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.

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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.

 

In July and August 2019, The Academy, supported by GoHealth Urgent Care, completed a report covering trends in urgent care among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews conducted...Read more

In July and August 2019, The Academy, supported by Lumeris, completed a report covering trends in Medicare and ACO strategy among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from qualitative interviews conducted across a panel of health...Read more

In May 2019, The Academy, supported by Lumeris, completed a report covering trends in physician employment structures and initiatives among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from qualitative interviews conducted across a panel...Read more

The Academy, supported by CSI Specialty Group, published a report on the landscape of specialty pharmacy programs at Leading Health Systems. Of note, in 2019, 40% of health system executives reported "outstanding" performance at driving patient...Read more

Over the past decade, expectations around the consumer experience have changed drastically. More and more, consumers expect to receive goods and services where, when, and how they want it and expect a personalized experience. While other...Read more

Malnutrition is a prevalent condition that is commonly unrecognized and undertreated in the hospital setting. Defined as inadequate or unbalanced nutrition – including both undernutrition and overnutrition – malnutrition impacts large proportions...Read more

Precision medicine, often used interchangeably with personalized medicine, is defined as an approach for protecting health and treating disease that accounts for a person’s genes, behaviors, and environment, with interventions tailored to...Read more

In 2019, the U.S. healthcare market is poised to continue its march towards value-based care. In the context of increasing financial pressure and the prioritization of quality improvement, risk contracting provides health systems an opportunity...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 July and August 2019, The Academy, supported by Lumeris, completed a report covering trends in consumer engagement strategy among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from qualitative interviews conducted across a panel of...Read more

In July and August 2019, The Academy, supported by Lumeris, completed a report covering trends in the evolving payment model and the top health policy priorities among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from qualitative...Read more

Beginning in the 1990s, states began implementing Medicaid Managed Care programs to provide health benefits to their Medicaid beneficiaries. Under this model, state Medicaid agencies pay a fixed
monthly fee to Managed Care Organizations (...Read more

In the context of ongoing evolution within the healthcare landscape such as increased consumerism, intense financial pressure, and widespread market consolidation, Leading Health Systems (LHS) continue to adjust their strategies. Restructuring...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 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

Quick Hits

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

 

In September 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to better understand processes for validation and documentation of pressure injuries. The 8 responding clinical executives represent health systems with an average Total Revenue of $4.9...Read more

In August 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to better understand health systems’ process for surgical instrument tracking and management, particularly with respect to the use of software tools. The 11 responding clinical executives...Read more

In August 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to better understand the current organizational structures for population health and health system participation in risk-bearing arrangements. The 12 responding population health executives...Read more

In August 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to better understand health system policies around internal consulting and information sharing. The 7 responding Chief Learning Officers (CLO) represent health systems with an average Total...Read more

In July 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to better understand health systems’ relationships with Academic Medical Centers (AMCs). The 7 responding Chief Legal Executives (CLE) represent health systems with an average Total Revenue of...Read more

As health systems continue to prioritize improving the patient experience and consumer engagement, organizations are developing consumer strategies, organizational structures, and initiatives to better compete in their markets. To understand the current prioritization and organizational...Read more

  • Most health systems (91%) track at least one diversity metric across their organization’s leadership. Over half of respondents (55%) track metrics across all levels of leadership.
  • Many responding health systems are implementing an array of initiatives to improve diversity in
  • ...Read more