Source: NPR, March 12, 2010 The implementation of a value-based insurance design that both lowers copayments for high value services and raises copayments for services perceived as being low value is an important new initiative but there are issues with the design and implementation, comments CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp.
Source: BMJ Group Awards Ceremony, March 2010, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2010 Kevin Volpp, Andrea Troxel, Mark Pauly, Henry Glick, David Asch, Robert Galvin of General Electric and other colleagues received this year’s award for successfully introducing evidence based improvements to employer smoking cessation programs using financial incentives. Dr. Asch accepted the award in London on behalf of the team at a black-tie event.
Source: ABC News, January 28, 2010 Kevin Volpp of LDI CHI and others were quoted in an ABC News article discussing a new program for Whole Foods employees that offers a larger discount for meeting certain health related benchmarks. Some wonder if the program discriminates against those who are less healthy to begin with .
Source: C-CSPAN, January 5, 2010 Rachel Werner, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, appeared on C-SPAN as one of three authors presenting papers which dealt with public and private financing in long-term care and long-term support services. Werner spoke specifically on the use of market incentives to improve quality of care.
Source: TIME Magazine, January 4, 2010 Several recent commercial enterprises offer financial rewards over the internet for healthy behavior. Incentives are gaining in popularity among employers and individuals. LDI CHI Director Kevin Volpp is quoted on some of the limitations of the evidence to date.
Source: New York Times, November 11, 2009 George Loewenstein and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon question the basis for the interest among state governments and federal health reformers about mandating the posting of calorie information in restaurants.
Source: AcademyHealth News Release, June 28, 2009 Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Core Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), and staff physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC), received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting on June 28, 2009. This prestigious award recognizes scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show exceptional promise for future contributions.