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Colleen Barry, NBC, Gun Policy Poll

  • Thursday, 14 February 2013

A national poll by LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Colleen Barry that found a majority of Americans support gun policy reforms is the subject of a major NBC news story. Barry, PhD, MPP, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.…

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5 LDI Senior Fellows Weigh in on NP Debate

  • Thursday, 14 February 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Linda Aiken, David Asch, Lawton Burns, Robert Town and Ashley Swanson are featured in an extensive Knowledge@Wharton article exploring the debate around whether or not nurse practitioners should play an expanded new role throughout the U.S. health care system. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of…

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Charles Bosk Wins 2013 Reeder Award

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Charles Bosk, PhD, has won the 2013 Leo G. Reeder Award from the American Sociological Association for distinguished contributions to the field of medical sociology.

Bosk's pioneering studies of how the medical profession addresses its mistakes are also spotlighted in a New York Times article.

Bosk, a…

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Lawton Burns and Robert Town, New HMPI Magazine

  • Thursday, 7 February 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Lawton Burns and Robert Town are members of the editorial board of the newly launched Health Management, Policy and Innovation (HMPI) journal. Sponsored by the Business School Alliance for Health Management, the new online publication is designed as an academic forum for ideas and research aimed at…

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Robert Gross, Medpage, HIV Patient Rx Adherence

  • Thursday, 7 February 2013

A study led by LDI Senior Fellow Robert Gross has found that HIV patients in a year-long counseling program focused on problem solving were more adherent in their drug therapy, according to a MedPageToday story. At the same time, the annual cost per-patient in the study was substantially less than $1,000…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Hospital Fiscal Fears

  • Thursday, 7 February 2013

The fears of hospitals and unionized hospital workers that reducing health costs will hurt them as well as the larger national economy are ill-founded, writes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times column. "The truth is, " says Emanuel, "reducing health care cost increases by just…

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David Grande, US News & World Report, Medical Costs

  • Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A US News & World Report article spotlights LDI Senior Fellow David Grande's study of the "life disruptions" people experience as a result of their medical expenses and the sometimes extreme measures they take to keep their family afloat. Such measures include allowing their cars to be repossessed or covering large…

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Kevin Volpp, New York Times, Behavioral Economics

  • Friday, 18 January 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp's research work using sweepstakes prizes as a weight loss incentive was spotlighted in a New York Times Op-Ed article about advances in behavioral science.

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VIDEO EXCERPT: 2013 Charles Leighton Lecture

  • Thursday, 17 January 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (January 11, 2013) -- Director of the Department of Clinical Policy at the American College of Physicians, Dr. Amir Qaseem was the speaker at this year's Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture in Colloquium Hall at the University of Pennsylvania Jon M. Huntsman Hall. Above is a 2:58-minute video excerpt from…

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Mark Pauly and Howard Kunreuther, Best's Review, Insurance Anomalies

  • Thursday, 10 January 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Mark Pauly and Howard Kunreuther's new book, "Insurance and Behavioral Economics" is the subject of an extensive preview article in Best's Review magazine, a leading journal of the insurance industry. The co-authors are both professors at Penn's Wharton School; Pauly of Health Care Management and Kunreuther of…

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Robert Field, American Public Media, Insurance Rate Increases

  • Thursday, 10 January 2013

The double digital premium rate increases being requested and implemented by health insurers across the country are an effort to lock in substantial boosts before all provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014, said LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field in an interview on American Public Media's "Marketplace" program.…

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Robert Field, American Public Media, Retail Medicine

  • Thursday, 10 January 2013

Retail medicine -- treatments usually administered by non-physician practitioners in venues like drug stores and shopping mall store fronts -- is becoming an increasingly significant player in health care, said LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field in an interview on American Public Media's "Marketplace" program. The radio show explored how national drug…

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Brendan Saloner, Health Affairs, Substance Abuse Disparities

  • Tuesday, 8 January 2013

A new study by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner found that about 50% of all African American and Hispanic patients who enter publicly-funded alcohol treatment programs don't complete that treatment, compared to 38% of white patients, according to a report in Health Affairs. Overall, more than one-third of the approximately…

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Jonathan Kolstad, Mark Pauly, Robert Town, Forbes, Small Employers' Insurance

  • Tuesday, 8 January 2013

In an op-ed "Wharton on Forbes" commentary, LDI Senior Fellows Jonathan Kolstad, Mark Pauly and Robert Town rebut claims that the Affordable Care Act's new insurance requirements will saddle small employers with significant new expenses.

They note that benefit consultants, major corporations like McDonalds, and press outlets like the New…

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Dan Polsky, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hospital Quality Ratings

  • Friday, 4 January 2013

LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the new quality-of-care systems being implemented in Philadelphia-area hospitals. Polsky, PhD, MPP, said that the idea that Medicare's new hospital ratings system would financially reward or penalize hospitals according to their measurable quality seems fairly simple but quickly…

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Robert Field, Newsworks, Medicare and Fiscal Cliff Deal

  • Thursday, 3 January 2013

In an interview with WHYY's Newsworks, LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field rebutted critics who allege Medicare's various programs are "broken beyond repair" and said those programs are not mismanaged but rather are forced to operate "in a world in which medicine gets more expensive almost by the day." Field, PhD,…

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Robert Field, CBS Philly, ACA's Contraceptive Provisions

  • Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Affordable Care Act exempts churches from having to comply with provisions of the law that violate their beliefs but that may not be true of employers, LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field said in an interview on CBS Philly. Field, PhD, JD, MPH and Drexel University Professor of both Health…

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Matthew McHugh, FierceHealthcare, Readmissions

  • Thursday, 3 January 2013

An article in FierceHealthcare.com spotlights the latest research of LDI Senior Fellow Matthew McHugh linking positive nursing staff and education levels to reductions in the readmission rate of Medicare hospital patients. Published in the journal, Medical Care, the work analyzed discharges from 412 hospitals in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, NEJM, Shared Decision Making

  • Thursday, 3 January 2013

In a New England Journal of Medicine commentary touting shared decision making as the "sleeper provision" of the Affordable Care Act, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel says it "has the potential to provide numerous benefits for patients, clinicians, and the health care system, including increased patient knowledge, less anxiety over the…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Austin Frakt's Talk at LDI Seminar

  • Tuesday, 1 January 2013
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LDI Presentation: Dec. 7, 2012 | 3:08 Video Excerpt Above

Austin Frakt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine & School of Public Health; Health Economist, Veterans Health Administration

Title: The Effects of Health Plan-Provider Integration on Prices and Quality

Austin Frakt, PhD, is a widely followed health policy…

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