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VALUE Framework to Teach Future Physicians Value-based Care

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Source: American Medical News, September 19, 2012; Penn Medicine News Release, August 28, 2012; Journal of General Internal Medicine, September 2012 Mitesh Patel worked with colleagues to develop a framework for teaching-hospitals, academic medical centers and residency programs to assess whether a medical intervention will help patients while keeping costs down. The VALUE framework is detailed in September’s issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Lessons for the Health Care Profession

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Source: New England Journal of Medicine, August 29, 2012; LDI News, August 29, 2012; Harvard Business Review, September 13, 2012 In a recent article featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, David Asch and Kevin Volpp point out relevant lessons that can be learned from the decline of the Eastman Kodak Company. They comment that “if we could get better health some other way, just as we now produce images without film and transport people and freight without railroads, then maybe we wouldn’t have to rely so much on health care.”

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Will the Soda Tax Make Us Healthier?

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Source: Knowledge at Wharton, September 12, 2012 Wharton professors Karen Glanz, David Asch and Mark Pauly weigh in on New York’s “soda ban” and the soda excise taxes on ballots in California. They comment that this legislation could convince some consumers to change their habits but could also have unintended consequences such as including increased prices for healthier items and fewer choices for populations that already have limited food options.

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FIELDS Trainee Awarded Funding to Study Decision Fatigue news

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Mary McKenzie, MD, a 3rd-year fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Penn, has been awarded two different grants to study the impact of decision fatigue on end-of-life decision making. An award from the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation will support an investigation of how decision fatigue influences’ critical care physicians’ decisions to engage families in meetings to discuss goals of care.  The second award, a pilot grant from the Penn-CMU Roybal P30 Center on Behavioral Economics and Health, supported by the National Institute on Aging, will foster an examination of how decision fatigue influences surrogate decision makers’ accuracy…

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FIELDS Trainee Receives Clinical Research Fellowship from the Doris Duke Foundation

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Katie Auriemma, a 4th-year Penn medical student, has been granted a year-long fellowship through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Clinical Research Fellowship Program. Ms. Auriemma will spend her fellowship year working on a number of FIELDS Projects including an examination of how ICU physicians make decisions, and a qualitative study seeking to identify critically ill patients’ and their family members’ perspectives on meaningful outcomes following critical illness.  

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FIELDS Program to Partner with Philadelphia VA on Advance Directives Study

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Guided by insights from a FIELDS pilot study in a non-Veteran population, a study of the influence of default options in advance directives for seriously ill Veterans will begin at the Philadelphia Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in late fall 2012. The study, lead by Dr. Joshua Kayser, will be the first to evaluate how default options in advance directives influence healthcare utilization and hospitalizations. Support for this study has been awarded to Dr. Kayser through the Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare Network – VISN 4 Competitive Pilot Project Fund.  

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Soda Bans: Nanny State or Nudge?

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Source: Marketplace Money, August 31, 2012 In an interview with American Public Media’s Marketplace Money radio program, David Asch comments that the proposed New York City soda ban is hardly an action from a nanny state, rather, it is a form of soft paternalism. He described it more like a “gentle nudge, or an encouraging approach to help people get to the goals that they actually want for themselves but could use a little help.”

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