The Article-of-the-Year award recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published during the previous calendar year. The award-winning article provides new insights into the delivery of health care and advances knowledge of the field.

AcademyHealth is grateful to the following journals for providing links to their award winning articles: Health Services ResearchJournal of the American Medical Association and The New England Journal of Medicine.

Author degrees listed are dated to time of award.

2018

J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D.
Warren Alpert Foundation Professor of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Eric T. Roberts, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management 
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health 

2017
Laura Rose Wherry, Ph.D. 

Wherry, L. R. & Meyer, B. D. "Saving Teens: Using a Policy Discontinuity to Estimate the Effects of Medicaid Eligibility." Journal of Human Resources, vol. 51 no. 3, 2016, pp. 556-588. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/629231.

2016

Kevin Volpp, M.D., Ph.D. and David Asch, M.D., M.B.A. "Effect of Financial Incentives to Physicians, Patients, or Both on Lipid Levels: A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA 314.18 (2015): 1926-1935.

2015

Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D. "Changes in Mortality After Massachusetts Health Care Reform." Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 160, No. 9, May 6, 2014, pp. 585-594. Co-authored by Sharon Long and Katherine Baicker.

2014

Tamara Konetzka, Ph.D. "Shipping Out Instead Of Shaping Up: Rehospitalization From Nursing Homes As An Unintended Effect of Public Reporting." Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 32, 2013, pp. 341-352. Co-authored by Daniel Polsky and Rachel M. Werner.

Additional Noteworthy Articles: 

        2013

        Zirui Song, Ph.D. The 'Alternative Quality Contract,' Based on a Global Budget, Lowered Medical Spending and Improved Quality.” Health Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 8, 2012, pp. 1885-1894. Co-authored by Dana Gelb Safran, Bruce E. Landon, Mary Beth Landrum, Yulei He, Robert E. Mechanic, Matthew P. Day, and Michael E. Chernew.

        2012

        Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Ph.D., M.P.P. “Regional Variation in the Association Between Advance Directives and End-of-Life Medicare Expenditures.” Journal of the American Medical Association, October, 2011. Co-authored by Kenneth M. Langa, Theodore J. Iwashyna, and David R. Weir.

        Additional Noteworthy Articles:

        2011

        Jeffrey H. Silber, M.D., Ph.D. "Aggressive Treatment Style and Surgical Outcomes." Health Services Research, December, 2010. Co-authored by Robert Kaestner, Orit Even-Shoshan, Yanli Wang, and Laura J. Bressler.

        Robert Kaestner, Ph.D. "Evidence on the Efficacy of Inpatient Spending on Medicare Patients." The Milbank Quarterly, December, 2010. Co-authored by Jeffrey H. Silber.

        2010

        Deborah Peikes, Ph.D., M.P.A. “Effects of Care Coordination on Hospitalization, Quality of Care, and Health Care Expenditures Among Medicare Beneficiaries.” Journal of the American Medical Association, February, 2009. Co-authored by Arnold Chen, Jennifer Schore, and Randall Brown. 

        2009

        Amal Trivedi, M.D., M.P.H. "Insurance Parity and the Use of Outpatient Mental Health Care Following a Psychiatric Hospitalization." Journal of the American Medical Association, December 2008. Co-authored by Shailender Swaminathan and Vincent Mor. 

        2008

        Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D. "Time Allocation in Primary Care Office Visits." Health Services Research, October 2007. Co-authored by Thomas G. McGuire and Weiman Zhang.

        Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D. Two-Minute Mental Health Care for Elderly Patients: Inside Primary Care Visits." Journal of the American Geriatric Society. December 2007. Co-authored by Thomas McGuire, Christopher Colenda, David Rosen, and Mary Ann Cook.

        2007

        John Hsu, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.C.E. “Unintended Consequences of Caps on Medicare Drug Benefits.” New England Journal of Medicine, June 1, 2006. Co-authored by Mary Price, M.A., Jie Huang, Ph.D., Richard Brand, Ph.D., Vicki Fung, B.A., Rita Hui, Pharm.D., Bruce Fireman, M.A., Joseph P. Newhouse, Ph.D., and Joseph V. Selby, M.D., M.P.H.

