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June Kinney is Namesake and Winner of New National Educator Award

  • Thursday, 18 April 2013

PHILADLEPHIA -- The Wharton School and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' June Kinney is both the namesake and inaugural recipient of a new national award honoring the achievements of business school health management department educators.

In an announcement today, the Business School Alliance for Health
Management (BAHM) said Kinney was…
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VIDEO EXCERPT: Elliott Fisher's Talk at LDI Health Policy Seminar

  • Thursday, 18 April 2013

LDI Presentation: Apr. 5, 2013 | 2:35 Video Excerpt Above

Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, Director of Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

Title: Rethink Health: Might Ostrom’s Insights be useful in Health Care?

Dr. Fisher is the Director of Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. He…

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Shreya Kangovi, NBC10_TV, Health Navigators

  • Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A West Philadelphia health care support program created by LDI Senior Fellow Shreya Kangovi is the subject of an NBC 10 TV feature story. The program -- the Patient-Centered Transition (PaCT) Project -- is a hospital-to-ambulatory care transition intervention that trains local neighborhood residents to be "navigators" or health assistants…

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Robert Lowe, New York Times, Primary Care Hours

  • Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The 2005 work of former LDI Senior Fellow Robert Lowe, MD, MPH, is prominently cited in a New York Times story exploring how half of the problems patients bring to emergency departments could be effectively treated by primary care physicians -- if those practices had more evening and weekend hours.

Among…

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Asch-Emanuel Smoking and Hiring Debate Goes Podcast

  • Friday, 12 April 2013

LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Ezekiel Emanuel have expanded their continuing debate over Penn Medicine's smoking and hiring policy into a 55-minute podcast on the New England Journal of Medicine website. The audio debate is moderated by NEJM managing editor Stephen Morrissey. Emanuel is co-author of an earlier NEJM article…

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Carmen Guerra, ABC News, New Cancer Study Recruitment

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Carmen Guerra is spotlighted in an ABC News story about efforts to recruit participants for a 20-to-30 year cancer study sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A goal of the long-term project is to pinpoint risk factors that lead to cancer.

Guerra, MD, MSCE, is an Associate Professor…

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Kevin Volpp, Barron's, Weight Loss Cash Incentives

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A study of cash weight loss incentives and group dynamics published in this month's Annals of Internal Medicine and co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp continues to generate national press pickup. The latest is a story in Barrons. The study found that a mix of group peer pressure and…

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Hanna Zafar, Penn News, Virtual Colonoscopies

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Despite the fact that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ceased reimbursements for routine screening CT Scan colonoscopies in 2009, a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Hanna Zafar finds that during 2007-2008, such "virtual" colonoscopies were used appropriately and may have expanded the population of people screened.…

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'Incidental Economist' Austin Frakt, LDI Blogger-in-Residence for April 11-12

  • Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Boston University health economist Austin Frakt, PhD, who has become one of the health policy research community's leading bloggers, will be blogging from the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics on April 11 and 12. Frakt is one of the managers and principal voices of "The Incidental Economist"…

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David Asch, Ezekiel Emanuel, More 'No Smoker' Hiring Coverage

  • Monday, 8 April 2013

The public debate between two groups of LDI Senior Fellows over Penn Medicine's new policy barring smokers from employment continues to spark media coverage. In the latest round of pickup, David Asch and Ezekiel Emanuel are quoted on opposite sides of the argument in a Wall Street Journal article. Meanwhile,…

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David Asch, KHOU-CBS, Behavioral Incentives

  • Tuesday, 2 April 2013
LDI Senior Fellow David Asch is featured in a KHOU-CBS, Texas, web story about a weight loss study at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) conducted by LDI's Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).
 
The article details a program that used both group pressure and financial incentives to motivate…
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Rachel Werner Wins AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award

  • Tuesday, 2 April 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, has won the 2013 American Federation of Medical Research (AFMR) Outstanding Investigator Award.

The honor annually singles out a person age 45 or younger judged to be the most outstanding medical scientist in any field.

The award, which comes with a $5,000 honorarium, will…

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David Asch, Modern Healthcare, ACOs and Incentives

  • Monday, 1 April 2013

LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Kevin Volpp are featured in a Modern Healthcare magazine article about how incentives designed to induce healthier behavior may be crucial to the success of the accountable care organization (ACO) model. Both are heavily involved in behavioral economics research.

Asch, MD, MBA, is Executive Director…

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Brian Strom Wins National Translational Science Award

  • Monday, 1 April 2013

LDI Senior Fellow  Brian Strom has won the 2013 Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) and American Federation for Medical Research (AMFR) National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science.

Strom, MD, MPH and Executive Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs in Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, is…

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Eileen Lake, MedCity News, Short-Staffed NICUs

  • Monday, 1 April 2013

A study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Eileen Lake that documents NICU nursing shortages across the country is the subject of a MedCity News article. Lake, PhD, RN and Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy at Penn's School of Nursing, noted that this patient population is…

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Lee Fleisher, FAER News, $50,000 Grant

  • Monday, 1 April 2013
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Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, LDI Senior Fellow Lee Fleisher will head a study analyzing how FAER grants support the career development of academic anesthesiologists, according to FAER News. The project will employ quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the effect…

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LDI's 14th Annual SUMR Program Gets Underway

  • Friday, 29 March 2013

Eighteen undergraduates from ten different universities have been selected and signed up for the Leonard Davis Institute's 14th annual Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR).

Sponsored by LDI and The Wharton School's Health Care Management Department, the three-month curriculum runs from the last week of May into August, bringing students from…
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Nora Becker, Morgan Sellers Win LDI Student Research Awards

  • Thursday, 28 March 2013

PHILADELPHIA -- Penn graduate students Nora Becker and Morgan Sellers have been named winners of the Leonard Davis Institute's William L. Kissick Health Policy Research Award. The annual honor goes to students who have done meritorious research in the field of health economics.

The award is named for William Kissick, a…
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Andrew Epstein, Reuters, Minimally-Invasive Surgery

  • Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Andrew Epstein suggests that minimally-invasive forms of heart surgery may be less expensive and cost patients fewer days off from work than standard versions of the same procedures, according to a Reuters article. Looking at six common surgeries, his team found that…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, NPR, New Book

  • Monday, 25 March 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's new book, "Brothers Emanuel," is the subject of an NPR book review. Published by Random House, the work is a memoir of  Emanuel and his brothers Ari and Rahm's early years growing up in Chicago. Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives,…

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