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    • Scott Halpern, Kevin Volpp and David Asch on Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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News All News

High Out-of Pocket Costs Limits Access to Lifesaving Specialty Drugs

Source: Penn Medicine News, March 30, 2016

Two new studies led by Jalpa Doshi have found evidence that cost-sharing arrangements are associated with significant reductions in access to specialty drugs. Both papers…

Drawing the Line between Paternalism and Patient-Centered Care

Source: NEJM Catalyst, March 25, 2016

Where do we draw the line between improving people’s health behavior in the direction that we want, versus leaving them happy with what they have?…

Improving Patient Engagement

Source: NEJM Catalyst, March 7, 2016

As Lead Advisor for the Patient Engagement theme on NEJM Catalyst, Kevin Volpp kicks off an ongoing series of articles, case studies, interviews, and other…

When - and How - Can Incentives Actually Work?

Source: NEJM Catalyst, March 7, 2016

A lot of incentives programs don’t work, but they can if they’re designed just a little bit better, says David Asch. He and NEJM Catalyst’s…

New York Times Op-Ed: Paying Employees to Lose Weight

Source: The New York Times, March 4, 2016

Mitesh Patel, David Asch and Kevin Volpp authored an Op-Ed in The New York Times about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs…

How Defaults Can be Used to Improve Cancer Care

Source: Medscape, March 3, 2016

An article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, authored by Eric Ojerholm, Scott Halpern and Justin Bekelman, explores what defaults are, why they work, and how they…

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).

Funder: NHLBI/NIH

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

Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management, Perelman School of Medicine and WhartonTopic: TBD

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Joachim Marti, PhD, Lecturer, Health Economics, University of LeedsTopic: TBD

HP/CHIBE Work-in-Progress Research Seminar

Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH, FACP, Center Director, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety; Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center;…