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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…
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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…
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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 healthcare.gov 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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Kevin Volpp, The Economist, Wellness Program Measurement Survey

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A new survey and analysis of U.S. corporate wellness programs by The Economist Intelligence Unit extensively quotes LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp throughout its assessment of the findings.

Volpp, MD, PhD, is Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and a professor of both Medicine at…
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Jason Karlawish: Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The issue of when individuals should set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the pleasures of the present is a subject of a New York Times op-ed piece by LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD.

The Penn Professor of Medicine and Director of the Neurogenerative Disease Ethics…
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Alison Buttenheim, Washington Post, Vaccination Refusal

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A statewide 500% increase in the use of Personal Beliefs Exemptions (PBEs) to refuse childhood vaccinations has begun to "bump up against" California's herd immunity threshold for a number of once-conquered diseases, according to a Washington Post article co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow and Penn Nursing Assistant Professor Alison Buttenheim, PhD.…

Tags: Vaccines
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How to Turn Insurers Into Drivers of Health System Value

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

"Insurers," write LDI Fellow Ari Friedman and economics student Siyabonga Ndwandwe in a new HealthAffairs Blog post, "are a crucial but commonly neglected driver of health system value."

And the authors explain why the recently proposed insurance reforms known as "Relative Value Health
LDI Fellow Ari Friedman (left) and SUMR…
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Ezekiel Emanuel: 'Long Live Fewer Hospitals'

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

 A lengthy Reuters article about the continuing financial collapse of rural hospital systems quotes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's prediction that more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals will close by 2020.

The article quotes from Emanuel's recent book, "Reinventing American Health Care," that explains why local clinics can more efficiently…
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Susan Domchek, New York Times, BRCA Gene Screening

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

In a New York Times interview, LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek took issue with new study findings from Israel that suggest all women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent should be screened for the cancer-causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Current practice is to screen only women who are from families where such…

Tags: Cancer, oncology
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Guy David, MedCity News, Medical Homes and ER Visits

  • Friday, 5 September 2014

A new study of the association between patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and emergency department utilization led by LDI Senior Fellow Guy David is the subject of a MedCity News article.

Published in Health Services Research, the study set out to assess if PCMHs reduced the use of hospital emergency departments…

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