The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) have named Joshua R Vest, Paul K Halverson, and Nir Menachemi of the Indiana University Richard M Fairbanks School of Public Health and Lisa E Harris and Dawn P Haut of Eskenazi Health as recipients of the 2020 CAHME/WRDS Best Paper for Empirical Research Award.
The award recognizes the authors’ use of data for an innovative analysis of wraparound services to reduce hospitalization and Emergency Department visits, which was published in October 2018 by Health Affairs. 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 “Indianapolis Provider’s Use Of Wraparound Services Associated With Reduced Hospitalizations And Emergency Department Visits” describes how the authors used data from Eskenazi Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and the Indiana Network for Patient Care to determine whether the provision of wraparound services within a Federally Qualified Health Center was effective in reducing costly health care use. The estimated annual savings from these services on potentially avoided hospitalizations is on average $1.4 to $2.4 million, or about $76 to $131 per person.
In selecting the authors from Indiana University and Eskenazi Health, CAHME President and CEO Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, noted that the panel of judges “were impressed by the importance of the work due to changes in reimbursement policies that hold providers financially accountable. 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 Joshua Vest, who is also a research scientist at Regenstrief Institute. “Under value-based payment, wraparound services could be part of a portfolio of strategies to address patients social, behavioral and environmental needs that drive poor health and increase costs.”
“The CAHME-WRDS Best Paper Award for Empirical Research is an exciting collaboration focused on advancing excellence across the healthcare research sector,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “We look forward to highlighting high-quality, impactful research from the sector.”
The CAHME/WRDS Award includes a grant of $1,500. The authors have donated their winning share back to the Indiana University program to help support educational opportunities for graduate students in the program. The award program is open to any CAHME-accredited program or faculty from a CAHME-accredited program.
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