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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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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, GOP ACA Replacement Plan

  • Monday, 10 February 2014

 Writing in a New York Times Op-Ed article, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel details the many ways in which Congressional Republicans' plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act actually clones the concepts of that law. He also lists the various ways the GOP proposal dramatically differs from the ACA, including…

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Eve Higginbotham, Ophthalmology Times, Glaucoma in Haiti

  • Monday, 10 February 2014

 LDI Senior Fellow Eve Higginbothem's work on glaucoma interventions in developing nations such as Haiti is the subject of an article in Opthalmology Times. Higgintotham, SM, MD, is a glaucoma specialist and the Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion a Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.

Together with Mildred Olivier, MD,…
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Can a Public Art Contest Increase the Use of AEDs? A Philadelphia Research Project

  • Friday, 7 February 2014

In this 3-minute, 35-second video, Raina Merchant, MD, explains the new Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge.

By Hoag Levins

A University of Pennsylvania research team that last year used crowdsourcing techniques to locate and digitally map 1,400 automated external defibrillators in Philadelphia has launched a new crowdsourcing project to develop eye-catching graphic…

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Chris Feudtner Honored for Distinguished Palliative Work

  • Thursday, 30 January 2014
LDI Senior Fellow Chris Feudtner has been named recipient of the 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Mid-Career Physician Award for his
distinguished work in advancing the practice of palliative care. The annual Cunniff-Dixon awards honor five physicians in various stages of their careers for "exemplary skill and compassion at the bedside.

Feudtner,…

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Christopher Forrest, CHOP Cornerstone, PCORI Research Funding

  • Tuesday, 28 January 2014

PEDSnet, a national research network of children's hospitals, data partners and specialty networks whose principal investigator is LDI Senior Fellow Christopher Forrest, has won funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for expanded comparative effectiveness research projects.

As part of the deal, PEDSnet, led overall by Children's Hospital of…

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Andrea Apter Team Wins PCORI Research Award

  • Tuesday, 28 January 2014
A team led by LDI Senior Fellow Andrea Apter has won Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) funding for a study of methods to reduce
asthma-related health disparities.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Community Asthma Prevention Program of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and focus on patient populations…

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Katherine Milkman, Knowledge@Wharton, 'Fresh Start' Effect

  • Tuesday, 28 January 2014
The "fresh start effect" behavioral study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman is the subject of an extensive advance Knowledge@Wharton article. The study, slated for
publication in the journal, Management Science, found that "fresh starts" on specific event dates -- like a birthday, an anniversary or the beginning of…
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Peter Reese, Huffington Post, Supply of Pediatric Transplant Kidneys

  • Tuesday, 28 January 2014
A new study of the geographic variation in the availability of transplant kidneys for children led by LDI Senior Fellow Peter Reese is the subject of an article in
the Huffington Post.

The work, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found "substantial and very concerning…

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Flaura Winston, Philadelphia Inquirer, ADHD Teens & Driving

  • Monday, 13 January 2014

In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, LDI Senior Fellow Flaura Winston notes that driving-age teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have up to four times higher risk for auto crashes than teenagers who don't have the condition. Winston, who has been conducting extensive studies on teenage driving behavior, advises parents…

Tags: ADHD
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Dennis Culhane, PhD, Homeless Veterans Program

  • Monday, 13 January 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Dennis Culhane's role in a VA-supported think tank focused on the homeless veteran issue is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Culhane, PhD and authority on the overall issue of homelessness, is a Professor of Social Work at Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice; Professor…
Tags: veterans
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Brendan Carr and Charles Branas, US News & World Report, 'Scoop and Run' Study

  • Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A new study co-authored by LDI Seniors Fellow Brendan Carr and Charles Branas of the "scoop and run" method of transporting gunshot and stabbing victims to the emergency room is the subject of an article in US News & World Report. "Scoop and run" refers to the idea that street victims…

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Catherine Maclean, Radio Health Journal, Obesity and Military Recruitment

  • Monday, 6 January 2014

LDI Senior Fellow Catherine Maclean's 2011 study of obesity's impact on U.S. military recruiting published in Health Economics, is the subject of a two-part show on Radio Health Journal, a syndicated U.S. radio news service.

In her interview, Maclean pointed out that in 1959, 5.5% of age-eligible men (17-24…

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