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Costs & Payments

Understanding the factors that increase or reduce costs and the ways that payments affect the choices people make can help improve health and health care decision making.

Upcoming Event

Webinar: What’s Next for Price Transparency?

This webinar will cover the impact of price transparency reporting thus far. Panelists will discuss what additional efforts are necessary to provide consumers with accurate information to make more informed decisions.
Date & Time October 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET Location Online
Blog Post       Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Building a Better Evidence Base to Address the Social Determinants of Health

A recent literature review revealed most studies of social need interventions were poorly designed, inadequately documented, and inconsistently presented. In this post, Robert Dubois of the National Pharmaceutical Council, an AcademyHealth Organizational Member, outlines the state of the research and provides recommendations to improve study design quality.
Posted Aug 5, 2021 By Robert W. Dubois, M.D., Ph.D.
Blog Post       Implementation Science: Taking a Comprehensive Approach to the Economic Evaluation of Health Interventions

Implementation Science: Taking a Comprehensive Approach to the Economic Evaluation of Health Interventions

Understanding the economic impact of health interventions is critical for developing effective programs that can be replicated in different settings. At the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, experts shared their top tips about evaluating the economics of a new or existing initiative.
Posted Jul 28, 2021 By Jennifer Bresnick
Blog Post       Moving to Value-Based Care is a Marathon We’ve Barely Begun

Moving to Value-Based Care is a Marathon We’ve Barely Begun

This ‘plain language summary’ considers a recent commentary from Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D., in HSR, an official journal of AcademyHealth, that offers a broad review of the state of the science on Accountable Care Organizations, including a brief discussion of three new studies also published in the August issue.
Posted Jul 23, 2021 By Kristin Rosengren
Blog Post       More Research is Essential to Improve Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries

More Research is Essential to Improve Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries

The population dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. Arielle Mir of Arnold Ventures, an AcademyHealth organizational member, explains how policymakers are urgently seeking solutions to improve their care and experience, but better data infrastructure and research are needed to achieve meaningful change.
Posted Jul 1, 2021 By Arielle Mir
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       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