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Raina Merchant Named to Head New Social Media Lab

  • Monday, 1 July 2013

From:  David A. Asch, MD, MBA - Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Jill M. Baren, MD, MBE - Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Daniel Polsky, PhD - Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Subject: Appointment of Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP as Director of…

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Shulamite Chiu Wins AcademyHealth Best Student Abstract Award

  • Saturday, 29 June 2013

Shulamite Chiu, a second year doctoral student in the Wharton Health Care Management program and T-32 Institutional NRSA Fellow, has won the Health Economics Interest Group "Best Student Abstract" award at the 2013 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) in Baltimore.

The 2013 Health Economics Interest Group Awards, which were offically announced from…

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An MD Doctoral Candidate's Quest for ACA Answers

  • Monday, 24 June 2013

By Gina Siddiqui

When I went to participate in a panel convened in the editorial offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer to discuss the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange rollout, I didn't expect the experts to offer as many questions as they did answers.

As a medical student who will join…
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Julie Fairman to Co-Direct $20 Million RWJF Nursing Program

  • Friday, 21 June 2013

Penn's School of Nursing will be the program office for a new $20 million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative designed to help more nurses get their PhDs.  LDI Senior Fellow Julie Fairman will co-direct the Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates over its…

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Lawton Burns and Ralph Muller, Book Content Award

  • Friday, 21 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Lawton R. Burns, PhD and Ralph Muller have received the 2013 Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Emerald Literati Network for their chapter on the changing configuration of hospital systems. The chapter, published in Advances in Health Care Management, documents recent trends toward fragmentation and decentralization in hospital…

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LDI Names Four to Leadership Positions

  • Monday, 17 June 2013

 The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics has named four senior fellows to internal leadership positions, the office of the Executive Director of LDI has announced. The new appointments include Co-Director of Policy, Co-Directors of Research, and Director of Education.

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Scott Halpern, ABC Action News, Controversial Lung Transplant

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2013

"I don't think we want judges making medical decisions any more than we want doctors deciding Supreme Court cases," LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern told ABC News in an interview about the controversial lung transplant quest of 10-year-old of Sarah Murnaghan. She was recently put on the adult lung donor list…

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Mark Duggan, American Public Media, Medicare Part D

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Duggan was featured on an American Public Media "Marketplace" radio report about the Medicare Part D program which is now the subject of scrutiny by a Senate Committee. Duggan, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Business Economics and Public Policy at Penn's Wharton School, and Faculty Director…

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Susan Domchek, Businessweek, Mastectomies

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow, oncologist, and Director of Penn's Basser Research Center Susan Domchek has been the subject of widespread national press pickup in the wake of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy. In publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, Domchek, MD, is widely quoted about the risk and benefits of preventive breast removal as…

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Steven Marcus, Reuters, Less Effective Drugs?

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The effectiveness of new drugs -- as measured by published clinical trials comparing the response of patients taking those treatments to those taking a placebo -- has declined significantly since the 1970s, according to a new study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Steven Marcus. Originally published in Health Affairs, the…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Science Daily, Cancer Drug Shortages

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel is a co-author of a new study that found 83% of cancer doctors report that they've faced oncology drug shortages, and of those, nearly all say their patients' treatment has been impacted. The authors point to the necessity of creating new guidelines to deal…

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Kevin Volpp, The Atlantic, Employee Wellness

  • Monday, 3 June 2013

A lengthy article in The Atlantic magazine extensively quotes LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp on issues related to the recently released final federal rules for employer-based wellness programs. In it, Volpp, MD, PhD and Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), explains the basic principles of…

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Scott Halpern, Medscape, ICU Night Staff

  • Monday, 3 June 2013

A one-year, 1,598-patient study in an academic medical center has found that staffing a nighttime critical care physician in the ICU did not improve health outcomes, according to an article in Medscape. The study, on which LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern served as senior author, was presented at the 2013…

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Mark Pauly, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hospital Billing Variations

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article exploring the growing debate over the wide variation in prices for the same hospital services. Pauly, PhD, is a Professor of Health Care Management at Penn's Wharton School.

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Wall Street Journal, Health Insurance Exchanges

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013
In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel outlines the challenges confronting the health insurance exchanges that begin enrolling customers on October 1. One of the most important, he notes, is the large numbers of healthy young males who view themselves as invincible and not…
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Nathaniel DeNicola, WebMD, Elective Cesarean Births

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Nathaniel DeNicola has found that two-thirds of U.S. hospitals have implemented policies to eliminate unnecessary cesarean births. Nathaniel said in a WebMD article, "There is reason to be encouraged that hospital policies are decreasing the frequency of this practice, and we expect…

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Nabila Dahodwala, WHYY Newsworks, Dancing With Parkinson's

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013
The overall wellbeing of patients with Parkinson's -- a disease that destroys a person's ability to control body movements -- may be significantly improved by their participating in group dance sessions, according to LDI Senior Fellow Nabila Dahodwala. Speaking in a WHYY Newsworks interview, Dahodwala, MD, MS, an Assistant Professor…
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Timothy Rebbeck, Philadelphia Inquirer, Cancer Clusters

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013

 Although they are the subject of great fear, controversy and lawsuits, cancer clusters in the vicinity of polluted industrial sites are difficult to prove because of gaps in our scientific knowledge about the exact mechanism by which toxic chemicals trigger cancers, according to LDI Senior Fellow Timothy Rebbeck. Rebbeck, PhD and…

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Brian Strom, New York Times, Salt and Health

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013

The federal committee study led by LDI Senior Fellow Brian Strom that found no basis for further reductions in the recommended daily salt-intake limit continues to generate publicity across the country. The study has been the subject of major articles in The New York Times, USA Today, NBC News,…

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Therese Richmond Inducted Into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

  • Thursday, 23 May 2013
In a July ceremony at the International Nursing Research Congress in Prague in the Czech Republic,
Senior Fellow Therese Richmond will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
LDI Senior Fellow Therese Richmond will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

The International Awards for…

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