Rachel M. Werner in the News

  • 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 GuardianMedicalXpress, and on the LDI website as a Research Snapshot.

  • PARC Associates, Julia LynchRachel 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.

  • Norma Coe (PARC Research Associate) and Rachel Werner (PSC/PARC Research Associate) co-authored an Op-ed published in Newsweek. Their piece recognizes and discusses the importance of including home care workers in Biden's infrastructure plan.

  • Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) participated in a Penn LDI Seminar that focused on the clinical logistics of addressing social determinants of health. Watch the seminar and read more here.

  • Rachel Werner (PARC Research Associate) interviewed OptumHealth CEO, Wyatt Decker, about the latest pandemic-driven changes in health care and his prognosis of how the post-COVID landscape of payment systems and delivery innovations will look. Read more in Penn LDI news.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Mary Ersek (PARC Research Associate) were appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes. Read more about this announcement on the LDI news page.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associates) was featured in Penn Today about the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the healthcare industry. Watch the recent LDI virtual seminar

  • Allison K. Hoffman (PARC Research Associate), Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate), and Norma B. Coe (PARC Research Associate) co-authored a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine about Long-Term Care Policy after COVID-19. Read more in Penn Today.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and Allison K. Hoffman (PARC Research Associate) were featured in a pro versus con article in The Philadelphia Inquirer about why it's time to improve nursing homes.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and co-author recently penned an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer about support for Latino and Black residents in nursing homes.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) was featured in a recent segment of LDI's Experts at Home series. In the discussion, experts dove into remote health care delivery.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) penned an article in The Washington Post about why hospitals have struggled to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • 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 Werner (PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a new LDI article about how the COVID-19 virus has impacted nursing homes.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) and LDI colleague, David Grande, penned an article published in The Washington Post about the prospect of reopening the economy and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

  • 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.

  • Rachel M. Werner (PARC Research Associate) discusses the false tradeoff between economic health and public health. Read more at The Washington Post.

  • PSC & PARC Associates and Affiliates, Norma B. Coe, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Rachel M. Werner, and Nancy A. Hodgson, joined top University of Pennsylvania health policy experts and members of the Penn class of 1969 a couple weeks ago on a panel with the Leonard Davis Institute.

  • Rachel M. Werner was interviewed by LDI about her new position as the First Female and First Physician-Economist Executive Director.

  • University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett and Perelman School of Medicine Dean J. Larry Jameson are pleased to announce the appointment of PARC Associate, Rachel M. Werner as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI).

  • 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.”

  • Research by Rachel M. Werner and co-authors was mentioned in a Vox article about healthcare policies and health insurance

  • 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.