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.
Source: Knowledge@Wharton, June 24, 2009 CHIBE faculty members Mark Pauly, Kevin Volpp and George Loewenstein describe studies they have conducted on financial incentives for smoking cessation, weight loss and medication adherence and the promises these approaches hold for modifying behavior and reducing health care spending.
Source: Purchasing High Performance Newsletter, June 18, 2009 Unlike prior studies evaluating smoking cessation that paid small financial incentives for smokers to quit, this large-scale study offered larger financial incentives and evaluated long-term smoking cessation rates. General Electric will be implementing an incentive-based program at its worksites similar to that employed by the study in anticipation that the company will save money in the long term due to increased productivity, lower absenteeism and lower health care costs.
Source: Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2009 The use of incentives to increase people’s success in achieving smoking cessation, weight loss, medication adherence and completion of health risk assessments have been tested in randomized controlled trials by CHIBE researchers, and some of these strategies are now being put into practice by employers and insurers.
Source: USA Today, January 20, 2009; Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2009 CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp weighed in on the use of incentive programs and highlighted that careful assessment of the degree to which such approaches have a lasting impact on health is needed and encouraged employers to track their results carefully.