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 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

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

Medha Vyavahare, MPH, Director, Health Policy & Strategy, The Health Management Academy, et al

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

Medha Vyavahare, MPH, Director, Health Policy & Strategy, The Health Management Academy, et al

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

Tracking Surveys

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

 
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

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

Quick Hits

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

 
Medha Vyavahare, MPH, Senior Director, Health Policy and Strategy, The Health Management Academy, et al

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring large providers to publish their standard charges online beginning on January 1st, 2019. CMS’s sub-regulatory guidance suggests that providers will be required to post standard charges, as reflected in...Read more

Jonathan Walker, Research Intern, The Health Management Academy, et al

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
  • ...Read more