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Robert Field, Journalist Convention, Health Care Acquisitions

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014

As a featured speaker at the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Conference in Denver, LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field looked back on the 1990's HMO period in which he was part of Penn Health System's private practice acquisition team. His comments came in a seminar session about hospital mergers, consolidation…

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Olivia Mitchell, Knowedge@Wharton, Pension-based Loans

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Olivia Mitchell is the subject of both a video and text profile on the Knowledge@Wharton website. The features focus on her latest research on employees who take loans from their 401(k) retirement accounts, a practice that has become relatively widespread. She noted that increasing numbers of people who…

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Jason Karlawish, ThirdAge.com, Alzheimer's Research

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014

A ThirdAge.com article about a new University of Pennsylvania research project that is testing an early intervention for Alzheimer's features comments from LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish. The research seeks to measure whether early treatment affects the progression of the disease, and it will monitor the effects of notifying participants monitors…

Tags: alzheimers
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Mark Duggan, Bloomberg TV, Insurance Exchange Signups

  • Friday, 4 April 2014

Appearing on Bloomberg TV to discuss the implications of the 7.1 signups on the new health insurance exchanges, LDI Senior Fellow Mark Duggan characterized the results of the Affordable Care Act's first enrollment period as "a big deal."

"Despite the initial difficulties with the healthcare.gov web site, the public response has…
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Scott Halpern, NEJM, Video Roundtable, Low-Value Care

  • Friday, 4 April 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern is one of three expert panelists appearing in a 30-minute New England Journal of Medicine video roundtable on low-value care moderated by Atul Gawande. The issue has become a major one in the wake of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's "Choosing Wisely" campaign that…

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Video Interview: Sharon-Lise Normand at LDI Research Seminar

  • Thursday, 3 April 2014

LDI Presentation: March 7, 2014 | 3:43 Video Excerpt Above

Sharon-Lise Normand, Professor of Health Care Policy and Biostatistics, Harvard Medical School.

Title: Assessing Quality and Equity of Care: Statistical Consequences and Applications.

In the above video interview with Associate Director of Penn's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program,…

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Lissy Madden Named LDI Associate Director of Special Projects

  • Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Lissy Madden, who for six years served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, has been promoted to the newly created position of Associate Director of Special Projects at LDI.

"Lissy has long been an extraordinary asset within the LDI management structure and…
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Karin Rhodes Team Awarded New Penn Center's First Grant

  • Tuesday, 25 March 2014

A proposal by Karin Rhodes and colleagues has been selected as the first to be funded by the interdisciplinary research program of Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI).

Launched in January, the program, officially called…
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Guy David Wins Wharton Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Sunday, 23 March 2014

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Senior Fellow Guy David has won a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Excellence-in-Teaching Award for the Undergraduate Division.

According to the announcement by Wharton Vice Dean Lori Rosenkopf, the annual honor is designed to recognize "curricular innovation, integration of material across courses, innovative use…
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Austin Frakt to Write for New York Times

  • Friday, 21 March 2014
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Austin Frakt, the Boston University professor whose "Incidental Economist" blog has become a daily "must-read" throughout the health policy research community, has been signed to write for a new evidence-based New York Times blog to be called The Upshot.

The announcement of the new relationship was made in a…

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Video Excerpt: Elizabeth Fowler: The Case for Health Reform: Why the ACA

  • Monday, 10 March 2014

LDI Presentation: Jan. 10, 2014 | 2:30 Video Excerpt Above

Elizabeth J . Fowler, PhD, JD , Vice President, Global Health Policy, Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson

Title: The Case for Health Reform: Why the ACA was Necessary and Why it Will Work

Elizabeth Fowler, Vice President of Global…

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Kevin Volpp, The Conversation, Health Incentive Payments

  • Friday, 7 March 2014

 "Should We Pay People to Look After Their Health?," LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp asks in a new article in The Conversation, an online Australian publication for academic researchers around the world. He reviews various health incentive research projects in the U.S. and the UK, including his own, that have…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Health Care Choice

  • Friday, 7 March 2014

Wide choice is often not the path to the best health insurance policy rates, Ezekiel Emanuel writes in a New York Times op-ed piece about "narrow network" and "broader network" provisions in new Affordable Care Act health exchanges. "Narrow" network refers to policies that limit a patients's choices in the providers…

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Robert C. Hornik, Science 2.0, PET Scan Overuse

  • Friday, 7 March 2014
One of the primary drivers of the overuse of positron emission tomography (PET) follow-up scans is cancer survivors' beliefs generated by information in lay media and from non-experts, according to a new study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Robert Hornik, PhD detailed in a Science 2.0 article. The authors point…
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Video Excerpt: Andrew Dreyfus on Mass. Health Reform Law

  • Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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LDI Presentation: Jan. 17, 2014 | 9:28 Video Excerpt Above

Andrew Dreyfus, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Title: Confessions of a Health Reform Optimist: Lessons from the Massachusetts Experience

In his presentation, Andrew Dreyfus provided an insider's view of how the Massachusetts health reform law came…

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Kevin Volpp and Joseph Cappella, RadioTimes, Tobacco

  • Sunday, 2 March 2014
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Appearing on NPR's RadioTimes show to discuss the U.S. Surgeon General's new report on tobacco, LDI Senior Fellows Kevin Volpp and Joseph Cappella spent the better part of an hour discussing smoking and health. The new report was issued on the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Surgeon General declaration that…

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Janet Weiner and David Grande, The Field Clinic Blog, Pa. Medicaid

  • Sunday, 2 March 2014

 Writing in The Field Clinic blog of the Philadelphia Inquirer, LDI Associate Director of Health Policy Janet Weiner, MPH, and LDI Senior Fellow and Director of Policy David Grande, MD, critique Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's Medicaid proposal.

"Corbett's proposal does little to address the reason that Pennsylvania's Medicaid programs costs…
Tags: Medicaid
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Zachary Meisel, NBC, Narrative as ER Tool

  • Sunday, 2 March 2014

A NBC10.com news article spotlights a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Zachary Meisel of how the use of narrative methods can improve physician performance in the emergency room prescription of opioids.

Just published in the journal, Academic Emergency Medicine, the study compared whether evidence‐based narrative versus traditional summary…
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Shreya Kangovi, Philadelphia Inquirer, Community Health Workers

  • Sunday, 2 March 2014

A recent study of the effectiveness of community health workers led by LDI Senior Fellow Shreya Kangovi is the subject of an extensive article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kangovi, MD and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, is the director of the newly created Penn Center…

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Penn/LDI Announces 'Big Health Care Data' Partnership

  • Friday, 28 February 2014

By Hoag Levins

The University of Pennsylvania and nine other academic, actuarial and government organizations have joined with the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to create an innovative "Big Health Care Data" partnership that holds great promise for expanding knowledge about the U.S. health care system.

Launched in 2011, HCCI is…

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