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Andrew Epstein, Reuters, Minimally-Invasive Surgery

  • Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Andrew Epstein suggests that minimally-invasive forms of heart surgery may be less expensive and cost patients fewer days off from work than standard versions of the same procedures, according to a Reuters article. Looking at six common surgeries, his team found that…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, NPR, New Book

  • Monday, 25 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's new book, "Brothers Emanuel," is the subject of an NPR book review. Published by Random House, the work is a memoir of  Emanuel and his brothers Ari and Rahm's early years growing up in Chicago. Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives,…

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Ezekiel Emanuel and Justin Bekelman, New York Times, Cancer Care Costs

  • Monday, 25 March 2013

In his latest New York Times' "Opinionator" column, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel has asked 20 prominent members of the oncology community about how best to fix cancer care. The primary issue is the cost, which is the fastest-growing segment of the country's overall health care spending. One of the…

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Brendan Saloner, RWJF Capital Blog, ACOs

  • Monday, 25 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner's article on shared-savings payment models for health care is featured on the front page of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital Blog. Saloner, PhD, is a RWJF Health & Society Scholar in residence at Penn.

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Brendan Carr, MedicalExpress, Telestroke Programs

  • Wednesday, 20 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Carr, MD, is featured in a MedicalXpress.com article detailing the results of a new study of how telemedicine techniques were used to expand stroke care into remote areas of Oregon. Previous research by a team led by Carr, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn's Perelman…

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Karin Rhodes, Reuters, Canadian Access Disparities

  • Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Has Canada's universal health insurance system, which pays doctors the same rate for all patients, eliminated access disparities throughout that country? Apparently not, according to a new study detailed in a Reuters news story. That study shows that Canada's poor still have difficulty getting appointments with doctors. LDI Senior Fellow…

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Justin Bekelman, ScienceDaily, Prostate Cancer Treatments

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2013

An article in the research news service ScienceDaily spotlights the findings of a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Justin Bekelman of how financial incentives affect physicians' recommendations to cancer patients. "Our study found that ownership of radiation therapy equipment that offers high reimbursement rates has an impact on treatment…

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Kevin Volpp, New York Times, High-Sugar Soda Ban

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2013

New York City's proposed soda ban is both a behavioral nudge and a tax that raises the relative cost of an ounce of soda, LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp told The New York Times. Volpp, MD, PhD, is quoted in a Times' article about reaction to a State Supreme…

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Howard Kunreuther, NPR Radio, Post-Sandy Flood Insurance

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Hurricane Sandy, which devastated shore towns along broad swaths of the northeastern coast, is only the latest disaster to demonstrate how under-insured the country is, said LDI Senior Fellow Howard Kunreuther in a radio interview with Boston NPR station WBUR. Kunreuther, PhD, is a Professor of Operations and Information Management at…

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Kevin Volpp, Associated Press, Weight-Loss Incentives

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2013
LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp is featured in an Associated Press article about a Mayo Clinic study that concluded cash payments are the best incentive for employee weight loss. The study of one hundred obese Clinic employees was the longest test yet of financial incentives for weight loss. Volpp, MD, PhD,…
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Ezekiel Emanuel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Personalized Medicine

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2013

"Personalized" techniques that tailor drugs to someone's genetic make-up are not likely to be a viable or economic medical therapy for decades, according to LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel speaking at a panel on health care costs. In recent months, Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, a former White House health advisor and…

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Chyke Doubeni, Reuters, Colonoscopy Study

  • Friday, 8 March 2013

A new study of colonoscopy and cancer risk led by LDI Senior Fellow Chyke Doubeni is the subject of a Reuters news story. The research found that people who had a colonoscopy in the past ten years were less likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer than those who weren't screened.…

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Kevin Volpp, KPCC Radio, Wellness Programs

  • Thursday, 7 March 2013

In an interview on NPR-affiliate KPCC radio in southern California, LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp is quoted on the costs and effectiveness of workplace wellness programs. The preventive efforts, which often financially reward or punish employees for health-related behavior, are designed to ultimately lower health care costs. The programs have become…

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Kevin Volpp, Knowledge@Wharton, Incentive Lottery

  • Thursday, 7 March 2013

A study led by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp of how a lottery can be used to induce more employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) is the subject of a Knowledge@Wharton article. The piece is focused on the growing trend of using various sorts of incentives to alter an…

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Ann Kutney-Lee, Infection Control Today, Nursing Degrees

  • Thursday, 7 March 2013

Hospitals that hire more four-year-degree nurses experience a decrease in the rate of post-surgery mortality, according to new research by LDI Senior Fellow Ann Kutney-Lee that's the subject of an article in Infection Control Today. Lee, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing. …

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Ben Handel's Talk at LDI/Wharton Penn Risk Insurance Program Seminar

  • Wednesday, 6 March 2013
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LDI Presentation: Feb. 22, 2013 | 1:52 Video Excerpt Above

Ben Handel, PhD , Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Title: Health Insurance for Humans: Understanding Consumer Choice Foundations

Dr. Ben Handel is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Faculty Research Fellow at…

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Rebecca Stein, Penn News, 8,000 Students a Semester

  • Monday, 4 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Rebecca Stein will be teaching as many as 8,000 undergraduates in a Coursera "Principles of Microeconomics" course this spring, according to a Penn News announcement.

The online Coursera platform, which was launched in 2012, offers free, non-credit, video-based courses to audiences around the world; Penn is one of…

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J. Sanford Schwartz, New York Times, Diet and Heart Disease

  • Monday, 4 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow J. Sanford Schwartz is quoted in a New York Times story about the increasing attention being paid to the potentially dramatic impact of correct diets on heart health. The growing interest comes in the wake of a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing…

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LDI eMagazine Wins National Journalism Award

  • Tuesday, 26 February 2013

LDI Managing Editor for Digital Publications Hoag Levins and the LDI Health Economist eMagazine have won first prize for Best Health Policy Reporting in a small magazine in 2012 from the national Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Global View

  • Monday, 25 February 2013

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will this week announce plans to build a "world house" on campus as part of an effort led by LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel to expand Penn's global presence. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives…

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