AIR Experts to Give Presentations on Health-Related Research During the Annual AcademyHealth Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will give a series of presentations during AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 13-16, 2014 in Minneapolis, including a panel presentation on the use of public deliberation to assess the public’s use of evidence in health care decision making.

The panel presentation, Results of the Community Forum Demonstration: Public Deliberation on the Use of Evidence in Societal and Personal Health Care Decisions, is scheduled for June 14, 4:30-6:00 p.m. CT at the Convention Center.

Funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Community Forum Project used public deliberation – a way to convene a diverse group of people to consider and weigh alternative views of complex issues – to collect informed public input. The study also compared the effectiveness of public deliberation methods.

The panelists and their subjects include:

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Public Deliberation Methods for Gathering Input on Issues in Health: Findings from a Randomized Trial
    Kristin L. Carman, Ph.D., Vice-President, Health & Social Development Program, AIR
  • Public Responses to the Use of Effectiveness Evidence: Values and Boundaries
    Maureen Maurer, Principal Researcher, AIR
  • Deliberation as a Useful Method for Seeking Informed Input from Diverse Audiences
    Grace Wang, Senior Researcher, AIR
  • Respondents:
    Timothy Carey, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Erika Blacksher, University of Washington School of Medicine

Activities by AIR staff at the conference include:

Saturday, June 13th ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

12:00 p.m. - Health Economics Poster Session

The Effects of Applying Instrumental Variable Approach in Studies Using Non-Randomized Trial Data

  • Presenter: Jing Guo

12:00 p.m. – Quality and Value Poster Session

Developing and Applying a Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Practice and Research

  • Presenter: Heather Ma

2:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Advocacy Interest Group

Sunday, June 14th

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Panel

Effective Methods for Partnering with Patients in Research

  • Moderator: Shoshanna Sofaer
  • Panelist: Tom Workman

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Health Information Technology Poster Session

Barriers to Electronic Health Record (EHR) Adoption and Strategies for Overcoming Barriers: Lessons from the Regional Extension Center Program

  • Presenter: Brandy Farrar

Assessing the Value of the Regional Extension Center Program Model for the Widespread Diffusion of Electronic Health Records

  • Presenter: Brandy Farrar

Evaluation of the Regional Extension Center (REC) Program on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Adoption and Meaningful Use (MU) Achievement among Primary Care Providers

  • Presenter: Grace Wang

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Consumer Choice and Behavioral Economics Poster Session

What Do Consumers Want When Selecting a Health Plan in the Health Insurance Marketplaces? Findings from Consumer Testing

  • Presenter: Kirsten Firminger

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Quality Measure Development, Public Reporting, and Consumer Perspectives

Consumers’ Perceptions of Health Care Efficiency Measures

  • Presenter: Emily Elstad

Monday, June 15th

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Presentation   

Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Practice and Research

  • >Presenter: Pam Dardess

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Measuring Safety, Quality, and Value Poster Session

Developing a Framework for Measuring Patient and Family Engagement in the Hospital Setting

  • Presenter: Rikki Mangrum

Measurement Properties of the Federally Sponsored Health Insurance Marketplace and Adult Qualified Health Plan Enrollee Experience Surveys

  • Presenter: Christian Evensen

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Methods Poster Session

Effect of Applying Instrumental Variable Approach on Studies Using Observational Data: An Example from EHR Promoting Program

  • Presenter: Jing Guo

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Coverage and Access Poster Session

Moving the Needle on Health Insurance Literacy

  • Presenter: Christopher Pugliese

Did Quantitative Assessment and Regulation of Network Adequacy in Medicare Advantage Improve Consumer Experience with Access to Care?

  • Presenter: Akash Desai

6:45 – 8:15 p.m. – Improving Safety, Quality, and Value Poster Session

Developing and Applying a Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Practice and Research

  • Presenter: Pam Dardess

Tuesday, June 16th ­­­

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Measuring Quality and Safety

Comparing Methods for Measuring Patient Priorities in Cancer Care

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