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Penn Experts Call For The 'Insourcing' of Health Care Innovation

  • Tuesday, 13 May 2014

LDI Senior Fellows David Asch, Christian Terwiesch and Kevin Mahoney's New England Journal of Medicine article on the "insourcing" of health care innovation is the subject of an article in Medical News Today and a post on the LDI Blog.

In their NEJM piece, Asch, the Executive Director; Mahoney, the…
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CHIPRA Eligibility Study Shows Increased Coverage in 20 States

  • Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Health insurance coverage for low-income immigrant children who are legal residents increased 24.5% in the 20 states that took advantage of a 2009 law to expand CHIPRA eligibility, according to a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Saloner.

CHIPRA -- the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009…
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David Fajgenbaum Wins $15,000 Alumni Kissick Scholarship

  • Tuesday, 6 May 2014

First year Wharton Health Care MBA student David Fajgenbaum has been awarded the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association's annual $15,000 Kissick scholarship.

The WHCMAA scholarship is given to a health care MBA student whose outside-the-classroom activities involve significant business building or health policy impact.

The scholarship is named for…
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Christian Terwiesch, The Guardian, Crowdsourcing Science

  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A lengthy Guardian article about MIT's Climate CoLab's use of crowdsourcing techniques to generate new ideas for controlling the causes of climate change features LDI Senior Fellow Christian Terwiesch as an expert on the subject.

Terwiesch, a Wharton School Professor of Operations and Management, Co-Director for Wharton's Mack Institute for Innovation…

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Lawton Burns, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hospital Mergers

  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014

 LDI Senior Fellow and Professor and Chair of the Wharton Health Care Management Department Lawton Burns is quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about hospital mergers and consolidations in Pennsylvania. The article looks at the implications of the continuing acquisition of non-profit Pennsylvania hospitals by large out-of-state for-profit hospital chains.

Some…
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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Medicare MD Payment Data Release

  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014

In her latest New Yorker post, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum looks at some of the ways raw Medicare financial data may not tell the accurate story of a physician's practice. Her commentary comes in the wake of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' release of a massive data set…

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Olivia Mitchell, The Hill, Financial Literacy

  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A post on The Hill blog written by Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Matthew Cartwright that emphasizes the importance of combating widespread financial illiteracy cites LDI Senior Fellow Olivia Mitchell's 2011 study on the subject.

"The importance of consumer sophistication on financial matters is as critical as ever in today’s complex and rapidly…

Tags: Aging
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Katherine Milkman's Mentoring Bias Study Gets Wide Media Pickup

  • Tuesday, 29 April 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's study of faculty bias in responding to student requests for mentoring has experienced a wave of pickup in national media outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

Milkman led an investigation that emailed more than 6,500 professors in 250 schools requests for mentoring meetings. In each case…
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Leighton Lecture 2014: Maryland's Unique Hospital Payment Policy

  • Thursday, 24 April 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (April 18, 2013) -- Maryland's health care policies are significantly different from those of the other 49 states. For one thing, it was the first state to connect all of its hospitals in a comprehensive electronic health information system that makes patient medical information from any hospital available to doctors…

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Zachary Meisel, WHYY Newsworks, Narrative Medicine

  • Tuesday, 22 April 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Zachary Meisel's research on the use of narrative to make the specifics of medical guidelines more memorable for physicians is the subject of a WHYY Newsworks article. Meisel, MD, is an emergency physician at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at…

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Jonathan Kolstad Wins iHEA 'Best Paper in Health Economics' Award

  • Friday, 18 April 2014

The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) has named Wharton School faculty member and LDI Senior Fellow Jonathan Kolstad winner of its annual Arrow Award for the Best Paper in Health Economics. The honored work -- "Information and Quality When Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards" -- was published in…

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Andrew Fisher Wins LDI Student Research Award

  • Sunday, 13 April 2014

PHILADELPHIA -- Penn graduate student Andrew Fisher has been named winner of the 2014 Leonard Davis Institute's William L. Kissick Health Policy Research Award. The honor singles out students who have done meritorious research in the field of health economics.

The award, which included a $500 prize, is named for the…
Tags: education
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New LDI-Led Study of Medicaid Access in Ten States

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014

A new study headed by LDI Senior Fellows Karin Rhodes and Dan Polsky that placed 13,000 appointment-seeking phone calls to 8,000 primary care practices in ten states found that 42% of those weren't offering appointments to new Medicaid patients. The project assessed primary care access patterns as the Affordable Care Act…

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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, BSc, MSc, Professor of Health Care Policy and Biostatistics, Harvard Medical School.

Interviewer: David Grande, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Director of Penn's RWJF Clinical Scholars program

Title: Assessing Quality…

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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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