        2006

        Richard L. Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H. “Influence of Patients' Requests for Direct-to-Consumer Advertised Antidepressants.” Journal of the American Medical Association, April 27, 2005. Co-autored by Ronald M. Epstein, M.D., Mitchell D. Feldman, M.D., M.Phil., Carol E. Franz, Ph.D., Rahman Azari, Ph.D., Michael S. Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D., Ladson Hinton, M.D., and Peter Franks, M.D.

        2005

        Anthony T. Lo Sasso, Ph.D. “The Effect of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Health Insurance Coverage.” Journal of Health Economics, September 2004. Co-authored by Thomas Buchmueller, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.

        2004

        Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D. “The Quality of Health Care Delivered to Adults in the United States,” New England Journal of Medicine, June 26, 2003. Co-authored by Steven M. Asch, M.D., M.P.H., John Adams, Ph.D., Joan Kessey, Jennifer Hicks, M.P.H., Ph.D., Alison DeCristofaro, M.P.H., and Eve A. Kerr. M.D., M.P.H.

        2003

        Linda H. Aiken, Ph.D., R.N., Sean P. Clarke, Ph.D., R.N., Douglas M. Stone, Ph.D., Julie Sochalski, Ph.D., R.N., Jeffrey H. Silber, M.D., Ph.D. "Hospital Nurse Staffing and Patient Mortality, Nurse Burnout, and Job Dissatisfaction." Journal of the American Medical Association, October 23/30, 2002.

        2002

        Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D. "Are Urban Safety-Net Hospitals Losing Low-Risk Medicaid Maternity Patients?Health Services Research, Vol. 36, No. 1, April 2001, Part I: 25-51.

        2001

        Cary P. Gross, Claudia A. Steiner, Eric B. Bass, Neil R. Powe. “Relation Between Prepublication Release of Clinical Trial Results and the Practice of Carotid Endarterectomy.” Journal of the American Medical Association. Vol. 284, No. 22, December 13, 2000: 2886-2893.

        John Kralewski, Euguene C. Rich, Roger Feldman, Bryan E. Dowd, Terrace Bernhardt, Christopher Johnson, William Gold. “The Effects of Medical Group Practice and Physician Payment Methods on Costs of Care.” Health Services Research, Vol. 35, No. 2, August 2000: 591-613.

        2000

        Mark Schlesinger, Benjamin Druss, and Tracey Thomas. "No Exit? The Effect of Health Status on Dissatisfaction and Disenrollment from Health Plans," Health Services Research. Vol. 34, No. 2, June 1999: 547-576.

        A series of three articles from the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS):

        1999

        David Dranove and William D. White. "Medicaid-Dependent Hospitals and Their Patients: How Have They Fared?Health Services Research, Vol. 33, No. 2, Part I, June 1998: 163-185.

        Pamela F. Short and Vicki A. Freedman. "Single Women and the Dynamics of Medicaid." Health Services Research, Vol. 33, No. 5, Part I, December 1998: 1309-1336.

        1998

        Thomas H. Rice, Ph.D. "Can Markets Give Us the Health System We Want?" Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 22, No. 2.

        1997

        Lawrence C. Kleinman, Howard Freeman, Judy Perlman and Lillian Gelberg. "Homing in on the Homeless: Assessing the Physical Health of Homeless Adults in Los Angeles County Using an Original Method to Obtain Physical Examination Data in a Survey." Health Services Research, December 1996, Vol. 31, No. 5, pp. 533-549.

        1996

        Andrew B. Bindman, Kevin Grumbach, Dennis Osmond, Miriam Komaromy, Karen Vranizan, Nicole Lurie, John Billings and Anita L. Stewart. "Preventable Hospitalizations and Access to Health Care." Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 1995, Vol. 274, No. 4, pp. 305-311.

        1995

        Katherine L. Kahn, Marjorie L. Pearson, Ellen R. Harrison, Katherine A. Desmond, William H. Rogers, Lisa V. Rubenstein, Robert H. Brook and Emmett B. Keeler. "Health Care for Black and Poor Hospitalized Medicare Patients." Journal of the American Medical Association, April 20, 1994, Vol. 271, No. 15, pp. 1169-1174.

