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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…

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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,…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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