow Olivia Mitchell is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the Philadelphia city employee pension fund.
The fund is a key issue in the current controversy over whether or not to sell the local gas works and put…
Tags: Insurance
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Toward a Value Proposition for Preventive Care

  • Monday, 3 November 2014

Rebecka Rosenquist, MSc

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly wants to have a conversation about the ACA’s mandatory coverage of preventive care. In an article released today in Health Affairs, Pauly, and colleagues from Duke University and the University of Washington, propose that decisionmakers take cost-effectiveness into account when mandating coverage of preventive services. 

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Kit Delgado, Los Angeles Times, ERs and Opioid Overdoses

  • Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A JAMA Internal Medicine research letter about the high rate of prescription opioid overdoses co-authored by Perelman School of Medicine physician and LDI Fellow Kit Delgado is the subject of a major article in The Los Angeles Times.

The Times reported, "A new analysis of 2010 data from hospitals nationwide…
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Linda Aiken Wins IOM Award for Nursing Research

  • Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Penn Nursing Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken has won the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Gustav O. Lienhard Award for her" rigorous research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving safe, effective, patient-centered, and affordable health care."

Aiken, PhD, RN, a Professor at the School of…
Tags: nursing
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Janet Weiner, Philadelphia Inquirer, Essential Health Benefits

  • Monday, 27 October 2014

A new data brief by Janet Weiner and Christopher Colameco detailing wide variations in the essential health benefits of each state's health insurance exchanges is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Weiner, MPH, is Associate Director of Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health…

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Justin Bekelman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Proton Therapy

  • Monday, 27 October 2014

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer Justin Bekelman warns that if insurers cease to pay for proton beam therapy for prostate cancer, it will not be possible to complete important clinical trials on that application of the technology.

Bekelman, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Penn's Perelman…

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Katherine Milkman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Temptation Bundling

  • Monday, 6 October 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's much publicized study on the novel behavioral intervention known as "temptation bundling," is the subject of a major story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Appearing in both the print and online editions of the paper, the article, "Changing Bad Habits the Smart Way," explores how people…

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Rachel Werner, Marketplace Radio Show, Pay for Performance

  • Monday, 6 October 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner was featured in an American Public Media Marketplace radio show marking this month's one year anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act and its website.

Werner, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and Core Investigator with…
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Michael Richards, Penn News, Primary Care Access

  • Monday, 6 October 2014

At the same time the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of previously uninsured people capable of now seeking primary care appointments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have become the most accessible venues providing those services, according to LDI Fellow Michael Richards.

Richards, MD, MPH, PhD, was lead author on…

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Why Ezekiel Emanuel Hopes to Die at 75

  • Wednesday, 24 September 2014

In a 5,000-word Atlantic magazine article exploring the physical, intellectual, emotional, medical and policy implications of growing old, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel writes that he hopes to die at age 75. That's 18 years from now, or 2032.

As they pass through middle age toward the autumn of their years,…
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