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Meghan Ross

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CHIBE Members Author Some of Health Affairs’ Top Articles of 2020

By CHIBEblog

Congratulations to the following CHIBE-affiliated faculty members for authoring two of Health Affairs’ 20 most-read articles of 2020: Atheendar Venkataramani, PhD, MD, MPhil Judith Long, MD David Asch, MD, MBA Dr. Venkataramani was an author on “Mortality Rates From COVID-19 Are Lower In Unionized Nursing Homes,” alongside Adam Dean, PhD, MsC, and Simeon Kimmel, MD, MA. Drs. Long and Asch were authors on “Evidence-Based Community Health Worker Program Addresses Unmet Social Needs And Generates Positive Return On Investment,” alongside Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP; Nandita Mitra, PhD; and David Grande, MD, MPA. See the full list of Health Affairs top articles…

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CHIBE Q&A: Victor Lei, PharmD, MSHP

By CHIBEblog

Learn more about Victor Lei, PharmD, MSHP, a Senior Research Scientist at CHIBE. What projects are you working on these days? I work under Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, where my main effort is currently focused on helping a collaborator (Hawaii Medical Service Association) understand their high cost member populations to develop new care models and interventions. Over the past few months, we have been particularly interested in patients with serious illnesses (i.e. conditions that have high risk of mortality and either negatively impacts a patient’s daily function or quality of life). We believe such patients would benefit from earlier palliative…

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In Memoriam: Sandy Vanderslice

By CHIBEblog

CHIBE would like to remember our beloved friend and colleague Sandra Vanderslice. Sandy was an integral member of our community, who never hesitated to help others. While Sandy was a superb employee for us since 2017, she was much more than that to us. She filled a special role within our department — she was someone who was always available to provide sage advice or a friendly smile. She provided levity when needed, comfort when it was sought, and a sense of camaraderie to pull us together as a team. Here you’ll find messages from our Center about our dear…

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Scott Halpern Elected Hastings Center Fellow

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Congratulations to Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, who has been elected as a new Hastings Center fellow. Dr. Halpern joins more than 200 fellows whose work has “informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology.” According to the Hastings Center website, the fellows’ “common distinguishing feature is uncommon insight and impact in areas of critical concern to the Center–how best to understand and manage the inevitable values questions, moral uncertainties, and societal effects that…

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Fairfax County Times: How to Keep Your New Year’s resolution

By In the News

What are some ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution? Dr. Katherine Milkman suggests ditching the all-or-nothing mindset. For example, if your New Year’s Resolution is to exercise for an hour every day and you happened to miss a day, it is essential to be flexible with yourself in creating your new routine. It may be easy to give up and not return, but it’s just as easy to do a quick version of your routine or to start fresh the next day. “It’s critical to learn how to have a backup plan rather than just throw your hands…

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Docwire News: Remote Monitoring Significantly Decreases Rehospitalizations in Arthroplasty Patients

By In the News

Remote monitoring in patients who underwent joint arthroplasty led to a fourfold decrease in rehospitalizations, a randomized trial found. According to the researchers, this may have been due to goal setting and connection to the care team. The use of telemedicine surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It may seem more difficult to implement in some specialties compared to others, including orthopedics. While orthopedic surgeries have not yet moved to the patient’s home, it appears that postoperative patient monitoring has the potential to go remote. “There are great opportunities for health systems and clinicians to improve the quality and value of care…

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Chicago Booth Review: ‘Mental money laundering’ lifts constraints on Spending Morally Questionable Income

By In the News

Numerous experiments have demonstrated that people are more generous with money they’ve earned unethically. But research by Chicago Booth’s Alex Imas, Carnegie Mellon’s George Loewenstein, and Carey K. Morewedge of Boston University discovers there’s a way to avoid this self-imposed penalty: psychologically “launder” the money by obfuscating its source. Their findings suggest the complicated effects this informal bookkeeping can have, as it can cause people to be generous with dirty money but also to find ways to avoid such generosity. In further experiments, they also find evidence that mental money laundering also applied to situations in which ethically and unethically earned money was…

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MedPage Today: New Audio-Only Telemedicine Bill; Chronic Illness, Mental Health Fuel Boom

By In the News

A new telemedicine bill introduced in Congress this month would expand Medicare coverage for audio-only telehealth visits, mHealth Intelligence reported. Virtual visits that use telephone only, not video, have been a challenge for clinicians, as telehealth services exploded after the COVID-19 public health emergency. Regarding emerging trends in telemedicine and telehealth, remote monitoring also significantly dropped hospital readmission rates after total hip or knee replacement, a randomized trial in JAMA Network Open found. Text messages included content about hip or knee exercises, physical activity, and medication management. While the surgery team delivered the same instructions, “the text messaging may have provided reinforcement in real-time to…

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Clinical Oncology News: A New Text Message Initiative to Support Colon Ca Patients

By In the News

Brian Dooreck, MD, of Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers in Pembroke Pines, Fla., has diagnosed colorectal cancer hundreds of times during his 15 years in practice. Last spring, he realized something important is often left out of conversations with patients: guidance on where patients can find reliable information and moral support. He began formulating a plan to fill this gap. In early September, Dooreck pitched his idea: the Colorectal Cancer Provider Outreach Program, a text message system to connect patients to these organizations and the free services they provide patients. Now, when gastroenterologists diagnose CRC, they can instruct their patient to text…

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PhillyVoice: Fitness Trackers Get Users to Walk an Extra Mile Every Day, Study Shows

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A recent study discovered that people walk an extra mile every day if they have an activity tracker on their phones or watches. The study compared studies that tracked exercise activity among those with and without fitness tracking apps. Of the 7,454 people in the study, researchers found that people who were keeping track of their steps were more likely to walk 1,850 more steps each day. Authors of the study suggested that doctors prescribe apps or trackers for patients who want to become more fit. Penn doctors recommend people to use smartphones because everyone is so connected to them,…

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