This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Richmond receives research award. Kudos to LDI Senior Fellow Therese Richmond, PhD, CCRNP, FAAN, who received the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' 2005 Excellence in Research award. Dr. Richmond's research focuses on disability and outcomes following traumatic injury and repercussions of firearm violence. She is an associate professor in Penn's School of Nursing, and serves as Research Director for the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn (FICAP).

Health policy seminar series begins at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP). The Health Policy program at USP, directed by LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Robert Field, JD, PhD, sponsors a seminar series on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. on USP's campus, located at 600 S. 43rd Street. The presentations are free and open to the public. This semester's series on ethical issues in health policy features expert speakers who will address a range of issues under debate among the public, providers, and politicians.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: We welcome Sean Tunis, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He will provide an insider's view of how the Medicare program decides to cover new medical technology. Please join us on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 12:00-1:30 pm.

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Research: Each July 1, an entire group of senior medical residents move on and new interns begin in teaching hospitals. We have invited Robert Huckman, PhD, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, to summarize his research on how this turnover affects hospital productivity and patient outcomes. Don't miss his talk on Friday, February 25, 2005, at 12:00-1:30 pm.
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Issue Brief
Racial Disparities in Cardiac Care: Geography Matters
by Peter W. Groeneveld, MD

Government Relations Update
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations.
January 19th edition

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On January 28, Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), spoke about steps needed to link health services research, policy, and practice. Her talk was the annual Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture, which honors Dr. Leighton, Senior Vice President of Administration, Planning and Science Policy at Merck & Co., Inc. for nearly three decades.
Slides of January 28 talk

Research: Dennis Scanlon, PhD, of Penn State shed light on the relationship among HMOs, competition and other market factors, and quality measures.
Abstract Paper from January 21 talk

Executive Education
Management program targets chairs and chiefs of surgery. LDI Executive Education will host the 2005 Wharton Executive Management Program for Academic Surgery Leaders. This is the fifth program in a series targeted to Chairs and Chiefs of Academic Surgery. This class of 50 will learn persuasion, influence and negotiation skills with Dr. Charles Dwyer and Dr. Mario Moussa. The program is scheduled for March 4-6, 2005 at the Inn at Penn hotel.

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