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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…

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Physicians' use of outdated or ineffective therapies has long been recognized as a major source of patient harm.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

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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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Jay Mohr Receives WHCMAA Achievement Award

  • Monday, 11 November 2013

Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association board member and former President Jay Mohr has received the 2013 WHCMAA Alumni Achievement Award. The annual honor is presented to a Wharton graduate for his or her contribution to the health care field and the creation of knowledge related to that field and who…

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David Asch, Philadelphia Inquirer, Med Ed Costs

  • Monday, 4 November 2013

 LDI Senior Fellow David Asch's New England Journal of Medicine commentary on the cost of medical education is spotlighted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the NEJM piece, Asch asks if we are in a medical education bubble market. 

He notes that bubble markets "are created when an…
Tags: education
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David Grande, Philadelphia Inquirer, 'Private Option'

  • Monday, 4 November 2013

 In a commentary cross-posted to both the LDI blog and the Philadelphia Inquirer's "The Field Clinic" blog, LDI Senior Fellow David Grande argues that Pennsylvania and Arkansas' "private option" alternatives to Medicaid are dubious in their logic and assumptions. 

The piece focuses on Governor Corbett's plan to ask the…
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VIDEO EXCERPT: Sarah Gollust's Talk at LDI Research Seminar

  • Wednesday, 30 October 2013
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LDI Presentation: Oct. 4, 2013 | 3:23 Video Interview Above

Sarah Gollust, PhD , Assistant Professor, School of Public Health-University of Minnesota

Title: Communication in a Politicized Policy Arena: The Case of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Lessons for ACA Implementation Messaging

Over the last four years, 22 states and six cities…

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Tom Baker, WHYY Radio Times, Health Insurance Exchanges

  • Wednesday, 30 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and co-chair of the LDI Health Insurance Exchange Research Group Tom Baker appeared on WHYY's RadioTimes show with Marty Moss-Coane to discuss the problems of the federal government's healthcare.gov website. Baker, JD, who is also a Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the Penn Law School, focused…

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Paul Rozin, Boston.com, Moral Traits

  • Wednesday, 30 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Paul Rozin is spotlighted in a Boston.com article about his new study of how warmth and competence categories of human traits affect social perceptions of an individual. Rozin, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Penn's School of Arts and Sciences.

Tags: psychology
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New Wharton Scholarship Named for June Kinney

  • Monday, 28 October 2013

A new University of Pennsylvania Wharton School scholarship for the study of health care management has been named in honor of June Kinney, the long-time Associate Director of that department.

Organized by the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA), the June Kinney/WHCMAA scholarship fund was officially launched at the organization's…

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Scott Halpern, Peter Reese, NBC, Cash for Kidneys

  • Friday, 25 October 2013

A NBC story about a Canadian study that recommends paying $10,000 to kidney donors for their organs prominently mentions the 2010 study by LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern that concluded that payments for donor organs do not alter perception of risk, influence poor people's decisions or deter donations.

The Canadian analysis…

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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Stent Overuse?

  • Friday, 25 October 2013

In her latest article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, wades into the confusing debate over how effective -- or even dangerous -- stents are for chronic heart disease patients. She notes that a common populist myth given legs by celebrities like TV's Dr. Oz suggests…

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LDI Senior Fellows on Changing Dieting Trends

  • Friday, 25 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellows John Kimberly, Kevin Volpp, Matthew Grennan and Katherine Milkman are featured in an extensive Knowledge@Wharton report about how digital technologies are  dramatically altering the $66.5 billion-a-year U.S. weight-loss industry. Sounding the central theme of the piece, Kimberly notes that old line companies like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig…

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Flaura Winston, NPR, Digitally Monitoring Teen Drivers

  • Friday, 25 October 2013

In an story produced for NPR "All Things Considered" radio show and website, LDI Senior Fellow Flaura Winston discusses the benefits of using electronic tethering technology to monitor teenagers as they drive. In the piece pointing out that auto accidents remain the leading cause of death among this age group, Winston…

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Robert Aronowitz Papers Detail Highly Dubious 1950's Research Study

  • Monday, 21 October 2013

Two papers just published by LDI Senior Fellow Robert Aronowitz have, according to The New York Times, prompted medical historians to denounce a 1950s and '60s prostate cancer research project that used impoverished skid row alcoholics -- some of them mentally ill -- as its subjects. More than 1,200 men…

Tags: bioethics
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Karen Glanz, Charles Bosk Elected to IOM

  • Monday, 21 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, and Charles Bosk, PhD, have been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, according to an IOM announcement released today.

That statement notes that, "Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and…

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Justin Bekelman, Multiple Media, Excessive Treatment Study

  • Thursday, 17 October 2013
LDI Senior Fellow Justin Bekelman's new study detailing the excessive use of high-cost radiation treatment in terminal cancer patients is getting extensive press pickup. Co-authored with LDI Senior Fellows Ezekiel Emanuel and Andrew Epstein, the study reports that more than 95% of advanced prostate cancer patients receive multiple radiation treatments for…
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