Source: ABC News, June 10, 2013; CBS News, June 12, 2013 On a 6ABC news segment covering the lung transplant waiting list rule, Scott Halpern offered his thoughts on the ramifications of the decision to overturn the current rule that keeps children under 12 from qualifying for adult lungs. He commented that we may not “want judges making medical decisions any more than we want doctors deciding Supreme Court cases” and pointed out that “every child under the age of 12 who gets an adult lung, that’s someone else, probably a child who is 13 or 14, who is not getting…
Source: LDI Health Economist, June 5, 2013 The Penn Medicine Center for Innovation along with the Chief Medical Information Officer and Network Development Office convened the recent University of Pennsylvania’s first annual “Connected Health Symposium” on April 3rd to explore the latest technological developments in the field of medicine. A video report comprised of all presentations from this event can be viewed here.
Source: The Atlantic, June 3, 2013 The Obama administration recently released its final rules on employment-based wellness programs. In an interview with The Atlantic, Kevin Volpp offers that not all incentive programs are created equal and that the impact of the incentive depends on the context in which it is offered and how it is framed.
Source: LDI Health Economist, May 3, 2013 It would be wrong to assume that the findings of a newly-released two-year study of Medicaid outcomes in Oregon is conclusive evidence of the worth — or lack of worth — of Medicaid, according to health economist Dan Polsky. He was one of four top University of Pennsylvania health policy experts who cautioned that the study’s findings have been the subject of sensational headlines that present a less-than-accurate picture.
Source: American Public Media, April 30, 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals will have to pay a penalty of $95 or 1% of their income (whichever is higher) for not having health coverage. The question is whether that amount is enough of a penalty, since health coverage can cost thousands of dollars. Kevin Volpp offers that this modest penalty could work better than most people think, because of a phenomenon known as loss aversion which refers to people’s tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains.
Sources: CBS News, Time Magazine, LA Times, ABC News, Penn Medicine News, April 2, 2013 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.”
Source: Modern Healthcare Magazine, March 30, 2013 Incentivizing patients to seek higher value medical services may be crucial to the success of the accountable care organization model. David Asch offers that the most effective incentive designs take into account the timing and delivery of incentives.
Sources: Philadephia Inquirer, Forbes, The Atlantic, Medpage Today, Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2013 The New England Journal of Medicine featured two perspective essays about the smoker hiring ban by two groups of Penn researchers. David Asch, Kevin Volpp and Ralph Muller highlight the reasons an employer would want to implement a no-smoking policy for new hires in their article “Conflicts and Compromises in Not Hiring Smokers.” The opposing article, written by Harald Schmidt, Kristin Voigt and Ezekiel Emanuel, points out the ethical issues behind the ban in their article “The Ethics of Not Hiring Smokers.”
Source: LDI News, March 28, 2013 Graduate student and CHIBE trainee Nora Becker was named one of the winners of the Leonard Davis Institute’s William L. Kissick Health Policy Research Award. Becker was acknowledged for her work as co-author on the paper “The Impact of Two Incentive-Based Health Interventions on Stages of Change and Patient Activation Measure Scores.” The Health Policy Research award is given to students who have done meritorious research in the field of health economics.
Source: New York Times Magazine, March 27, 2013 This week’s cover story of New York Times Magazine profiled Adam Grant, a Wharton professor and affiliated faculty member at CHIBE. He is known as a “rising star” in the field of organizational psychology. Along with being given tenure at age 30, he is also the highest-rated professor at Wharton.