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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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VIDEO EXCERPT: Farzad Mostashari's Talk at LDI Health Policy Seminar

  • Sunday, 15 September 2013
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LDI Presentation: Sept. 10, 2013 | 7:03 Video Excerpt Above

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM , National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

Title: Health Reform, Health IT, and Patient Empowerment -- How the Pieces Fit Together

A central principle of the federal government's Electronic Health…

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Susan Domchek, Daily Pennsylvanian, BRCA Outreach

  • Friday, 6 September 2013
Penn's Basser BRCA Research Center headed by LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek, MD, has launched a cancer-risk educational campaign aimed at 1,500 Jewish congregations across the country. The Daily Pennsylvanian article that detailed the effort said that individuals of Eastern European Jewish ancestry have a one in 40 chance of carrying…
Tags: oncology
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Anne Teitelman, Oprah Magazine, $85,000 App Contest Award

  • Friday, 6 September 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Anne Teitelman, who headed a Penn Nursing School team that developed the app that won a national U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' contest, is featured in an article in Oprah magazine.

Launched in 2012, the HHS "Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge…

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David Casarett, NBC News, Broken Heart Science

  • Friday, 30 August 2013

While it's sentimentally satisfying to think that couples can feel so deeply about each other that when one dies, the other dies of a "broken heart" soon after, LDI Senior Fellow David Casarett says the stress of being a caregiver may be the actual mortality trigger. In an interview for an…

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Scott Halpern, ABC News, Lung Transplant Controversy

  • Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Appearing in an ABC News broadcast about the homecoming of controversial lung transplant patient Sarah Murnaghan, LDI Senior Fellow and bioethicist Scott Halpern cautioned that "People might rightly ask whether it's fair for lungs to be allocated to the ones who can make the biggest media splash." In a previous radio…

Tags: bioethics
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Jason Karlawish, EurekAlert, Alzheimer's Diagnostics

  • Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A new survey co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD, found that leading Alzheimer's clinical trial leaders think that subjects participating in tests of Alzheimer's-detecting pharmaceuticals should be told when they test positive for Alzheimer's biomarkers, like accumulations of amyloid plaque.

Although its exact relationship with Alzheimer's is still a…

Tags: alzheimers
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David Casarett, NPR RadioTimes, Assisted Suicide

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

LDI Senior Fellow David Casarett appeared on the one-hour "RadioTimes With Marty Moss-Coane" program to discuss ethical issues related to the prosecution of Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini who is charged with assisting in her father's suicide. The state of Pennsylvania has accused her of murdering her 93-year-old father because she handed…

Tags: end-of-life
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