year in review

CHIBE’s Year in Review: 2020

By CHIBEblog

In 2020, CHIBE members used behavioral science to… *in no particular order* 1. Establish a first-of-its-kind nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa. Learn more about Indlela: Behavioural Insights for Better Health, which is developing and testing behavioral solutions that increase uptake of HIV testing, linkage to HIV care, and re-engagement in HIV care, with funding from the Gates Foundation. 2. Conduct the largest-ever study examining how text communications can boost vaccine uptake. The Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative (both of which include several CHIBE leaders and affiliated faculty members) have partnered…

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Rural Health Voice: Payment Inequities

By In the News

How does the way hospitals get paid reinforce healthcare disparities?  Dr. Amol Navathe joined RHV to discuss the need for payment reform and how the current system enables problems. He discusses how even the most well-intentioned of our healthcare providers and hospitals are stuck in a conundrum that is a structural problem with the way we pay for care. Listen more at Rural Health Voice.

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Modern Healthcare: Global budgeting brings financial stability, care redesign to hospitals

By In the News

Global budgets face other headwinds. Policymakers often tie global hospital budgets to other healthcare goals, like increasing access to primary care. According to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission member Dr. Amol Navathe, the marriage of global budgets and primary care can create tension between hospitals and other providers, which could help explain why they haven’t led to the cost savings experts predicted. “Hospitals are not usually in the business of primary care,” he said. In addition, hospital executives might be resistant to aggressively cutting costs since it could lower their budgets and reduce their staff over time, which might shrink their…

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WHYY: Judge’s ruling on Einstein-Jefferson merger hinges on insurers, not patients

By In the News

Earlier this year, Einstein Healthcare Network could be forced to cut services or close locations unless it merged with Thomas Jefferson University. Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia serves many low-income patients and has been unprofitable for years, and thus was at risk. In opposing the merger, the Federal Trade Commission and Pennsylvania’s attorney general argued that a combined Einstein and Jefferson would control too much of the local health care market, leading to more expensive care. The government’s case is harder to make in Philadelphia, which has a lot of hospitals, said Mark Pauly, professor of health care management at the…

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Penn Today: How Health Systems Can Build a Culture of Anti-Racism

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Given recent events, health systems spoke out against racism and released unprecedented statements of solidary with the African-American community. “Statements are great but if they’re not backed up with actual action, then they’re meaningless,” says Eugenia C. South, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and faculty director of the Penn Urban Health Lab. South says there is a “segregated way of providing care, across all health systems,” borne from the insurance-driven nature of the health care industry. In primary care, resident clinics often serve people with Medicaid or those who are uninsured or under-insured, while faculty clinics…

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Team to Evaluate Health Outcomes Following Philly Beverage Tax

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Christina Roberto, PhD, and CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Laura Gibson, PhD, who have received an NIH R01 to continue their research evaluating the Philadelphia beverage tax. While there is evidence that taxes on sugary-sweetened beverages can lead to drops in purchases of these drinks, there is still a need to find out if this policy can lead to improvements in health outcomes, such as weight, type 2 diabetes status, and oral health. Their specific aims, according to their project summary, are to: “Evaluate the effectiveness of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on preventing weight gain among youth…

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