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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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Lisa Rosenbaum, Multiple Media, Heart Disease vs. Breast Cancer

  • Thursday, 27 February 2014

 LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum's New England Journal of Medicine article about how large numbers of women fail to understand that they are much higher risk for heart disease than breast cancer is the subject of an article in the South Asia Mail. The same NEJM article has been the…

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David Grande & Rob Field, WHYY Radio, ACA Implementation

  • Tuesday, 25 February 2014

LDI Senior Fellows David Grande and Robert Field were featured in a one-hour WHYY RadioTimes Show focused on how well the Affordable Care Act was doing during its first open enrollment period that closes on March 31.

Field, PhD, JD, MPH, is a Drexel University Professor of both Health Management and…

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Robert Aronowitz, Penn Current, Personal Profile

  • Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The February 13 edition of the Penn Current features an in-depth article profiling LDI Senior Fellow Robert Aronowitz. In it, the Professor and Chair of the History and Sociology of Science Department at Penn's School of Arts and Science recounts the zig zags of a career that began with a degree…

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Kevin Volpp Named Vice Chair of Penn Medicine Department

  • Tuesday, 25 February 2014

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the LDI Center for Health Initiatives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) Kevin Volpp has been named to the new role of Vice Chair of Penn Medicine's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The newly-created position was announced by Ezekiel Emanuel, Chair of that department.

Emanuel,…
Tags: bioethics
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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Remembers Sam Martin

  • Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Wharton School Alumna, has written a blog memoir of her time with Sam Martin, a seminal figure in the creation of both the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and Wharton's Health Care Management program. The post is part of a…

Tags: education
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LDI's Pilot Grants: An Academic Version of Venture Funding

  • Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Each year, Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics awards $150,000 in pilot grants to support "first-look" research by its senior fellows. Here we look at the 2013 round of pilot awards that are being used to investigate issues ranging from telesurgical consultation and cancer patient referral patterns to the lure of e-cigarettes and the economics of retainer-based medicine.

Tags: Grants
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Baligh Yehia, Philadelphia Inquirer, LGBT Health Program

  • Monday, 10 February 2014
The launch of a new University of Pennsylvania interdisciplinary effort to improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals directed by LDI Senior
Fellow Baligh Yehia is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health makes Penn Health System one of only…

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Patricia Danzon, Knowledge@Wharton, Biotech

  • Monday, 10 February 2014
LDI Senior Fellow Patricia Danzon's assessment of the most important trends in biotech is the subject of an extensive Forbes article. The piece looks back at the record levels of biotech IPOs that occurred during 2013 and explores the prospects of their long-term success.
 
"There’s a huge amount of…
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Howard Kunreuther, Knowledge@Wharton, Global Risks

  • Monday, 10 February 2014

 Income disparity, extreme weather events, unemployment and underemployment, climate change and cyber-attacks are the five most likely risks facing governments and corporations around the world in 2014, according to a World Economic Forum report co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Howard Kunreuther. The report is the subject of a Knowledge@Wharton article.…

Tags: Insurance
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