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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…

Tags: IOM
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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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Carolyn Cannuscio Wins AJPH 'Paper of Year' Award

  • Wednesday, 16 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and social epidemiologist Carolyn Cannuscio is the lead author of an article honored as a "2013 Paper of the Year" by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH).

Published in 2012, the paper, "Using Art to Amplify Youth Voices On Housing Insecurity," chronicled a…
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Matthew McHugh, The Advisory Board, Nursing Staffing Levels

  • Friday, 11 October 2013
A new study by LDI Senior Fellow Matthew McHugh documenting that hospitals with larger nursing staffs had 24% lower odds of being penalized for excessive readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia, is the subject of an article in The Advisory Board Daily Briefing.
 
Previous research…
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Robert Field, Wall Street Journal, Health Exchanges

  • Friday, 4 October 2013
LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the probability of the health care exchanges' ultimate success. The article notes that the federal government predicts seven million people will enroll in the exchanges to purchase insurance next year; A Citigroup survey predicts that only four…
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New Robert Field Book Published Nov. 1

  • Friday, 4 October 2013
A new book by LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field entitled "Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care," is scheduled to be published by Oxford University Press on Nov. 1.
 
Field argues that for more than a hundred years, although American health care has looked like the free…
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Olivia Mitchell Testifies Before Congress on Aging

  • Friday, 4 October 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Olivia Mitchell testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about the rising tide of indebtedness faced by Baby Boomers moving into retirement. Her appearance was part of the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative in Washington. Mitchell, PhD, is an Insurance and Risk Management Professor at Penn's Wharton School…

Tags: Aging
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VIDEO EXCERPT: Craig Garthwaite's Talk at LDI Research Seminar

  • Friday, 27 September 2013
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LDI Presentation: Sept. 13, 2013 | 3:53 Video Interview Above

Craig Garthwaite, PhD , Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy- Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Title: Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock

Applying the findings of an analysis of the Tennessee Public Health Insurance Program (TennCare) to a…

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Dan Polsky, Knowledge@Wharton, The Deficit and Health Care

  • Wednesday, 25 September 2013

LDI Executive Director and Senior Fellow Dan Polsky is quoted in a Knowledge@Wharton article that analyzes the U.S. deficit's decrease to the lowest level since 2008. Polsky notes that will some elements the drive the deficit are one-time shots, there is evidence that some recent declines in health care costs could…

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LDI Fellows Receive $20 Million Federal Grant for New Center

  • Wednesday, 25 September 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Caryn Lerman, PhD, and Robert Hornik, PhD, will co-lead the new Penn Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science (TCORS) that has received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

Lerman is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Penn's…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Wall Street Journal, Walgreen's Insurance Shift

  • Monday, 23 September 2013

In a Wall Street Journal story detailing Walgreen's plan to shift 160,000 employees to a private health-insurance exchange, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel points out that some firms may be using the Affordable Care Act as a cover for making insurance coverage adjustments that aren't popular with workers. 

Emanuel, PhD, MD,…

Tags: Insurance
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Jose Pagan Named Director of NY Research Center

  • Monday, 23 September 2013

LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow José Pagán, PhD, has been named Director of a new research center at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). The center's work is aimed at improving population health by developing, testing and evaluating financially sustainable innovations in health care delivery systems. In a press statement,…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, The Comeback of Housecalls

  • Monday, 16 September 2013

"In 1930, house calls accounted for 40% of patient-physician interactions. By 1980, that number had dropped to 1%," writes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times Opinionator column. But, he notes, the housecall is making a comeback with large companies like Microsoft and Costco providing housecall…

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June Kinney, Financial Times, Health Care MBA Trends

  • Monday, 16 September 2013
LDI Senior Fellow June Kinney is quoted in a Financial Times article about the latest world trends in health care-related MBA educational programs. Kinney, MS, is Associate Director of the Health Care Management Department and a lecturer on that topic at Penn's Wharton School. Focused on the theme "the need for…
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