Janet Weiner, MPH @weinerja

Q & A with Economist Martin Gaynor

Apr. 19, 2016

Martin Gaynor, PhD recently visited Penn and presented his new paper, “The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured” (co-authored by Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, and John Van Reenen). The national study was the first to analyze health care spending and hospital transaction prices among the privately insured—an analysis made possible by the availability of data from three of the largest private insurers in the U.S.

Employers Take Note: Premium-Based Incentives For Weight Loss Don't Work

Jan. 5, 2016

A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of reducing health insurance premiums as a way to encourage employees to lose weight. LDI Senior Fellow Mitesh Patel and his team, in a randomized controlled trial, test the effectiveness of a $550 incentive in promoting weight loss in obese employees. They found no difference in weight loss over the course of one year between the control group and three different kinds of incentive programs.

Editor’s Choice: Picks from 2015

Dec. 23, 2015

2015 was quite a year for the LDI Blog. It got a new name, Health Policy$ense, which reflects our continuing focus on bringing health economics to bear on health policy issues. In its second full year, the blog had 95 posts, with contributions from our expert Senior Fellows and Fellows, experts from elsewhere, super-smart Penn students and of course our great staff.

Re: Nurses

Jun. 26, 2015

In a new LDI/INQRI Research Brief, Erin Fraher, Joanne Spetz, and LDI Senior Fellow Mary Naylor analyze the challenges and opportunities that health system transformation presents to the country’s 2.9 million registered nurses. They explore the new roles and responsibilities for nurses in alternate delivery models such as Accountable Care Organizations and medical homes, and call for changes in nurse education, regulation, and policy.

Reducing ED Use in Medicaid Patients

Jun. 18, 2015

In a new NEJM Perspective, LDI Fellow Ari Friedman, Brendan Saloner, and Renee Hsia analyze different policies to reduce emergency department (ED) use in Medicaid patients. They advocate strongly for providing Medicaid patients with better alternatives to the ED, rather than discouraging nonemergency ED use by imposing steep copayments.

52 Economic Scholars Not Friendly to ACA Subsidy Challenge

Jan. 28, 2015

As they had in an earlier case, a notable group of bipartisan economic scholars and professors have filed an amicus brief  in support of the government’s position in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court case challenging the availability of premium subsidies on the federal exchange. Once again, three Penn professors (and LDI Senior Fellows)—Ezekiel Emanuel, Mark Pauly, and Dan Polsky—signed on to the brief.