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Benefits Pro: Website Design Affects 401(k) Participants’ Decisions

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Website design isn’t about making things look pretty—it can be a powerful tool to help employees make better decisions about benefits. Design is not just a “visual garnish,” but instead is “an integral part of any product or service offering. And it’s possible to navigate a path to behaviorally informed designs,” wrote Shlomo Benartzi, a professor of behavioral decision making at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Saurabh Bhargava, an associate professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University. Their goal was to find a website design that induced employees to contribute more than the default rate, since that’s often not enough for people…

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Healio: Public Health Experts Applaud Supreme Court’s Decision to Preserve DACA

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A Supreme Court decision Thursday allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program to remain in effect, keeping the approximately 690,000 offspring of U.S. immigrants from being deported. Perelman School of Medicine Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Atheendar Venkataramani offers his insight on the DACA ruling: “There are three reasons why the Supreme Court decision regarding DACA is a very good thing for public health. First, my research and other research showed that the program improved mental and physical health outcomes among beneficiaries. Second, research has also showed that the children of DACA beneficiaries also had improved…

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Penn LDI: Which Hospitals Are Participating in BPCI Advanced?

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By: Eric Z. Shan; Joshua Liao MD, MSc; Jack J. Huang, and Amol Navathe, MD, PhD In October 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) program to continue expanding bundled payments nationwide. Participating hospitals and physician group practices are eligible for financial incentives if they meet quality and cost benchmarks for 90-day episodes beginning with either a hospital admission or an outpatient procedure. In a previous post and article, we described the 832 hospitals that began participating in October 2018. Since then, CMS allowed a one-time opt-out in March 2019, which reduced…

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Pattern Health: A Moment with Penn’s Alison Buttenheim: On Fostering Innovation and Squashing HIV

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PatternHealth conducted a Q&A with CHIBE Associate Director Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, as part of their interview series featuring thought leaders in research and healthcare. Here’s a snippet from the interview: What are you working on right now that you’re excited about? I am very excited about “Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health.” Indlela is an HIV-focused “Nudge Unit” in South Africa that Harsha Thirumurthy and I launched with colleagues from HE2RO in South Africa and from the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics here at Penn, with funding from the Gates Foundation. Indlela seeks to build capacity in…

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Scientific American: Why Feeling Close to the Finish Line Makes You Push Harder

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By Katy Milkman Everyone has goals they’re striving to achieve, even during a global pandemic. Maybe you’re a scientist working around the clock to find a cure for COVID-19 (if so, thank you and good luck!). Or maybe you’re stuck working from home and pushing hard to hit 10,000 steps a day while confined to a small, urban living space. Whatever it is you’re striving to achieve, science shows you’re likely to push harder the closer you feel to the finish line. Oleg Urminsky, a professor of marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has been studying…

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AMA: Why Police Brutality Is A Matter Of Public Health

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Thousands of protestors across America have marched and rallied to denounce the police violence and misconduct that led to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and other examples of death and injury by police officers or vigilantes. Panelists included Dr. Boyd, Edwin J. Lindo, JD, a lecturer in the department of family medicine at the University of Washington; Rupa Marya, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; Roger A. Mitchell Jr., MD, chief medical examiner of Washington, D.C.; and Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Medical…

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LA Times: Cause of Death: COVID-19, Police Violence or Racism?

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“Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an internist and health policy researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, has plumbed the power of despair to erode the health of specific American populations. He was part of a team that assessed changes in the mental health of Americans who lived in states where at least one unarmed black man had been killed by police. In the three months following these deaths, the team found a measurable drop in mental health among black Americans — and the more deaths there were, the greater the effect. Mental health did not suffer in cases when police killed a black person…

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ABC13 Eyewitness News: Police killings can have profound effects on mental health of Black Americans, expert says

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“In 2018, a study published in British journal The Lancet showed police killings had a profound effect on the mental health of black Americans in the days following those incidents. In fact, it accounted for an additional 1.7 days of poor mental health days for the black community annually. Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, is a co-author of the study. ‘We’re just trying to understand that there’s this big mental health response which we did find, and having found that, I think that the take-home message is police killings are…

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401KTV: Digital Design Improvements Benefit Plan Participants

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“Professor Shlomo Benartzi, of the Behavioral Decision Making Department at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and Saurabh Bhargava, Associate Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University worked in a collaboration with Voya Financial to explore how digital design improvements of online enrollment interfaces influence a participant’s  initial contribution decisions of employees in 401(k) plans.” “The researchers wanted to learn the significance the digital design improvements would have on employees’ initial enrollment decisions.  For that reason, they randomized employees to one of the two versions: an original commercial design, or an “enhanced” design that included three small changes…” Read more at…

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LDI: A Cautionary Tale About Medicaid Work Requirements

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[Atheendar Venkataramani and others] looked at the potential effects of Medicaid work requirements on Medicaid participation among those not actually subject to these requirements. [They] estimate that these “spillover effects” – which thus far have not been part of the conversation on work requirements – could be quite large. How [they] arrived at this answer is worth a bit of explanation. [Venkataramani and others] were hired to independently evaluate Kentucky’s proposed Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, which included work requirements. While creating [their] study design, [they]thought about the total effects of work requirements on Medicaid participation. [They] wondered if imposing work…

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