Dan Polsky of LDI and Kevin Volpp of CHIBE will lead a four-year project to develop and test algorithms aimed at predicting adverse health events in real time. The project, Smarter Big Data for a Healthy Pennsylvania: Changing the Paradigm of Healthcare is funded by the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program, and will examine the use of the algorithms in the hospital, at home, and in the community.
A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine by LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and co-authors at Penn and the Urban Institute provided the first evidence that the Medicaid “fee bump” succeed in its goal of improving primary care availability for growing numbers of Medicaid patients. In a 10-state study before and after the pay bump, primary care appointment availability improved 7.7 percentage points for Medicaid patients, while remaining unchanged for privately insured patients.
Source: LDI Health Economist, June 2014
A paper co-authored by a University of Chicago health economist and two LDI Senior Fellows has won the 2014 AcademyHealth "Article of the Year" award. The honor was announced at the health services research organization's annual research conference earlier this week.
Originally published in the Journal of Health Economics, the work, "Shipping out instead of shaping up: Rehospitalization from nursing homes as an unintended effect of public reporting," was produced by Tamara Konetzka, Associate Professor in the University of Chicago's Department of Health Studies; Dan Polsky, a Professor of both Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and Health Care Management at The Wharton School; and Rachel Werner, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School.
University of Pennsylvania health care management professors Mark Duggan, Dan Polsky and Ezekiel Emanuel took to the stage to examine the future of the ACA at a Wharton School Lifelong Learning forum in Washington.