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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,…

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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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Kevin Volpp and Mark Pauly Critique Penn State's Wellness Program

  • Monday, 29 July 2013

In interviews on NPR radio station WPSU and in the Philadelphia Inquirer,  LDI Senior Fellows Kevin Volpp and Mark Pauly critique a new Penn State wellness plan that requires non-participating employees to pay a $100 monthly surcharge for their health insurance.

Volpp, MD, PhD and Director of the University of Pennsylvania's…

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Jeffrey Silber, JAMA, Breast Cancer Disparities

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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We've known about the racial disparity in breast cancer survival rates for some time. But we haven’t known why. Is it differences in biology, presentation, or treatment?

LDI Senior Fellow Jeffrey H. Silber, MD, PhD has given us some answers.
In a new study published in JAMA, he finds that white…
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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Doctor-Patient Relations

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013
In her latest article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, explores those awkward moments when physicians have to make decisions about whether or not to tell patients something they don't want to hear. "The challenge of communicating unpleasant, possibly profoundly upsetting information to patients is timeless,"…
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Brendan Carr, Philadelphia Inquirer, Safest Cities

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Philadelphia Inquirer, TIME magazine and other major media outlets across the country are reporting the results of a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Carr that found that large cities in the U.S. are significantly safer than rural areas. The study focused on overall death rates from…

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Jason Karlawish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Alzheimer's Risk

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

A new study authored by LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish found that after receiving advance information that they carried an uncommon genetic risk for Alzheimers, most participants became more active in healthy eating habits and exercise they perceived might reduce their risk. At the same time, they exhibited no more anxiety,…

Tags: alzheimers
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David Grande and Robert Town, WHYY Radio Times, ACA Implementation

  • Monday, 22 July 2013
LDI Senior Fellows David Grande and Robert Town appeared on a one-hour WHYY RadioTimes interview show focused on the biggest Affordable Care Act issues. Two of their major points were that the delay of the implementation of the employer insurance mandate will have little effect on overall ACA implementation and the…
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Timothy Rebbeck, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baseball's Brain Cancer Cluster

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article exploring a cluster of brain cancers within the ranks of Philadelphia's Major League Baseball team. The story reports that the rate of brain cancer among Phillies who played during the Veterans Stadium era is about three times higher…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Wall Street Journal, ACA Complexities

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

In comments in a Wall Street Journal article that says the White House appears to have realized that it has done a "lousy" job of selling the Affordable Care Act to the public, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel rebuts that the complexity of the health reform law "is like changing the…

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