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April 2012 St@teside

State Health Policy a Focus at AcademyHealth's 2012 Annual Research Meeting

Check out the panel presentations and roundtable discussions around issues especially relevant to state research and policy professionals at Academy Health’s 2012 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) June 24-26 in Orlando!

Early registration discounts of up to $100 are available until today, April 26. For details, visit AcademyHealth’s website.

Special Session

Building Research Collaborations with State Health Policymakers
The Affordable Care Act will be implemented in large part by the states. Critical decisions will have to be made, with or without supporting evidence. Most state health agencies and legislatures could be tapping into their own state’s health services researchers – forming collaborations to produce timely analysis, research, and program evaluations. Using California and Maryland as examples, this panel will discuss the benefits and challenges of such partnerships, as well as ways to structure them.

Panel Presentations and Policy Roundtables
The conference also features two tracks for panel presentations and policy roundtable discussions of: Coverage Dynamics and Access and Medicare. Presentations within these themes will include findings on the Medicaid expansion, health insurance exchanges, the impact of ACA initiatives, ACOs, Medicare Advantage, and hospital readmissions.

Interest Group Meetings

Long-Term Care Interest Group Colloquium
The 2012 Long-Term Care Colloquium is held in conjunction with AcademyHealth’s ARM, Tuesday, June 26 in Orlando, Fl. The annual Colloquium is designed to foster the exchange of long-term care (LTC) research findings among researchers, policymakers, and organizational decision makers; and to increase the impact of LTC research on policy and practice. Featured panels include:

  • Impact of the Minnesota Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) on the Quality of Nursing Home Care
  • CAPABLE—A Bio-Behavioral-Environmental Program to Increase Function and Decrease Institutionalization
  • Has the U.S. Investment in Post-Acute SNF Care Been Worth It?

To register today, visit the Long-Term Care Interest Group website.

Quality and Value Interest Group Meeting
This year’s Quality and Value Interest Group meeting will be held Saturday, June 23 from 2:00-5:45 p.m. at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, FL and is held in conjunction with the AcademyHealth's ARM. This year’s meeting is focused on hospital quality and readmissions and will serve as an opportunity for health services researchers and policymakers to learn about how to assess and address hospital quality issues. Featured sessions include:

  • Nonlinear Methods for Assessing Hospital Quality
  • Hospital Readmissions: Measurement and Data Analysis
  • Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Readmission Rates

You can register for the Quality and Value Interest Group meeting when registering for the ARM.

State Health Research and Policy Interest Group Meeting
This one-day meeting features both panel and poster presentations. The four panel sessions will focus on understanding the impact of the coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on various populations, delivery system and payment reforms, efforts to monitor ACA implementation, and lessons learned from state reforms that are already in place. To register, click here.