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News All News

CHIBE's Academic Home Launches Penn's First Online Master's Degree

Source: Penn Medicine News, November 30, 2016

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine has announced the launch of a new online Master…

George Loewenstein Talks 'Information Avoidance' and Bad Decisions

Source: Devex, November 23, 2016

CHIBE's George Loewenstein was interviewed by global development media platform, Devex, on his research on information avoidance, wherein individuals choose not to know information even…

Why Aren't More Doctors Using Patient Engagement Tools?

Source: Medical Economics, November 9, 2016

Modern Medicine reports on a new study by CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, showing that 69 percent of health care providers are using…

Kevin Volpp Research Cited in Medical Resident Work Hour Debate

Source: Forbes, November, 8, 2016

A Forbes article addresses an ongoing debate around work hour limits imposed on medical and surgical residents and cites a 2012 study led by CHIBE…

Mitesh Patel Comments on Value of Wearable Fitness Trackers

Source: Time, November 2, 2016

Time magazine interviewed Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS to hear his take on the value of the new Apple Watch and other wearables for tracking…

CHIBE Holds Largest-Ever Penn-CMU Roybal Retreat & Conference

Source: Penn LDI eMagazine, November 2, 2016

On October 27 and 28, 2016, CHIBE held its ninth and largest-ever retreat of scientists collaborating through its ongoing NIH P30 Center of…

Ongoing Research All Research

Behavioral Economics in Provider Incentive Design

Principal Investigator: Amol Navathe, MD, PhD

Payers and provider groups are in need of novel approaches to structure provider incentives—both financial and non-financial—to better promote the delivery of quality, cost-effective care. In this project, we will study how behavioral economic principles can improve the effectiveness of physician incentives to deliver higher quality and lower cost care. We will test the application of specific behavioral economic principles including loss aversion; physician versus non-physician incentives; and variation in physician-organization relationships in incentive design and implementation.

Funder: The Commonwealth Foundation

RCT of Automated Hovering for Congestive Heart Failure

Principal Investigators: David Asch, MD, MBA; Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

The objective of this study is to conduct a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial testing a new approach to chronic disease management combining wireless monitoring devices and behavioral economic engagement incentives to reduce rehospitalization rates among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) recently hospitalized at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).


Smarter Big Data for a Healthy Pennsylvania: Changing the Paradigm of Healthcare

Principal Investigators: Polsky / Volpp

The goal of this project is to improve the health of Pennsylvanians at an individual, community, and population level by changing the paradigm of medical care and health care delivery to predicting and preventing onset, exacerbation, and advancement of disease rather than principally reacting to clinical events with expensive treatments. Using medical record data with linkages to administrative claims, wearable monitor data, and social media data, we will develop algorithms to better predict clinical events in the hospital, at home, and in the community. The proposed project will expand an established and highly successful minority health services research training program to provide opportunities for training in big-data research to support the career development of under-represented minorities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Funded by: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Transforming Provider Payments

Principal Investigators: Emmanuel / Volpp


The goal of this partnership is to provide guidance and to conduct research for the roll-out of a new HMSA provider payment initiative that will fundamentally change the way primary care providers are paid in Hawaii.


Funded by: Hawaii Medical Services Association

Events All Events

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Flora Or, MHS, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Co-hosted with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Julie Bynum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and Geisel Medical School…

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Jose Francisco Figueroa, MD, MPH, Physician, Internal Medicine, Brigham And Women's Hospital; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard University 

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Sudeep Bhatia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Gary Weissman, MD, Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania