Contents Core Competencies: What Does It Take to be a
letter from leadership 2 Health Services Researcher?
dates to watch 2 here are 127 graduate programs in the commonalities should exist across training pro-
United States that report providing train- grams, regardless of specialty, to ensure that
coalition corner 4 ing in health services research (HSR). health services researchers have the skills re-
However, true to the multidisciplinary nature of quired to be successful?
members matter 7 the field, many of our professionals were originally
trained in traditional disciplinary schools such as The Agency for Healthcare Research and Qual-
anthropology, economics, epidemiology, medicine, ity (AHRQ) recently funded an effort led by
nursing, statistics, political science, psychology, Christopher Forrest, M.D., Ph.D., that aims to
and sociology. And, health services researchers of- define core competencies and skills sets that
ten conduct their investigations in partnership and translate across the many specialties involved in
collaboration with experts from other fields. Given health services research.
these requirements and challenges, many have be-
gun to wonder how we ensure that doctorate level “AHRQ’s efforts are grounded in training the
health services researchers have a common base next generation of health services researchers
of skills and knowledge for conducting, analyzing, and preparing them for the field,” says Francis
and translating health services research. Chesley, M.D., director, Office of Extramural
Research, Education, and Priority Populations.
ARM Then To address these questions, and because an “Now, HSR has matured to a point where we
and Now p. 3 can begin to define some core competencies on
adequate training infrastructure and the ability
to attract and retain qualified researchers are which programs can build.”
essential to improving access to high quality
and cost-effective care, there is growing interest During a presentation at AcademyHealth’s
in defining core competencies and projected 2006 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) Carolyn
career paths for professionals in HSR. Clancy, director, AHRQ, outlined the agency’s
PBS Series Spotlights workforce and training goal to continue to
Quality, Safety p. 3 Defining Common Ground? foster the growth, dissemination, and transla-
The HSR field relies largely on the self-identifica- tion of the field and science of health services
tion of its professionals rather than a singularly research to achieve AHRQ’s mission and
defined career track with a standard graduate de- address Department of Health and Human
gree program and/or licensure and accreditation Services (DHHS) priorities geared toward the
requirements. Yet many of the disciplines from transformation of health care. This effort aims
which health services researchers are drawn do to “define the evolving field of health services
Vote for your have standard expectations for competencies research and bring identity to the profession in
Leadership p. 6 the 21st century.” The development of doctoral
and training. The question being posed is: what
Continued on page 6
letter from leadership
he Coalition for Health Services Research, of researchers and expanding AHRQ’s targeted re- our director of government relations, at
with support from AcademyHealth mem- search portfolio to fund research across a broader email@example.com.
bers, lobbied Congress over the last year array of topics. In these efforts, the Coalition will
to increase federal funding for agencies that sup- advance the five recommendations approved by Finally, we’ve made it easier for you to contact
port health services research (HSR). In these times the AcademyHealth Board of Directors regarding Members directly and speak out in support of
of competing priorities—war, natural disasters, the placement, funding, and coordination of HSR our field by adding new features and organiza-
increasing budget deficits—the appropriations (see June 2005 issue of AcademyHealth Reports, tion to our Web site. The newly enhanced design
process faced a number of significant challenges. page 4). Included in this report is the recom- responds to feedback from AcademyHealth’s
Despite our best efforts, the agencies that support mendation to insulate AHRQ from the potential Member Survey and promises to offer greater
HSR and data will face another year of flat funding for political backlash as this agency does more value through regular policy updates and easy-to-
according to the appropriations bills that cleared comparative effectiveness research. use advocacy tools (see Coalition Corner).
the House and Senate committees before the Au- We encourage you to turn to www.chsr.org for the
gust recess (see Coalition Corner, page 4). While As we continue to work with policymakers to sup- latest information on the status of federal budget
less than ideal, flat funding is not a failure; in tight port the field, identifying “heros”—supportive poli- and appropriations, new legislation relative to the
budgetary times, success can be holding funding cymakers in the administration and Congress—to field of HSR, and ways in which you can be an
levels stable. The unified voice of the Coalition and champion our field remains a critical component effective advocate.
