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The Research Transparency Problem

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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.

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Kevin Volpp Elected to Institute of Medicine

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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.

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Innovation Award Finalists

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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.

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Insurance and Behavioral Economics

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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.

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Remote Monitoring Study Offers Financial Incentives for Medication Adherence

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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.”

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Behavioral Inclination for Obesity in Children

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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.”

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Penn-CMU Roybal Center Convenes in Cape May for Annual Retreat

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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.

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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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