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A 3-Decade Assessment of MD/MBA Training on Career Outcomes

  • Thursday, 17 July 2014

The dual training of doctors as both MDs and MBAs -- a practice pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 -- produces health care workers who are positive about that training's impact on their professional lives and tend to pursue nonclinical leadership roles later in their careers. Those are the…

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Peter Reese, US News & World Report, Older Kidney Donors

  • Friday, 11 July 2014

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Peter Reese concludes that older people who donate kidneys do not face heightened health risks as a result of that organ removal. Originally published in The American Journal of Transplantation, the findings are also the subject of an article in US News &…

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David Casarett, WHYY Newsworks, End-of-Life Issues

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A 2008 Penn study of hospice eligibility criteria for cancer conducted by LDI Senior Fellows David Casarett, Mary Naylor and David Asch, is prominently mentioned in a WHYY Newsworks article and "Pulse" radio program about insurers' end-of-life discussions with patients.

The story profiles the Cherry Hill, N.J.,  firm Vital Decisions that…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Politico, Hobby Lobby Decision

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Writing in Politico about the implications of the "Hobby Lobby" ruling, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel says "The Supreme Court's conservative majority does seem to have added one more reason to doubt the wisdom of having employers be the main sponsors of health insurance in the United States."

"Employer-sponsored health insurance…

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Baligh Yehia, Newsworks, Hepatitis C Cures

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A study of the national Hepatitis C cure rate by LDI Senior Fellows Baligh Yehia and Craig Umscheid is the subject of an article in WHYY's Newsworks. The research found that only 330,000 -- or less than 10% --  of the estimated 3.5 million people who have the disease were cured…

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Wong, Asch and Merchant, Multiple Media, Healthcare.gov Study

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014

LDI Fellow Charlene Wong, along with LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Raina Merchant authored a Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed piece about the findings of their new study of ways to improve Healthcare.gov for young adults. The Op-Ed piece, which simultaneously accompanied publication of the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine…

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New Penn Study Outlines How to Improve Healthcare.gov

  • Tuesday, 8 July 2014

By Hoag Levins

A new three month observational study by a University of Pennsylvania research team led by LDI Fellow Charlene Charlene Wong has identified the most serious problems on Healthcare.gov that confuse or thwart the young adults who are the insurance website's most important targets.

The problems and the recommended…

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New Study ID's 5 Top Low-Value Surgery Practices

  • Monday, 23 June 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Lee Fleisher is the senior author of a new study by a team of Penn anesthesiologists that identified the top five surgery-related procedures that are low benefit, high cost practices not supported by strong evidence.

Published in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the study takes…
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Mark Pauly and Scott Harrington, Washington Post, ACA 'Sticker Shock'

  • Friday, 20 June 2014

An LDI team's new study showing the Affordable Care Act didn't boost costs in the individual Health insurance market as much as previous studies claimed, is getting big media play, including a major story in The Washington Post.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) work by LDI Senior Fellows…
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Ari Friedman, JAMA, ICU Economic Incentives

  • Friday, 20 June 2014

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, LDI Fellow Ari Friedman, argues against the point of an earlier article that suggests the establishment of ICU bed quotas as a way to control ICU costs.

That earlier piece's authors noted that at $80 billion a year, overall U.S. ICU…
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Kevin Volpp, Modern Healthcare, Wellness Programs

  • Friday, 20 June 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp is quoted in a cover article in the May 26 issue of Modern Healthcare that questions the effectiveness of wellness programs.

The magazine story says that "Despite employers' growing investment in wellness programs, the evidence is mixed on whether such programs produce short-term return on investment."…

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Bruce Kinosian, WHYY 'The Pulse, House Calls Revived

  • Thursday, 19 June 2014

A WHYY "The Pulse" radio show and article looks at how LDI Senior Fellow Bruce Kinosian and the Affordable Care Act are both executing something of a "back to the future" effort to resurrect house calls.

The house call, which went extinct as high-tech hospital medicine came to dominate health care,…
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Karen Glanz: Practicing What She Researches

  • Thursday, 19 June 2014
A feature story in the Philadelphia Inquirer points out that LDI Senior Fellow and behavioral epidemiologist Karen Glanz, who studies the effect of nutrition and exercise on obesity and disease, follows her own findings with four-mile daily runs, 300-mile bicycle races, marathon swims and other
Karen Glanz in her office with…
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David Mandell, USA Today, Cost of Autism Care

  • Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A family's cost for the lifetime care of a member who has autism runs between $1.4 and $2.4 million, according to a new study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow David Mandell and highlighted in a USA Today article. That estimate makes autism one of the nation's most expensive disabilities.

Mandell…

Tags: autism
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Jason Karlawish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Scamming Seniors

  • Wednesday, 18 June 2014
The scamming of seniors suffering various levels of cognitive decline has become so common an activity across the country that we need to "reboot" our national approach to the problem, said LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish in a Philadelphia Inquirer article.
 
Karlawish, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at…
Tags: Aging
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Glanz and Volpp to Head New Prevention Research Center

  • Wednesday, 18 June 2014

LDI Senior Fellows Karen Glanz and Kevin Volpp have been named co-directors of the University of Pennsylvania's new Prevention Research Center (PRC) funded with a five-year $4.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The center is one of 26 established across the country to conduct public health…
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AcademyHealth Article of Year Honors Paper by Konetzka, Polsky and Werner

  • Thursday, 12 June 2014
Photo: Hoag Levins
Together at the AcademyHealth conference in San Diego are the University of Chicago's Tamara Konetzka, PhD, and University of Pennsylvania's Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, and Dan Polsky, PhD, MPP, co-authors the paper honored as the 2014 Article of the Year.

Astudy paper co-authored by a University of Chicago…

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Mark Pauly, The Hill, Insurance Without Access to Care

  • Friday, 23 May 2014

An article in The Hill co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly and three experts from the conservative American Enterprise Institute argues that the current round of health care reform "has largely ignored the poor."

The piece goes on to say, "The health care safety net has far too
Mark Pauly,…
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LDI Senior Fellows Develop New Hospital Ranking System

  • Friday, 23 May 2014
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In this 3-minute LDI excerpt of a longer Knowledge@Wharton video interview, Jeffrey Silber explains the new hospital care ranking system developed by a team he led.

A study led by LDI Senior Fellow Jeffrey Silber and co-authored by Senior Fellows Paul Rosenbaum, Lee Fleisher and Orit Even-Shoshan that has created a…

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Chris Feudtner Faults Penn's Tobacco Investments

  • Monday, 19 May 2014

In an article in Inside Higher Ed, LDI Senior Fellow Chris Feudtner discusses the petition signed by him and 534 other senior faculty members urging the University of Pennsylvania to drop its tobacco-related investments.

The article notes the move comes 25 years after Harvard pulled out of tobacco-related investments.
Chris…
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