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David A. Asch

David A. Asch is Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and an expert in Clinical Economics, Medical Decision Making, Bioethics, and Health Policy. He is the Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Innovation and a Faculty Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute.  He has researched and published extensively on financial incentives in the medical field as well as behavioral economics in healthy lifestyle choices.

Education

  • MBA, The Wharton School, 1989
  • MD, Cornell University, 1984
  • AB, Harvard University, 1980

Title(s)

Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Health Care Management, and Operations and Information Management, Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation

Center(s)

Penn Medicine Center for Innovation

Leonard Davis Institute

School(s)

Wharton

Department(s)

Health Care Management

Past and Present Public Policy Affiliations

Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008

Publications

  1. Roman, B.R., Asch, D.A. “Faded promises: The challenge of deadopting low-value care”, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014: 161 (2) pp. 149-150.
  2. David A. Asch, Tom Baker, Robert Town, et al. “The Experience of Young Adults on HealthCare.gov: Suggestions for Improvement”, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014: 161 (3):231-232.
  3. Asch, D.A., Terwiesch, C., Mahoney, K.B., Rosin, R. “Insourcing Health Care Innovation”, New England Journal of Medicine, 2014: 370 (19) pp. 1775-1777.
  4. Sen, A.P., Sewell, T.B., Riley, E.B., Stearman, B., Bellamy, S.L., Hu, M.F., Tao, Y., Zhu, J., Park, J.D., Loewenstein, G., Asch, D.A., Volpp, K.G. “Financial incentives for home-based health monitoring: A randomized controlled trial”, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2014: 29 (5) pp. 770-777.
  5. Roman, B.R., and Asch, D.A. “Faded Promises: The Challenge of De-adopting Low-Value Care”, Annals of Internal Medicine online, April 29, 2014.
  6. Mehta, S.J., Asch, D.A. “When are effective medications just too expensive?”, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 2014: 81 ( 3 ) pp. 173 – 175.
  7. Mehta, S.J., and Asch, D.A. “How to help gastroenterology patients help themselves: Leveraging insights from behavioral economics”, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2014: 12 ( 5 ) pp. 711 – 714.
  8. Wong, C.A., Davis, J.C., Asch, D.A., and Shugerman, R.P. “Political tug-of-war and pediatric residency funding”, New England Journal of Medicine, 2013: 369 ( 25 ) pp. 2372 – 2374.
  9. Lyon, S.M., Wunsch, H., Asch, D.A., Carr, B.G., Kahn, J.M., Cooke, C.R. “Use of intensive care services and associated hospital mortality after Massachusetts healthcare reform,” Critical Care Medicine, 2013. Article in press.
  10. Grande, D., Mitra, N., Shah, A., Wan, F., Asch, D.A. “Public preferences about secondary uses of electronic health information”, JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013; 173 (19) pp. 1798 – 1806.
  11. Asch DA, Nicholson S, and Vujicic M. “Are We in a Medical Education Bubble Market?“, New England Journal of Medicine, 2013.
  12. Volpp KG, Loewenstein G, Asch DA. “Choosing Wisely: low value services, utilization, and patient cost sharing“, JAMA, 2013. In press.
  13. True G, AE Butler, BG Lamparska, ML Lemba, JA Shea, DA Asch, and Rachel Werner. “Open Access in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Lessons from the Veterans Health Administration“, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2013: Vol. 28, No. 4: Pg 539-45.
  14. Asch, A. David, and  Kevin Volpp. “What business are we in? The emergence of health as the business of health care“, New England Journal of Medicine, 2012: 367 (10): 888-9.
  15. Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, and G. Loewenstein. “Evaluating Health Care Programs: Asking the Wrong Question“, JAMA, 2012. In press.
  16. Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, and G. Loewenstein. “Assessing Value in Health Care Programs“, JAMA, 2012: 307(20): 2153-4.
  17. Volpp, Kevin, David A. Asch, R Galvin, and G. Loewenstein. “Redesigning Employee Health Incentives – Lessons from Behavioral Economics“, New England Journal of Medicine, 2011: 365, 388 – 390.
  18. Werner, Rachel, and DA Asch. “Paying for Performance in Population Health: Lessons From Health Care Settings“, Preventing Chronic Disease, 2010: Vol. 7, No. 5, Pg. A98.
  19. Werner RM, Bradlow ET, Asch DA. “Does Hospital Performance On Process Measures Directly Measure High Quality Care Or Is It a Marker For Unmeasured Care?“, Health Services Research, 2008: Vol. 43, No. 5 Pt 1, Pg 1464-84.
  20. Werner, Rachel, DA Asch. “Clinical Concerns About Clinical Performance Measurement“, Annals of Family Medicine, 2007: Vol. 5, No. 2, Pg. 159-63.
  21. Polsky, Dan, Rachel Werner, and DA Asch. “Racial Profiling: The Unintended Consequences of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Report Cards“, Circulation, 2005: Vol. 111, No. 10: Pg. 1257-63.
  22. Asch, A. David, C. Jepson, John C. Hershey, J. Baron, and P. Ubel. “When Money is Saved by Reducing Health Care Costs, Where do Physicians Think the Money Goes?“, American Journal of Managed Care, 2003: 9, 438 – 442.

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  • <h3>National Center for Education Statistics</h3><p><strong><img width="400" height="80" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/400/height/80/479_nces.rev.1407787656.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image479 lw_align_right" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="80"/>The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.</strong> NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES has an extensive Statistical Standards Program that consults and advises on methodological and statistical aspects involved in the design, collection, and analysis of data collections in the Center. To learn more about the NCES, <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/about/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p> Quick link to NCES Data Tools: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4</a></p><p> Quick link to Quick Tables and Figures: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCES Fast Facts (Note: The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.): <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/#</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
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  • <h3>Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED®)</h3><p><strong><img width="180" height="79" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/79/481_fred-logo.rev.1407788243.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image481 lw_align_right" data-max-w="222" data-max-h="97"/>An online database consisting of more than 72,000 economic data time series from 54 national, international, public, and private sources.</strong> FRED®, created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data.</p><p> Quick link to data page: <a href="http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series" target="_blank">http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
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