October 2014

Dear Readers,
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Northeastern’s Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research Newsletter. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, a major healthcare hub, we are an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to promoting the efficiency, quality, and accessibility of health care services through innovative research, education and policy analysis.

Our faculty span schools and colleges across Northeastern University including the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and the College of Computer and Information Sciences. Since the formation of the Center in 2010, our faculty have published their research in such journals as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care, and Medical Care Research and Review. Funding to support the Center’s work has come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please see our website for more detailed information on our research.


Gary J. Young, J.D., Ph.D.

Director, Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research

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In This Issue

Photo courtesy of news@Northeastern
Healthcare gets organized
Courtesy of news@Northeastern
“Health professionals and researchers often empha­size the impor­tance of what is known as healthcare’s
‘triple aim’: enhancing patient care, improving pop­u­la­tion health, and reducing costs. To ensure the suc­cess of health­care reforms that target these goals-whether they are spe­cific to a single hos­pital or as sweeping as Pres­i­dent Obama’s Afford­able Care Act-healthcare sys­tems and prac­tices must be orga­nized and man­aged effi­ciently and effectively.
To that end, North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of 60 experts nation­wide from the health­care industry and acad­emia for the 15th annual Orga­ni­za­tion Theory in Health Care Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence on May 29-30.”

Does your healthcare provider know you?
Courtesy of news@Northeastern
“The U.S. healthcare system today is increasingly embracing technologies and innovations that value speed, efficiency, and cost reduction. Northeastern University sociologist Timothy Hoff says it’s being assumed that this trend is leading to a more patient-centric system.”
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Video: The Value of Understanding Health Care Customers’ Needs
Courtesy of the D’Amore-McKim LeadersatWork blog
“As leading health care providers begin to think and interact with patients as if they were ‘customers,’ innovative forms of delivering care must be realized. Health care providers are learning how to effectively understand and meet patient needs in more efficient ways. To learn more about this new dynamic, listen to Russ Moran explain trends he sees in the industry.”

Could Mass. health trust have national impact?
Courtesy of news@Northeastern
“The 2006 Mass­a­chu­setts health­care reform law requiring res­i­dents to have health insur­ance is widely rec­og­nized for laying the ground­work for Pres­i­dent Obama’s Afford­able Care Act. Now, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity report offers a com­pre­hen­sive exam­i­na­tion of another state health ini­tia­tive focused on cost pre­ven­tion that could again become a model repli­cated across the U.S.”
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Better strategies to treat dementia
Courtesy of news@Northeastern
“Imagine waking up in an unfa­miliar room sur­rounded by strangers telling you what to do. On top of the con­fu­sion you feel, you are also in severe pain and cannot find the words to describe it nor the trust to even want to. For many res­i­dents of the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes, this sce­nario is the daily reality, and many of them react with behav­iors that clin­i­cians often find dif­fi­cult to manage.”
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Three Takes on Healthcare Delivery
Courtesy of Northeastern Magazine
Three faculty members of the Northeastern University community reveal how they are working to reform healthcare.
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