Friday, September 10, 2010

Applying Behavioral Economics to Health Care Delivery

Keynote Speaker, Kevin Volpp, Ph.D. will address this topic on Day 2 (Thursday) of next week's fifth annual INQRI meeting. 

Dr. Volpp is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management and Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Center for Health Incentives at the University of Pennsylvania.  For his complete biography, please click the link below.

You can follow the discussion of Dr. Volpp's presentation on Thursday from 9am-10amET via Twitter by using hashtag #INQRI2010.

Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Volpp is the Director of the Center for Health Incentives at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHI), Director of the NIH-funded Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Wharton School. He is a core faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Dr. Volpp's research program focuses on the impact of financial and organizational incentives on health outcomes. His work developing and testing innovative ways of incenting patients using concepts from behavioral economics includes examination of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of financial incentives in smoking cessation, obesity, and medication adherence has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. His work has also been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Good Morning America, the BBC, National Public Radio, Time, US News and World Report, USA Today, Der Spiegel, and Australian National Radio. A recent intervention study on financial incentives and smoking cessation among employees at General Electric resulted in tripling in long-term smoking cessation rates and implementation of a program based on this approach nationally among GE employees and was the winner of the 2010 British Medical Journal Group Award for Translating Research into Practice.

Dr. Volpp’s work has been recognized by the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine; the John Thompson Prize from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), an award presented at the White House as the highest honor given by the US government to early career scientists. In 2007, he was awarded the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and has served as an advisor to a number of organizations including the Veterans Administration, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the National Institutes of Health, CVS Caremark, Vitalspring, and Mckinsey.

Dr. Volpp completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University before receiving an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School in Applied Economics and Managerial Science. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a board-certified general internist and practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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