American Institutes for Research Health Experts to Present at the Annual AcademyHealth Conference

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will give presentations on a wide range of health issues, such as Medicare reform options and consumer assessment of healthcare providers, at the AcademyHealth 2011 Annual Research Meeting held June 12-14 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

AcademyHealth promotes interaction across health research and policy by representing a broad community of health services research professionals seeking to improve health care. AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting has taken place for the past 27 years and provides a forum for health services researchers to discuss health policy implications, share research methods, and network with other professionals from around the world. 

AIR health experts will participate in the following sessions:

Sunday, June 12
Session: Poster Session
AIR Presenters: Lauren Smeeding & Callan Blough
Presentation Title: Implementing IT to Capture Functional Status in Rheumatology: Are there Efficiency and Quality Tradeoffs?
AIR Authors: Kristin Carman, Marilyn Moon, Lauren Smeeding, Callan Blough

Monday, June 13
Session: Evaluating Medicare Reform Options: Implications for Beneficiaries and the Future of Medicare (concurrent session)
AIR Panelist: Marilyn Moon
Presentation Title: Premium Support or Vouchers:  Can They Save Medicare?
Time/Location: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Room 4C-2

Session: Poster Session
AIR Presenter: Elizabeth Frentzel
Presentation Title: Developing the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey for Cancer Care: Focus Group Results
AIR Authors: Elizabeth Frentzel, Tamika Owens, Roger Levine, Steven Garfinkel

Session: Poster Session
AIR Presenter: Jessica Waddell
Presentation Title: The Use of Deliberative Methods in Engaging the Public in Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Systematic Review of Public Deliberation
AIR Authors: Susan Heil, Jessica Waddell, Kristin Carman,  Amy Windham, Steven Garfinkel, Shoshanna Sofaer

Session: Poster Session
AIR Presenter: Lauren Smeeding
Presentation Title: Implementing Lean in Healthcare: Findings from Comparative Case Studies
AIR Authors: Margarita Hurtado, Steve Garfinkel, Kristin Carman, Jen Stephens, Lauren Smeeding, Callan Blough

Tuesday, June 14
Session: Geographic Equity in Medicare Payment Policy: Geographic Adjustment Factors and Value-Based Health Care (concurrent session)
AIR Panelist: Marilyn Moon
Time/Location: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Room 4C-4

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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