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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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Ezekiel Emanuel, Washington Post, Reduced Medicare Spending

  • Wednesday, 19 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Chair of the University of Pennsylania Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Ezekiel Emanuel is the subject of a Washington Post article about ways to reduce Medicare costs. Emanuel, MD, PhD, said he favors competitive bidding for Medicare services and gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age.…

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Kevin Volpp, The Economist, Health Lifestyle Policies

  • Monday, 17 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics Kevin Volpp is quoted in an article in The Economist about various companies' and countries' efforts to "nudge" their citizens toward healthier lifestyle habits. In Japan, for instance, employers must now provide waist measurements for all their…

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Barbara Kahn, Knowledge@Wharton, Marketing to Children

  • Monday, 17 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Wharton School Professor of Marketing Barbara Kahn is quoted in a Knowledge@Wharton article about advertisers' aggressive targeting of children's smartphones, tablets and hand-held game devices. "It's obviously a huge concern," said Kahn, PhD, MPhil, MBA and Director of Wharton's Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. "Kids can't differentiate…

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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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