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LDI/Penn Medicine's Neuman, Bekelman and Guevara Win $25 Million in PCORI Grants

  • Thursday, 23 April 2015
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LDI Senior Fellows Mark Neuman, Justin Bekelman and James Guevara, all of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, have tentatively won more than $25 million in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funding for comparative clinical effectiveness studies.

The grants were announced by the PCORI Board of Governors who point out that the…
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Recent Research Summaries

  • Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Location of HIV Diagnosis Impacts Linkage to Medical Care

Baligh R. Yehia, Elizabeth Ketner, Florence Momplaisir, Alisa J. Stephens-Shields, Nadia Dowshen, Michael G. Eberhart, Kathleen A. Brady

In the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Baligh Yehia and colleagues investigate the importance of HIV diagnosis location for determining whether…

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Charles Branas, Medscape, Economics-Driven Suicides

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015

A new study of economic downturns' relationship to suicides in Greece led by Charles Branas is the subject of an article in Medscape.

The study, which was co-authored by Brendan Carr
Charles Branas
and Douglas Wiebe, analyzed the patterns of austerity and prosperity along with the patterns of 11,505 Greek…
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Ezekiel Emanuel, OncologyNurseAdvisor, Cancer Patient Demands

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015

Despite the claims by many physicians that cancer patient demand is a major driver of high medical costs, a new study led by Ezekiel Emanuel found that clinically inappropriate demands occur in only 1% of oncology encounters, and clinicians comply with very few of those.

The study by a Penn Medicine…

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Giang Nguyen Named Executive Director, Penn Student Health Service

  • Thursday, 26 February 2015
Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and LDI Senior Fellow Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE, has been named
Giang Nguyen
Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service.

"I'm interested in the health of our students," Nguyen told the Daily Pennsylvanian, "but it's not just…

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David Casarett, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dementia-Related Suicide

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Commenting to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the case of Barbara Bitros -- a former hospice nurse planning to end her own life before dementia robs her of her identity -- Penn Medicine Director of Hospice and Palliative Care David Casarett noted that the reaction isn't unusual.

Bitros, a resident of Langhorne,…

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Linda Aiken Elected to Board of PA Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc.

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Penn Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research Linda Aiken has been elected to the Board of Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), according to Penn Nursing Science News.

Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, conducts research on the health care workforce and quality…
Tags: nursing
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Robert Town, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, High-Cost Care

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

 Robert Town is quoted in a major Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article exploring the unusually high costs of some hospital care in its region of Wisconsin. 

Town, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an LDI Senior Fellow.

According to a 2014…

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Lawton Burns,, Hospital Costs

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Lawton Burns is quoted in an article on about the rising per-patient costs in many hospital systems, particularly those that have been part of recent mergers and acquisitions.
The article asks why economies of scale don't seem to work in hospital systems and suggests that the reason is higher…
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Penn Study Details Accuracy of 10 Wearable Pedometer Brands

  • Thursday, 12 February 2015

A new study of the accuracy of 10 different brands of digital, wearable pedometers co-authored by Mitesh Patel, Kevin Volpp and Penn medical student Meredith Case has generated an international flurry of publicity.

The wearable device study was conducted by having 14 people walk 500 and 1500 steps on a treadmill…
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Medicaid 'Fee Bump' Study Spotlighted at Senate Hearing

  • Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Watch the video excerpt: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell cites Penn's Medicaid "fee bump" study in her appearance before the Senate Finance Committee.

A University of Pennsylvania Medicaid "fee bump" study by LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and co-authors at Penn and the Urban Institute was a point of…

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Why One Health Economist Wants to Pay More for His Insurance

  • Thursday, 5 February 2015

By Hoag Levins

While labor leaders and some well-paid employee groups like Harvard professors rail against increased cost-sharing in health insurance as well as the coming "Cadillac Tax," a top health economist at the University of Pennsylvania has starkly different views about such cost containment measures.

Mark Pauly, PhD, a Professor…
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Robert Town, Phoenix Business Journal, Hospital Mergers

  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 2013 study of hospital merger strategies and pricing impact co-authored by Wharton's Robert Town is the subject of an article in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Town, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton and an LDI Senior Fellow.

The Arizona newspaper details how Town's study,…

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Scott Harrington, Pharmaceutical Journal, Precision Medicine Initiative

  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015

An article in the journal of the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society quotes Wharton Professor Scott Harrington on the "Precision Medicine Initiative" proposed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Speech.

That White House initiative will reportedly seek a $215 million budget item to fund a more coordinated national…

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Penn 2015 Models of Excellence Award Honorable Mention: LDI Digital Editor

  • Monday, 2 February 2015

LDI Digital Editor Hoag Levins has been awarded honorable mention in this year's Penn Models of Excellence Awards for his writing, photography, video production and website publishing efforts documenting and promoting LDI's annual Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program.

The awards were announced in the latest Penn Current newsletter.

Initiative and…
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Ezekiel Emanuel: Healthy People Should Say 'No' to Annual Physicals

  • Friday, 30 January 2015

In a Huffington Post interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that followed up his recent New York Times piece on the same subject, Ezekiel Emanuel exhorted healthy people to say "no" to annual physicals.

Emanuel told the Post that overwhelming data from studies involving tens of thousands of…

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Mary Naylor's 'Transitional Care' System Spotlighted

  • Friday, 30 January 2015
Mary Naylor's "Transitional Care Model" that pairs nurses with elderly patients from the time they enter the hospital to up to 90 days after they are discharged,
Mary Naylor of Penn's School of Nursing
is the subject of a National Journal article.

Fewer readmissions
Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a…

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Wide Media Pickup for Medicaid 'Fee Bump' Study

  • Friday, 30 January 2015

Dan Polsky and Karin Rhodes' study on the Medicaid "fee bump" has garnered widespread pickup by media sites across the country. The analysis looked at the two-years during which the Affordable Care Act raised doctors' pay rates for Medicaid primary care services. It found that significantly more appointments were available for…

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Glick, Doshi, Sonnad, Polsky: New Book on Economics of Clinical Trials

  • Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Four LDI Senior Fellows -- Henry Glick, Jalpa Doshi, Seema Sonnad, and Dan Polsky -- are co-authors of a new edition of a book about the economics of clinical trials.

Entitled, "Economic Evaluations in Clinical Trials," the Oxford University publication is a completely rewritten second edition of the title.…

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Kevin Volpp, Orange County Register, New Year Resolutions

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

Penn Medicine and Wharton School Professor and behavioral economics authority Kevin Volpp is quoted in an article in California's Orange Country Register about the general lack of tenacity among the legions of people who sign up for gyms and yoga lessons immediately after New Years.

"Joining a gym is an interesting…

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