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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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Lisa Rosenbaum, NEJM Podcast, Medication Adherence

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

In a multimedia New England Journal of Medicine report addressing the issue of medication adherence, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum is both author of an article and subject of an accompanying 18 minute audio interview with Stephen Morrissey, NEJM Managing Editor. She predicts that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act…

Tags: adherence
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Karin Rhodes, Reuters, Inadequate Patient Discharge Information

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

Commenting in a Reuters article about a new Yale study that found that 40% of discharged hospital patients were unable to accurate describe their diagnoses, LDI Senior Fellow Karin Rhodes said "the findings didn't surprise me at all." 

Rhodes, MD, Director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research in…

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Jeffrey Silber, Philadelphia Inquirer, Cancer Survival Disparities

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Jeffrey Silber's study on the differences in survival among black and white women with breast cancer is the subject of an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The findings were published in the July 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Silber, MD, PhD,…

Tags: disparities
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Kevin Volpp, Penn Medicine Magazine, In-Depth Bio

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) Kevin Volpp is the subject of an in-depth biographical profile in the current edition of Penn Medicine magazine. The piece recounts Volpp's career from when he earned his degrees at Penn in 1998, became…

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Lee Fleisher and Mark Neuman, JAMA, Post-Op Mortality Rates

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

Patients hospitalized for major surgical procedures in the United States may face a dramatically lower risk of death than those treated in the United Kingdom, say LDI Senior Fellows Mark Neuman and Lee Fleisher in a JAMA editorial. The authors note that reports comparing international health care trends tend to focus…

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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Residency Work Hours Rules

  • Monday, 26 August 2013

In her latest article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, asks why medical care doesn't get better when medical residents adhere to the rules that strictly limit their work hours. She writes that five years after the controversial rules were implemented, they have "failed to make…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Health Care 'Smart Cards'

  • Thursday, 8 August 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how the universal use of a "smart card" payment system has streamlined the French health care system. Emanuel points out that about 7% U.S. health care spending "pays for the legions employed by doctors and hospitals to fill…

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Mark Pauly, WHYY Newsworks, PA Insurance Exchange

  • Thursday, 8 August 2013
In a WHYY Newsworks article about the current status of Pennsylvania's health insurance exchange, LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly offers a positive assessment of the state's situation. So far, eight insurers have signed up to participate in the Pennsylvania exchange while some other states "wonder if anybody will show up," said…
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Ezekiel Emanuel, CNN, Overtreatment of Cancer

  • Thursday, 8 August 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel is quoted in a CNN.com article about the growing consensus that Americans tend to be overtested, overdiagnosed and overtreated for certain cancers. The piece explores the implications of a recent National Cancer Institute working group study focused on the overly aggressive treatment of…

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Scott Halpern Named IOM Anniversary Fellow

  • Thursday, 8 August 2013
LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern has been named an Institute of Medicine (IOM) Anniversary Fellow for a two-year term during which he will serve on an expert study committee
and participate in other health and science policy work.

The appointment comes with a $25,000 award. Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, is an…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, The Wall Street Journal, Flawed Hospital Rankings

  • Monday, 29 July 2013
While the annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings are heavily hyped by health system marketing departments, they are produced by a seriously flawed system that encourages investments in high-cost, lower-quality care, according to LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel.
 
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Emanuel, PhD, MD,…
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