AcademyHealth members—who sent more letters of our advocacy strategy. Many of our champions
to Congress this year than ever before—helped us have left or will soon leave the Congress, including On behalf of the Coalition Board of Directors, I
achieve this important result. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who will be retiring thank you for your support in advancing the field
from the Senate this year. To add to the support of of HSR and communicating its importance to
With the appropriations bills having cleared the Senators Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Tom Harkin policymakers.
committees and moving toward inclusion in an (D-Iowa), who are dedicated senior champions,
omnibus bill later this fall, the Coalition is now we will be looking to, among others, Senator Jeff Sincerely,
turning its attention to the 110th Congress in Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Representative Tom Allen
preparation for the impending reauthorizations of (D-Maine), given their seats on important com-
the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality mittees of jurisdiction. We also continue to reach
(AHRQ), and possibly the National Institutes of out to other Members on both sides of the aisle,
Health (NIH). Reauthorizations of these agencies and welcome your help in identifying potential
will provide a unique opportunity for the Coali- champions. If you have a close relationship with
tion to encourage policymakers to strengthen the a Member of Congress, and/or would like to be Charles N. Kahn, III
research infrastructure for HSR by increasing the involved in educating members about what we do Chair, Coalition for Health Services Research
availability of R-o1s to support the next generation and the value of HSR, please contact Emily Rowe,
Dates to Watch
23–26 Health Policy Orientation: Behind the Scenes of Decision- 6 Call for Abstracts issued: 2007 Annual Research Meeting
Making in Washington (Washington, D.C.)
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ARM Grows with the Field: A look at the Annual Research Meeting Then and Now
n 1984, the first Annual Research Meet- To date, the ARM has been held in nine different lows rate” this year, the number of fellows participat-
ing (ARM), sponsored by the Association cities nationwide and hosted professionals from ing also increased, bringing the combined number
for Health Services Research (AHSR) and the United States and abroad. Originally a two-day of students and fellows to nearly 20 percent of total
the Foundation for Health Services Research conference, the ARM added sessions and seminars attendance.
(FHSR), was held in Chicago. In the 23 years to round out its educational and knowledge sharing
since that initial meeting, the ARM has grown function. After adding methods seminars and ad- Student or professional, the opportunity to network
and changed to reflect the maturing health ser- junct meetings for the first time in 1997, the 2006 at the ARM is a big draw for many of the attendees,
vices research field and the needs of its mem- ARM has grown to offer 6 method seminars, especially those new to the meeting. Building on exist-
bers in research, policy, and practice. 10 interest group meetings, and nearly 50 adjunct ing networking events and social gatherings, the 2006
meeting options. meet-the-experts student breakfast was an opportu-
The 2006 ARM drew more than 2,100 professionals nity for students to network with experts in the field,
and students, a dramatic increase over its original Poster presentations, which were added in 1989 to allowing students to ask questions of leaders such
350 attendees. This year’s meeting was held on three feature 20 posters, have grown dramatically. This as Carolyn Clancy, director of AHRQ, Karen Davis,
floors of the Seattle convention center to accom- year’s session included more than 800 posters on president of The Commonwealth Fund, and Stephen
modate 14 concurrent breakout sessions, 3 plenary more than 17 themes. These poster sessions provide Shortell, dean and professor, UC Berkley School of
sessions, 2 poster sessions, and multiple networking networking and learning opportunities as noted by Public Health. Like many students, Maggie Holland
events – quite a contrast to 1984. poster presenter Carol Hall Ellenbecker, who found from the University of Rochester, commented on
it interesting to learn what others were presenting in how much she enjoyed the ample time provided for
In addition, the meeting has gone virtual, with select her area of research. networking: “I like being able to talk to others in the
session content webcast through kaisernetwork.org field and learn their perspectives on where [the health
and the majority of the PowerPoint presentations In 1998, the ARM recognized the growing interest services research field] is going in the future.”
available on www.academyhealth.org. in global health care, adding an international HSR
track. In recognition of how closely national and Over the years, the ARM has established itself as
The 2006 meeting featured: global health care issues are linked, as well as an the premier forum for health services research and
u 142 sessions including 17 different increased interest in how different countries address continues to attract new professionals from our field.
themes and topic areas similar problems, this year’s ARM eliminated the In fact, nearly a third of this year’s participants were
u 557 speakers, 22 percent as first-time distinct international track in favor of weaving inter- first-timers. These new participants and the continued
presenters national perspectives throughout the program. presence of experts from the field ensure the meeting
u 858 poster presentations will continue to grow in new and exciting ways.
