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Kevin Volpp

Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management

Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute

Director, Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health

Research Interests: aetna foundation, aramark, cdc, cvs caremark, discovery (south africa), financial incentives, hewlett foundation, mckinsey, nhlbi, nia, niddk, research interests and funding sources: behavioral economics and health, rwj

Links: CV, Personal Website

Contact Information

Address: Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, 1120 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Email: volpp70@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: 215-573-9718
Office Fax: 215-573-8778

Overview

Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. These studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Aging as well as the National Heart Lung, Blood Institute; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders; the CDC;VA Health Services Research and Development; the US Department of Agriculture; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Humana; Aramark; and Discovery (South Africa).

Education

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1998; MD, University of Pennsylvania 1998; AB, Harvard College, 1989

Recent Consulting/Advisory Boards

CVS Caremark, VALHealth

Editorial Boards

Annals of Internal Medicine

Research


  • Christian Terwiesch, Shivan Mehta, Kevin Volpp (Under Review), Innovation in Health Care: The UPHS Innovation Tournament.
  • Kevin Volpp, Christian Terwiesch, Andrea Troxel, Shivan Mehta, David Asch (Under Review), Evidence-based Evolutionary Design of Clinical Trials.
  • Jeffrey H. Silber, PS Romano, KMF Itani, AK Rosen, D Small, RS Lipner, CL Bosk, Y Wang, MJ Halenar, S Korovaichuk, O. Even-Shoshan, Kevin Volpp (2014), Assessing the effects of the 2003 resident duty hours reform on internal medicine board scores., Acad Med
  • AS Navathe, Jeffrey H. Silber, DS Small, AK Rosen, PS Romano, O Even-Shoshan, Y Wang, J Zhu, MJ Halenar, Kevin Volpp (2013), Teaching hospital financial status and patient outcomes following ACGME duty hour reform. , Health Serv Res, 48:476-498.
  • Kevin Volpp, DS Small, PS Romano, KMF Itani, AK Rosen, O Even-Shoshan, Y. Wang, L Bellini, MJ Halenar, S Korovaichuk, J Zhu, Jeffrey H. Silber (2013), Teaching hospital five-year mortality trends in the wake of duty hour reforms. , J Gen Intern Med, 28:1048-1055.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G Lowenstein (2012), Assessing value in health care programs. , JAMA, 307(20): 2153-4.
  • David A. Asch, Ralph W. Muller, Kevin Volpp (2012), Automated Hovering: Watching Over the Other 5,000 Hours., New England Journal of Medicine, 367(1): 1-3.
  • G Lowenstein, David A. Asch, JY Friedman, LA Melichar, Kevin Volpp (2012), Can Behavioural Economics Make us Healthier?, British Medical Journal, 344: e3482.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G Lowenstein (2012), Choosing Wisely: low value services, utilization, and patient cost sharing, JAMA, 16: 1635-1636.
  • G Lowenstein, Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch (2012), Incentives in Health: Different Prescriptions for Physicians and Patients., JAMA, 307(13): 1375-1376.
  • JA Long, EC Jahnle, DM Richardson, G Lowenstein, Kevin Volpp (2012), Peer Mentoring and Financial Incentive to Improve Glucose Control in African American Veterans: A Randomized, Controlled Trial., Annals of Internal Medicine , 156(6): 416-424.
  • SE Kimmel, AB Troxel, G Lowenstein, C Bresinger, J Jaskowiak, J Doshi, M Laskin, Kevin Volpp (2012), Randomized Trial of Lottery-Based Incentives to Improve Warfarin Adherence., American Heart Journal, 164(2): 268-74.
  • Emily Haisley, Kevin Volpp, T Pellathy, G Lowenstein (2012), The Impact of alternative incentive schemes on completion of health risk assessments. , American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3): 184-188.
  • David A. Asch, Kevin Volpp (2012), What business are we in? The emergence of health as the business of health care., New England Journal of Medicine, 367 (10): 888-9.
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, G. Loewenstein (2012), Evaluating Health Care Programs: Asking the Wrong Question, JAMA, In press.
  • G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch (2012), Incentives in Health: Different Prescriptions for Physicians and Patients, JAMA, In press.
  • JA Long, EC Jahnle, DM Richardson, G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp (2012), Peer Mentoring and Financial Incentive to Improve Glucose Control in African American Veterans: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Annals of Internal Medicine , In press.
  • LK John, G Loewenstein, AB Troxel, L Norton, JE Fassbender, Kevin Volpp (2011), Financial Incentives for Extended Weight Loss: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Note: Epub ahead of print.  Abstract
  • PA Keller, B. Harlam, G. Loewenstein, Kevin Volpp (2011), Enhanced Active Choice: A New Method to Motivate Behavior Change, Journal of Consumer Psychology
  • Kevin Volpp, David A. Asch, R Galvin, G. Loewenstein (2011), Redesigning Employee Health Incentives - Lessons from Behavioral Economics , New England Journal of Medicine, 365, 388 - 390.
  • KM Madison, Kevin Volpp, SD Halpern (2011), The Law, Policy, and Ethics of Employers' Use of Financial Incentives to Improve Health, Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 39 (3): 450-468.
  • Kevin Volpp, AB Troxel, Mark V. Pauly, Henry Glick, Andrea Puig, David A. Asch, R Galvin, J Zhu, F Wan, J DeGuzman, E Corbett, J Weiner, J Audrain-McGovern (2009), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation, The New England Journal of Medicine, 360:699-709.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, Mark V. Pauly, G Loewenstein, D Bangsberg (2009), P4P4P: An Agenda for Research on Pay for Performance for Patients, Health Affairs, 28(1): 206-14.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, A Das (2009), Comparative Effectiveness - Thinking beyond Medication A Versus Medication B, The New England Journal of Medicine, 361(4): 331-333.
  • Kevin Volpp, L John, AB Troxel, L Norton, J Fassbender, G Lowenstein (2008), Financial Incentive-based Approaches for Weight Loss: A Randomized Trial, JAMA, 300(22): 2631-2637.  Abstract
  • Kevin Volpp, G Lowenstein, AB Troxel, J Doshi, M Price, M Laskin, SE Kimmel (2008), A Test of Financial Incentives to Improve Warfarin Adherence, BMC Health Services Research, 8: 272.
  • G Loewenstein, TA Brennan, Kevin Volpp (2007), Asymmetric Paternalism to Improve Health Behaviors, JAMA, 298(20): 2415-2417.
  • Kevin Volpp, A. Gurmankin, A Gomez, David A. Asch, JA Berlin, JJ Murphy, J Zhu, C Lerman (2006), A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Incentives for Smoking Cessation, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15(1): 12-18.

