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American Association of Pathologists' Assistants Conference Scholarship Opportunity
06/02/2014
The Cutting Edge

American Association of Pathologists' Assistants Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Would you like the opportunity to attend the 40th Annual AAPA Continuing Education Conference in New York City, September 6 – 12, 2014? Maybe you’ve always wanted to attend the conference but haven’t had the funds to do so?  Maybe you haven’t been to the conference for awhile and are interested in expanding your peer network?  Maybe you just really want to attend this year’s conference to hear high profile Keynote speakers such as Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Allen Schiller, Dr. Michael Baden, and more?

Now’s your chance! We are offering TWO Fellow Scholarships for the first time this year.  To be eligible for the scholarship, we need you to share your story about an interesting case that you’ve recently encountered. The top TWO winning case report entries will receive a scholarship to attend the conference valued at $1800 (full week registration + $1000 to help cover your travel expenses).

Deadline: Monday, June 2

We’re looking for top quality case reports - must be a minimum of 500 words, and include a minimum of one micrograph and one photograph.  The TWO winning entries will be published in a future issue of The Cutting Edge, and other submissions may be used at a later date for CME purposes, along with a corresponding quiz written by the AAPA.

Allied Health Professional
Call for Papers for a Special Focus Issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: Biomedical Data Standards
07/01/2014
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Call for Papers for a Special Focus Issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: Biomedical Data Standards

Manuscript submission deadline: July 1, 2014

Drs. Rachel Richesson and Christopher Chute (JAMIA guest editors) are soliciting submissions on the role and use of biomedical data standards in the exchange and analysis of biomedical data for a special focus issue on biomedical data standards. The goal of the focus issue is to provide a forum for the latest evaluation of standards in the contexts of meaningful use, biomedical research, clinical analytics, and big data.

Standards of interest include those that cover any part of the spectrum of biomedical data, from molecular determinants to population health. Contributions focusing on the state-of-the-art for specific domain standards, together with overviews outlining the present context and integration of biomedical data comparability and integration are welcome.

Please address any questions regarding the special issue or submissions to: rachel.richesson@dm.duke.edu

Informatician, Physician Researcher
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work: Aging Military Veterans
08/31/2014
Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work: Aging Military Veterans

The editors of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work are seeking manuscripts for a Special Issue on Aging Military Veterans.

Those aged 65 and older comprise an estimated 43% of the 21.8 million living veterans in the United States.

The aim of the special issue is to highlight the role of social workers ‐‐ clinicians, program administrators, and educators ‐‐ and social work research in the care of aging military veterans and their families.

Proposed areas to be addressed in this special issue include but are not limited to clinical and therapeutic interventions with veterans and military families, training of social work professionals in issues of veterans’ care, mental health assessment of older veterans, delivery of home and community‐based services to veterans, working with older female or sexual and gender minority veterans, delivery of social work services within the VA Models of Care, integrated health and social service provision, and/or cross‐disciplinary collaborations or community partnership initiatives.

Contributors across disciplines are welcome.

Each submission should discuss implications and future directions for social work practice, research, and/or policy.

Authors should carefully review the Journal of Gerontological Social Work author instructions and submit manuscripts online at
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WGER.

Authors should indicate on submission that the manuscript is for the Special Issue on Aging Military Veterans.

Submissions must be received by August 31, 2014.

Gerontologist, Social Worker
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Management and Health Care: Innovation in Health Care Delivery: The Promise and Challenges of Accountable Care Organisations
06/16/2014
The Journal of Management and Health Care

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Management and Health Care: Innovation in Health Care Delivery: The Promise and Challenges of Accountable Care Organisations

Issue Editors

Stephen S. Mick, Ph.D., FACHE, Professor, Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jean-Pierre Claveranne, Professor, IFROSS, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, France

Christophe Pascal, Associate Professor, IFROSS, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, France

Almost unnoticed in the swirling public controversy in the United States over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 (sometimes called « ObamaCare »), whose primary objective is to reduce the number of uninsured persons, are certain provisions in the law that call for innovation in the delivery of care. In particular, organizational restructuring of patient care is called for, and the idea is packaged in the generic term of accountable care organizations (ACOs).

