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Remembering William Kissick, 1932-2013

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2013
An article in the LDI Health Economist looks back at the life and work of University of Pennsylvania professor William Kissick who died on June 30, 2013.
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Retired since 2001, Kissick was a professor in three separate schools at Penn for 32 years and played an instrumental…
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Ezekiel Emanuel and Robert Field: Employer Mandate Delay

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

Two LDI Senior Fellows respond to the White House's plan to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate. Will it matter much? Both say no.

Writing in his latest Opinionator column in The New York Times, Emanuel, the former White House advisor and one of the architects of the…

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Amol Navathe Named Editor-in-Chief of New Medical Journal

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Amol Navathe has been named co-Editor-in-Chief of the newly launched medical journal, Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation published by Elsevier. The first issue of the magazine focuses on payment reform and is now available in print and online. Navathe, who received his MD…

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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Shared Decision Making

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

In her first article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, writes about quandaries on both sides of the physician/patient divide when it comes to "shared decision making" -- particularly in the case of ailments and injuries of serious consequence. The piece begins as the author confronts…

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Kevin Volpp, Commonwealth Fund, Automated Hovering

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The emerging -- and very clever -- patient-tethering digital technologies have great potential to help manage patient health behavior but are not silver bullet solutions to patient non-adherence, LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp said in a Commonwealth Fund white paper on behavioral economics. The paper, the latest in the Commonwealth Fund's…

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Jason Karlawish, NPR, Alzheimer's

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Appearing on NPR's Weekend Edition show, LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD, discussed the latest research and findings related to Alzheimer's. A Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, he is also Director of the Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, and Associate Director of the Penn Memory…

Tags: alzheimers
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Linda Aiken, UPI, Nurse Burnout

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A UPI article spotlights LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken's 2012 study on the connection between nurse burnout and rates of hospital-acquired infections. Originally published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the study reported that there is "a significant association between patient-to-nurse ratio" and the two most common varieties of…

Tags: nursing
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Kevin Volpp, Philadelphia Inquirer, Beeping Pill Bottles

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A Philadelphia Inquirer article spotlights the broadening research partnership between Independence Blue Cross and various Penn Medicine projects headed by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp. The news piece spotlights the "Glow Cap" beeping pill bottle being tested at the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) headed by Volpp,…

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Scott Halpern, RadioTimes, Organ Transplant Ethics

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

In their rulings and other actions related to the controversial Sarah Murnaghan lung transplantation case, judges and political leaders "did not adhere to their duties to promote the interest of all potential patients," LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern said in an interview on the WHYY RadioTimes show

The on-air interview…

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Raina Merchant Named to Head New Social Media Lab

  • Monday, 1 July 2013

From:  David A. Asch, MD, MBA - Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Jill M. Baren, MD, MBE - Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Daniel Polsky, PhD - Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Subject: Appointment of Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP as Director of…

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Shulamite Chiu Wins AcademyHealth Best Student Abstract Award

  • Saturday, 29 June 2013

Shulamite Chiu, a second year doctoral student in the Wharton Health Care Management program and T-32 Institutional NRSA Fellow, has won the Health Economics Interest Group "Best Student Abstract" award at the 2013 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) in Baltimore.

The 2013 Health Economics Interest Group Awards, which were offically announced from…

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An MD Doctoral Candidate's Quest for ACA Answers

  • Monday, 24 June 2013

By Gina Siddiqui

When I went to participate in a panel convened in the editorial offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer to discuss the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange rollout, I didn't expect the experts to offer as many questions as they did answers.

As a medical student who will join…
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Julie Fairman to Co-Direct $20 Million RWJF Nursing Program

  • Friday, 21 June 2013

Penn's School of Nursing will be the program office for a new $20 million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative designed to help more nurses get their PhDs.  LDI Senior Fellow Julie Fairman will co-direct the Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates over its…

Tags: nursing
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Lawton Burns and Ralph Muller, Book Content Award

  • Friday, 21 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellows Lawton R. Burns, PhD and Ralph Muller have received the 2013 Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Emerald Literati Network for their chapter on the changing configuration of hospital systems. The chapter, published in Advances in Health Care Management, documents recent trends toward fragmentation and decentralization in hospital…

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LDI Names Four to Leadership Positions

  • Monday, 17 June 2013

 The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics has named four senior fellows to internal leadership positions, the office of the Executive Director of LDI has announced. The new appointments include Co-Director of Policy, Co-Directors of Research, and Director of Education.

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Scott Halpern, ABC Action News, Controversial Lung Transplant

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2013

"I don't think we want judges making medical decisions any more than we want doctors deciding Supreme Court cases," LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern told ABC News in an interview about the controversial lung transplant quest of 10-year-old of Sarah Murnaghan. She was recently put on the adult lung donor list…

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Mark Duggan, American Public Media, Medicare Part D

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Duggan was featured on an American Public Media "Marketplace" radio report about the Medicare Part D program which is now the subject of scrutiny by a Senate Committee. Duggan, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Business Economics and Public Policy at Penn's Wharton School, and Faculty Director…

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Susan Domchek, Businessweek, Mastectomies

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow, oncologist, and Director of Penn's Basser Research Center Susan Domchek has been the subject of widespread national press pickup in the wake of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy. In publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, Domchek, MD, is widely quoted about the risk and benefits of preventive breast removal as…

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Steven Marcus, Reuters, Less Effective Drugs?

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The effectiveness of new drugs -- as measured by published clinical trials comparing the response of patients taking those treatments to those taking a placebo -- has declined significantly since the 1970s, according to a new study co-authored by LDI Senior Fellow Steven Marcus. Originally published in Health Affairs, the…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Science Daily, Cancer Drug Shortages

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2013

LDI Senior Fellow and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel is a co-author of a new study that found 83% of cancer doctors report that they've faced oncology drug shortages, and of those, nearly all say their patients' treatment has been impacted. The authors point to the necessity of creating new guidelines to deal…

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