As part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness of health services research and increase its application in policy and practice, AcademyHealth has partnered with Austin Frakt, Ph.D., and Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., of The Incidental Economist blog to contribute posts on the subjects of health care costs, delivery system transformation, and public and population health – areas AcademyHealth has identified as a priority in the current policy environment. As regular contributors, they’ll be discussing current events with an eye toward how new and existing research informs the issues.
Authored by The Incidental Economist
Narrow networks can be a real problem for kids
Narrow networks are a real concern in the ACA marketplaces, but much more for kids than many think.
Referral patterns and hospital-owned physician practices
We have to make policy line up with the changes we'd like to see
If we want to see research implemented well in the real world with effects we can see, we need to focus on making policy consistent with the studies we do, focusing on the populations where the benefits will likely be seen.