AHA Policy Research

White Coats and Many Colors: Population Diversity and Its Implications for Health Care (pdf), December 2005
An issue brief prepared for AHA by Emily Friedman, Independent Health Policy and Ethics Analyst. When populations change, some areas of society are affected more quickly than others. But there are always at least two areas where the impact is felt immediately: education and health care. School systems across the country are already adjusting to more diverse and complex student populations. Health care providers and insurers are doing the same. But much more must be done, and soon, if the health care system is to continue to provide accessible, high-quality services to all patients.

Forward Momentum: Hospital Use of Information Technology (pdf), October 2005
To gauge the extent of IT use among hospitals and better understand the barriers to further adoption, the AHA surveyed hospitals in April 2005. The survey asked about use of specific kinds of IT, financing of IT systems, barriers to greater use, and involvement in arrangements to share clinical information.
Press Release

Consumer Directed Insurance Products, A Survey of Industry (ppt), April 2005
In collaboration with the Federation of America’s Hospitals, AHA engaged Reden and Anders, Ltd. to gather data on this new, rapidly growing product type for which limited information currently exists.  The purpose of the survey was to explore growth implications for providers and patients, including access to existing networks and rate structures, identify evolving trends in comparative cost and quality information and assess administrative features.
Press Release, More Resources 

Implications of Federal Medicaid Reform on States, Beneficiaries, and Providers (pdf), TrendWatch, April 2005
This issue of TrendWatch provides a brief overview of the Medicaid program, a discussion of the current proposals for Medicaid reform and spending cuts and an appraisal of their potential implications for states, providers and the health care safety net.  Recent efforts by states to reduce state spending can also be found in the State Medicaid Facts Appendix.
Chartpack (ppt) 

The Impact of Physician-owned Limited-service Hospitals, McManis Case Studies (Summary) (pdf), February 2005
This report examines the impact of physician-owned limited-service hospitals in four communities looking at issues such as patient steering and cherry-picking as well as the broader affects of limited-service hospitals on the community’s health care system.
Wichita, KS Case Study (ppt),  Lincoln, NE Case Study (ppt),  Oklahoma City, OK Case Study (ppt),  Black Hills, SD Case Study (ppt); 

The Economic Contributions of Hospitals Update (pdf), February 2005
This chartpack updates the 2004 TrendWatch data and highlights the importance of hospitals to the national economy and hospitals’ contribution to their communities through expenditures and job creation.


From 1999 to 2005, The Lewin Group provided objective analysis to support AHA policy development. As a research and consulting organization, The Lewin Group did not advocate for, or endorse positions on specific policy issues. 


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