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David Laibson: Solving the Commitment Puzzle

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CHIBE was pleased to welcome David Laibson, Phd as a keynote speaker on day two of our annual Behavioral Economics & Health Symposium, hosted jointly this year with the NBER Roybal Center for Behavior Change in Health and Savings. In his talk, Laibson presented attendees with a problem he calls the commitment puzzle, and a solution – private paternalism—that can help us keep the commitments we make to ourselves even in the absence of the ability to predict our own behavior.

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The first digital pill: innovation or invasion?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first digital pill that tracks if patients have taken their medication. Our experts weighed in on the potential benefits of the new technology, as well as the potential for abuse. (from left to right) Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD; Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBe; Emily Largent, PhD, JD, RN; Robert Field, PhD, JD, MPH The pill, a version of the antipsychotic Abilify used to treat schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, has an ingestible sensor that communicates with a wearable patch to record date and time of ingestion, as well as other physiological data. Patients…

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LDI Symposium Highlights Promising Behavioral Solutions to Public Health Challenges

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Earlier this month, our founding partner, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, celebrated 50 years of research with a symposium drawing together some of the brightest minds in health policy. At a panel focused on the potential for behavioral science to influence health care, CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD joined External Advisory Board member Robert Galvin, MD, Internal Advisory Board member Barbara Kahn, PhD, MBA, MPhil and renowned Duke University behavioral economist Peter Ubel, MD to outline behavioral solutions that address premature mortality in the United States. The panel, moderated by Internal Advisory Board member David Asch, MD,…

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Wharton-Sirius Radio Previews Issues From Upcoming LDI 50th Anniversary Symposium

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal to eliminate or scale back the Affordable Care Act’s “bundled payment” programs seems counter to early research findings that document the cost savings and improved outcomes achieved by those new payment models, according to University of Pennsylvania health services researcher Amol Navathe. Navathe, MD, PhD, was one of three Penn faculty members appearing on the Wharton/Sirius “Business of Health Care” radio show to discuss their own areas of research as a prelude to the upcoming two-day Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics 50th Anniversary “Shaping the Future of Health Care” Symposium. That event…

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Celebrating LDI’s 50th Anniversary

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Origins of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics With a gift from Leonard and Sophie Davis, the University of Pennsylvania established the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) in 1967, two years after Congress enacted Medicare. It was created to fill fundamental gaps in the evidence base that could inform policies critical to the financing and management of the nation’s increasingly costly and complex health care system. Today, LDI is considered one of the world’s leading university-based programs of its kind. LDI and its senior fellows are among the pioneers in interdisciplinary health services research and have helped guide…

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The 50-state Laboratory: How Can Behavioral Science Bolster Vaccination Policy?

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Vaccinating kids saves a lot of lives and a lot of dollars. High rates of vaccine coverage assure community protection (“herd immunity”), and in the United States we achieve this by requiring children to be fully vaccinated by the time they start school. Taken together, these requirements are often called the “immunization schedule.” We’ve mandated school-entry immunization for so long that it at times seems like a given, but many other countries don’t have similar mandates. They suffer from lower vaccine coverage and more disease. But what happens when parents in the U.S. don’t want their children to be vaccinated? All 50 states have…

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Closing the Scholarship-Policy Gap with Strategic Science

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This summer the Trump administration announced further delays in (1) implementing calorie labels on restaurant menus across the nation and (2) rolling out a new nutrition facts label. Both policies are designed to increase nutrition transparency and arm consumers with important health information when making decisions. This signals little interest from the current administration in promoting sound, common-sense nutrition policies. It also highlights a need, more than ever, for scientists to communicate with policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, to encourage evidence-based policymaking. Most of the time, scientists generate their research questions based on what they think is interesting and important. This approach…

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The Complicated Issue of “See Something, Say Something” in Science

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Mobile phones and other connected devices are an increasingly common tools for researchers examining a range of medical and public health issues. Some, such as Bluetooth connected blood pressure cuffs or blood glucose monitors record and analyze information about medical conditions in the hopes of tracking patient outcomes over time and developing new interventions. Others, like such as personal breathalyzers and apps that use GPS and accelerometer sensors to track driving behavior, are working to cut down on the increasing number of fatalities and injuries caused by unsafe and often illegal driving behaviors. Mobile technology provides researchers with new cost-effective…

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TMSIDK: Behavior Change

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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (TMSIDK) is live journalism wrapped in a game-show package and hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio. In this episode, CHIBE’s Kevin Volpp, Katherine Milkman, and Angela Duckworth are all featured discussing how to make behavior change stick. The episode can also be listened to at Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.

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