AHA Policy Research

AHA research reports examine key issues to inform the policy making process.  These include the TrendWatch series, a periodic AHA publication that reports on the latest trends affecting hospitals and the health care system (now conducted in collaboration with Avalere Health* www.avalerehealth.net), as well as other AHA sponsored studies. 

Adopting Technological Innovation in Hospitals: Who Pays and Who Benefits? (pdf), October 2006
To meet their mission of high-quality health care, America’s hospitals must continually adopt innovative clinical and information technology. Adding new technology can reduce health care costs by minimizing complications, reducing duplicative tests and improving outcomes.
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Prepared to Care: the 24/7 Role of America’s Full Service Hospitals (pdf), August 2006
This report explores the hospital standby role and its critical importance to the health, well being and safety of our communities; analyzes the nature of demand and the basic and specialized resources required to meet it; outlines the capacity and financing pressures hospitals face in maintaining the standby role; and frames critical economic and policy questions that must be addressed to ensure future hospital standby capacity can meet the growing health and public safety challenges.  This report was commissioned by the American Hospital Association and prepared by The Chartis Group.
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Beyond Health Care: The Economic Contribution of Hospitals (pdf), July 2006
Hospitals support nearly ONE OUT OF EVERY 10 JOBS in the U.S., either directly or indirectly.  In 2004, community hospitals employed nearly 5 million people and spent about $246 billion on goods and services in addition to employee wages. This report highlights the importance of hospitals to the national economy and hospitals’ contributions to their communities through expenditures and job creation.
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The Migration of Care to Non-Hospital Settings: Have Regulatory Structures Kept Pace with Changes in Care Delivery? (pdf), TrendWatch, July 2006
A growing number of increasingly complex procedures are moving from the inpatient to the outpatient environment, and out of hospital settings into physician offices’ and free-standing ambulatory surgery or diagnostic facilities. This edition of TrendWatch explores the impact these trends have on health care utilization and costs, quality of care and patient safety, access to care and the health care system overall.
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Health Information Exchange Projects: What Hospitals and Health Systems Need to Know (pdf), April 2006
An Executive Brief prepared for AHA by Manatt Health Solutions explores the risks, benefits and lessons learned for hospitals and health systems contemplating or engaging in Regional Health Information Organizations in their communities.
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*Avalere Health provides objective analysis to support AHA policy development. As a research and consulting organization, Avalere does not advocate for or endorse positions on specific policy issues.


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