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.

 
The Academy Advisors

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

The Health Management Academy and Healthgrades conducted research into which aspects of physicians’ online profiles are the most meaningful drivers of consumer engagement.Read more

Nathan Bays, J.D., General Counsel & Executive Director, The Health Management Academy, et al

While many independent clinicians and small groups may strive to merely avoid a negative payment adjustment in the first year of MACRA implementation, clinicians employed by or affiliated with Leading Health Systems are among the best prepared to...Read more

How health systems are revising prescription guidelines, training physicians, educating patients, and leveraging technology to reduce prescription drug diversion and misuse.Read more

Over 75% of U.S. hospitals have adopted electronic health records (EHRs), which have provided health systems with access to increasingly larger volumes of data. Read more

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With the changing healthcare landscape, many large health systems are strategically partnering with industryRead more

Strategic Partnerships: Data & Analytics

The Academy examined how the largest health systems are forming partnerships to improve quality, reduce costs, and enhance the customer experience through utilizing data and analytics.Read more

Moving to Value-Based Care Delivery: Enhanced Recovery Programs

In January 2015, The Academy conducted a survey of 46 Leading Health Systems and subsequent qualitative interviews with leaders at three health systems with formal Enhanced Recovery Programs. Read more

Shared Risk Strategies among Leading Health Systems

The Academy’s report, “Shared Risk Strategies among Leading Health Systems,” examines key factors that influence the largest health systems to establish and grow a health plan.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.

 

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

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

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

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

Market Conditions

In April 2015, The Academy conducted the third round of its quarterly strategic survey among 26 C-suite executives with an in-depth look at Leading Health Systems’ ambulatory and real estate strategies and other important issues affecting the...Read more

Strategic Survey Q1 2015

In January 2015, The Academy conducted the second round of its quarterly strategic survey among 26 C-suite executives with a focus around Leading Health Systems' consumer engagement strategies.  Read more

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The Academy - H2C Strategic Survey highlights the challenges that health systems face in creating a culture of innovation and investing in new technologies and processes.Read more

Quick Hits

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

 
diversely owned supplier orgs

In April, 2015, The Health Management Academy conducted a survey regarding health system tracking of diversity information on organizations with which they work. Read more

physician compensation

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 27 Leading Health Systems regarding physician compensation. Read more

Management Approval Limits

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey among 54 Leading Health Systems around management approval limits.Read more

data_governance

In April, 2015, The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 59 Leading Health Systems regarding data governance strategies. Read more

price transparency

The Health Management Academy surveyed 57 Leading Health Systems regarding Price Transparency in July, 2014. Read more

long term incentive plans

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 27 Leading Health Systems regarding long-term incentive plans for executive compensation in March, 2015. Read more

cybersecurity

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 63 Leading Health Systems regarding cybersecurity in March 2015Read more

annual budget process

In January, 2015, The Health Management Academy conducted a survey regarding Leading Health Systems' annual budget process. Read more

short term incentive plans

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 27 Leading Health Systems regarding Short-Term Incentive Plans (STIP) for executive compensation in January, 2015.Read more

Discretionary Debt Issuance

The Health Management Academy conducted a survey of 32 Leading Health Systems regarding discretionary debt issuance in December, 2014. Read more