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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.

Blog Post       Study Finds New Cancer Therapies Improved Survival, But Increased Medicare Spending Substantially

Study Finds New Cancer Therapies Improved Survival, But Increased Medicare Spending Substantially

A new study published in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, found that while the use of new cancer therapies did result in noteworthy improvements in lung cancer survival rates, Medicare spending increased substantially, raising concerns about the financial burden of these treatments.
Posted May 19, 2021 By Lauren Adams, M.A.
Blog Post       New Research Looks at the Priorities and Pitfalls of Defining Network Adequacy Standards to Improve Veterans’ Access to Timely, High-Quality Care

New Research Looks at the Priorities and Pitfalls of Defining Network Adequacy Standards to Improve Veterans’ Access to Timely, High-Quality Care

This ‘plain language summary’ reviews recent research on how Veteran’s Affairs might ensure adequate access to high quality care via network adequacy standards. Network adequacy standards are common in the commercial market, where states regulate commercial insurers provider network. However, the regulations vary from state to state and the VA is a national system.
Posted May 18, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
Blog Post       More Rigorous Data Needed to Determine Success of SDOH Intervention Programs

More Rigorous Data Needed to Determine Success of SDOH Intervention Programs

In a recent webinar in collaboration with the National Pharmaceutical Council, experts discussed how to evaluate SDOH programs and interventions from a cost perspective. Speakers emphasized the incomplete state of current knowledge and the need to improve studies and data infrastructure to determine their value.
Posted May 13, 2021 By Raj Sabharwal, M.P.H., Christina Tudor
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Medical Anthropology's Role in Shifting the Paradigm

Voices of a New Paradigm: The AcademyHealth Paradigm Project is profiling leaders whose work helps point Health Services Research (HSR) in a new direction. Some are new to HSR, while others may just be new to us—leaders in other fields whose work is inspiring or applicable. All are challenging the limits of the current paradigm in ways that help make HSR more effective.