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Using Science to Make Good Health Choices

Source: NPR. July 7, 2014

NPR health news featured research that can raise the odds of making positive behavior changes. Kevin Volpp discusses the use of commitment contracts and Katherine Milkman's "temptation…

Kevin Volpp Comments on IBC Workplace Walking Study

Source: Reuters, July 7, 2016

Researchers at Independence Blue Cross compared workplace walking programs with and without "enhanced" features and found participants in the enhanced programs logged more steps, lost more weight…

Heather Schofield Study Shows Muslims Less Productive During Ramadan

Source: The Economist,  July 2, 2016

An Economist article discussing Ramadan's negative economic effect on Muslim countries mentions Heather Schofield's research suggesting that Muslims are less productive during Ramadan. The study found  that fasting…

Shivan Mehta Comments on Text Messaging Study

Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2016

Shivan Mehta, Associate Chief Innovation Officer at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, commented on a study conducted in Australia that suggests text messages could…

Financial Value of Wearable Devices

Source: Money Magazine, June 22, 2016

Money Magazine’s Get Healthy, Get Wealthy issue features Kevin Volpp's research on the role wearable fitness devices play in motivating people to start or improve an…

“Traffic-light” and Numeric Calorie Labels Cut Calorie Consumption

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