Source: LDI Health Economist, February 2012 Mark Pauly, Janet Weiner, Daniel Polsky and David Grande took part in a panel discussion of the PBS documentary’s content. They commented on the barriers that have prevented the innovative techniques highlighted in the documentary from being adopted by the rest of the country.
Source: Association of University Programs in Health Administration LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly has been named the 2012 winner of the William B Graham Prize for Health Services Research. The award program is funded by the Baxter International Foundation and administered by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The prize includes $50,000 which will be split between Pauly and an institution of his choice to continue and expand his research. The prize will be awarded at the AUPHA Annual Meeting on May 31st in Minneapolis. Pauly is the Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management at Penn’s Wharton School.
Source: The Record, February 3, 2012 Mark Pauly weighs in on an article discussing the effects of for-profit hospitals on the quality of health care. He offers that even though people may not like the idea of for-profit hospitals, it may be the only way to get a hospital in their community
Source: The Commonwealth Fund, January 20, 2012 Harald Schmidt’s article entitled “Wellness Incentives, Equity and the Five Groups Problem” describes how employees that are offered wellness incentives belong to one of five groups: “the lucky ones,” the “yes-I-can” group, the “I’ll-do-it tomorrow” group, “the unlucky ones,” and the “leave me alone” group. He offers insight on how policymakers can respond to the inequalities that exist among the groups.
Source: Incentive Magazine, January 17, 2012 Kevin Volpp’s HRA lottery incentive study is highlighted to show that wellness programs are effective in boosting employee performance. He notes that the most important finding in the study is that the design of an incentive program makes a really big difference on how effective that program is.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, Booster Shots Blog, December 27, 2011; The Atlantic, December 29, 2011; MedPage Today, December 28, 2011 Scott Halpern wrote in his JAMA editorial that, while patient perspectives on intensity of ICU treatment have long been considered, European research on the views of clinicians delivering the care is important to the conversation. As Halpern noted in his editorial, “What this study shows is that a striking number of ICU physicians and nurses on any given day are providing care they perceive to be inappropriate,” and, as he went on to he comment to the media, “What it doesn’t tell us…
Source: Forbes, December 19, 2011 Judd Kessler was selected by Forbes as one of 30 under 30-year-olds who are making their mark in the world of law and policy. Forbes chose Dr. Kessler for his work as an economist who studies how to get people to donate organs and give money to charity, work cited by Freakonomics in August, 2011.