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.

 

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

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

Tracking Surveys

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

 

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

Melissa Holloway, Health Services Fellow, The Health Management Academy, et al

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

Melissa Holloway, Health Services Fellow, The Health Management Academy, et al

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

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

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

Quick Hits

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

 

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

  • The majority of health systems (83%) require proof of measles vaccination or immunity for all indiuduals with patient contact.
  • Most health systems (83%) restrict patient contact for individuals who cannot – or refuse – to receive the measles vaccination or prove immunity.
  • ...Read more

As the U.S. healthcare system continues to move towards value-based care, Leading Health Systems (LHS) are increasingly assuming financial responsibility for patient care across distinct settings. Empirical research demonstrates that patients transitioning from hospital-based care to post-acute...Read more