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Penn Study Details Accuracy of 10 Wearable Pedometer Brands

  • Thursday, 12 February 2015

A new study of the accuracy of 10 different brands of digital, wearable pedometers co-authored by Mitesh Patel, Kevin Volpp and Penn medical student Meredith Case has generated an international flurry of publicity.

The wearable device study was conducted by having 14 people walk 500 and 1500 steps on a treadmill…
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Medicaid 'Fee Bump' Study Spotlighted at Senate Hearing

  • Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Watch the video excerpt: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell cites Penn's Medicaid "fee bump" study in her appearance before the Senate Finance Committee.

A University of Pennsylvania Medicaid "fee bump" study by LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and co-authors at Penn and the Urban Institute was a point of…

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Why One Health Economist Wants to Pay More for His Insurance

  • Thursday, 5 February 2015

By Hoag Levins

While labor leaders and some well-paid employee groups like Harvard professors rail against increased cost-sharing in health insurance as well as the coming "Cadillac Tax," a top health economist at the University of Pennsylvania has starkly different views about such cost containment measures.

Mark Pauly, PhD, a Professor…
Tags: Insurance
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Robert Town, Phoenix Business Journal, Hospital Mergers

  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 2013 study of hospital merger strategies and pricing impact co-authored by Wharton's Robert Town is the subject of an article in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Town, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton and an LDI Senior Fellow.

The Arizona newspaper details how Town's study,…

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Scott Harrington, Pharmaceutical Journal, Precision Medicine Initiative

  • Wednesday, 4 February 2015

An article in the journal of the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society quotes Wharton Professor Scott Harrington on the "Precision Medicine Initiative" proposed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Speech.

That White House initiative will reportedly seek a $215 million budget item to fund a more coordinated national…

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Penn 2015 Models of Excellence Award Honorable Mention: LDI Digital Editor

  • Monday, 2 February 2015

 LDI Digital Editor Hoag Levins has been awarded honorable mention in this year's Penn Models of Excellence Awards for his multimedia reporting work on the annual Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program.

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Ezekiel Emanuel: Healthy People Should Say 'No' to Annual Physicals

  • Friday, 30 January 2015

In a Huffington Post interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that followed up his recent New York Times piece on the same subject, Ezekiel Emanuel exhorted healthy people to say "no" to annual physicals.

Emanuel told the Post that overwhelming data from studies involving tens of thousands of…

Tags: Primary Care
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Mary Naylor's 'Transitional Care' System Spotlighted

  • Friday, 30 January 2015
Mary Naylor's "Transitional Care Model" that pairs nurses with elderly patients from the time they enter the hospital to up to 90 days after they are discharged,
Mary Naylor of Penn's School of Nursing
is the subject of a National Journal article.

Fewer readmissions
Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a…

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Wide Media Pickup for Medicaid 'Fee Bump' Study

  • Friday, 30 January 2015

Dan Polsky and Karin Rhodes' study on the Medicaid "fee bump" has garnered widespread pickup by media sites across the country. The analysis looked at the two-years during which the Affordable Care Act raised doctors' pay rates for Medicaid primary care services. It found that significantly more appointments were available for…

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Glick, Doshi, Sonnad, Polsky: New Book on Economics of Clinical Trials

  • Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Four LDI Senior Fellows -- Henry Glick, Jalpa Doshi, Seema Sonnad, and Dan Polsky -- are co-authors of a new edition of a book about the economics of clinical trials.

Entitled, "Economic Evaluations in Clinical Trials," the Oxford University publication is a completely rewritten second edition of the title.…

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Kevin Volpp, Orange County Register, New Year Resolutions

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

Penn Medicine and Wharton School Professor and behavioral economics authority Kevin Volpp is quoted in an article in California's Orange Country Register about the general lack of tenacity among the legions of people who sign up for gyms and yoga lessons immediately after New Years.

"Joining a gym is an interesting…

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Katherine Milkman, Multiple Media, New Year's Resolutions

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

Katherine Milkman's 2013 "Fresh Start Effect" behavioral research study has, for the second year, become a pivot for major media stories about New Year's resolutions.

She and her research were simultaneously featured in a Bloomberg News story that was re-published in newspapers coast-to-coast including TriCities.com (Virginia), Portland Press Herald…

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Peter Reese, Reuters, Kidney Donor Incentive

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

In a Reuters article about the shortage of both deceased and living kidney donors, Penn Medicine's Peter Reese proposed that the government offer lifetime insurance as an incentive to recruit more living donors.

"I think that would be a good idea from a justice point of view," said Reese, MD, MSCE,…

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Caryn Lerman, NPR, Smokers' Brains

  • Friday, 9 January 2015

The rapidly advancing technology of brain scans is changing the way physicians predict how likely it is that a long-time smoker will succeed or fail on a tobacco cessation regimen, said Penn Medicine Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry Caryn Lerman in an NPR interview.

Lerman, PhD, the director of Penn's…

Tags: tobacco
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Alison Buttenheim Team Gets $2 Million Peru Research Grant

  • Thursday, 8 January 2015

By Dinah Wisenberg Brin

A team of Penn researchers led by Alison Buttenheim has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct behavioral economics experiments aimed at increasing public response to Peru's efforts to control a serious bug-borne disease.

An Assistant Professor in…
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$621,000 Raised for June Kinney Scholarship Fund

  • Monday, 5 January 2015

U.S. Medical Centers Shy Away From African Ebola Service

  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014
While large amounts of hospital resources have been devoted to preparations to treat any new cases of Ebola inside the U.S., there has simultaneously been a "striking absence" of public commitments by U.S. health care institutions to
Penn Medicine's Scott Halpern, is an Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine,…
Tags: bioethics
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Leighton Lecture 2014: How Mitchell Katz Changed San Francisco STD Response Policies

  • Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Mitchell Katz, MD, the current Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and former Director of the San Francisco County Health Department, was the speaker at this year's Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Hoag Levins

N oting that political barriers can be…

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Scott Halpern, Ezekiel Emanuel and the End-of-Life Debate

  • Friday, 12 December 2014

Scott Halpern and Ezekiel Emanuel's rising voice in the national debate about the healthcare system's end-of-life attitudes and shortcomings is the subject of a major Washington Post article.

The Post article looks at the continuing reaction to the Institute of Medicine's September publication of a 500-page report documenting the ineffective…
Tags: end-of-life
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Bekelman and Emanuel - Unnecessary Radiation Treatments

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014
A new study by Justin Bekelman and Ezekiel Emanuel shows that the majority of breast cancer lumpectomy patients are receiving radiation
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treatments over a longer period of time than may be required for their conditions.

Wide media pickup
The findings are generating news stories in…

Tags: oncology
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