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 May 2019, The Academy, supported by Lumeris, completed a report covering trends in physician employment structures and initiatives among Leading Health Systems. The report contains insights from qualitative interviews conducted across a panel...Read more

The Academy, supported by CSI Specialty Group, published a report on the landscape of specialty pharmacy programs at Leading Health Systems. Of note, in 2019, 40% of health system executives reported "outstanding" performance at driving patient...Read more

Over the past decade, expectations around the consumer experience have changed drastically. More and more, consumers expect to receive goods and services where, when, and how they want it and expect a personalized experience. While other...Read more

Malnutrition is a prevalent condition that is commonly unrecognized and undertreated in the hospital setting. Defined as inadequate or unbalanced nutrition – including both undernutrition and overnutrition – malnutrition impacts large proportions...Read more

Precision medicine, often used interchangeably with personalized medicine, is defined as an approach for protecting health and treating disease that accounts for a person’s genes, behaviors, and environment, with interventions tailored to...Read more

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

Tracking Surveys

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

 

Beginning in the 1990s, states began implementing Medicaid Managed Care programs to provide health benefits to their Medicaid beneficiaries. Under this model, state Medicaid agencies pay a fixed
monthly fee to Managed Care Organizations (...Read more

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

Quick Hits

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

 

As health systems continue to prioritize improving the patient experience and consumer engagement, organizations are developing consumer strategies, organizational structures, and initiatives to better compete in their markets. To understand the current prioritization and organizational...Read more

  • Most health systems (91%) track at least one diversity metric across their organization’s leadership. Over half of respondents (55%) track metrics across all levels of leadership.
  • Many responding health systems are implementing an array of initiatives to improve diversity in
  • ...Read more

  • The majority of health systems (83%) require proof of measles vaccination or immunity for all indiuduals with patient contact.
  • Most health systems (83%) restrict patient contact for individuals who cannot – or refuse – to receive the measles vaccination or prove immunity.
  • ...Read more

As the U.S. healthcare system continues to move towards value-based care, Leading Health Systems (LHS) are increasingly assuming financial responsibility for patient care across distinct settings. Empirical research demonstrates that patients transitioning from hospital-based care to post-acute...Read more

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