A Way to Health study published in this weeks Annals of Internal Medicine, conducted by PI's Jeff Kullgren and Kevin Volpp, found that offering CHOP employees a competitive group financial incentive was more effective for weight loss than an individual incentive. Co-author David Asch comments “our study demonstrates that how one offers the incentive is critically important. A lot of employers, insurers, and health care institutions are rolling out incentive programs now, and with a little design help they can make those programs much more effective.”
Investigators from the Roybal Center gathered to discuss behavioral economics and health among aging populations. Featured guest Heather Schofield, from of the Harvard School of Pubic Health, talked about online games and promoting mental acuity. Roybal investigators Jeffery Kullgren, Jason Karlawish, and others presented their research and Kevin Volpp announced an upcoming innovation tournament.
Jeff Kullgren’s recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that among HDHP enrollees in New England, lower-income families were more likely than higher-income families to report delaying or forgoing health care, although both groups engaged in the behavior. Based on Kullgren’s findings the New York Times opened a discussion about whether consumers who share medical costs have enough knowledge to make health care decisions, while National Public Radio reported that Kullgren’s work echoed results from an older study showing that HDHPs will have a disproportionate impact on the poor. In local coverage, the Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned an accompanying Archives commentary about “value-based insurance design,” which might be a healthier option than HDHPs.