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RTI International Researchers Featured at the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C — Ten RTI experts presented on health transformation at the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM), which took place virtually from July 28-Aug. 6. The experts presented in both live and on-demand sessions to discuss their health services and policy research, ranging from telehealth readiness to preparing for value-based payment models. 

ARM is the largest convention of health, health care and policy where experts come together every year to share the most important findings and showcase the latest and highest quality research on how the health system works, what it costs and how to improve it. 

“In recent years, health policy, care delivery and payment have shifted the landscape of the health care system in the United States and having the opportunity to present at AMR allows RTI to help improve the care of underserved populations by focusing on health equity and the advancement of health services for low-income and uninsured populations,” said Anna Sommers, PhD, senior public health analyst at RTI. 

RTI’s expertise includes research on public policy, programs and interventions and developing advanced methods to ensure that results can best meet patient needs. 

RTI researchers led the following sessions and poster presentations: 

  • Trends in the Use of Residential Settings Among Older Adults by Matthew Toth, PhD
  • A Tale of Two Approaches for Using Standardized Data and Predictive Analytics to Inform Care Solutions for High-Cost High-Need Populations by Anne Deutsch, RN, PhD, CRRN
  • Analyzing the Implementation of the “Consumer Alert” Abuse Icon on Nursing Home Compare By Facility Structural and Organizational Characteristics by Katelyn Billings 
  • Impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on Health and Infection-Related Nursing Home Deficiency Citations, 2019-2020 by Lauren Campbell 
  • Maryland Telehealth Readiness Assessment Tool by Saira Haque, PhD and Alana Sutherland of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) 
  • Using QCA in Mixed Methods Research and Evaluation by Heather Kane, PhD and Leila Kahwati, MD MPH
  • Use of Advance Care Planning Billing Codes in Medicare by Fang He, PhD
  • What Hospital Implementation Strategies Are Associated with Successful Performance Under Maryland’s All-Payer Model? by Rebecca Perry, MSc
  • Early Implementation Findings from Maryland’s Physician Alignment Initiative—the Care Redesign Program by Rebecca Perry MSc
  • State Health Policies and Investments Can Help Prepare Providers for Value-Based Payment Models by Anna Sommers, PhD