Students continue to play an increasingly important Don’t miss out; mark your calendars now for the 2007
u Nearly 80 exhibitors role in the ARM and this year constituted 16 percent Annual Research Meeting in Orlando, June 3–5.
of total attendance. With the addition of a new “fel-
PBS Series “Remaking American Medicine” Spotlights Quality, Patient Safety
AcademyHealth is one of 46 National Partners and The first program, “Silent Killer,” highlights The third installment, “The Stealth Epidemic,” ex-
hundreds of national and local groups that have par- the efforts of Sorrel King, whose 18-month-old amines the human and economic costs of chronic
ticipated in supporting and promoting an important daughter died at one of the most respected conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and
new television series and related outreach campaign hospitals in the world. King has gone from other diseases that consume nearly 70 percent of
known as “Remaking American Medicine.” grieving victim to engaged activist, partnering all health care resources.
with the hospital to make safety a top priority
“Remaking American Medicine™…Health Care at the institution. The final program, “Hand in Hand,” tells the story
for the 21st Century” examines critical health of patients and families who have formed a unique
care issues, including patient safety, medical and Program Two, “First Do No Harm,” takes a criti- partnership with providers in a teaching hospital in
medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, cal look at the impact of medical errors and patient Augusta, Georgia.
family-centered care, and effective management safety in two hospitals and follows the efforts of phy-
of chronic disease. Its goal is to inspire and sicians who are challenging their colleagues to live We encourage our members to view the series and
empower viewers to join in efforts to transform up to their oath. In one Pittsburgh hospital, the chief support the campaign. Visit www.ramcampaign.org
American health care. The four, one-hour pro- of medicine is confronting an epidemic of hospital- for more information.
grams are scheduled to air on PBS on October 5, acquired infections.
12, 19, and 26 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). 3
New Web site Provides Better Advocacy Tools Grinds to a Halt
ased on your responses to Academy- For the first time in three years, the President did
Health’s Member Survey, we have not receive any spending bills to sign before Con-
redesigned the Coalition’s Web site to gress’ August recess. The contentious Labor-HHS-
better meet your needs and keep you informed Education spending bill—which includes funding
about legislation that impacts the field of HSR. for many agencies that support HSR and health
In addition to including information about the data—is not expected to see floor action before
Coalition and its leadership, advocacy activities, the November elections and may be rolled into a
and publications, the Web site now includes: post-election omnibus, as lawmakers remain con-
cerned about the overall funding level provided
u Appropriations and Legislation Updates for domestic programs. Under the current House
From the homepage, you can access up-to-date and Senate versions of the bill, FY07 federal fund-
information about the budget and appropria- ing levels for HSR programs at AHRQ, Center for
tions process as it unfolds during the fiscal Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers
year, as well as summaries of key bills intro- for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National
page allows you to track voting records on
duced in Congress that have the potential to Center for Health Statistics, and NIH are virtually
issues important to you.
impact you and your work. the same as levels for FY 06.
u Advocacy Resources
u Examples of Members’ Impact For more information on the appropriations bills
The “Resources” page includes Coalition and
From the Coalition homepage, “Members Mat- passed by the House and Senate appropriations
AcademyHealth publications, messaging
ter” will highlight AcademyHealth members’ committees, and funding levels recommended
materials to help you define and communicate
activities that have made an impact on legisla- by Coalition, visit “Appropriations Update” on
the value of HSR, and links to Hill publica-
tion and the policymaking process, including www.chsr.org.
tions and news services, including the House
members’ congressional testimony and grass-
and Senate committees of jurisdiction.
roots, letter-writing campaigns.
