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VIDEO EXCERPT: Art Kellermann's Talk at LDI Seminar

  • Monday, 17 December 2012
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LDI Presentation: Nov. 28, 2012 | 3:12 Video Excerpt Above

Art Kellermann, MD, MPH , Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Title: Flattening the Trajectory of Health Care Spending: Insights from RAND Health Research

Arthur Kellermann holds the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis…

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Charles Branas and Eugenia Garvin, The Atlantic, Urban Infrastructure

  • Friday, 14 December 2012

An article in The Atlantic magazine about the dangers posed by inner-city abandoned buildings and trash-strewn vacant lots cites the work of LDI Senior Fellows Charles Branas and Eugenia Garvin. Branas, PhD and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, and Garvin, MD, MSHP and an emergency medicine…

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Justin Bekelman, Wall Street Journal, Proton Beam Costs

  • Friday, 14 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Justin Bekelman, MD, is cited in the Wall Street Journal about a new study using Medicare records that found proton-beam therapy for prostate cancer provides no long-term benefit over traditional radiation treatments, despite higher costs. In a joint project with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Bekelman, Assistant Professor…

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Kevin Volpp, USnews.com, Protected Sleep for Residents

  • Thursday, 6 December 2012

Medical interns who are provided with "protected sleep" periods are more alert on the job, according to a new study lead by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp. The project looked at interns and senior medical students at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical…

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Susan Domchek, WHYY Radio, Genetic Testing

  • Thursday, 6 December 2012

While rapid advances in genetic testing are enabling new sorts of diagnostics and treatments, the testing is also likely to provide more information than patients want or know what to do with, according to LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek who discussed the subject on the RadioTimes show. Domchek, MD, is…

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Craig Umscheid, HCIF News, Patient Safety Award

  • Tuesday, 4 December 2012
The Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice directed by LDI Senior Fellow Craig Umscheid has won the top 2012 Health Care Improvement Foundation's (HCIF) "Patient Safety and Quality Award" for its work in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs). 
 
Established in 2002, the annual honor recognizes "innovative contributions…
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Reed Pyeritz Named AAAS Fellow

  • Tuesday, 4 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Reed Pyeritz, MD, PhD has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor acknowledges an individual's "scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the weekly journal Science.…

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Katherine Milkman, HoumaToday, Bias in Academia

  • Friday, 30 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's study of bias in academia is the subject of an article in HoumaToday, a Louisiana newspaper of the Gannett chain. Published in Psychological Science in May, the project created fictional prospective doctoral students who requested a meeting with a professor. 6,500 professors at 258 universities…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Atlantic Magazine, End-of-Life Care

  • Friday, 30 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel is the subject of an article about end-of-life care in The Atlantic magazine. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Tags: end-of-life
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Zachary Meisel, Time.com, Prescription Painkillers

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

In his lastest Time.com column, LDI Senior Fellow Zachary Meisel takes a look at the overdose death rate driven by prescription painkillers. He notes that prescriptions for opiod narcotics tripled between 1999 and 2010 and suggests that physicians have gone too far. Meisel, MD, is an emergency physician and Assistant…

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Justin Bekelman, Washington Post, Research Integrity

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

The Washington Post cites a 2003 study by LDI Senior Fellow Justin Bekelman, MD in an article exploring how the pharmaceutical industry's growing influence over research increases the potential for bias. The Post reports "The odds of coming to a conclusion favorable to the industry are 3.6 times greater in research sponsored…

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Raina Merchant, Health Affairs, Young Health Leader Profile

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant is the subject of a profile article in the December edition of Health Affairs in the wake of being named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of America's Top Ten Young Health Leaders. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional…

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Scott Halpern, Health Affairs, Young Health Leader Profile

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern is the subject of a profile article in the December edition of Health Affairs in the wake of being named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of America's Top Ten Young Health Leaders. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional…

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Rachel Werner, NBC News, Excessive Diagnostic Tests

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner is interviewed in an NBC News story about a new Dartmouth study documenting excessive rates of six different kinds of diagnostic tests among elderly Medicare patients. Among the findings were that 35% of those who had an upper endoscopy had another within three years despite the…

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Polsky, Rosoff, Pauly, Daily Pennsylvanian, ACA and HUP

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and LDI Seniors Fellow Arnold Rosoff and Mark Pauly are interviewed in a Daily Pennsylvanian story exploring the various ways in which the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania will be impacted by the Affordable Care Act's mandates.

Polsky, Professor of both Medicine at Penn's Perelman…

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Joan Gluch, Penn News, Dental Disparities

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Associate Dean for Academic Policies of Penn's School of Dental Medicine Joan Gluch has announced receipt of a $1.5 million grant to fund scholarships for dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Penn's is one of three dental schools to receive such grants from the federal Health Resources and…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Office Junk Food

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Corporations' routine distribution of free snacks to employees and visitors is boosting waistlines and blood pressure as much as office morale, says LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times "Opinionator" column. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is chair of Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and…

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Kevin Volpp, Washington Post, Abu Dhabi Health Incentives

  • Friday, 16 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) Kevin Volpp is featured in a Washington Post article about Abu Dhabi's aggressive national plan to pay citizens to stay healthy. It is the world's first such state-sponsored health incentives plan.

Abu Dhabi, the second largest…
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David Casarett, HealthDay, Palliative Care

  • Thursday, 15 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow David Casarett, MD, MA, is quoted in a HealthDay article about a new Harvard study that found that terminally ill people who get early counseling about end-of-life care undergo less aggressive medical treatment in their final days. Casarett, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, CNBC TV, Health Insurance Exchanges

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

In an interview on CNBC TV, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel emphasizes the importance of getting the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges up and running if the law's implementation is going to be successful. He notes that "many states have kicked the can down the road and the federal…

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