Penn LDI
April 13, 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.
A multi-year Twitter analysis by Jane Zhu, David Grande, and colleagues reveals that Medicaid is less polarizing when the public sees it function as a safety net during the pandemic.
In the latest edition of our COVID Vaccine Equity Research Dialogues (CoVEReD), geographer Paul Delamater joins Alison Buttenheim and Harald Schmidt to discuss 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.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
In May 2020, Penn LDI awarded 13 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, designed to produce policy insights directly relevant to the pandemic and its broad range of health effects. Today, we highlight Iliana Kohler's project, At the Frontline of the Pandemic in a Resource-Limited Setting: Health Care Providers and COVID-19 in Malawi.
Virtual Events
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
A Nourishing Prescription: Food as Medicine to Promote Health and Health Equity

Virtual Conversation with Sarah Downer, JD, Benjamin Perkins, MA, MDiv, and Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, moderated by Christina Roberto, PhD
Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).
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 featuring Tom Daschle, interviewed by Ezekiel Emanuel
Virtual conference in collaboration with United States of Care.
In the News
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Urgent Care Centers Deter Some Emergency Department Visits But, On Net, Increase Spending, Health Affairs, April 2021, Bill Wang, Ateev Mehrotra, Ari B. Friedman

The Impact of the Non-Essential Business Closure Policy on COVID-19 Infection Rates, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, March 2021, Hummy Song, Ryan McKenna, Angela T. Chen, Guy David, Aaron Smith-McLallen

Association of WIC Participation and Electronic Benefits Transfer Implementation, JAMA Pediatrics, March 2021, Aditi Vasan, Chén C. Kenyon, Chris Feudtner, Alexander G. Fiks, Atheendar S. Venkataramani

Naloxone Prescriptions Following Emergency Department Encounters for Opioid Use Disorder, Overdose, or Withdrawal, American Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 2021, Austin S. Kilaru, Manqing Liu, Ravi Gupta, Jeanmarie Perrone, M. Kit Delgado, Zachary F. Meisel, Margaret Lowenstein

Electronic Health Record Usability: Associations With Nurse and Patient Outcomes in Hospitals, Medical Care, March 2021, Ann Kutney-Lee, Margo Brooks Carthon, Douglas M. Sloane, Kathryn H. Bowles, Matthew D. McHugh, Linda H. Aiken
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