CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Faculty Grant

For Best Paper for Empirical Research Award

The CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services Best Paper for Empirical Research Award will recognize excellence in papers that advance the quality of healthcare management processes through the use of quantitative data. Applications will be accepted from any CAHME-accredited program or from a faculty member of a CAHME-accredited program, and will be judged by a panel of experts from CAHME and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). The winning program or faculty member will receive an award of $1,500.

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) provides the leading business intelligence and powerful research platform to global institutions ̶ enabling comprehensive thought leadership and historical analysis. WRDS offers unparalleled access to healthcare data, analytical tools, and insight into the latest innovations in research. As the leading research platform for over 50,000 users in 35+ countries—WRDS is the global gold standard in data management, all backed by the credibility and leadership of the Wharton School.

Applicants must be CAHME-accredited programs or faculty in a CAHME-accredited program. Applicants do not need to be clients of Wharton Research Data Services, nor do submitted papers need to have used data provided by WRDS.

CAHME and Wharton Research Data Services Announce Recipient of First CAHME/WRDS Grant

(DATE TBD, SPRING HOUSE, PA) The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) have named Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH; Peter Mallow, PhD; and Michelle Oglesby, MS, of the Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration as recipients of the first CAHME/WRDS Best Paper for Empirical Research Award. The award recognizes the authors’ use of data for an innovative analysis of Emergency Department visits, which was published in January by the Journal of Emergency Medicine. A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global corporations, universities and regulatory agencies the thought leadership, data access and insights needed to enable impactful research.

The article, titled “Characteristics and Trends of Emergency Department Visits in the United States (2010 – 2014)” describes how the authors used national claims data for ED visits to develop a new classification system that more accurately identified what health issues drive patients to hospital Emergency Departments. Among the article’s surprise findings: mental health and substance abuse are the second-most frequent reason for ED usage (trailing only abdominal problems). Under earlier analysis systems, mental health did not appear in the top 20 diagnoses.

In selecting the authors from Xavier University, CAHME President and CEO Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, noted that the panel of judges “were impressed by the relevancy of the research, the novel approach taken, and the robustness of the analysis. Its publication in such a respected journal suggests it could have broad impact as well.”

“This type of analysis is important for healthcare leaders and policy makers,” said lead author Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH. “It provides an invaluable tool to aid in resourcing and staffing the emergency department. For instance, we have seen a decline in mental health and substance abuse beds, but our results show that we should be adding more inpatient psychiatric beds to serve this vulnerable population.

“The CAHME-WRDS Best Paper Award for Empirical Research is an exciting collaboration between two organizations focused on advancing excellence across the healthcare research sector,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “This is a natural partnership for WRDS, and we look forward to highlighting high-quality, impactful research from the sector.”

The CAHME/WRDS Award includes a grant of $1,500. The award program is open to any CAHME-accredited program or faculty from a CAHME-accredited program.

About the Xavier University: Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 5 among master's-level universities in the Midwest and The Princeton Review names it as one of the "Best 377 Colleges in America."

(First Grant Announcement published May 8, 2019)

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