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.

 

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

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

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

The continued transformation of the healthcare landscape has resulted in the rapid evolution of health systems, with networks growing in both in scale and complexity. Since 2010, healthcare mergers and acquisitions have increased 55% as hospitals...Read more

The continued transformation of the healthcare landscape has resulted in the rapid evolution of health systems, with networks growing in both in scale and complexity. Since 2010, healthcare mergers and acquisitions have increased 55% as hospitals...Read more

H2C Strategic Survey

The Academy H2C Q1 Strategic Survey reviewed top priorities and budget items from 25 Leading Health Systems around the country. Among the findings, over half (53%) consider market/volume growth as the most important priority. For more information...Read more

The Academy Advisors
Jarrett Lewis, Executive Director, The Health Management Academy, et al

On Thursday May 4th, House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), legislation that repeals major portions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and includes new “replacement” policies. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate...Read more

Caitlin Greenbaum, MPH, Director, Health Policy & Strategy, The Health Management Academy, et al

The Academy conducted a survey of 519 physicians affiliated with Leading Health Systems to determine their level of knowledge and preparedness with MACRA. Among the findings, clinicians rely heavily on their groups or health systems to report to...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 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

The Academy H2C Strategic Survey tracks evolving trends at Leading Health Systems. A multidisciplinary panel of 25 C-suite executives from around the country participate in a quarterly interview to provide their perspectives on policy,...Read more

The Academy H2C Strategic Survey tracks changes on strategic issues for Leading Health Systems. This report tracked responses from Q4 2016. Read more

The Academy H2C Q4 2016 report addresses Corporate Branding at Leading Health SystemsRead more

In this quarters strategic survey we foudn that a majority of the largest health systems have a centralized pharmacy unit. Executives have also ranked drug prices and availiability as top challenges for health systems' pharmacy departmentsRead more

Pace of Change Graph
Melissa Braganza, Research Manager, et al

In April 2016, The Academy conducted the seventh round of its quarterly strategic survey among 25 senior health system executives.Read more

Melissa Braganza, Research Manager, The Health Management Academy, et al

Rapid advances in communication technologies, along with the passage of telehealth coverage laws in 29 states, have promoted the broad uptake of telehealth among providers.Read more

The Academy H2C Strategic Survey on Physician Alignment - Participating Health Systems
Melissa Braganza, The Health Management Academy, et al

The Academy - H2C Strategic Survey took an in depth look at physician alignment.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

Jarrett Lewis, Director of Research, The Health Management Academy, et al

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