This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Caplan and colleagues accuse Bush of stacking Bioethics Council. On March 3, Art Caplan and more than 160 other scholars sent a letter to President Bush protesting changes to the presidential Council on Bioethics. Dr. Caplan, an LDI Senior Fellow and director of the Center for Bioethics, wrote the letter after two members of the council were not reappointed.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy:
(This year's theme: the economics and politics of employer-sponsored health care):
Increasingly, employers are considering offering a health insurance option that includes a health spending account, managed by the consumer member. For a first-hand account of the implementation of this option and its financial implications, we will we hear from John Bertko, Vice President and Chief Actuary for Humana, Inc. Please join us for his talk, "Risk Segmentation in Consumer-Directed Health Plans" on Friday, March 26, 2004 at 12:00 pm.
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Research: Do direct-to-consumer drug ads have an effect on patient adherence to drugs? We'll hear the latest findings from James Cardon, Associate Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University, on Friday, March 19, 2004 at 12:00 pm.
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And here's a sneak peek into April…On Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 12:00 pm, we welcome back Wharton alumnus Larry Van Horn, now Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Economics and Management at the University of Rochester. He will present research entitled, "Board Composition and Private Inurement in Nonprofit Organizations: Evidence From Hospitals."
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Finally, on Friday, April 2, 2004 at 12:00 pm, we will host Helen Levy, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago. She will present research entitled, "The Effect of Health Insurance on Access to Medical Care: Results from an Audit Study." This seminar is co-sponsored by the RAND/Hartford Center of Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research at Penn.
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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 11, 2004 edition

Issue Brief
The New Medicare Drug Benefit: Much Ado About Little?
by Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Recent Seminars
Research: On February 6, Pierre Azoulay of Columbia University presented an analysis of the impact of the 1997 Medicare budget cuts on academic research
Slides of February 6 talk

Health Policy: On February 13, Humphrey Tayor, Chairman of the Harris Poll, gave an insightful presentation on "Health Care Policy: The Issues We Should Be Debating." He gave the annual Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture. In case you missed his top ten issues, click below to read the text of his talk.
Transcript of February 13 talk

Executive Education
Programs for medical directors continue. Executive Education will host 42 medical directors at the second offering of "Succeeding as an Executive: The Wharton Executive Development Program for Managed Care Medical Directors" on March 17-20, 2004. This program offers sessions on negotiations, leadership, critical thinking and stakeholder analysis, and provides a unique opportunity for medical directors to network and learn from each other. This program is one element in a series of offerings to this audience. In February, online management education courses were launched to the medical director community. Succeeding as an Executive: The Wharton Online CME Executive Development Series is an online learning series that offers a problem-solving approach to improving high-level management skills.
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