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Lee Fleisher, JAMA, Preop Consultation Costs

  • Thursday, 2 January 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Lee Fleisher's JAMA Internal Medicine commentary about unnecessary preoperative consultations related to eye surgeries is the subject of a Reuters news article. Fleisher's JAMA piece is paired with a report on a new study detailing a rise in costs associated with discretionary consultations prior to cataract surgery. …

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Mitesh Patel, Claims Journal, Med Students and Economics

  • Thursday, 2 January 2014

Despite a consensus among the nation's policymakers and educators that medical residents need to be made more aware of the costs of care, less than 15% of internal medicine residency programs have actually implemented such a curriculum. That's according to a new study led by LDI Fellow Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA,…

Tags: eco, education
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Sean Nicholson: Relative Price, Payer Mix, and Regional Variations in Medical Care

  • Thursday, 2 January 2014
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LDI Presentation: Dec. 13, 2013 | 2:12 Video Excerpt Above

Sean Nicholson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Title: Relative Price, Payer Mix, and Regional Variations in Medical Care

According to a study still underway, Cornell's Sean Nicholson estimates that one seventh of the…

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LDI Speakers 2011-14: Video Excerpts & Synopses

  • Monday, 30 December 2013
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Maryland Health Department

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Secretary of Health

04.18.2014Maryland's Model for Hospital Payment Reform

Washington and Lee University

Timothy Jost, JD, Professor of Law

04.04.2014The Affordable Care Act: Success, Failure, or Far Too Early to Tell?

Group Health Cooperative

Scott Armstrong, MD, President and CEO

04.02.2014Translating the…

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Chileshe Nkonde-Price, WHYY Newsworks, Hair Salon Study

  • Wednesday, 11 December 2013

 LDI Senior Fellow Chileshe Nkonde-Price's study of the health behaviors of African American women who patronize Philadelphia hair salons is the subject of a program on WHYY Radio's "Pulse" program as well as an extensive article in WHYY's Newsworks website.

Nkonde-Price, MD, MRCP, a cardiologist and  US Department of Veterans…
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David Grande, Philadelphia Inquirer, PA's Medicaid Waivers

  • Tuesday, 10 December 2013

LDI Senior Fellow David Grande is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the controversial Medicaid waivers requested of the federal government by the Governor of Pennsylvania. In his proposal for a market version of Medicaid, Gov. Tom Corbett would make Pennsylvania the only state in the union charge premiums for…

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Flaura Winston, CBS TV, Teenage Crash Research

  • Monday, 9 December 2013

A research project headed by LDI Senior Fellow Flaura Winston that uses an automobile simulator to study the most serious errors made by newly-licensed teenage drivers is the subject of a CBS TV report.

Winston, MD, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at…

Tags: Pediatrics
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Pairing Difficult Health Goals With Guilty Pleasures

  • Wednesday, 4 December 2013

In this 3-minute, 40-second video, Katherine Milkman, PhD, of The Wharton School explains the "temptation bundling" concept of behavioral modification.

By Hoag Levins

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's novel study exploring the use of guilty pleasures to drive health behavioral changes is gaining traction in the popular press as evidenced by…

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Robert Field, Radio Times, Healthcare.gov

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Two months after the rocky rollout of the federal Healthcare.gov website began, LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field appeared on NPR's Radio Times show to discuss the project's latest progress. "The front end of healthcare.gov is vastly improved but the problem now is the back end," Field said, alluding to that portion…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, NBC Meet the Press, Healthcare.gov

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Real progress has been made in repairing the problems plaguing the federal government's healthcare.gov health insurance exchange website, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel argued in an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press show. Emanuel, a former health advisor to the White House and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act,…
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Jason Karlawish, New York Times, New Statin Guidelines

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Writing in the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish takes the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to task for their new, algorithm-driven cholesterol guidelines. He writes "This is a revolutionary shift. Once upon a time, medicine was a discipline based on…

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Jason Karlawish, Scientific American, Alzheimer's Scans

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and member of the Alzheimer's Association and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging task force Jason Karlawish is featured in a Scientific American article about that group's recommendation to limit amyloid scans. Amyloid plaques are corrupted protein structures that accumulate in the brain and are, in…

Tags: alzheimers
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Susan Domchek, New York Times, Genetic Testing in Israel

  • Tuesday, 3 December 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek is the featured expert in a New York Times article about genetic testing for BRCA cancer-risk mutations. The extensive article focuses on the push in Israel for a national screening campaign to test all Israeli women of Ashkenazi descent for these genetic mutations that heighten the…

Tags: Cancer
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Nirav Shah: Building New York State's ACA Health Care Ecosystem

  • Monday, 2 December 2013

In this 4-minute video excerpt, New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, MD, MPH, discusses the dramatic changes the state is making across its health care systems.

By Lauren Reed-Guy

PHILADELPHIA -- In the two years since Nirav Shah became New York's Public Health Commissioner, the state has undergone an ambitious…

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Janet Weiner, JAMA, Physicians' Cost Control

  • Wednesday, 27 November 2013

In a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, LDI Associate Director for Health Policy Janet Weiner disputes a JAMA editorial's interpretation of a national survey of physicians about cost control. 

The original survey polled 2,556 physicians about their attitudes and perceptions of health care cost control strategies.…

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Ezekiel Emanuel: Penn Survey Details MOOC Demographics

  • Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Instead of revolutionizing the educational opportunities of disadvantaged populations, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are overwhelmingly being used by elite students from affluent backgrounds, according to a new University of Pennsylvania survey synopsized in Nature magazine by LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel.

Conducted in July, the survey analyzed the patterns of…

Tags: education
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Older Doctors Less Likely to Abandon Ineffective Therapies

  • Monday, 25 November 2013

David H. Howard, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Emory University's Rollins School for Public Health, spoke at an LDI Research Seminar.

By Lauren Reed-Guy

Physicians' use of outdated or ineffective therapies has long been recognized as a major source of patient harm. In the era of health care…

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David Asch, NEJM, MedEd Costs Podcast

  • Thursday, 21 November 2013

LDI Senior Fellow David Asch is featured in a New England Journal of Medicine audio podcast interview about the cost and value of medical education. Hosted by Stephen Morrissey, the journal's managing editor, the discussion explores whether a medical education will be worth the investment in an era of cost cutting…

Tags: education
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A Former NIH Deputy Director's Frank Assessment: Diversity Issues

  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013

By Hoag Levins

PHILADELPHIA -- American universities and colleges are "woefully unprepared" for the dramatic change in student demographics they will experience over the next twenty years, Raynard Kington told a gathering at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Speaking at the 2013 Wharton/Penn Medicine "Career Narrative / Leadership Autobiography" lecture,…

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Shiriki Kumanyika Named President-Elect of APHA

  • Tuesday, 12 November 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Shiriki Kumanyika has been named the new President-elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Her appointment is the subject of a WHYY…

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