        1994

        Roger D. Feldman, Bryan Dowd and Gregory Gifford. "The Effect of HMOs on Premiums in Employment-based Health Plans.Health Services Research, February 1993, Vol. 27, No. 6, pp. 779-811.

        1993

        Sheldon Greenfield, Eugene C. Nelson, Michael Zubkoff, Willard Manning, William Rogers, Richard L. Kravitz, Adam Keller, Alvin R. Tarlo and John E. Ware, Jr. "Variations in Resource Utilization Among Medical Specialties and Systems of Care." Journal of the American Medical Association, March 25, 1992, Vol. 267, No. 12, pp. 1624-1630.

        Richard L. Kravitz, Sheldon Greenfield, William Rogers, Willard G. Manning, Jr., Michael Zubkoff, Eugene C. Nelson, Alvin R. Tarlov and John E. Ware, Jr. "Differences in the Mix of Patients Among Medical Specialties and Systems of Care." Journal of the American Medical Association, March 25, 1992, Vol. 267, No. 12, pp. 1617-1623.

        1992

        Stephen B. Soumerai, Dennis G. Ross-Degnan, Jerry Avorn, Thomas J. McLaughlin and Igor Choodnovskiy. "Effects of Medicaid Drug-Payment Limits on Admission to Hospitals and Nursing Homes.The New England Journal of Medicine, October 10, 1991, Vol. 323, No. ?. pp. 1072-1077.

        1991

        Paula Diehr, Kevin Cain, Frederick Connell and Ernest Volinn. "What is Too Much Variation? The Null Hypothesis in a Small-Area Analysis." Health Services Research, February 1990, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 741-771.

        1990

        Alan L. Hillman, Mark V. Pauly and Joseph J. Kerstein. "How Do Financial Incentives Affect Physicians’ Clinical Decisions and the Financial Performance of Health Maintenance Organizations." The New England Journal of Medicine, July 13, 1989, Vol. 321, No. 2, pp. 86-92.

        Willard G. Manning, Emmett B. Keeler, Joseph P. Newhouse, Elizabeth M. Sloss and Jeffrey Wasserman. "The Taxes of Sin." Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 1989, Vol. 261, No. 11, pp. 1064-1069.

        1989

        Emmett B. Keeler, Grace M. Carter and Sally Trude. "Insurance Aspects of DRG Outlier Payments." The Journal of Health Economics, 1988, Vol. 7, pp. 193-214.

        Trilogy of Articles:

        • Michael J. Barry, Albert G. Mulley, Jr., Floyd J. Fowler and John E. Wennberg. "Watchful Waiting vs. Immediate Transurethral Resection for Symptomatic Prostatism." Journal of the American Medical Association, May 27, 1988, Vol. 259, No. 20, pp. 3010-3017.

        • Floyd J. Fowler, John E. Wennberg, Robert P. Timothy, Michael J. Barry, Albert G. Mulley, Jr. and Daniel Hanley. "Symptom Status and Quality of Life Following Prostatectomy." Journal of the American Medical Association, May 17, 1988, Vol. 259, No. 20, pp. 3018-3022.

        • John E. Wennberg, Albert G. Mulley, Jr., Daniel Hanley, Robert P. Timothy, Floyd J. Fowler, Noralou P. Roos, Michael J. Barry, Klim McPherson, E. Robert Greenberg, David Soule, Thomas Bubolz, Elliott Fisher and David Malenka. "An Assessment of Prostatectomy for Benign Urinary Tract Obstruction Geographic Variations and the Evaluation of Medical Care Outcomes." Journal of the American Medical Association, May 27, 1988, Vol. 259, No. 20, pp. 3027-3030.

        1988

        Harold S. Luft, Sandra B. Hunt and Susan C. Maerki. "The Vol.-Outcome Relationship: Practice-Makes-Perfect or Selective-Referral Patterns?Health Services Research, 1987, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 157-182.