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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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AcademyHealth Welcomes New AHRQ Director

Today, Acting Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) David Meyers announced that AcademyHealth member Dr. Robert Otto Valdez will be joining the agency as its new Director.
Posted Feb 22, 2022
Topics Advocacy
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A Research Roadmap to Advance Contraceptive Access Policy

The Coalition to Expand Contraceptive Access led a collaborative process to create a Priority Roadmap for Policy-Ready Contraceptive Research that positions health services researchers to carry out impactful projects that advance sexual and reproductive health equity.
Blog Post       Program that Rewards Consumers for Choosing Lower Priced Providers Offers Modest Savings

Program that Rewards Consumers for Choosing Lower Priced Providers Offers Modest Savings

There are numerous obstacles to consumer price shopping in health care and shifting patients’ behavior has been difficult. Recently, some insurers have used financial rewards to get beneficiaries to use lower-priced providers. In this ‘plain language summary,’ new research indicates the strategy may have some affect, although overall impacts of the program are modest.
Posted Feb 8, 2022 By Kristin Rosengren
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New Project Aims to Improve Care for Individuals Living with HIV

NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), in partnership with AcademyHealth and the University of California San Francisco, are working to build state capacity to improve the collection and reporting of important HIV data through collaboration between Medicaid and HIV programs across 10 states.
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STI Testing among Medicaid Patients (STAMP) Project publishes timely results in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

With funding from the CDC Foundation, AcademyHealth’s Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in collaboration with five Southern state-university partnerships, publish timely findings on prenatal syphilis screening rates among Medicaid enrollees.
Posted Jan 14, 2022 By Caitlin Otter