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December 2009 St@teside

Updates from AcademyHealth

Atul Gawande and Margaret Hamburg Will Join Leading Health Policymakers at the 2010 National Health Policy Conference

This year’s National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) agenda covers the depth and breadth of health care reform, providing a first-hand opportunity to learn how reform will affect 2010’s policy and research agenda. Plenary speakers will outline the presidential and congressional policy agendas while breakout sessions offer perspectives on different aspects of health care reform from leading researchers, policymakers, clinicians, and advocates in the health care industry. Confirmed sessions include:

  • Empowering Consumers Through Information Therapy
  • From HIT to Actionable Knowledge: Building the Research Bridge
  • Redesigning the Health Care Workforce for the Right Primary Care Skill Mix
  • Reforming Provider Payment to Promote Models of Integrated Delivery
  • Special Session on Forming Accountable Care Organizations: Lessons Learned from the Group Employer Model
  • State Roles in Health Care Reform: From Medicaid to Exchanges
  • The Nation’s Agenda for Prevention
  • Using Evidence to Design Benefits

For a complete list of sessions and confirmed speakers, view the NHPC agenda. For updates on agenda changes, deadlines, and discounts, follow NHPC on Twitter.

Register today—and learn where health care reform is headed tomorrow.

Go In-Depth with Interest Group Meetings and Minicourses at NHPC

In addition to the regular NHPC conference agenda, adjunct meetings offer an in-depth look at timely health policy issues such as financing reform and long-term care, and public health and health care reform, as well as offering skills training for using cost-effective analysis and submitting public comments.

Minicourses provide training in health policy tools and techniques. Additional registration is required.

  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
    February 10: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Submitting Public Comments
    February 10: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

AcademyHealth Interest Group Meetings are forums to learn and discuss specific health services research and policy issues. There is no fee associated with the 2010 NHPC Interest Group Meetings and they are open to all.

  • Child Health Services Research and Policy Breakfast
    February 9: 7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
    Email to RSVP
  • Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Breakfast
    February 9: 7:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
    Email to RSVP
  • State Health Research and Policy Interest Group Meeting
    February 9: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
    Email to RSVP

For more information on adjunct meetings, visit  

Building Bridges: Making a Difference in Long-Term Care 2010 Policy Seminar
February 10, 2010 – Washington, D.C.

The 2010 Policy Seminar, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and conducted by AcademyHealth, will focus on finance reform in long-term care. Howard Gleckman of the Urban Institute will discuss highlights from his paper “Long-Term Care Financing Reform: Lessons from the U.S. and Abroad” and highlight policy issues and potential solutions to financing reform in the U.S. Following Mr. Gleckman’s presentation, a panel discussion, featuring Richard Frank, Ph.D., deputy assistant secretary for policy and evaluation in the United States. Department of Health and Human Services and Nora Super, director of federal government relations, health and long-term care for AARP, will provide further insight, potential lessons from abroad, and potential policy recommendations for financing long-term care.

The Policy Seminar is scheduled for February 10 from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott, Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the National Health Policy Conference. Separate registration is required.

Request an Adjunct Meeting at the Annual Research Meeting

Recognizing the added value that external groups bring to the Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth has reserved a block of meeting rooms at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center for affiliate groups who wish to host meetings in conjunction with the ARM. We are pleased to offer meeting space based on availability. For more information on planning an adjunct meeting, contact
Tracie Howard or visit the ARM Web site to download the request form.

NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 4, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth are seeking applicants for their 2010 Health Policy Fellowship. This program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to NCHS to collaborate on studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community using NCHS data systems.

Applications are welcome from doctoral students through senior researchers and/or faculty. For more information about the fellowship and application requirements, visit or email AcademyHealth at

Annual Research Meeting Call for Abstracts
Submission Deadline: January 14, 2010

Submit your work to the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) call for abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2010 meeting in Boston. The ARM is the premier forum for emerging health services research, and AcademyHealth seeks cutting-edge work that addresses a variety of issues related to the health care delivery system.

Abstracts are invited for three categories: papers, panels, and posters. The conference is organized around 20 themes, including coverage and access, consumer choices in health care, disparities, global health, health IT, Medicaid, Medicare, public health, and quality and efficiency, among others. Theme descriptions, submission guidelines, and instructions are available online only at

Interest Group Calls for Abstracts Open December 1

Showcase your work at the AcademyHealth Interest Group (IG) meetings. The following groups are conducting calls for abstracts for presentation at their respective annual meetings:

  • Child Health Services Research Interest Group
  • Disparities Interest Group
  • Health Economics Interest Group
  • Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) Interest Group
  • Public Health Systems Research Interest Group
  • State Health Research and Policy Interest Group

The meetings will be held June 26 and June 29 in conjunction with the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Boston. Designed to provide ample discussion around each of these topics, the meetings range from half-day to full-day and offer additional opportunities for presentations that enhance the ARM main program.

The calls for abstracts for each Interest Group run from December 1 through February 15. For details, visit the call for abstracts Web page

(Please note that abstracts submitted for an interest group may also be submitted separately to the ARM call for abstracts. If you wish to submit abstracts to an IG meeting and ARM, you must submit separately to each. Submission to one meeting does not imply review by the other.)

Research Insights: Addressing Disparities through Public Health Systems and Services Research

The emerging science of public health systems and services research (PHSSR) has the potential to inform the public health system’s contribution to eliminating health disparities, which was set forth as one of two overarching goals in Health People 2010. A new AcademyHealth brief, "Research Insights: Addressing Disparities through Public Health Systems and Services Research," discusses how PHSSR can contribute to efforts to measure, assess, and reduce disparities in health and health care. Insights are based on discussions from the 2009 Annual Research Meeting in Chicago.

Research Insights: Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations: If We Build It, Will They Come? 

A new AcademyHealth brief, "Research Insights: Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations: If We Build It, Will they Come?" highlights the challenges likely to develop as medical homes and accountable care organizations emerge in the care delivery landscape, and discusses possible solutions to resolve those challenges. Insights in this brief are based on discussions from the 2009 Annual Research Meeting in Chicago.