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 Sanjula Jain, Ph.D., Director, Research & Strategy.

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 the healthcare industry continues to transition toward value-based care, and Medicare spending continues to increase amidst an aging population, many providers are looking toward Medicare Advantage (MA) as a solution. Leveraging MA’s expanded...Read more

The Academy and The Center for Connected Medicine – a partnership between UPMC, Nokia, and GE Healthcare – are pleased to share the 2019 Top of Mind for Top Health Systems report, which focuses on key issues in health IT.

For the upcoming...Read more

Health systems across the country are prioritizing the development of solutions to opioid epidemic, with 81% having addressed the issue in their current strategic priorities and almost all (94%) having implemented a system-wide opioid program....Read more

In 2016, the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in the United States was over 214 million, or 66.5 prescriptions for every 100 people. This large number of opioid prescriptions nationally has led to widespread misuse and addiction...Read more

In an effort to improve access, decrease costs, and generate new revenue streams, Leading Health Systems are increasingly launching Specialty Pharmacy programs across the country. In March 2018, The Academy, with support from Shields Health...Read more

Over the last year, the healthcare industry has a breeding ground for disruptive trends. Between vertical integration (e.g. CVS-Aetna), employer activism (e.g. Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JP Morgan Chase), and new technology (e.g. AI, Blockchain),...Read more

To benefit from economies of scale and improve care efficiency, Leading Health Systems in the United States have prioritized growth. However, as organizations become larger, complexity increases and efficiency gains become harder to realize....Read more

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

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

Tracking Surveys

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

 

As the healthcare industry continues to transition toward value-based care, and Medicare spending continues to increase amidst an aging population, many providers are looking toward Medicare Advantage (MA) as a solution. Leveraging MA’s expanded...Read more

As the healthcare industry continues to transition toward value-based care, and Medicare spending continues to increase amidst an aging population, many providers are looking toward Medicare Advantage (MA) as a solution. Leveraging MA’s expanded...Read more

As health systems continue to move toward value-based care, many organizations are implementing alternative payment arrangements and taking on greater levels of risk. While the transition to value-based payment has historically been slow, health...Read more

As health systems increasingly participate in value-based care contracts and assume additional risk, many provider systems are developing their own health plans to better manage their patient populations and control the total cost of care....Read more

As health systems continue to move toward value-based care, many organizations are implementing alternative payment arrangements and taking on greater levels of risk. While the transition to value-based payment has historically been slow, health...Read more

As health systems continue to employ physicians and compensation models shift towards value-based payment, it is becoming increasingly important for physicians to be aligned in their financial incentives and care delivery objectives. In response...Read more

As health systems continue to employ physicians and compensation models shift towards value-based payment, it is becoming increasingly important for physicians to be aligned in their financial incentives and care delivery objectives. In response...Read more

Despite a decrease in the volume of U.S. healthcare transactions in Q4 2017, the majority of Leading Health Systems nevertheless engaged in M&A activity, acquiring physician practices, hospitals, rehab, or long-term care facilities. Similarly...Read more

The Academy Lumeris Strategic Survey tracks trends within Leading Health Systems through quantitative data and interviews with member C-suite executives. In Q1 2018, the data illustrates a continued conservative trend towards increased value-...Read more

Environmental change catalyzes commensurate organizational change. With decreasing payment, improving technology, and evolving care delivery models, the future of healthcare will require new competencies and new people to rationalize scale. The...Read more

Quick Hits

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

 

Key Findings

  • All responding health systems measure employee engagement using an external vendor through regular administration of a survey.
  • Almost half (46 percent) of responding health systems measure employee engagement annually, while 45 percent assess employee
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In February 2018, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick hitting survey of 25 Leading Health Systems regarding financial investment in population health. Among the health systems surveyed, 82% commit between 1-5% of total budgets towards funding population health initiatives. Over two-...Read more

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