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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.

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The Critical Role of Evidence in a Robust and Just Policy Process

Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth President and CEO, opened the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference with the following remarks, focused on how the health care and health policy community can positively contribute to the development of sound policy in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
Posted Feb 3, 2017 By Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP
Blog Post       In Uncertain Times, Health Research Community Convenes Around Anchor of Evidence

In Uncertain Times, Health Research Community Convenes Around Anchor of Evidence

A new year, a new administration, and a new congress has presented several questions around the future of health care in the United States. As one of the year’s first conferences focused solely on health care and policy, the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) welcomed three members of the United States Congress and over 700 attendees. Below are summaries of some of the most popular sessions.
Posted Feb 2, 2017 By Lauren Adams, M.A., Raina Sheth
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Seeing Last Year’s Comments in Action in 2017

Last year – as part of our ongoing charge to ensure health services research is accounted for in federal policy – AcademyHealth submitted several comments to federal policymakers -- among them were responses to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects and the NPRM on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This year we’ve seen final rules on both these subjects released.
Posted Jan 26, 2017 By Lindsey Horan, M.A.
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AcademyHealth CEO Poses Key Question for 2017 in Health Affairs

Will evidence matter in 2017? If we want to truly transform health and health care in this country, it must. AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson writes about the key areas in health policy where evidence should matter most.
Posted Jan 25, 2017 By Lauren Adams, M.A.
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Key Considerations when Combining LTSS Coverage and Long-Term Care Insurance

Most Americans will need long-term services and supports (LTSS) later in life for assistance completing daily self-care activities such as bathing, dressing or using the bathroom. AcademyHealth’s LTSS Interest Group’s Vice Chair John Cutler shares his thoughts on what could be next for long-term care as policymakers are continually challenged to find more efficient ways to provide high quality care for those who need it.
Posted Jan 18, 2017 By John Cutler, Esq.