Talk the Talk…
u RegularAdvocacy Updates The Coalition’s legislative term of the
u Advocacy Tools
The “Become an Advocate” icon found on the quarter is: “Omnibus”
The “Advocacy Tools” page allows Academy-
home page allows you to sign-up for regular
Health members to send e-mails directly to
advocacy updates from the Coalition. An omnibus bill wraps several bills into one,
elected officials and local and national media.
You can access tips on communicating with or combines diverse subjects into a single
For questions on how to get the most from bill. This year, it’s likely that the Labor-HHS-
policymakers and their staff, and learn more
the Coalition Web site, please contact Education appropriations bill will be pack-
about the legislative process. In addition, this
Emily Rowe, director of government relations,
aged into an omnibus bill to help speed its
passage after the November elections. The
last omnibus spending package was in 2004.
Legislative Update: New Bills Could Impact Health Services Research
A bill (H.R. 5975) introduced before the August recess by Reps. Allen (D-Maine) and Emerson (R-Mo.) would strengthen AHRQ’s capacity to
conduct comparative effectiveness research, which was initially authorized under Section 1013 of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). The
bill would require AHRQ, in consultation with NIH, to conduct research and generate scientific evidence on the comparative clinical effectiveness,
outcomes, and appropriateness of prescription drugs, medical devices, and procedures. The bill would authorize $100 million for these activities—
double the level AHRQ is authorized under the MMA. However, AHRQ has only received $15 million for this function each year since the MMA was
enacted, and the funding remains flat in the appropriation bills for FY07.
The Senate Health, Labor, Pensions and Education Committee passed a bill (S. 3678) on July 19 that would reauthorize a preparedness law set to expire
this fall and bolster the capacity of the public health system. Among other things, the bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to
identify the existing public health systems research (PHSR) knowledge base and establish a research agenda. Accredited public health schools established
by the Secretary as “Centers of Public Health Preparedness” would conduct the PHSR and develop public health core competencies and curriculum. Centers
would be authorized to receive $31 million for these activities.
On July 27, the House passed the Health Information Technology Promotion Act (H.R. 4157), which establishes an office within HHS to
oversee and guide the nationwide implementation of health IT. It also includes a provision that would increase the number of medical
procedure codes from 24,000 to more than 200,000 by 2010. Procedure codes are used by public and private payers to facilitate payment and by
health services researchers, among others, to monitor utilization and cost; measure quality, safety, and efficacy of care; and analyze outcomes of treat-
ment options. The greater precision afforded by the proposed codes would facilitate the use of more specific data to analyze health care delivery.
For more information on these bills, including up-to-the-minute reporting on their status, please visit “Update Legislation” on www.chsr.org.
Access NCHS Data Systems as an NCHS-AcademyHealth Fellow
NCHS and AcademyHealth seek applicants for the collaboratively with NCHS staff on joint u Be at a career stage ranging from doctorial
2007 Health Policy Fellowship. This program brings projects while in residence at NCHS in students at the dissertation phase to senior
visiting scholars in health services research-related Hyattsville, Maryland. The duration of the investigators
disciplines to NCHS to use NCHS data systems and full-time fellowship is 13–24 months.
collaborate on studies of interest to policymakers u Have U.S. citizenship, permanent
and the health services research community. Applicants should meet the following criteria: residency, or ability to acquire a valid
u Have training or experience in fields related work authorization
Each year, up to two individuals are selected. to health services research and methods
Fellows conduct their research and work The deadline for applications is January 8, 2007.
Core Competencies from page 1
training core competencies is among the grant- u Interventional and observational study designs health services researchers continue to lend
funded projects supporting this effort. their multidisciplinary expertise to challenges
u Primary data collection methods
in health and health care.
To begin building a consensus driven set of com- u Secondary data acquisition methods
petencies, Dr. Forrest, in collaboration with Diane “Articulating core competencies, setting forth ethi-
u Conceptual models and operational measures
Martin, Ph.D. of the University of Washington cal guidelines for conflicts of interest, and evaluat-
and colleagues from the John Hopkins Univer- u Implementation of research protocols ing options to support researchers as they navigate
sity School of Public Health, convened a panel issues such as funder’s restrictions on sponsored
u Responsible conduct of research
of leaders in HSR from academia, government, research are all activities that indicate the growth
and industry in September 2005. The goal of the u Multi-disciplinary teamwork and maturation of the field,” says David Helms,
meeting, titled “Health Services Research Doctoral u Data analysis Ph.D., president and CEO of AcademyHealth.
