Awards recognize and promote excellence in the field
AcademyHealth awards help recognize and promote the research
and researchers whose work contributes to our understanding of what works in
health care, for whom, and at what cost. From early career awards for
outstanding dissertation and new investigator,
or the recognition of a career’s worth of insights and leadership, our
awards demonstrate a commitment to raising the visibility of rigorous, relevant
research and carry the esteem of having ones’ work recognized for excellence by
HSR Impact Award
Richard Hirth, Ph.D. discusses research recognized for improving patient
choice, quality of care.
This award recognizes research that has made an impact on
policy or practice. In 2013, the award was presented to the Oregon
Health Insurance Experiment, recognizing its use, for the first
time, of a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how
access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes.
In 2014, the award was presented to
landmark research by Richard Hirth, Ph.D. and colleagues at
the University of
Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) that
contributed to the development of a prospective payment system (PPS) that the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) employed to improve patient
choice and quality of care and potentially reduce costs.
Donald M. Steinwachs,
The Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes
investigators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the
field of health services research through scholarship, teaching, advancement
of science and methods, and leadership.
2013 Distinguished Investigator Dr. Steinwachs is
professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins
University Bloomberg School of Public Health and interim director, Institute
for Policy Studies.
The 2014 Distinguished Investigator Jeffery Alexander is the
Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Management and Policy and Professor
of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in the School of Business at
the University of Michigan and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center in
the School of Public Health. Through leadership, mentorship of new researchers, and significant contributions to the evidence base for health policymaking Dr. Steinwachs and Dr. Alexander have been instrumental in building the field of health services research and helping ensure its relevance.
Alice S. Hersh New
Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D.
The Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award recognizes
scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show
exceptional promise for future contributions to the field. 2013 Award winner, Dr.
Ateev Mehrotra is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine and a Policy Analyst at RAND.
2014 winner Dr. Michael McWilliams is
Associate Professor of Health Policy, Harvard Medical School and Brigham
and Women's Hospital
Article of the Year
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 the
knowledge of the field.
The 2013 Article of the Year was “The 'Alternative Quality
Contract,' Based on a Global Budget, Lowered Medical Spending and Improved
Quality.” It was published in Health Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 8, 2012 and
co-authored by Dana Gelb Safran, Bruce E. Landon, Mary Beth Landrum, Yulei He,
Robert E. Mechanic, Matthew P. Day, and Michael E. Chernew.
The 2014 Article of the Year "Shipping Out Instead Of
Shaping Up: Rehospitalization From Nursing Homes As An Unintended Effect of
Public Reporting” published in the Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 32, 2013,
pp. 341-352. Co-authored by Tamara Konetzka, Ph.D., Daniel Polsky and Rachel M.
The Outstanding Dissertation Award honors an outstanding
scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research. In
2013, Alicia L. Cooper, Ph.D., M.P.H. received the award for her work
“Predictors and Outcomes of High-Risk Prescribing among Elderly Medicare
Beneficiaries.” At the time of the award she was an investigator in the Health
Services Research & Development (HSR&D) division at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The 2014 winner was Alva O. Ferdinand , Dr.P.H., J.D., from
the University of Alabama at Birmingham,
who was recognized for her work “Studies on Distracted Driving: Three Papers
Examining the State of the Literature and the Impact of Texting Restrictions on
Motor Vehicle Crash-Related Fatalities and Hospitalizations.”