Source: National Healthcare Incentives Institute website The National Healthcare Incentives Institute convened public policy, business and academic experts in Washington, D.C. to discuss evaluation and implementation of initiatives related to healthcare incentives. LDI CHI co-sponsored the event, and Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, spoke on “Pay for Performance for Patients (P4P4P): Using Behavioral Economics to Make Incentives More Effective”
Source: The Economist, July 30, 2011 In an overview article in The Economist about the rising use of financial incentives in corporate wellness programs and their potential to evolve into more penalty-based approaches, Kevin Volpp sounded a note of caution, commenting that companies rarely publish information about programmatic failures. In support of incentive programs however, the piece cited Volpp’s research at General Electric, which demonstrated how a wellness program using financial incentives nearly tripled the quit rate among smokers trying to quit: 9.4% of smokers who received incentives remained smoke-free after 18 months compared to 3.6% of similar smokers who did not receive incentives.
A team of investigators from LDI CHIBE (Asch and Volpp, Mult PIs) competed successfully for a two year Grand Opportunity award from the National Institute on Aging that will be pivotal to building CHIBE’s research infrastructure. The project, “Developing Interactive Technologies to Improve Research and Health Behavior,” will support Center investigators in designing, building, testing and refining an IT platform that will: 1) provide investigators an easily customized web-based platform to test behavioral interventions to promote health, including the use of financial incentives, frequent feedback, visual approaches to information, and social networks; 2) provide older Americans, other members of the general public,…
We are pleased to announce that the Center was a recipient of one of 12 Roybal Center awards in 2009 from the National Institute on Aging (Volpp PI, Loewenstein Co-PI). The Roybal Centers Program was established to translate promising social and behavioral basic research findings into programs, tools, practices and policies that will improve the lives of older adults. The aims of the Penn-CMU Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health will be to leverage resources to advance translation of behavioral economic concepts to improve health behaviors and health care delivery and work with public and private sector entities to design and test…
Source: Penn Medicine The Association of American Medical Colleges presented the award November 7th at its annual meeting. The award recognizes those teachers who make significant contributions to medical education.
Rachel Werner, along with Co-PI Kevin Volpp, will lead a three year project funded by the Aetna Foundation to evaluate a large multi-payer medical home demonstration project in southeastern Pennsylvania, evaluating the effect of medical home implementation on costs, utilization, and quality of care..
Companies large and small are considering offering employees wellness incentives, such as the financial incentives program General Electric has implemented for smoking cessation.
Source: NIHCM Foundation The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation has selected a NEJM paper on financial incentives for smoking cessation authored by LDI CHI researchers as one of 5 candidate papers representing innovation in health care policy and management. The award winner will be announced in May 2010.
Source: Society of General Internal Medicine A paper published in 2009 in NEJM by Kevin Volpp, Andrea Troxel, Mark Pauly, Henry Glick and David Asch of LDI CHI, Robert Galvin of General Electric, and other colleagues was selected as the most outstanding of the nominated papers for making a contribution to generalist research. The award was presented at the Society’s April annual meeting.
CHIBE faculty member Rachel Werner will receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for, “conceiving and leading an innovative research program evaluating how clinical performance measurement in the VA and other health systems improves the quality and equity of the care patients receive.” The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their career and is marked by a ceremony at the White House and a personal presentation by the President.