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RNZ: Why Is It Hard to Make Healthy Decisions?

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From RNZ: “Smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. Regular exercise reduces the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. The proof is out there, yet some people resist making changes to improve their health. Why is it so hard to make healthy decisions? Answering this question is the mission of behavioural economist David Asch.” Listen to the interview here.

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Philly Inquirer: Why The Emergency Room Is Always Crowded And What We Can Do About It | Opinion

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“For decades ever more patients have been arriving at emergency departments (EDs). As concern has mounted, and emergency department crowding – most evident in wait times – has increased, fingers have been pointed. Health systems, politicians and researchers have blamed the decline of primary care, “inappropriate” use of the ED, a fragmented health system, and more recently, social determinants of health. The solutions offered follow from these diagnoses. Improve primary care access, encourage patients and their doctors to use more primary care, penalize patients who are deemed retrospectively by simple algorithms to have used the ED inappropriately, improve care coordination,…

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Modern Healthcare: Bundles Cut Spending On Joint Replacements, But Not For Other Conditions

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“Medicare’s voluntary bundled-payment program for hip and knee replacements reduced spending by 1.6% from 2013 to 2016 — less than previously estimated — with no overall change in quality, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Another new Health Affairs study reported that lower extremity joint replacement is the only type of clinical episode in Medicare bundled-payment programs that has produced savings so far. The meta-analysis found no evidence of reduced spending or quality improvement for other clinical episodes. The two studies highlight the challenges facing federal policymakers, hospitals and physicians in using bundled payments to achieve cost savings and…

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KUOW: Start Fresh: 6 Tips For Mental Health In 2020

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“Milkman, now a professor at the Wharton School of Business who specializes in human decision-making, says that when it comes to making a behavioral change, the trick is to pair the thing you dread with something you love. Looking for more tips like these to make your New Year’s resolution stick? Whatever your goals, we have insights that can make it a little easier for you to achieve them. Here are six “life recipes” for good mental health from research that NPR reporters covered this year” Read more at KUOW

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New York Times: Opioid Deaths Rise When Auto Plants Close, Study Shows

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“The last two decades have brought both a sharp decline in automaking jobs in the United States and the rise of a deadly epidemic of opioid abuse. According to a new study, the two trends may well be related. The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that opioid deaths were about 85 percent higher among people of prime working age in counties where automotive assembly plants had closed five years earlier, compared with counties where such factories remained open.” Read more at The New York Times, The Atlantic, AJMC, Pain News Network, Reuters, Redmond Register Health, Crain’s Cleveland Business,…

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The Ladders: The Ecological Benefit Of Giving Advice

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“When a friend or colleague asks you for advice, you might find yourself as anxious about your response as you are humbled by the gesture. It is no surprise then, that when the recipient appears to respond positively to your words of wisdom you’re jolted with a current of self-assurance. As you should be! That colleague or friend deemed you knowledgeable enough to provide material counsel and you were knowledgeable enough to oblige. New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences illustrates this effect by using academic outcomes as a model. The paper was co-authored by Wharton post-doc Lauren Eskreis-Winkler, Wharton professors Katherine Milkman…

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WSJ: Want to Reach Your Savings Goal in 2020? Here’s What the Research Says Will Help

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From WSJ: Whether it’s retirement or a down payment, New Year’s is one of the best times to make a financial plan, behavioral economists say. Here are some of their tips and strategies. New Year’s is when many people feel motivated to make a savings or financial plan, and research shows that it’s a good time to do so. A recent survey from Fidelity Investments found that 67% of Americans are considering a New Year’s resolution that relates to their finances. More than half of the 3,012 respondents said they want to save more for goals including retirement. But success…

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Penn Medicine: Keeping ‘Nudges’ On Track

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From Penn Medicine News: Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS, an assistant professor of Medicine, is the founding director of Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit. He’s been implementing nudges for years, starting with the one that increased the rate of generic prescriptions. And while he’s had eye-opening success, he’s just as careful with every new nudge as he was with the first. “We’re nudging clinicians and patients in a healthier direction by making relatively small changes to their environment,” Patel said. “What we’re doing is subtle and often much more effective than a ‘shove,’ but, because of how effective they are, we…

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Philly Mag: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Cancer Screening

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“According to the American Cancer Society, screening rates for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer are lower in Philadelphia than in other areas of Pennsylvania, while 25 percent of the city’s residents live below the poverty line with decreased access to care and higher rates of illness and death. “Philly does have several areas where we could definitely increase cancer screening rates and thereby avoid many cancers. And not only avoid them, but if we do diagnose them, we’d be able to diagnose them at an earlier stage,” said Carmen Guerra, the American Cancer Society’s board scientific officer.” Read more at Philadelphia Magazine

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Money on the Mind: Interview with George Loewenstein

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“Behavioural Economics is a rapidly expanding field and everyday new research is being developed in academia, tested and implemented by practitioners in financial organisation, development agencies, government ‘nudge’ units and more. This interview is part of a series interviewing prominent people in the field. And in today’s interview the answers are provided by George Loewenstein.” Read more at Money on the Mind

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