Training Competencies Consensus Conference,”
was to provide a forum “to explore the possibility u Scientific communication In response to the level of interest this topic
of developing core competencies for the field” and u Stakeholder collaboration and knowledge has been generating, AcademyHealth will be
“produce a consensus-derived set of knowledge- translation looking at broader HSR workforce planning
based and skills-based HSR doctoral training com- issues in the context of a changing health care
This presentation was a first step in the ongoing environment. Papers will be commissioned
petencies and their content areas.” The two-day
conversation about competencies. The research and presented at a summit meeting now being
meeting looked at commonalities, required skill
team plans to continue building consensus and planned for the fall of 2007 that will focus on
sets, and suggested learning objectives.
disseminating this work via presentations and the future needs of HSR employers, the current
Dr. Forrest presented initial recommendations an upcoming manuscript. stock of health services researchers, and the
from the meeting during a panel on core com- educational challenges for the future.
“We are starting to try and identify the com-
petencies at the 2006 ARM. His presentation
mon denominators for this multidisciplinary “As the field of health services research grows,
focused on 14 competencies emerging from the
field and the big advantage of all this activity we can expect a greater demand for translating
research and proceedings of the consensus confer-
is the stimulus it provides for us to improve research into policy and practice,” concludes
ence. These 14 competencies represent knowledge
the quality of what we do,” said Steve Shortell, Helms. “As we continue to evolve as a profes-
or skills that doctoral programs graduates should
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, who sion, there is tremendous opportunity to build
achieve at varying levels of mastery, depending on
facilitated the ARM session on core competen- upon our common knowledge and embrace the
the focus of the program. They are:
cies. “We walk a fine line between not being too myriad disciplines and specialties that keep our
u Breadth of HSR theoretical and conceptual prescriptive but also giving our best thinking to field robust.”
knowledge guidelines for our own set of competencies.”
For more information on the core competencies
u In-depth disciplinary knowledge and skills Looking Forward and the findings of the consensus conference,
u Application of HSR foundational knowledge Defining baseline knowledge and skills ex- please see Dr. Forrest’s ARM presentation
to health policy problems pected of health services researchers is expected slides at www.academyhealth.org/2006/602/
to assist in defining the field, developing career forrest.ppt or Dr. Clancy’s presentation at
u Pose innovative HSR questions paths for recent graduates, and ensuring that www.academyhealth.org/2006/clancyc1.ppt.
Don’t Forget to Vote for Your AcademyHealth Leadership
Don’t forget to vote in the member election for u Sherry Glied, professor and chair, Depart- u Lisa Simpson, endowed chair in child health
AcademyHealth’s Board of Directors. This is your ment of Health Policy and Management, policy and professor of pediatrics, nursing and
opportunity to declare your support for two of Columbia University public health, University of South Florida
the four candidates who will join the Board this
December to begin a four year term as leaders of u Glen P. Mays, associate professor, vice chair Members active on August 1st may vote online
the organization. & director of research, Department of Health from September 5–22. Voting instructions were
Policy and Management, University of Ar- sent by e-mail and postal mail on September 5.
The year’s candidates are: kansas for Medical Sciences
u Joseph R. Betancourt, director, The Dispari-
ties Solutions Center and assistant professor
of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Interest Group Discussion Explores Health Insurance Issues
In July, the Health Economics Interest Group hazard is inefficient and that cost-sharing measures of products—including CDHPs, HMOs, and other
hosted a Web-based discussion moderated by John should be applied only to the portion of moral tools such as pay for performance—to achieve the
Nyman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. The basis hazard that is inefficient, but not to that portion of desired changes in health care consumption.
of the discussion was Nyman’s recently published moral hazard that is deemed efficient.
