Penn LDI
APRIL 2021
In our recent policy brief and accompanying blog post, the LDI Opioids Working Group and the Penn Medicine Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy offer evidence-based recommendations to expand access to treatment and reduce harm from substance use.
In Health Affairs, Alon Bergman, Matthew Grennan, and Ashley Swanson find that medical device vendors paid physicians $3.62 billion from 2014–2017, about 10% more than what pharmaceutical firms paid physicians.
In a study in Health Affairs, Utsha Khatri and Tyler Winkelman find that Medicaid expansion increased the use of medications for opioid use among individuals with criminal justice involvement by 165%.
In the latest edition of CoVEReD, Jennifer Tolbert of the Kaiser Family Foundation considers how expanding vaccine eligibility affects equity in states with larger shares of disadvantaged populations. Previously, geographer Paul Delamater examined how vaccination allocations should respond to supply and demand dynamics.
PBS’ latest documentary, Fast Forward, explores how four families experience and prepare for successful aging and features gerontology expert Adriana Perez.
Virtual Events
Friday, April 30, 2021 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture with Stacie Dusetzina, PhD

Balancing Innovation and Access: Can We Lower Drug Prices in a Pandemic?
Interviewed by Dan Gorenstein. Sponsored by the Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture Fund.
Friday, May 7, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.–1:45 p.m. ET
The Promise of Health Reform and a Public Option in the Biden Administration

Keynote conversation with Tom Daschle and Ezekiel Emanuel
Virtual Conference in collaboration with United States of Care.
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Health Care After the Pandemic: What Will Change?

Penn Alumni Weekend Panel Discussion
Open to the public with registration. Co-sponsored by Penn LDI, Penn Alumni Relations, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Nursing, and The Wharton School.
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Jessica R. Meeker, Silvia P. Canelón, Ray Bai, Lisa D. Levine, Mary Regina Boland, May 2021. "Individual-Level and Neighborhood-Level Risk Factors for Severe Maternal Morbidity." Obstetrics and Gynecology; 137(5):847-854. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004343.
Jasmine L. Travers, Mary D. Naylor, Norma B. Coe, Can Meng, Fangyong Li, Andrew B. Cohen, April 2021. “Demographic Characteristics Driving Disparities in Receipt of Long-Term Services and Supports in the Community Setting.” Medical Care. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001544.
Lauren A. Eberly, Lin Yang, Nwamaka D. Eneanya, Utibe Essien, Howard Julien, Ashwin S. Nathan, Sameed Ahmed M. Khatana, Elias J. Dayoub, Alexander C. Fanaroff, Jay Giri, Peter W. Groeneveld, Srinath Adusumalli, April 2021. “Association of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status with Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitor Use Among Patients With Diabetes in the US.” JAMA Network Open 4 (4): e216139.
Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Christine R. Schwartz, Kelly Musick, April 2021. "Changes in Couples' Earnings Following Parenthood and Trends in Family Earnings Inequality." Demography; 9160055. 
Stuart V. Craig, Matthew Grennan, Ashley Swanson, Spring 2021. “Mergers and Marginal Costs: New Evidence on Hospital Buyer Power.” RAND Journal of Economics; 52 (1): 151–78.
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