Source: Penn News, October 18, 2012; LDI News October 18, 2012; Philly.com, October 24, 2012 Dan Polsky has been named executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn after successor and mentor David Asch stepped down and was appointed executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation. Poslky has been the director of research at LDI since 2008 and remarks that “it is both an honor and an exciting challenge to lead LDI at a time of such great change across all of health care”
Source: Penn Medicine News, October 23, 2012 David Asch, Kevin Volpp and George Loewenstein authored a JAMA Viewpoint article entitled “Choosing Wisely: Low-Value Services, Utilization and Patient Cost Sharing” The article follows the launch of the “Choosing Wisely” initiative which identifies procedures and tests that add little value and may be unnecessary or even cause harm. The authors suggest that the “value-based” strategies that have been proposed to discourage the use of low-value services could be designed more effectively by incorporating insights from psychology and behavioral economics.
Source: Business Insider, October 22, 2012 As a follow-up to their 2011 paper, “False Positive Psychology,” Uri Simonsohn and colleague Leif Nelson developed a 21 word solution to the research transparency problem. Researchers should use the following statement as a disclosure when reporting results of a study:”We report how we determined our sample size, all data exclusions (if any), all manipulations, and all measures in the study.” Simonsohn and Nelson hope that by use of the disclosure statement, the field of psychology research will become more transparent.
Scott Halpern was named the recipient of this year’s Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award. As part of the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence, awardees exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: scholarship, innovation, commitment to service, leadership and dedication to patient care.
Source: Institute of Medicine, October 15, 2012 Kevin Volpp is among one of 70 new members to be elected to the Institute of Medicine. This is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, October 2, 2012 Philadelphia Business Journal and UnitedHealthcare are announcing the top winners of their annual Health Care Innovation Awards on November 8th to recognize sources of the most meaningful innovations throughout the Philadelphia metro regions health care community. This year, David Asch and Kevin Volpp have been named finalists for the “Health Improvement” category.
Source: LDI Health Economist, October 1, 2012 Mark Pauly of the Leonard Davis Institute and colleague Howard Kunreuther collaborated on a new book entitled “Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry.” In an interview for the LDI Health Economist, Mark Pauly notes that the book’s target audience is scholars as well as those in the insurance industry, with the goal of making them think more carefully about what they do.
Source: MedCity News, September 27, 2012 A new study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will offer patients recovering from a heart attack with financial incentives for adhering to their medication regimen. David Asch, who leads this study with Kevin Volpp comments that “we want to find new ways to help people stay on track with their care. So many of our health outcomes depend on … what we do when we are at home or at work, and whether we take our medications, exercise and follow healthy diets.”
Source: Science Daily, September 24, 2012 A recent study conducted by Tanja Kral of Penn nursing suggests that some children are less responsive to their internal cues of hunger and fullness, leading to obesity. Tanja suggests “future studies should test whether teaching children to focus on internal satiety cues and structuring the home food environment in a healthy way may prevent at-risk children from overeating.”
Source: LDI Health Economist, September 24, 2012 Researchers from CHIBE and Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Behavioral Decision Research convened at Congress Hall in Cape May on September 13-14 for the annual Penn-CMU Roybal Retreat. A mix of presentations, group activities and team building exercises on the beach made for both an informative and exciting opportunity for the two Roybal Centers.