CHIBE in the News

Public Websites Offer Wellness Incentives.

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  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.

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New Year’s Resolutions.

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  Source: WHYY Health+Science, December 28, 2009; WHYY Web Chat, December 29, 2009 Strategies to lose weight or start other healthy habits must be individualized to be successful, say Scott Halpern and Kevin Volpp in separate WHYY radio interviews.

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Rachel Werner Receives Prestigious National Award for Research

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  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.

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Enticing People Towards Healthier Behaviors

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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.

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The Commonwealth Fund Cites Collaborative Efforts of CHIBE Researchers and General Electric in Searching for Scientific Evidence that Incentives to Improve Health Behavior Can Be Effective

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  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.

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Employers and Insurers Utilizing Behavioral Economics to Motivate Healthy Changes

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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.

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