Peter JacobsonJacobson receives Distinguished Health Law Teacher Award

Peter Jacobson, Professor of health law and policy, was awarded the prestigious 2017 Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Teacher Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics in honor of his continued excellence as a health law scholar and educator.

Rebecca Haffajee, John Ayanian, Juila Adler-Milstein, and Laura Wherry

HMP recognized by AcademyHealth at 2017 annual research meeting

In a sweep of the awards being presented at AcademyHealth, HMP's Rebecca Haffajee wins Outstanding Dissertation, John Ayanian wins Distinguished Investigator, Julia Adler-Milstein wins New Investigator, and Laura Wherry, RWJ post-doc (2012-2014) and current health policy researcher at UCLA wins Article-of-the-Year.

Julia Alder-MilsteinJulia Alder-Milstein has received the Henry Russel Award.

This award is conferred annually to recognize faculty members early in their academic careers who already have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research and/or creativity, as well as an excellent record of contribution as a teacher.

U-M SPH Students win American College of Healthcare Executives Case Competition

Preeti Padaley and Saurabh Kukreti, both first-year MHSA students, won the first student case competition held by the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

John GriffithProfessor John R. Griffith Named to Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame

Modern Healthcare has announced that HMP Professor John R. Griffith is a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee. A joint partnership between Modern Healthcare and the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Hall of Fame was created to honor the men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the healthcare industry.

The announcement of Professor Griffith's selection notes that he "spent more than five decades instructing and mentoring future generations of healthcare leaders—as well as longtime healthcare executives—through his faculty leadership positions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he first started teaching in 1960. His textbooks are considered the gold standard in the industry and are used across the country to teach institutional management. His former students credit him with instilling values that have served them well dealing with the challenges they've encountered in the healthcare C-suite."

Professor Griffith is profiled in the March 24 issue of Modern Healthcare and he was honored at a gala on March 23 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2014 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 24-27.

Gail WardenProfessor Gail Warden ('62 MHA) Named Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipient

HMP Professor Gail L. Warden ('62 MHA) president emeritus of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, has been named the 2013 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Achievement.

In announcing his selection, The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission noted Warden's "continued work to improve and assure the well-being of hospitalized patients. As president and CEO, he oversaw the creation of the Henry Ford Health System, now the second largest health system in Michigan and an institution nationally known for its quality patient care, bench-to-bedside research and outstanding education program. Among his many notable accomplishments, he served on an Institute of Medicine committee that issued two groundbreaking reports that prompted healthcare organizations nationwide to identify and fix medical errors to minimize patient risk, and strive to achieve "perfect" health care. He has been named as one of the top 25 most influential individuals in the industry over the past 25 years and also as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Through this work, and his vision of what would be needed to build systems capable of delivering safer care, he has helped to broadly enhance and raise the quality of patient care through outside affiliations and public service."

Warden was recognized February 13 during the NQF's 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Richard Hirth, Helen Burstin, Lisa SimpsonProfessor Richard Hirth Receives the 2014 AcademyHealth Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award

AcademyHealth has awarded its Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award to HMP Professor and Associate Chair Richard Hirth for work that contributed to the development of a prospective payment system that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services employed to improve patient choice and quality of care, and potentially reduce costs in the treatment of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Hirth was recognized on February 3 at the AcademyHealth's 2014 National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

"For more than 40 years, Medicare has been a near single-payer for ESRD patients. For many, dialysis is the primary, life-saving treatment, yet these patients experience both high mortality rates (up to 20 percent in the first year of dialysis) and very high costs. In fact, ESRD patients represent about 1 percent of Medicare population but account for more than 6 percent of Medicare spending. For these reasons, understanding and addressing the incentives built into the Medicare payment system could significantly impact both the cost and quality of care received by this highly vulnerable population.

"This year's HSR Impact Award recognized research conducted by Hirth and colleagues that provided Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the evidence needed to develop a more efficient bundled prospective payment system. The new system saves taxpayers money by creating incentives to reduce inappropriately high doses of medications and the use of higher cost medications when lower cost options exist. Early evidence indicates the new system is also preserving, and in some case enhancing, patient access to care."

"The HSR Impact Award is presented annually to health services research studies that make a clear impact on health policy and practice," said AcademyHealth President and CEO Lisa Simpson. "In this case, Dr. Hirth and his colleagues provided the evidence policymakers needed to make decisions that made care for critically ill patients more efficient. In doing so, the work exemplifies the important contributions health services research makes to health and health care."

Above photo (l. to r.): Richard Hirth, Helen Burstin (National Quality Forum), and Dr. Lisa Simpson (president and CEO AcademyHealth) during the award presentation in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of AcademyHealth.)

Kyle Grazier Kyle Grazier Named ACHE Michigan Regent Faculty Member Award Recipient

The ACHE Regent Advisory Council has selected Kyle Grazier, Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Services Management and Policy and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, as a recipient of the 2013 ACHE Michigan Regent Faculty Member Award. She received the award at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association's (MHA) Annual Meeting at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island on June 27.

The Award recognizes a faculty member in a graduate healthcare program who is inspiring to students, and exhibits creative teaching practices, assists students in seeking internships and fellowships, and is visible in the community. The recipient must also be an affiliate/member of ACHE, supportive of the local ACHE Chapter as well as ACHE and students joining the College.

Her nomination for the award notes that "Dr. Grazier has been a contributor to health education for ACHE for many years and has dedicated time and effort to supporting members in the educational realm.” Also cited are her contributions as long-time editor of the ACHE Journal of Healthcare Management, current chair of the U-M Department of Health Policy and Management, and former director of the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University.