book, “The Theory of Demand for Health Insur- The discussion also explored the debate between
ance.” Over the course of two weeks, 56 comments From this starting point, the discussion then took reducing the quantity of care used and the need
were posted and as of mid-August, the discussion these same basic principles and applied them to to maintain and improve quality all while keeping
had been viewed more than 2,000 times. health savings accounts (HSAs) and consumer di- costs affordable. Should health policy be focusing
rected health plans (CDHPs). One issue centers on on rationing the quantity of care consumer? Or,
Nyman launched the discussion with a summary the variations in price sensitivity across types of care should pricing be the driver to reduce costs through
of the traditional theory that consumers purchase and procedures and how that relates to moral haz- increased transparency to the consumer?
health insurance to better control and predict their ard. In general, consumers on CDHPs have higher
expenses and that because insurance lowers medi- price sensitivity. Another issue relates to cost shar- To review the full discussion, visit
cal costs, people are likely to purchase more care, ing when the healthier people leave mainstream www.academyhealth.org/economicsIGtranscript.
called moral hazard, which is welfare decreasing. In health insurance pools, leaving a sicker portion of
contrast, Nyman’s theory suggests that consumers the population to share a smaller pool of available We extend our great appreciation to the discussion’s
purchase insurance in order to obtain a transfer of funds. It was agreed by many on the discussion moderator, John Nyman, as well as our scheduled
income when they become ill and that this transfer that HSAs and CDHPs are not a one-size-fits-all commentators, Steve Parente and Sherry Glied, and
of income leads to the purchase of additional care solution to managing and improving health care. all the enthusiastic members who contributed to
which is welfare increasing. Counter to the tradi- Rather, we will likely need a wide range this robust discussion.
tional models, Nyman shows that not all moral
Official Journals Offer Broad Coverage at Significant Savings
AcademyHealth’s two official journals, Health products represents a small fraction of overall HSR October Issue Focuses on Pressing
Affairs and Health Services Research (HSR), are U.S. health care spending, but biotech’s pres- Health Policy Issues
leaders in the field of health service research and ence is growing rapidly: In 2005, biotech industry HSR’s October issue will feature articles on
health policy. These highly respected, peer-re- revenues totaled $50.7 billion, an increase of 15.8 health insurance, factors affecting supply and
viewed journals provide original, timely informa- percent over the previous year, according to Ernst use of services—including family structure,
tion on the latest research and analysis that affects and Young. On the public policy front, the biotech market factors and practice characteristics—
and shapes the health care system from leading industry—indeed, all of the pharmaceutical enter- and methods articles relating to pay-for-per-
authorities, as well as AcademyHealth members. prise—faces greater scrutiny because government
formance programs, nurse staffing research,
interest in it has expanded as a consequence of
health care costs, and applying the IOM defini-
Only AcademyHealth members can elect to Medicare’s new prescription drug benefit.
tion of disparities to mental health care.
receive one or both of these important journals
at more than 40 percent off regular subscrip- The biotech issue’s lead paper examines the
tion rates. Don’t miss out. Include the journals evolving strategies of private health insurers as Also included is an editorial from editors-in-chief,
in your next membership (they can be added at more biotech products come to market and as Harold Luft, Ph.D., Ann Barry Flood, Ph.D., and
any time) renewal. physicians and their patients demand access to José Escarce, M.D., Ph.D., which discusses HSR’s
them. Other important papers of note include new disclosure policy to ensure that the journal is
Health Affairs September/October Issue Focuses authors taking a closer look at Medicare policy providing the highest standards of science to the
On Biotech Issues in relation to biologic products. Also in recent public and research community.
Health Affairs September/October issue will be years, CMS has unveiled a “coverage with evi-
focusing on the policy issues surrounding today’s dence development” (CED) policy, a harbinger For questions about subscriptions, please
biotechnology. These issues are taking on increas- of how evidence will become an increasingly contact AcademyHealth’s member services
ing importance as biotech company pipelines important factor in the decisions of public and team at 202.292.6700 or membership@acad-
surge and products are approved by the Food private insurers alike.
and Drug Administration. Spending on biotech
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f you haven’t visited the AcademyHealth u Toolkit for Communicating the Value of participant reads the articles and the seminar
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