Call for Proposals

2018 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference

General Information

The AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) brings together health care decision-makers, advocates, consumers, patients, researchers and leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the health policy agenda for the year ahead in the context of the existing evidence base, its strengths and limitations.

The 2018 Call for Proposals is intended to give researchers, policymakers, policy and market analysts, and the professionals who connect them, an opportunity to provide timely examples of policy innovation, implementation and/or evaluation, emphasizing how evidence has been used or could be used in the years ahead to either inform, develop and/or evaluate federal and/or state policy. Importantly, policy is defined to encompass legislative, regulatory, administrative, or legal policy. Timely evidence at this time of significant uncertainty and upheaval in health policy is critical. Proposals are encouraged to include:

  1. A description of the policy innovation, implementation, or evaluation with special attention given to whether and how evidence and/or data was or could be used, and if not, why not; and
  2. How the proposed presentation relates to current policy debates and climate at either the state or federal level.

Proposals that describe lessons learned in policy development and implementation and help us understand how policy influences and/or changes healthcare systems, practices, and community level transformation are especially welcome. In addition, Policy Roundtables (see below) should reflect multiple points of view to maximize diversity of participants, perspectives and balance.

The deadline for submission is Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the 2018 National Health Policy Conference Advisory Committee. The Call for Proposals is a supplement to the program committee content development. Of the 16 concurrent session timeslots, the committee will be asked to develop 4-8 invited sessions and select at least 8 sessions from the open call for proposals.

Instructions and Needed Information for Submitting a Proposal:

  1. Theme

    Select the current policy theme that best fits your submission:

    • Federalism and State Innovation
      • Re-balancing the federal-state relationship
      • The role of administrative (including regulatory) flexibility to support innovation
      • States use of waivers - 1115 and 1332
      • Other aspects of entitlement reform in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP
      • Impact of Gobeille vs Liberty Mutual
      • Improving long-term care and the continuum of care, including nursing homes, assisted living, and home and community based services
    • Health Care Coverage and Access
      • The future of state marketplaces and other insurance market reforms
      • Benefit design and reform, including value-based insurance design
    • Health Care Payment and Delivery System Reform
      • Implementation of MACRA/MIPS
      • Emerging evidence from alternative payment models across patient populations
      • Integrating care across settings, including behavioral health, oral health, long-term services and supports, and/or community-based providers
      • Addressing waste and low value care
      • Caring for high cost, high need patients
      • Addressing clinician burnout
      • Next generation of HIT policy
    • Social Determinants and Population Health
      • Effective models of healthcare systems tackling upstream determinants of health
      • State and local innovation to improve population health outcomes
      • Distributive impact of policies, including impact on safety net providers
    • Consumerism, Transparency, and Choice
      • Experience with consumer driven health plans, health savings accounts, and other benefit models
      • Progress and challenges with consumer use of quality and cost data to inform choice
      • Effective strategies to inform/drive consumer behavior, including use of data, behavioral economics, transparency, etc..
    • Other: This theme is meant to encompass additional timely topics that will be part of the national and state health policy agenda for the year ahead that do not fall within one of the other themes listed above and are relevant to the audience attending NHPC. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Tackling healthcare costs
      • Responding to the opioid epidemic
      • Impact of Federal policies on innovation, including biopharmaceutical and technology sectors
      • Balancing jobs and economic growth with constraining healthcare costs
      • Focus on wellness
  2. Title

    • Enter your title in title case. Do not end titles with a period.
    • Enter the submitter's e-mail addresses where correspondence should be sent regarding the submission.
    • Answer any additional questions specific to the call that you are submitting to.
  3. Author

    • Type the lead presenter's name in the provided box.
    • If the presenter is already in the system, you can select their pre-populated information or update the information from previous years.
    • If the presenter is not already in the system, you will be prompted to create a new record.
    • You must include information for all fields with a star.
    • To add additional co-presenters for the Policy Roundtables, click the 'add new author' button.
    • You can edit the order of the co-presenters by using the up and down arrows. The order they appear on the screen is the order they will be listed online.
  4. Submission Text

    • Enter the text of your submission proposal (see specific word limit with session type below).
  5. Confirmation

    • Review your submission.
    • You may return to any step of the process by using the left hand navigation bar.
    • You may print your submission at this point.
    • Once your submission is complete, press the 'conclude submission button'.
    • You may return to your submission to review or edit at any point before the September 22, 2017 deadline using the provided ID and password.
  6. General Instructions

    Submitters will be automatically informed of the unique ID numbers and passwords assigned to their submissions. Submissions may be viewed and modified at any time between submission and the deadline, using the assigned ID# and password.

    Technical Support

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Begin a submission to the following:

New Submissions Closed

Policy roundtable sessions feature a moderator and up to four panelists around a single policy topic or opportunity. Each panelist should offer a different perspective on the policy topic. We are interested in submissions reflecting a broad range of policy topics that state and national policymakers are currently confronting. Policy roundtables consisting of multiple representatives from a single institution are discouraged. Successful examples from last year include:

Policy Roundtables should be submitted by the lead organizer and must include the names and organizations of the panelists. The 1,000-word overview should include a description of the panel as well as the individual topics each panelist will cover. The lead organizer will also need to submit a 50-word limit brief summary that would be used for the final program if the submission is accepted.

Call For Policy Roundtable Instructions

New Submissions Closed

Rapid Fire Presentations will be featured in dedicated rapid fire concurrent sessions during the conference with time limits strictly enforced. Each presenter will give a 7-minute presentation – using a designated slide template -- followed by a Q&A with the audience. Rapid Fire Sessions will be organized by theme and are optimized to showcase a much broader range of policy issues and evidence.  The objectives for these Rapid Fire Sessions include:

  • Demonstrating opportunities in developing evidence-informed health policy;
  • Presenting ideas or strategies that may be useful to others implementing evidence informed health policy and/or evaluating its impact; and
  • Discussing potential health policy implications from the current debates about various options for current health policy topics, including changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, MACRA, and drug policy.

Successful examples from last year include the 8 Rapid Fire presentations within this overall Rapid Fire concurrent session: Early Evidence on Payment Reform.

The submission should include a 300-word limit proposal outlining how the presentation meets objectives outlined above and a 50-word limit brief summary that would be used for the final program if it is accepted.

Call For Rapid Fire Instructions

New Submissions Closed

Posters are organized by theme, highlighting how evidence was used or could be used to inform policy development, implementation and/or evaluation. Reports on initiatives to identify, translate and use evidence in policy are also sought. Case studies, narratives, and other methods are encouraged. The submission should include a 500-word limit proposal outlining how the proposal meets these objectives.

Call For Poster Instructions