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.

 

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

In an effort to improve access, decrease costs, and generate new revenue streams, Leading Health Systems are increasingly launching Specialty Pharmacy programs across the country. In March 2018, The Academy, with support from Shields Health...Read more

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

Tracking Surveys

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

 

In the context of ongoing evolution within the healthcare landscape such as increased consumerism, intense financial pressure, and widespread market consolidation, Leading Health Systems (LHS) continue to adjust their strategies. Restructuring...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

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

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 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

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

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

Quick Hits

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

 

The global healthcare market for outsourcing revenue cycle management (RCM) is expected to increase in valuation by 96% to $23 billion in 2023.1 Despite this projected growth, the extent to which Leading Health Systems are willing to outsource the entirety of their RCM function is still unknown...Read more

In March 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to identify current cybersecurity maturity levels and assessment methods. The 9 responding Informatics Executives and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) represent health systems with an average...Read more

In January 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health Systems to gain insight into performance tracking and strategic plan documentation practices. The 8 responding Chief Strategy Officers represent health systems with an average Total Revenue of $4...Read more

In November 2018, The Academy conducted a quantitative survey of Leading Health Systems regarding the top Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) role at their organization. Fifteen health system executives, including Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), Chief Inclusion Officer, VP of Talent and...Read more

In January 2019, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey to examine office designs for health system legal functions. The 13 responding Chief Legal Officers and General Counsels represent health systems with an average Total Operating Revenue of $4 billion that own or...Read more

In December 2018, The Health Management Academy conducted a quick-hitting survey of Leading Health System executives around physician specialist performance metrics. The 8 responding Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and Medical Group Leaders represent health systems with an average Total Revenue of...Read more

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

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