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.
Healthy People Are the Foundation for a Productive America (pdf), TrendWatch, October 2007
Healthy, productive individuals make our nation strong and vibrant. Advances in medicine contribute to national economic growth by helping Americans recover more quickly from injury and illness, avoid lost or ineffective work time due to flare-ups of chronic conditions, and live longer with higher quality of life.
When I'm 64: How Boomers Will Change Health Care (pdf), May 2007
The wave of aging Baby Boomers will reshape the health care system forever. There will be more people enjoying their later years, but they'll be managing more chronic conditions and therefore utilizing more health care services.
Community Hospitals: Addressing Behavioral Health Needs (pdf), TrendWatch, February 2007
This report examines behavioral health issues in the context of the important role that community hospitals play in the broad continuum of care. Hospitals that identify and treat patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders can realize improved outcomes for their patients and communities while also using health care resources more effectively.
Continued Progress: Hospital Use of Information Technology (pdf), February 2007
To gauge the extent of IT use among hospitals and better understand the barriers to further adoption, the AHA surveyed hospitals in the fall of 2006. The survey asked about use of EHRs and other specific kinds of health IT, financing of health IT systems, barriers to greater use, and involvement in arrangements to share clinical information.
Coverage Counts: Supporting Health and Opportunity for Children (pdf), TrendWatch, February 2007
Today's nine million uninsured children lack sufficient access to needed health care. Parents hesitate to seek primary care for their children and may delay getting them acute care. Children's health and well-being are compromised needlessly. The adverse effects can extend into adulthood, when health and well-being are keys to functioning as productive members of their communities. The links are clear. Having access to health care promotes health and productivity. The key to access is insurance coverage. Ensuring access to health care for all children will help secure the health of our communities.