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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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Penn Community Health Worker Project Gets $1.9 Million PCORI Grant

  • Thursday, 31 July 2014

The University of Pennsylvania's widely publicized community health worker 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.

The primary investigators on the project are LDI Senior Fellows Judith Long…

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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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Lawton Burns' New Book on Health Care in India

  • Monday, 28 July 2014

Over the last decade, health care entrepreneurs in India funded and built several "health cities" of medical facilities they predicted would lure a rich stream of "medical tourists" from the U.S. and other countries. But that effort has turned out to be more "myth than reality," according to a new book…

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Mark Pauly: Why Latest Insurance Rates are Less Than Expected

  • Monday, 28 July 2014

In an interview with WHYY's Newsworks, LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly discussed why the insurance rates will not increase as much as expected for the next open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges.

His comments come as Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania close out the period during which…

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Opposing ACA Court Rulings Likely to Create Further Public Confusion

  • Thursday, 24 July 2014

In a video interview with Knowledge@Wharton, LDI Senior Fellow and Academic Director of the Wharton/Penn Risk and Insurance Program Scott Harrington discusses the short- and long-term implications of the two latest Affordable Care Act court rulings.

Simultaneously earlier this week, two different lower federal courts ruled in opposite ways on the…
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Christian Terwiesch: How MOOCs Will Change Wharton

  • Monday, 21 July 2014

A major article in the Chronicle of Higher Education spotlights a new report  co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Christian Terwiesch that analyzes the potential long-term impact of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) on the structure and cost of studies at business schools like Penn's Wharton. In an interview with the Chronicle,…

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Howard Kunreuther, Medical Xpress, Flood Insurance

  • Monday, 21 July 2014

An article in Medical Xpress recaps a new study by LDI Senior Fellow Howard Kunreuther of the affordability of flood insurance in an area of Ocean County, N.J., hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Kunreuther's paper, "Addressing Affordability in the National Flood Insurance Program," was published in the inaugural issue of the…

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Katherine Milkman, ClickZ, Online Viral Content

  • Monday, 21 July 2014

An article in ClickZ, a national marketing news publication, spotlights the 2012 study of online content diffusion by LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman. The ClickZ piece explores the controversy surrounding Facebook's recent "emotional contagion study" that altered the positive and negative flow of content to more than 600,000…

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A 3-Decade Assessment of MD/MBA Training on Career Outcomes

  • Thursday, 17 July 2014

The dual training of doctors as both MDs and MBAs -- a practice pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 -- produces health care workers who are positive about that training's impact on their professional lives and tend to pursue nonclinical leadership roles later in their careers. Those are the…

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Peter Reese, US News & World Report, Older Kidney Donors

  • Friday, 11 July 2014

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Peter Reese concludes that older people who donate kidneys do not face heightened health risks as a result of that organ removal. Originally published in The American Journal of Transplantation, the findings are also the subject of an article in US News &…

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David Casarett, WHYY Newsworks, End-of-Life Issues

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A 2008 Penn study of hospice eligibility criteria for cancer conducted by LDI Senior Fellows David Casarett, Mary Naylor and David Asch, is prominently mentioned in a WHYY Newsworks article and "Pulse" radio program about insurers' end-of-life discussions with patients.

The story profiles the Cherry Hill, N.J.,  firm Vital Decisions that…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Politico, Hobby Lobby Decision

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Writing in Politico about the implications of the "Hobby Lobby" ruling, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel says "The Supreme Court's conservative majority does seem to have added one more reason to doubt the wisdom of having employers be the main sponsors of health insurance in the United States."

"Employer-sponsored health insurance…

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Baligh Yehia, Newsworks, Hepatitis C Cures

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A study of the national Hepatitis C cure rate by LDI Senior Fellows Baligh Yehia and Craig Umscheid is the subject of an article in WHYY's Newsworks. The research found that only 330,000 -- or less than 10% --  of the estimated 3.5 million people who have the disease were cured…

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Wong, Asch and Merchant, Multiple Media, Healthcare.gov Study

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LDI Fellow Charlene Wong, along with LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Raina Merchant authored a Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed piece about the findings of their new study of ways to improve Healthcare.gov for young adults. The Op-Ed piece, which simultaneously accompanied publication of the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine…

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New Penn Study Outlines How to Improve Healthcare.gov

  • Tuesday, 8 July 2014

By Hoag Levins

A new three month observational study by a University of Pennsylvania research team led by LDI Fellow Charlene Charlene Wong has identified the most serious problems on Healthcare.gov that confuse or thwart the young adults who are the insurance website's most important targets.

The problems and the recommended…

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