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.

 

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

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

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 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

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

Quick Hits

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

 

With an increased prioritization of cost reduction and efficiency, many health systems are increasing their utilization of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs). By leveraging APPs, health systems intend to reduce physician burnout...Read more

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