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New Publications
What We're Reading
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New Projects, Programs, and Staff Updates
News on Our Organizational Affiliates
New and Renewing Organizational Affiliate Members
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Upcoming Events
    Call for Proposals, Abstracts, and Applications

    Primary Care Summit: Rebalancing Health Care Spending

    Primary care is essential to high-quality care, healthier communities, and lower costs but receives only a tiny slice of health care spending. To build health equity and value-based care delivery, the answer is clear: a high-performing, primary care-focused system. Join PCDC and national experts Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 3:30-5 p.m. via livecast to discuss what’s at stake — and how states are tackling the issue. For more information and to register here.

    Communities Joined in Action Conference Registration is Open

    Communities Joined in Action (CJA), a national membership organization committed to improving health and eliminating disparities, is holding its annual conference, Partnering to Build Equitable Communities in New Orleans on May 6-8. The agenda includes four breakout tracks: policy in support of equitable communities; programs to promote equity, improve health, and eliminate disparities; partnerships in collaboration, fundraising and community engagement; and storytelling strategies and techniques to realize a vision of health equity, as well as keynote speaker, Kent Key, Ph.D. The Georgia Health Policy Center, the administrative home to CJA, will present compelling plenary and breakout presentations and lead a focused pre-conference workshop. Register today.

    2020 DeepTexas Symposium on the Power of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Health Care

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) will host the 2020 DeepTexas Medical AI Symposium in Houston, Texas on April 23rd and 24th. The symposium will provide a forum for clinicians, researchers, executives, health systems, corporations, investors, payers, policymakers, patients, and other stakeholders to consider the possibilities and plan for the future of medical AI. Click here to learn more.

    AHRQ Announces New Funding Opportunity to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke

    AHRQ is seeking applications regarding a new funding opportunity announcement for a 3-year, $18 million initiative aimed at helping primary care practices in states with the highest rates of preventable cardiovascular disease events. The announcement follows the success of AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW, a grant program providing the latest evidence on heart health to small- and medium-sized primary care practices. Applicants for the new funding should submit letters of intent by April 10 and applications by May 22.
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    New Publications
    What We're Reading

    A Comparison across PPACA Markets and Risk Adjustment Model Improvements

    Two articles published in Medical Care by teams from RTI International investigate health risk in the insurance markets most impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The first compares health risk and cost between the PPACA individual and small group markets as well as the more mature large employer market. The second reviews the purpose and results of adding selected prescription drug classes to the risk adjustment model used in these markets.

    Mathematica Examines Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Primary Care in Health Affairs Article and Briefing

    In the March Health Affairs, which is devoted to examining the effects and legacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Mathematica’s experts discuss “The Changing Landscape of Primary Care: Effects of the ACA and Other Efforts over the Past Decade.” The authors drew on their collective experience as evaluators of the Comprehensive Primary Care and Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiatives; decades of experience conducting primary care research; and, for two authors, direct clinical experience delivering primary care. Lead author Senior Fellow Deborah Peikes also joined a distinguished panel of experts at a Health Affairs briefing, “The Affordable Care Act Turns 10.”

    New Publications from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School 

    Drs. Arhrens and Ziller look at the impact of rurality on maternal opioid use disorder (Dr. Ahrens) and lung cancer prevalence and mortality (Dr. Ziller).  Ziller, who also directs the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and colleagues present challenges and implications of definitions that inadequately describe rural people and places in Health Affairs

    Altarum and VBID Health Release Analysis on Low-Value Care Spending

    Commercial payers spent more than $5.5 billion on 20 select low-value health care services in 2015, according to a new study from the Research Consortium for Healthcare Value Assessment, a collaboration between Altarum and VBID Health. They found that the prevalence of low-value care was widespread, with some regional variance. Although some states performed better than others, none fell below 10 percent of members receiving at least one low-value care service. Read the full report.

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) Contributes to Study on Opioid Prescribing Patterns Before Fatal Overdoses

    Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D., M.P.H., director of AIR’s Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions, coauthored “Opioid Prescribing Patterns Before Fatal Opioid Overdose” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study examined prescribing patterns for 1,893 Illinois residents who died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, finding that 309 deaths involved prescription opioids and 1,461 involved only illicit opioids. The findings indicate that prescribing patterns alone likely are insufficient to identify people at high risk for opioid overdose.

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    New Resources
    Programs, Resources, Tools, and Guides

    Medicaid and Social Needs: Do State-Based Interventions Decrease Medicaid Expenditures and Improve Enrollee Well-Being?

    Many state Medicaid agencies and managed care organizations (MCO) are seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce per person health care spending through interventions that address social needs faced by enrollees. In implementing these interventions, states and MCOs are recognizing that many factors beyond medical care contribute to health outcomes, including social circumstances and environment. A new issue brief from the Kansas Health Institute explores a subset of policy interventions driven by state Medicaid agencies. Learn more here.

    New Guide Helps Primary Care Practices Manage Long-Term Opioid Patients

    A new guide from AHRQ helps primary care practices safely manage patients who need long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. The new Self-Service How-To Guide helps practices implement the AHRQ-funded Six Building Blocks, a systems-based approach to treating patients taking opioids. Developing tools and resources to reduce opioid misuse is an HHS priority. See the AHRQ press release and an AHRQ Views blog post by AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A.

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    Organizational News
    New Projects, Programs, and Staff Updates

    Brown University Researcher to Work on Newly Funded RO1 from NIA

    Momotazur Rahman, Associate Professor at Brown University, is the principal investigator of a new NIA R01 grant to explore the impact of advanced practice clinicians on end-of-life outcomes for individuals with dementia. This project will identify populations of Medicare beneficiaries with dementia who receive care from advanced practice clinicians, evaluate the effects of such care on end-of-life outcomes, and examine whether these effects vary across states with different scope of practice regulations for advanced practice clinicians.
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    News on Our Organizational Affiliates
    New and Renewing Organizational Affiliate Members

    Thank you to the organizations that joined/renewed as an Organizational Affiliate member last month. With your support, AcademyHealth is better equipped to continue building the professions of health services research and health policy.


    • Data Coalition

    • Donaghue Foundation


    • Abt Associates Inc.
    • Altarum Institute

    • American Heart Association

    • American Institutes for Research

    • Arbor Research Collaborative for Health

    • Brandeis University, Heller Graduate School
    • Federation of American Hospitals

    • Georgia Health Policy Center

    • Health Care Systems Research Network

    • Howard University

    • IMPAQ International, LLC

    • Intermountain Healthcare

    • The John A. Hartford Foundation

    • L&M Policy Research

    • Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)

    • Tulane University, Department of Health Systems Management

    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of Florida, Health Services Research, Management, and Policy

    • University of Maryland, School of Public Health

    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Sheps Center for HSR

    • The University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics

    • Urban Institute
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