This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. Joins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. LDI Senior Fellow Risa Lavizzo-Mourey joins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as senior vice president and director, health care group, effective April 2. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey had been the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems at Penn, where she also directed the Institute on Aging.
March 5, 2001 RWJF Release

LDI Cosponsors Technology Assessment Program. In conjunction with the June 2001 conference of the International Society of Technology Assessment in Healthcare (ISHTAC), ECRI and LDI are cosponsoring a postconference program entitled, "Implementing Technology Assessment:Training for those who practice technology assessment or train others." The program's objective is to give participants a short course on design, methods and analysis, within technology assessment, focusing on clinical, economics and quality of life dimensions. ISHTAC 2001 will be held in Philadelphia from June 3-6; the postconference program will be held June 7-8.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops
Research: David Cutler, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Harvard, will discuss his book-in-progress that examines the value people place on good health, and the implications of health improvements for public policy. Don't miss "Why Are Americans Healthier Than We Used To Be [And Who Cares]?" on Friday, April 13, 2001 at 12:00 p.m.
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Health Policy: Vip Patel, M.B.A., Chairman of, will discuss his experience founding and leading the nation's largest online distributor of health insurance to individuals and small businesses. Please join us for his talk, "From e-Commerce To e-Healthcare: Characteristics of a Thriving Exception" on Friday, April 6, 2001 at 12:00 p.m. RSVP Biosketch/Abstract/More Information

Informatics: The Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar on Health Informatics presents Milton Corn, M.D. of the National Library of Medicine, who will share his insight on "NIH Funding for Informatics" on Friday, April 20, 2001 at 12:00 p.m.
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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
March 14 edition

Issue Brief
Comparing VA and Non-VA Health Care: the Case of Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, by Margaret Stineman, M.D. and David Asch, M.D., M.B.A.

Recent Seminars
Research: Marc Berger, M.D., and Jim Murray, Ph.D. of Merck, Inc., presented a new conceptual framework for assessing the indirect costs of employee illness and the value (to employers) of purchasing health care for employees.
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Health Policy: Well, the Nor'easter fizzled on March 5, and we didn't really get hit with much snow, but it did force the cancellation of David Kessler's talk entitled, "Tobacco Wars." We've rescheduled Dr. Kessler, Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and former FDA Commissioner, for Monday, May 7, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. NOTE THE LOCATION: BRB II Auditorium.
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Executive Education
Wharton Professor Featured at Annual Meeting of Nurse Executives. On March 18, Wharton Professor of Management Peter Cappelli, PhD gave a talk entitled, "A Market-Driven Approach to Retaining Talent," at the American Organization of Nurse Executives' annual meeting in Long Beach, California. The talk was sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, an LDI Executive Education program now in its 18th year.
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