December 4, 2018
In a new special report, Rob Burns and Mark Pauly call out their top ten candidates for major BS in health care. Spoiler alert…watch your buzzwords!  Special Report
In a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective, members of the research team evaluating Kentucky’s Section 1115 waiver, including Atheen Venkataramani and Kevin Volpp, call for rigorous evaluations that include randomized, controlled trials to yield useful lessons for Medicaid program design.  Blog
Led by Rinad Beidas, a new center will coalesce educational, programmatic, and workgroup activities around implementation science, which focuses on incorporating evidence-based strategies into routine practice.  News
With a new $11 million grant from PCORI, Scott Halpern and colleagues will test the effectiveness of four smoking cessation interventions aimed at helping patients quit smoking at the time of lung cancer screening.  News
Friday, December 7 | 12:00pm - 1:20pm
LDI Health Policy Seminar with David Shulkin, MD
Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Friday, December 14 | 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Health Economics Workshop with Ben Handel, PhD
“Managing Intelligence: Skilled Experts and AI in Markets for Complex Products”
Co-hosted by Wharton Health Care Management and Penn Economics 

Non-profit Hospital Community Benefit Spending Based on Local Sociodemographics, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, November 2018, Krisda H. Chaiyachati, Mingyu Qi, Rachel M. Werner

Using a Decision Support Algorithm for Referrals to Post-Acute Care, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, November 2018, Kathryn H. Bowles, Sarah J.Ratcliffe, John H. Holmes, SueKeim, Sheryl Potashnik, Emilia Flores, Diane Humbrecht, Christina R. Whitehouse, Mary D. Naylor

Measuring Organizational Cultural Competence to Promote Diversity in Academic Healthcare Organizations, Health Equity, November 2018, Jaya Aysola, Diana Harris, Hairong Huo, Charmaine S. Wright, Eve Higginbotham

Longitudinal Heterogeneity in Handgun-Carrying Behavior Among Urban American Youth: Intervention Priorities at Different Life Stages, Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2018, Beidi Dong, Sara F. Jacoby, Christopher N. Morrison, Douglas J. Wiebe

Switching to High-Deductible Health Plans: It Is Going to Be a Bumpy Ride, Annals of Internal Medicine, November 2018, Mark V. Pauly
LDI SUMR Program: Applications due February 1
For the 20th year, LDI will sponsor the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR), a paid 12-week summer internship. Undergraduates interested in health services research from any university are encouraged to apply. Applications are due February 1. 

LDI SUMR Program: Call for Mentors
If you are interested in mentoring a SUMR scholar and shaping the next generation of minority health services researchers, contact Joanne Levy ASAP. 

AcademyHealth ARM 2019: Call for Abstracts
AcademyHealth is seeking abstracts for the Annual Research Meeting on June 2-4 in Washington, DC. The submission deadline is January 8.

Key Themes
       - Insurance Reform

       - Health Care Delivery

       - Healthy Behaviors

       - Vulnerable Populations


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