About Academy Research:

The Academy’s Research Department conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research that analyzes the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare through partnerships with the nation’s largest integrated health systems and the industry’s most innovative companies. The Research Department also provides health policy analysis in collaboration with The Academy Advisors, the health policy affiliate of The Academy.

Research Types:

Quick Hits

- Quick-hitting surveys of members on contemporary topics of interest to benchmark against peer health system approaches.

Research Studies

- In-depth projects that study services and solutions implemented by health systems, examined across clinical, operational, and financial areas. Research Studies typically identify where a service or solution is currently being applied, or could be leveraged, assess challenges and best practices, and evaluate the return on investment (ROI) on current applications and potential value in future use cases.

Tracking Surveys

- Multi-wave, longitudinal studies that cover and track major trends around primary strategic areas and developing issues among Leading Health Systems.

Research Opportunities

The Academy is open to research partnership opportunities with interested health systems and companies that have a vested interest in the following areas:

ADMINISTRATIVECLINICALFINANCETECHNOLOGY
Service LinesPrimary care redesignBenchmarking OperationsInteroperability
Organizational ReinventionHealth equityCostInformatics
Partnerships/Integration/ConsolidationTelemedicinePharmacy and PharmaceuticalsConsumerism
Succession PlanningAugmented IntelligenceGrowth & ScaleDigital Health Strategies
Operating EfficiencyOpioidsStrategic InvestingData Monetization
Price TransparencyResiliencyShared ServicesCybersecurity Resources and Maturity Levels
Organization StructurePhysician Alignment Predictive Analytics
Diversity & InclusionSpecialty Pharmacy Talent Management
 Care Management  

If your organization would like to learn more, please contact Bryan D. Clutz, Ph.D., Director of Research.

Research Studies

In-depth projects that study services and solutions implemented by health systems, examined across clinical, operational, and financial areas. Research Studies typically identify where a service or solution is currently being applied, or could be leveraged, assess challenges and best practices, and evaluate the return on investment (ROI) on current applications and potential value in future use cases.

 

As Top-100 Health Systems look for ways to improve quality while making care more personalized and efficient, many are recognizing opportunities around precision oncology programs. To gain insight and understanding into the benefits, challenges,...Read more

As Top-100 Health Systems look for ways to improve quality while making care more personalized and efficient, many are recognizing opportunities around precision oncology programs. To gain insight and understanding into the benefits, challenges,...Read more

According to The Academy’s most recent Strategic Survey, Leading Health System executives overwhelmingly believe that the hospital industry is at significant risk for future disruption. With new vertically-integrated competitors emerging, and...Read more

The health information technology (IT) landscape is evolving rapidly as a growing number of digital solutions are seeking to address prominent health care challenges. To provide insight into how health system leaders view the top trends in health...Read more

In partnership with Syapse, The Academy recently completed a quantitative and qualitative study regarding the level of priority and progress of precision medicine programs at Leading Health Systems.

The report found that Leading Health...Read more

According to a recent Academy Lumeris survey of 22 Leading Health Systems from around the country, organizations are continuing to shift away from fee-for-service to value, albeit at different speeds and levels of intensity. The Academy research...Read more

On September 7th, MedPAC met to discuss Medicare’s current coverage of telehealth services, focusing specifically on telehealth reimbursement under the Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”). MedPAC will publish a Congressionally-mandated report on...Read more

During their September meeting, MedPAC considered determining quality in post-acute care (“PAC”) providers. PAC has become a major source of spending for hospitals and large, integrated health systems—while initiatives to standardize quality...Read more

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) discussed next steps for the Merit-Based Incentive Program (“MIPS”), a track within the Quality Payment Program (“QPP”) for clinicians choosing to remain in fee-for-service during their October...Read more

In most recent survey of 24 C-suite executives from Leading Health Systems around the country, The Academy sought to explore current perceptions and efforts regarding the reduction of medical errors. Among the health system executives surveyed,...Read more

Tracking Surveys

Multi-wave, longitudinal studies that cover and track major trends around primary strategic areas and developing issues among Leading Health Systems.

 

In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. With over 42,000 attributed deaths, 2.1 million individuals suffering from opioid related disorders, and $504 billion of...Read more

In December 2017, The Academy conducted the thirteenth round of its quarterly strategic survey among 21 senior health system executives, including: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CNOs, and CSOs. The following survey covers Top-100 Health System cost...Read more

In December 2017, The Academy conducted the thirteenth round of its quarterly strategic survey among 21 senior health system executives, including: CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CNOs, and CSOs. The following report reviews Top-100 Health System...Read more

The Academy H2C Strategic Survey reviews perspectives and practices regarding cybersecurity preparedness at Leading Health Systems. Read more

The Academy H2C Strategic Survey reports executive perspectives regarding consolidation and partnerships at Leading Health Systems. Read more

The Academy H2C Strategy Survey tackles the issue of Consumer Engagement at Leading Health Systems. Read more

Health systems overall report a slow pace of change towards value-based payments, with 75% of respondents ranking it as a 3 or below on a scale of 1 (Very Slowly) to 5 (Very Quickly) in Q2 2017.Read more

As healthcare continues to grow and evolve at a rapid pace, physician workload continues to increase, and practice becomes more complex, health systems are struggling to keep physicians enthused and engaged in their work.Read more

In the Q2 edition of The Academy H2C Strategic Survey, Top-100 Health System executives were surveyed on their organizations’ cost reduction strategies. Among the findings, activities to standardize care, implement shared services and centralize...Read more

Activity around US healthcare mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity was down slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, with deal volume falling 1.4% year over year and deal value falling 59.6% (1). Consistent with these trends, health systems...Read more

Quick Hits

Quick-hitting surveys of members on contemporary topics of interest to benchmark against peer health system approaches.

 

In July 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 47 Leading Health Systems regarding drug pricing strategies. Read more

In May 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 26 Leading Health Systems regarding medical group revenue cycles. With a 62% response rate, the 16 responding Medical Group presidents represent health systems with an average Net Patient Revenue of $3.0 billion that...Read more

Despite the political uncertainty in the healthcare space, there is a strong consensus in the industry that the shift towards valuebased care will continue. Given this trajectory, Leading Health Systems are increasingly considering how to align physicians around these changes, and incentivize...Read more

In February 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 34 Leading Health Systems regarding non-executive retirement benefits. With a 44% response rate, the 15 responding Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) represent health systems with an average Net Patient...Read more

In February 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 30 Leading Health Systems regarding budgets and revenues. With a 33% response rate, the 10 responding Treasurers represent health systems with an average Net Patient Revenue of $2.6 billion that own or operate...Read more

In February 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 52 Leading Health Systems regarding enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. With a 56% response rate, the 29 responding Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) represent health systems with an average Net Patient...Read more

In February 2017, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 49 Leading Health Systems regarding urgent care strategies. With a 41% response rate, the 20 responding Chief Operating Officers (COOs), Chief Strategy Officers (CSOs), and Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) represent...Read more

In October 2016, The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 41 Leading Health Systems regarding Regional CFOs. The 20 responding Finance Executives and Regional CEOs (response rate of 49%) represent health systems with an average Net Patient Revenue (NPR) of $3.3 billion that own or...Read more

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The Academy conducted a survey of 25 Leading Health Systems regarding medical group revenues and expenses. Among the findings, only 25% of respondents use distinct performance standards based on specialty across their medical groups.

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Regional Governance QH

The Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey exploring regional governance structures of large health systems. Read more