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Dr. Amol Navathe Named Vice Chair of MedPAC

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Congratulations to CHIBE Associate Director Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, for his reappointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and for his promotion to Vice Chair of the commission. “It is an absolute honor to continue my service at MedPAC in a leadership position. I hope my perspective as a clinician and health policy researcher can benefit older Americans and the dedicated clinicians who care for them,” Dr. Navathe said. “Congress established MedPAC in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare,” the US Government Accountability Office wrote in a press…

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NPR: Why Are Masks Such A Big Deal For So Many? Psychologists Have Thoughts

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From NPR: If you’ve been on a flight or taken public transit recently, you might’ve a lot fewer masks. A Florida judge struck down the federal travel mask mandate last Monday, and while companies aren’t being forced to drop their mandates, many have. Meanwhile, the Omicron subvariant BA.2 now accounts for 75 percent of new COVID cases in the U.S. To mask or not to mask continues to be a divisive question. We get into the psychology of why. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Gretchen Chapman, and Steven Taylor join us for the conversation. Listen to the episode at NPR.

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Freakonomics: Should We Have to Pay for Our Sins?

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From Freakonomics: Taxes on alcohol and tobacco promise to make people healthier and raise public funds. But can they backfire? Bapu Jena looks at the complicated economics of sin taxes. ROBERTO: For a long time in the U.S. we’ve had really an epidemic of chronic diseases and many of those are related to nutrition. Unhealthy diets contribute to obesity, type two diabetes, tooth decay That’s Christina Roberto. ROBERTO: I am the presidential associate professor of health policy. I’m at the University of Pennsylvania. I study food policies to try to promote healthy eating. And sugar-sweetened beverage taxes have gained a lot…

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CHIBE hosts panel event with Humana

CHIBE and Humana Discuss Changing Care Models in the 21st Century

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Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) hosted a webinar on March 29, 2022, with panelists from the University of Pennsylvania and Humana to discuss how health care is evolving and how we might optimize the value of care received to improve patient outcomes, address health equity concerns, and make care more affordable. See excerpts from the panel event, moderated by CHIBE Associate Director Dr. Amol Navathe, below, and watch the recording here. On the Evolution of Primary Care and What It Will Look Like in the Future Dr. Vivek Garg, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care Organization,…

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Arnold Ventures: What’s Next for Payment Reform

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From Arnold Ventures: The United States’ health care system is inefficient and often fails to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care. A key driver of this problem is the predominant way we pay providers. The fee-for-service (FFS) payment system reimburses health care providers based on the volume and type of services they perform, rather than on whether they improve care for patients. Alternatives to FFS—so-called “alternative payment models” (APMs)—can help solve this problem by giving providers stronger incentives and greater flexibility to efficiently deliver patient-centered care that improves population health. These models include accountable care organizations (ACOs), which hold providers accountable for…

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