Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) recently authored two LDI research updates entitled, Private Equity’s Impact on Nursing Home Quality and When Accountable Care and Bundled Payments Intersect, Patients Benefit.
Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) and co-author Paula Chatterjee wrote an article published in JAMA Network Open entitled, "Gender Disparity in Citations in High-Impact Journal Articles." Werner and Chatterjee beg the question: Are academic articles written by men and women in high-impact medical journals cited differently? In this cross-sectional study of 5554 articles, those written by women primary or senior authors had fewer citations than those written by men primary or senior authors. Articles written by women as both primary and senior authors had approximately half the number of citations as those authored by men as both primary and senior authors. These findings suggest that gender-based differences in article citations may be a key contributor to disparities in the advancement and promotion of women in academic medicine. Werner and Chatterjee note, “We must focus on ensuring that women in academic medicine have a level playing field that equally values and promotes their successes.” Their research has since been featured in The Guardian, MedicalXpress, and on the LDI website as a Research Snapshot.
PARC Associates, Julia Lynch, Rachel Werner, and PSC Associate, Sharon Wolf, were featured in Penn Today discussing the unequal effects exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic issues which contribute to these inequalities, and solutions for addressing inequalities in poltics, health care, and education.
Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and co-author David Asch wrote an Op-ed published in The Washington Post. Their research in JAMA Network Open entitled, "Patient and Hospital Factors Associated With Differences in Mortality Rates Among Black and White US Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized With COVID-19 Infection," shows that the mortality rate among Black patients hospitalized with COVID-19 would be 10% lower if they were cared for in the same hospitals where White patients were admitted.
Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Norma Coe (PSC/PARC Research Associate) authored a new paper entitled, "Nursing Home Staffing Levels Did Not Change Significantly During COVID-19," published in Health Affairs. The study examines nurse staffing levels, workload, and self-reported stress levels during the pandemic. The study was featured in a recent installment of the LDI Health Policy$ense blog and cited in McKnights Long Term Care News.
Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) is part of a team of LDI Senior Research Fellows who will lead a new project at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). The new project received a $5 million, 5-year grant for the implementation of "Age-Friendly Health System" (AFHS) concepts throughout 54 VA health facilities across Pennsylvania.
Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) wrote a piece for the Health Policy$ense blog entitled, "In The Time of COVID-19, We Should Move High-Intensity Postacute Care Home."
Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Alison M. Buttenheim (PSC Research Associate) were featured in an LDI Virtual Seminar, the first in the new "Experts at Home" series. The panel discusses the conundrums of COVID-19 including a timeline for treatment and vaccine, social distancing, and vulnerable children.
Penn Today talks about new research by Rachel M. Werner, of the Population Aging Research Center, found that post-hospital care costs and cuts impact readmission. “We found clear tradeoffs: While home health care may cost less, it doesn’t have the same intensity of care as a skilled nursing facility, which may be sending many [patients] back into the hospital.”
Four professors are joining the elite ranks of the National Academy of Medicine, elected for their “accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.” The new members are the Perelman School of Medicine’s Susan Domchek and Marie Celeste Simon, as well as Daniel Polsky and Rachel Werner, who also have appointments at Wharton.
Congratulations to PARC Researcher Rachel Werner, on earning the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award for her work in the Master of Science in Health Policy (MSHP) program.