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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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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,…

Tags: education
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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…

Tags: Insurance
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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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