CHIBE in the News

High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) Reduce Consumer Health Care Use, but Decisions Based On Cost Alone May Not Be Healthy

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Source: New York Times, November 22, 2010; National Public Radio, November 23, 2010;Philadelphia Inquirer, November 29, 2010  Jeff Kullgren’s recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that among HDHP enrollees in New England, lower-income families were more likely than higher-income families to report delaying or forgoing health care, although both groups engaged in the behavior. Based on Kullgren’s findings the New York Times opened a discussion about whether consumers who share medical costs have enough knowledge to make health care decisions, while National Public Radio reported that Kullgren’s work echoed results from an older study showing that HDHPs will have a disproportionate impact on the poor. In…

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Ice Cream Now, Broccoli Later

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Source: Knowledge@Wharton, October 13, 2010  Katherine Milkman’s research exploring online consumer grocery purchasing habits reveals that generally, the sooner people took delivery of their groceries, the less healthy and more expensive the order and that orders placed for delivery farther in the future contained more healthy items and cost less. “Spending decreases as we order food further in the future, but the more immediate the gratification, the more freely we spend,” says Milkman.

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Behavioral Economics in Action: Physicians Easily Persuaded to Rationalize Industry Gifts

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Source: MedPage Today, September 14, 2010, Science Daily, September 15, 2010 In research by Sunita Sah and and CHIBE Associate Director George Loewenstein published in the September 15, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, three groups of medical residents received different online surveys. Among the physicians who were reminded of the sacrifices made in obtaining their medical education, twice as many deemed industry gifts acceptable in comparison to the control group. Among the medical residents who were exposed to a suggested rationalization for accepting industry gifts, the number who perceived gifts to be acceptable rose to 60.3%, despite the majority reporting…

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American College of Physicians (ACP) Issues Guidelines on the Use of Incentives to Promote Healthy Behavior

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Source: ACP Position Paper, September 2010 ACP’s position paper examines potential ethical pitfalls of, and suggests strategies to ensure fairness in, the application of behavioral economics approaches to improve health. ACP developed the guidelines in anticipation of increased use of incentive programs as a consequence of the passage of the March 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the health care reform bill.

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Massachusetts Pilot Program to Test Rebates for Buying Fresh Vegetables Among Food Stamp Recipients

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Source: Boston Globe, August 19, 2010 In a Boston Globe article describing a pilot project designed to test the effectiveness of incentives in boosting fresh fruit and vegetable purchases, CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp commented on the laudable goals of the program. He also noted that the rebate mechanism, which directs funds to the recipients’ cards with no visible evidence of a rebate, may not be tangible enough to influence behavior.

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Behavioral Economics in the Real World with a Research Round-Up

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Source: Healthy Business Radio, July 27, 2010 In a wide-ranging interview on the radio program Good Health is Good Business, LDI CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp discusses the application of health incentives in the real world, the need for more research to define the best structures for programs, and the related work of CHIBE investigators George Lowenstein and Scott Halpern.

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Replacing Harmful Incentives with Helpful Incentives

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Source:  Newsweek, July 22, 2010 Research studies, including studies on smoking cessation and weight loss conducted by CHIBE researchers, have found that financial incentives introduced to promote physical well-being can counter some of the effects of existing incentives that are harmful to health, but Kevin Volpp comments that new strategies need to be devised to improve health in the long-term .

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The Uses of Behavioral Economics

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Source:  New York Times, July 14, 2010 Renowned behavioral economists George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel discuss in an op-ed how behavioral economics can help to improve our understanding of how individuals might react to policies meant to improve the greater good, but, they explain, the field does not encompass fixing the root of the large social problems it is increasingly being called on to address.

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