LDI Briefs

Effects of Conflict-of-Interest Policies in Psychiatry Residency on Antidepressant Prescribing

Issue Brief
Jan. 15, 2013

This Issue Brief examines how COI policies affect the prescribing patterns of antidepressants, one of the most heavily promoted drug classes in the past decade. As such, it provides the first empirical evidence of the effects of COI policies in residency on the subsequent prescribing patterns of practicing physicians.

On the Way to Health

Issue Brief
Aug. 29, 2012

This Issue Brief describes the development and use of a new web-based IT platform, Way to Health, to deliver and evaluate behavioral interventions to improve health.

Designing Health Insurance Exchanges: Key Decisions

Issue Brief
Mar. 7, 2012

A cornerstone of health care reform is the establishment of state-level insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses can purchase health insurance in an online marketplace. This report reviews the experience of Massachusetts in developing a health insurance exchange and offers policymakers guidance on key features and likely consumer responses.

Behavioral Economics and Health Annual Symposium

Issue Brief
Sep. 7, 2011

The application of behavioral economics to health and health care has captured the imagination of policymakers across the political spectrum. The idea is that many people are irrational in predictable ways, and that this both contributes to unhealthy behaviors like smoking and holds one of the keys to changing those behaviors. Because health care costs continue to increase, and a substantial portion of costs are incurred because of unhealthy behaviors, employers and insurers have great interest in using financial incentives to change behaviors. 

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