Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
  • Awards

    This week NIHCM Foundation hosted the 25th Annual NIHCM Awards at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to recognize outstanding health care research and journalism.

    Press Release Winners Finalists
  • News

    NIHCM welcomed Secretary Azar to a meeting in March to discuss efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to transform health care by lowering costs and improving value for patients.

  • Webinars

    As recognition of our country's mental and behavioral health challenges grows, Americans are looking for answers that will increase their happiness and well-being and prevent deaths of despair related to mental health, opioids and suicide. Our four-part webinar series delves into the research and explores innovative strategies and evidence-based solutions to lift our society from crisis.

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  • Grants

    NIHCM Foundation has awarded ten grants for health care journalism including investigative reporting, public engagement campaigns for documentaries and educational opportunities for reporters.

    Press Release All Journalism Grantees Apply for Funding
  • Grants

    NIHCM has awarded over $400,000 in grants to support seven investigator-initiated research studies on topics including value-based drug pricing and Medicaid expansion.

    Press Release All Research Grantees Apply for Funding
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Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019

Population Health Spotlight - November 2017

Feature

Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Market

NIHCM Foundation hosted a webinar to provide an analysis of individual health insurance market dynamics and discuss potential stabilization strategies and the potential impact of a repeal of the individual mandate. Watch the event recording here.

Events

Capitol Hill Briefing: Transforming Health Care to Drive Value

NIHCM Foundation hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill featuring experts from various fields on ways to improve health outcomes while managing the cost of care. Speakers discussed ideas for reining in prescription drug costs and offered on-the-ground insights on the transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-quality. Watch the event recording here.

America’s High Maternal Mortality Rate & What Can Be Done

USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism hosted a webinar, with support from a NIHCM Foundation journalism grant, to discuss the high rates of maternal mortality in the United States as well as initiatives to reduce deaths and improve pregnancy outcomes. Watch the recording here.

BCBSWNY Podcast on Health Insurance: CEO Special Edition

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York released two new episodes of its Point of Health podcast series featuring the company’s President and CEO, David Anderson. He discusses basic fundamentals of health insurance and shares his thoughts on the future of health care at the national and local level.
CEO Special Edition Part 1: Health Insurance 101 
CEO Special Edition Part 2: Health Care Landscape

Profiting off the Opioid Crisis

USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism hosted a webinar, with support from a NIHCM Foundation journalism grant, to discuss the impact of fraudulent opioid addiction treatment schemes across the nation and potential legal actions to address the problem. A video of the event is now available.

Marketplace Open Enrollment Preview

The Alliance for Health Policy hosted a webinar, with support from a NIHCM Foundation journalism grant, to help consumers and reporters unpack what is known and still unknown about the individual market heading into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period for 2018. Watch the event here.

Research & Analysis

CDC Data Shows That Obesity Among U.S. Adults Remains High

The CDC released its 2016 obesity prevalence maps showing that more than 20 percent of adults in all states were obese. The report found the highest prevalence of obesity in the Southern states (32%), followed by the Midwest (31.4%), the Northeast (26.9%) and the West (26%).

Firearms and Public Health & Safety

In a Healthcare Triage YouTube series supported by a grant from NIHCM Foundation, Dr. Aaron Carroll reviews the impact of firearms on suicide in the United States. 

Keeping Youth Drug Free

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, released a resource guide for parents on keeping children drug free. The guide includes statistics on adolescent substance use, drug facts and tips on good communication.

Preterm Birth Rates Rise for a Second Year

The preterm birth rate in the U.S. has increased for the second consecutive year, according to a new report from March of Dimes. The report highlights a rise in preterm birth rate from 9.6 percent in 2015 to 9.8 percent in 2016— a rise that disproportionately affects minority women. Read NIHCM Foundation’s recent fact sheet on the collaboration between Anthem Foundation and March of Dimes to reduce preterm birth.

Community Investments

Investing in School-Based Health Initiatives

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded Shape the State physical education grants to 20 Tennessee middle schools. Each school will receive a grant of $10,000 to use towards physical education, nutrition and wellness efforts.

Health Plans Invest in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Florida Blue announced that it will donate $1 million to support relief and recovery efforts across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma. This includes partnerships with local United Way affiliates, the American Red Cross and Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas announced a contribution of $1 million to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be allocated to leading nonprofits and food banks. In addition, BCBSTX employees also helped more than 1,900 displaced families by administering vaccinations to 700 adults and children through the Care Van® Program, and they provided more than 1,600 toiletry bags to local organizations for distribution.

Partnering with Local University Sports Teams to Create Healthier Hometowns

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield awarded grants to six communities in Iowa and South Dakota between as part of its 3-Point Play program to promote projects on health and wellness in partnership with local university sports teams.

Expanding Access to Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina continues to support services for at-risk moms by pledging $17 million to support the Nurse-Family Partnership in South Carolina, a local affiliate of the national Nurse-Family Partnership program. This effort seeks to reduce the number of preterm births, child hospitalizations and injury-related emergency visits. The expansion will add 3,200 women to the program.

Program Updates

Innovative Lab Launched to Address Health Care Challenges

Health Care Service Corporation announced the launch of a Customer First (C1) Lab that will develop health care solutions for national employers with a focus on improving customer experience and look at issues such as rising pharmacy costs, in-patient hospital stays, cost and quality variations among providers, and health care access and affordability.

Anthem Takes New Steps to Reduce Opioid Abuse Among Members

In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, Anthem announced a three-pillar approach focused on prevention, treatment and deterrence. As a part of this strategy, Anthem is now requiring provider prior authorization of opioid prescriptions, limiting coverage to seven days. Early results include a 31.4 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions filled at pharmacies.

Events

May 16, 2019
Alliance-Rx-Patent-Webinar-052019

Manufacturer practices under the current patent system have come under scrutiny for blocking or delaying the entry of generic or biosimilar drugs into the market. During this webinar, panelists explored the relationship between patents, prices and patient access.

May 08, 2019
Suicide-webinar-graphic-1

The third part in our Defying Despair series delved deeper into the data on suicides and explored a range of initiatives designed to prevent suicide in different communities.

In the News

May 2019
Population Health Spotlight
mental-health infographic-May2019

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. The deadline for submissions is July 9, 2019.

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Awards

Winners Named in the 25th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 25th Annual NIHCM Foundation Research and Journalism Awards! The winners and finalists will be honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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