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Michael Richards, Penn News, Primary Care Access

  • Monday, 6 October 2014

At the same time the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of previously uninsured people capable of now seeking primary care appointments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have become the most accessible venues providing those services, according to LDI Fellow Michael Richards.

Richards, MD, MPH, PhD, was lead author on…

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Why Ezekiel Emanuel Hopes to Die at 75

  • Wednesday, 24 September 2014

In a 5,000-word Atlantic magazine article exploring the physical, intellectual, emotional, medical and policy implications of growing old, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel writes that he hopes to die at age 75. That's 18 years from now, or 2032.

As they pass through middle age toward the autumn of their years,…
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Kevin Volpp, The Economist, Wellness Program Measurement Survey

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A new survey and analysis of U.S. corporate wellness programs by The Economist Intelligence Unit extensively quotes LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp throughout its assessment of the findings.

Volpp, MD, PhD, is Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and a professor of both Medicine at…
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Jason Karlawish: Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The issue of when individuals should set aside a life lived for the future and, instead, embrace the pleasures of the present is a subject of a New York Times op-ed piece by LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD.

The Penn Professor of Medicine and Director of the Neurogenerative Disease Ethics…
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Alison Buttenheim, Washington Post, Vaccination Refusal

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A statewide 500% increase in the use of Personal Beliefs Exemptions (PBEs) to refuse childhood vaccinations has begun to "bump up against" California's herd immunity threshold for a number of once-conquered diseases, according to a Washington Post article co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow and Penn Nursing Assistant Professor Alison Buttenheim, PhD.…

Tags: Vaccines
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How to Turn Insurers Into Drivers of Health System Value

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014

"Insurers," write LDI Fellow Ari Friedman and economics student Siyabonga Ndwandwe in a new HealthAffairs Blog post, "are a crucial but commonly neglected driver of health system value."

And the authors explain why the recently proposed insurance reforms known as "Relative Value Health
LDI Fellow Ari Friedman (left) and SUMR…
Tags: Insurance
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Ezekiel Emanuel: 'Long Live Fewer Hospitals'

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

 A lengthy Reuters article about the continuing financial collapse of rural hospital systems quotes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's prediction that more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals will close by 2020.

The article quotes from Emanuel's recent book, "Reinventing American Health Care," that explains why local clinics can more efficiently…
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Susan Domchek, New York Times, BRCA Gene Screening

  • Monday, 8 September 2014

In a New York Times interview, LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek took issue with new study findings from Israel that suggest all women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent should be screened for the cancer-causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Current practice is to screen only women who are from families where such…

Tags: Cancer, oncology
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Guy David, MedCity News, Medical Homes and ER Visits

  • Friday, 5 September 2014

A new study of the association between patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and emergency department utilization led by LDI Senior Fellow Guy David is the subject of a MedCity News article.

Published in Health Services Research, the study set out to assess if PCMHs reduced the use of hospital emergency departments…

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Nancy Hanrahan Leads Penn Team on White House PTSD Toolkit Project

  • Wednesday, 3 September 2014
A post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Toolkit created by a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing team led by LDI Senior Fellow Nancy Hanrahan has become an integral part of the White House's new
LDI Senior Fellow Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS.
program to enhance health care services for veterans.

The…

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Austin Frakt, New York Times, Insurer Competition

  • Tuesday, 2 September 2014

While greater competition fostered by the Affordable Care Act may theoretically have the ability to drive down health insurance premium prices, that hasn't happened yet, Austin Frakt writes in his New York Times "The Upshot" column

One reason for this, he notes, is that many health insurers, including UnitedHealthCare, the…
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LDI Experts' Marijuana Study Sparks Broad Media Interest

  • Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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A study by three LDI experts that suggests the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a 25% reduction in opioid painkiller overdose deaths has garnered massive media pickup.

Led by LDI Fellow Marcus Bachhuber and co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner and LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Colleen Barry, the…
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Penn Community Health Worker Project Gets $1.9 Million PCORI Grant

  • Sunday, 31 August 2014

The University of Pennsylvania's widely publicized community health worker (CHW) research project has been awarded a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a study of treatment support strategies for low-income chronically ill patients.

Meanwhile, the same Penn CHW program is the subject of a…
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Ezekiel Emanuel's International Call for Ebola Drug Ethics

  • Monday, 25 August 2014
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In the wake of the apparent success of an experimental drug in ridding two U.S. missionary of the Ebola virus, Britain's Telegraph newspaper and France's Agency French Presse are spotlighting a Lancet article by LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel that calls for the use of ethical principles in the distribution of…

Tags: bioethics
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David Asch and Raina Merchant, Philadelphia Inquirer, Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Monday, 25 August 2014

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Raina Merchant explore why the highly publicized "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease research provides a promising communications model for other health-care topics.

Promulgated by online video and other social media,…

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Katherine Milkman, Strategy + Business Magazine, 'Fresh Start' Effect

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's "Fresh Start Effect" study is the subject of an article in Strategy + Business magazine. Published in Management Science journal in June of this year, the study found that "fresh starts" on specific event dates -- like a birthday, an anniversary or the beginning…

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Barbara Kahn, Poets & Quants, Free MOOC Courses

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

In an article published on Poets & Quants, the social network of the graduate school business education community, author Laurie Pickard critiques the MBA marketing teaching of LDI Senior Fellow  Barbara Kahn.

Pickard has generated a great deal of her own media attention as she chronicles her effort to complete…

Tags: education
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Ezekiel Emanuel, Washington Post, Ethics & Ebola Drug

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

In a Washington Post article, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel argues that it would not violate medical ethical guidelines to provide the unapproved experimental drug ZMapp to Africa's victims of the rapidly spreading Ebola virus.  

ZMapp, a cocktail of anti-viral agents whose replication employs chemicals found in tobacco, was…

Tags: bioethics
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David Mandell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Autism and Insurance

  • Thursday, 14 August 2014

 LDI Senior Fellow David Mandell is quoted in a lengthy Philadelphia Inquirer article about childhood autism and insurance coverage throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

 
The article focuses on the affordability and availability of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the one-on-one therapy that currently appears to be the most effective treatment. But…
Tags: autism
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An Overview of Israel's Universal Health Care System

  • Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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VIDEO EXCERPT: Appearing at a policy seminar at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), Professor David Chintz of Hebrew University discussed Israel's 19-year-old universal health insurance system.

Nineteen years after enacting a universal coverage law, Israel continues to grapple with the triangular constraints of cost, access…

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