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Harvard Business Review: How to Reduce Primary Care Doctors’ Workloads While Improving Care

Not long ago, many services such as tax accounting were delivered episodically and in-person, as most health care still is today. Periodically, a client and accountant would meet, review financial materials and status and, at the end of the encounter, make an appointment for the next meeting. Increasingly, in-person accountant visits have been replaced by phone or web meetings and do-it-yourself software like TurboTax. There is still a need for accountants and face-to-face meetings, but typically accountants now require such visits for only the more complicated cases that can’t be managed with software or a call. Health care has proved…

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WHYY: Penn receives $6.4 million from NIMH for new mental health center

A $6.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health will fund a new research center at the University of Pennsylvania to study how evidence-based treatment can better circulate to more therapists and mental health care providers. Researchers want to try to reduce the “research to practice gap” in mental health. Rinad Beidas, an assistant professor of psychiatry and director of implementation research at Penn, said it takes 17 years for a small percentage of research to make its way into community settings. “That means that if an innovation today was developed to treat a particular condition, it’s likely…

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LDI Symposium Highlights Promising Behavioral Solutions to Public Health Challenges

Earlier this month, our founding partner, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, celebrated 50 years of research with a symposium drawing together some of the brightest minds in health policy. At a panel focused on the potential for behavioral science to influence health care, CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD joined External Advisory Board member Robert Galvin, MD, Internal Advisory Board member Barbara Kahn, PhD, MBA, MPhil and renowned Duke University behavioral economist Peter Ubel, MD to outline behavioral solutions that address premature mortality in the United States. The panel, moderated by Internal Advisory Board member David Asch, MD,…

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Washington Post: Maryland to offer online shopping tool for common medical procedures

The Maryland Health Care Commission, the state’s independent regulatory agency, is unveiling a website on which people scheduling a hip replacement, knee replacement, hysterectomy or vaginal delivery can see price differences among different providers for the same procedure. The site is launching amid rising health-care costs and as some consumers turn to insurance plans with high deductibles. The state site is meant to give consumers a tool to compare prices and quality on four common medical procedures at hospitals around the state that patients otherwise would have difficulty finding on their own. By showing ranges of costs — hip replacement surgery in…

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Cincinnati Republic: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Economics

Richard H. Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics on Monday for his work on human behavior and [ir]rational choice. Ironically, he currently hails from the same university that yielded one of the fathers of modern classical economic theory: Milton Friedman. While Thaler’s work challenges the basic economic assumption that humans behave in their own self-interest, its implications can – and probably will – impact both Keynesian and Austrian economic theory in the immediate future. The award is well earned, but while the hotly debated anticipation of who would deservedly win the award has been put to rest, it’s implications are…

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Knowledge@Wharton: Does Connectivity Help — or Hurt — the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Christian Terwiesch, a Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, has co-authored two new studies related to technology and health care. The first, which examined the impact of e-visits on primary care, found some surprisingly negative results about connectivity: E-visits can take up more of a physician’s time rather than making patient contacts simpler and more efficient. That has contributed to more physicians feeling overburdened and burnt out, with less ability to take on new patients. The second paper looked at how some of those negative effects could be turned around. Terwiesch sat down with Knowledge@Wharton to talk about these…

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Undark: Putting Digital Health Monitoring Tools to the Test

PHYSICIANS CALL IT the 5,000-hour problem. If you have a common chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the expert in charge of your health for almost all of your 5,000 waking hours annually is — you. And, frankly, you won’t always make the best choices. “The behavior changes that are necessary to address chronic disease are much more in your hands than in the doctor’s,” points out Stacey Chang, executive director of the Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. “To cede that control to the doctor sometimes is actually counterproductive.” With that in mind,…

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NPR: ‘Smart’ Pill Bottles Aren’t Always Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

What if I told you there was a way to use technology to save an estimated $100 billion to $300 billion dollars a year in health care spending in the U.S.? That’s the estimated cost incurred because people don’t take the medications they’re prescribed. A number of companies are now selling wireless “smart” pill bottles, Internet-linked devices aimed at reminding people to take their pills. But recent research suggests that actually changing that behavior may take more than an electronic nudge. All agree it’s a worthy goal. Dr. Niteesh Choudhry, an internist at Harvard Medical School, describes the problem of not taking medication as “the…

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TMSIDK: Behavior Change

http://chibe.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TMSIDK_S03E24_PHILLY1_v08_FIX_PUB-44k-1.mp3 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (TMSIDK) is live journalism wrapped in a game-show package and hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio. In this episode, CHIBE’s Kevin Volpp, Katherine Milkman, and Angela Duckworth are all featured discussing how to make behavior change stick. The episode can also be listened to at Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.

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LDI eMagazine: Penn Research Posters at 2017 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

As the U.S. political establishment continued its acrimonious debate over the direction of health care policy, more than 2,500 health services researchers assembled at the 2017 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in New Orleans to share their latest findings on how best to improve quality and lower costs of patient care. AcademyHealth is North America’s largest professional group of researchers focused on the organization, financing, management and delivery of health care. As usual, a sprawling section of the Research Meeting’s expo hall was devoted to a gallery of nearly 1,300 posters detailing research projects from across the country and the work of…

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