Awards And Honors

  • Elected to Association of American Physicians (AAP), 2012
  • Elected to Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (IOM), 2012
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Innovation Award, 2012
  • British Medical Journal Group Awards for "Translating Research into Practice" for work on Financial Incentives and Smoking Cessation implemented by General Electric nationally for 152,000 employees January, 2010
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Outstanding Research Paper of the Year for Volpp KG, Troxel AB, Pauly MV, et al. New England Journal of Medicine; 2009; 360:699-709, 2010
  • Time Magazine Most Significant Advances in Health 2009 A-Z. Work descibed under "I" for "Incentives", 2009
  • Elected to American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), 2008
  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHealth, for "exceptional promise for future contributions to health services research", 2007
  • Best Paper Award - AcademyHealth Annual R esearch Meeting (with A Rosen, P Romano, P Rosenbaum, J Silber) - "Impact of ACGME Duty Hours on Mortality Among Patients in VA Hospitals" - one of three highest rated abstracts our of about 1700 submitted., 2007
  • John Thompson Award from Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) for outstanding accomplishments in health services research as a junior investigator, 2006
  • Society of General Internal Medicine Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, 2006
  • Presidential Award for Early Career Scientistis and Engineers (PECASE) - recognized at White House by President Bush with highest honor given by US government for early career scientists, 2005