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Welcome to the AcademyHealth blog, together with our members, we promote interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives. Here we offer important perspectives from people passionate about expanding access to care, reducing costs and improving quality, as well as updates on AcademyHealth activities relevant to the community.

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Bringing Data to Life for the NCHS/AcademyHealth Data Visualization Challenge

2021 NCHS/AcademyHealth Data Visualization Challenge Winners highlight the benefits of pulling data from multiple national data sources to build a data visualization demonstrating the disproportionate impact of the U.S. gun crisis on young Black men in urban areas.
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The present and future of rural America’s hospitals

Rural health care systems have seen dramatic shifts in recent decades. This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research published in AcademyHealth’s official journal, HSR, which addresses the current state of rural hospitals and how new investments can prevent ongoing health disparities and reinvigorate the health of rural Americans.
Posted Sep 28, 2022 By Kaleigh Ligus, M.A.
Blog Post       Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity

Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity

AcademyHealth, Boston Children’s Hospital, and FamilyVoices, partner to support five Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)-funded demonstration sites to optimize health and well-being for children with medical complexity and their families while also achieving health equity for these populations.
Posted Sep 27, 2022 By Lauren Adams, M.A.
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Medicaid expansion increased total physician visits but failed to bring in new physicians in early expansion states

The Affordable Care Act enacted Medicaid expansion with hopes that more states would provide health insurance to low-income Americans. This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research published in AcademyHealth’s official journal HSR which shows that early Medicaid expansion in six states led to an increase in the total number of physician visits but did not lead to an increase in total physician participation.
Posted Aug 9, 2022 By Kaleigh Ligus, M.A.
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Medicare Advantage improves patient-centered care efficiency for older beneficiaries

New research indicates Medicare Advantage enrollment provides favorable outcomes over traditional Medicare for those with mental health issues and those at end-of-life, indicating a high efficiency of care aligning with beneficiaries’ preferences. This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research published in AcademyHealth's official journal, HSR, which addresses the role of Medicare Advantage in mental health care and end-of-life outcomes for older adults.
Posted Aug 9, 2022 By Kaleigh Ligus, M.A.