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Raina Merchant, Penn News, AED Accessibility Problems

  • Wednesday, 7 November 2012

In a presentation to the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles this week, LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant detailed how automated external defibrillators are inaccessible in many Philadelphia buildings. Drawing on data collected by hundreds of volunteers in the "My Heart Map Challenge" and another study last winter,…

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Dan Polsky, IOM Report, Community-Based Prevention Framework

  • Saturday, 3 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Executive Director Dan Polsky, PhD, MPP, is a member of the 15-person study committee that produced the just-released Institute of Medicine framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention.

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the California Endowment and the de Beaumont…

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Carolyn Cannuscio, WHYY Newsworks, Urban Health Research

  • Friday, 2 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Carolyn Cannuscio's urban health disparities studies are the subject of a multimedia report on WHYY's Newsworks site. Cannuscio, ScD, ScM, an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, notes that her field of research "is not funded to the degree…

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Katrina Armstrong, TIME, Genetic Testing

  • Tuesday, 30 October 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, is featured in a TIME magazine article about the cost and ethical issues of current genetic testing technologies. She is a Professor and Division Chief for General Internal Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.

"Most of the people who talk about cost implications…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Amy Finkelstein's Talk at LDI Seminar

  • Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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LDI Presentation: Oct. 19, 2012 | 2:04 Video Excerpt Above

Amy Finkelstein, PhD , Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: Healthcare Exceptionalism? Productivity, Competition and Resource Allocation in the U.S. Health Care Sector

In her LDI seminar appearance, Dr. Amy Finkelstein, who is well known for her work…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • Monday, 29 October 2012

The widespread belief that patients who seek physician-assisted suicide are suffering excruciating pain is false, writes Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times 'Opinionator' column. The article notes that only 22% of patients who died between 1998 and 2009 by assisted suicide in Oregon (where it's legal) were in…

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Scott Halpern, Raina Merchant Honored as Two of Nation's Top Ten Young Health Leaders

  • Thursday, 25 October 2012

LDI Senior Fellows Scott Halpern and Raina Merchant have each won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's first ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional contributions to improving the nation's health care.

The two are among 10 winners selected across the country. Each…
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Dan Polsky, Philadelphia Inquirer, Policy Research Dissemination

  • Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer's PhillyDeals blog by Joseph DiStefano features an article on LDI Senior Fellow and new Executive Director Dan Polsky discussing the institute's plans for broader dissemination of its researchers' findings. Named to succeed David Asch as the head of LDI last week, Polsky, PhD, is a Professor of both…

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Ralph Muller, American Public Media, Patient Satisfaction

  • Monday, 22 October 2012

In an appearance on American Public Media's Marketplace radio show, LDI Senior Fellow and University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph Muller discussed the new importance of patient satisfaction. The program explored the financial penalties hospitals now face for poor patient satisfaction scores. In addition to financial incentives for patient satisfaction,…

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Brian Strom Keynotes Asian Pharmacoepidemiology Conference

  • Monday, 22 October 2012
LDI Senior Fellow Brian Strom is a keynote speaker at this week's 7th Asian
Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology in Bangalore, India. Strom, MD, MPH and Executive Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, will speak on the use of trial design for comparative effectiveness research.

The theme of…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Gum Chewing

  • Monday, 22 October 2012

In his latest New York Times "Opinionator" column, Ezekiel Emanuel explains why elementary schools should encourage young students to chew xylitol gum on a regular basis. He points out that approximately 17 million U.S. children don't get basic dental care and that although the fact has been largely ignored by…

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Jason Karlawish, The Atlantic, Voting and Mental Incompetence

  • Monday, 22 October 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD, is featured in an article in The Atlantic exploring the voting rights and restrictions of people judged to be "mentally incompetent." Thirty states have laws that can bar people with mental disabilities from voting if they have been ruled "mentally incapacitated" by a court. Karlawish,…

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Dan Polsky Named New LDI Executive Director

  • Thursday, 18 October 2012
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Dan Polsky, who has served as LDI's Director of Research since 2008, has been named to replace David Asch as the Institute's Executive Director, according to an announcement from University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price.

"The relationships between health care and economics -- which LDI has been investigating for 45 years…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Michael Richards' Talk at LDI Seminar

  • Wednesday, 17 October 2012
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LDI Presentation: Oct. 12, 2012 | 2:09 Video Excerpt Above

Michael Richards, MD, MPH, PhD candidate Yale University

Title: Too Late to Change? Financial Risks and Mediating Factors for Health Shocks and Health Behaviors Among Older Adults

Dr. Richards completed his MD and MPH degrees at the University of Illinois…

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Kevin Volpp and Mitchell Schnall Elected to IOM

  • Monday, 15 October 2012
LDI Senior Fellows Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and Mitchell Schnall, MD, PhD, have been elected to membership in the Institute
of Medicine, according to an IOM announcement released today. In the statement, IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg said "Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have…
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Schools as a New Kind of Mental Health Clinic: University of Illinois' Marc Atkins Details His Research

  • Friday, 12 October 2012

By Tara Kotagal

Thirteen years after a landmark U.S. Surgeon General's report characterized the lack of adequate mental health services for children as a "serious concern," those services remain widely unavailable in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods. Some 80% of uninsured youth who
Marc Atkins, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology…
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Rachel Werner, Wall Street Journal, Hospital Infections

  • Friday, 12 October 2012

In the Wall Street Journal, LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner, MD, PhD comments on a new study that found that Medicare's policy of not paying for the treatment of hospital-acquired infections had little impact on the rate of those infections. Previous research has shown mixed results for efforts to improve the…

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Robert Field, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Health Care Blog

  • Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer has launched a new blog by LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field, PhD, JD, MPH, a Professor of Law of Drexel's Law School and Professor of Health Management and Policy at that University's School of Public Health. The new blog is called "The Field Clinic" and focuses…

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Scott Lorch, Philadelphia Inquirer, Infant Death Rate Spike

  • Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Scott Lorch, MD, MSCE, that links a late 1990's spike in Philadelphia's infant mortality rate to the closure of several hospital maternity units throughout the city is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article. The project analyzed the period of 1995 through…

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Jeffrey Silber, New Yorker, Failure to Rescue

  • Monday, 8 October 2012
The "failure to rescue" metric of surgical risk originally established by LDI Senior Fellow Jeffrey Silber, MD, PhD, was a
focus of Atul Gawande's presentation at the recent New Yorker Festival (see video). Gawande, MD, a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and New Yorker writer, illustrated "failure…
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