This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
American Journal of Bioethics named best new journal of 2003. Kudos to LDI Senior Fellow Glenn McGee and colleagues at Penn who edit the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB). The journal was chosen by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, from more than 200 entries, as the best new journal of last year. The AJOB is available online at

Shiriki Kumanyika elected to IOM. We congratulate LDI Senior Fellow Shiriki Kumanyika, who is one of 65 newly elected members to the Institute of Medicine. Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. Dr. Kumanyika is Professor of Epidemiology and is also Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: If you've ever wondered what polling data really means, don't miss Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of The Harris Poll, who will give the annual Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture, entitled, "Health Care Policy: The Issues We Should be Debating." Please join us on Friday, February 13, 2004 at 2:00-3:30 in Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (3620 Locust Walk), Room 351 (NOTE TIME AND LOCATION). This lectureship honors the memory of Dr. Leighton, former Senior Vice President, Administration, Planning and Science Policy for the Merck Research Laboratories. A reception will follow the lecture.
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And later in the month, we'll hear from Andrew Webber, President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health. He will discuss how employers can drive health system reform through value-based purchasing. We will host Mr. Webber on Friday, February 27, at 12:00 pm.
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Research: Pierre Azoulay, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia University, will talk about his ongoing work examining how health care financing affects academic research. He will analyze the impact of the 1997 Medicare cuts on academic medical centers and the composition of their research. Please join us on Friday, February 6, 2004 at 12:00 pm.
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Government Relations Update:
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
December 23, 2003

Issue Briefs
Self-management education of children with asthma: a meta-analysis
By James P. Guevara, MD, MPH

Recent Seminars
Research: On January 23, Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH of Dartmouth Medical School spoke on "Spending and quality: Is more really worse? Why might this be?" The talk was well-attended and featured a lively discussion on some surprising implications of the uneven distribution of health care resources.
Abstract of January 23 talk

On January 16, John Ayanian, MD, MPH of Harvard Medical School presented findings from his research on the health consequences of uninsurance. He also summarized the newest report from the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, which called for universal health coverage by 2010. Dr. Ayanian is a member of the IOM committee.
IOM report

Executive Education
Patient Safety Leadership Academy launched with Department of Surgery. In collaboration with the Department of Surgery at Penn, executive education is conducting a unique program that combines clinical and business skills to enhance patient safety in surgery. The program consists of a 3-day program in the fall, 3 one-day seminars through the winter, and a 2-day capstone program in the spring where final projects are presented. More than 40 members of the Department of Surgery are currently enrolled in this program.

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