These organizational forms are supposed to combine provider payment and delivery system reforms. The payment reform aspect would consist of performance-based reimbursement approaches and possibly bundled payments as well as shared payer-provider risk models, which combine hospital and physician reimbursement. The organizational reform aspect would allow for a flexible melding together of various delivery components depending on local market circumstances so long as three preconditions are met : 1) the provision of a continuum of care that includes at least ambulatory and inpatient care, and possibly post acute care services ; 2) the capacity to develop, implement, and monitor prospectively planned budgets ; and, 3) sufficient size to be able to report comprehensive, valid, and reliable performance measurement across a wide variety of organizational and clinical activities. Taken together, ACOs are supposed to increase access to care across populations, care that is not only of high quality but also cost-effective.

The ACO portion of the PPACA is voluntary, but by mid-2012, some 300 organizational entities had responded positively to the incentives and requirements posed by the ACO component of the Act, and it appears that there is no singular organizational form that dominates those entities that have responded. In fact, advocates of the ACO have themselves proposed widely varying organizational arrangements as possible ACO participants, with arrangements covering a spectrum of highly decentralized contractual arrangements to more organizationally centralized systems such as a staff or group model HMO. As yet, there is no discernable trend for various dimensions of performance for ACOs generally.

Too often reform efforts in a given country, in this case the United States, are assessed as if they are unique to the country in which they take place. The mistake is to assume that there are no lessons to be learned from other countries that may have attempted similar reforms. In fact, the American ACO reform presents similarities to initiatives undertaken in several European nations, notably France, which consist of changes in payment policies. A global payment covering the entirety of a patient care episode combined with a performance aspect is to be substituted for traditional fee for service payment.

With this background, questions that the proposed issue of the Journal are interested in exploring include :

- Will ACOs realize such lofty potential and truly have an impact in the long run?

- Will there be a correlation between certain types, forms, or structures of ACOs and desired performance?

- Will this reform effort contribute to « bending the cost curve? »

- Will innovative payment and service models be enthusiastically embraced by patients and providers, or will they be viewed as « new wine in old bottles » of managed care and integrated delivery systems?

- Will diverse stakeholders set aside their focused, competing interests and collaboratively work to support meaningful health care reform, particularly in the midst of a contentious and hyper-partisan political environment?

- Are there lessons from outside the United States that can inform discussion and research on the likelihood of ACO performance?

The singular sentiment resulting from these many questions is that much uncertainty remains for the future of the U.S. health care system as it anticipates the effects – both intended and unintended – of the ACO movement.

Calendar for Call for Papers

Receipt of the proposed articles : June 16, 2014

Selection of articles and notification to authors : July 2, 2014

Receipt of final drafts : September 1, 2014

Publication : Fall 2014

Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Healthcare Administrator, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Transport & Health: Active Transport: Why and Where Do People (Not) Walk or Cycle?
05/18/2014
Journal of Transport & Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Transport & Health: Active Transport: Why and Where Do People (Not) Walk or Cycle?

Guest Managing Editor

Seraphim Alvanides (Northumbria University, UK) S.Alvanides@Northumbria.ac.uk

Submission deadline: May 18, 2014

The increasing emphasis on active forms of transport as a result of health threats and environmental concerns is slowly finding its way into policy initiatives. Yet, the modal shift from motorised to active transport is slower than expected and for some cities and countries it is stagnating. Clearly, more needs to be done to encourage walking and cycling, in recognition of the potential health and environmental benefits, but the evidence base for interventions is still relatively weak.

Why and where do people choose to walk or travel and what constraints are facing those who do not?  Do people walk and cycle because of the perceived health benefits, because it is seen as sustainable and environmentally friendly or is it simply a necessity for some people, especially in the current economic climate? For this special issue we seek submissions encompassing transport and health research on walking and/or cycling, with an emphasis on geographical and spatial perspectives. Much of the interest on active transport comes from outside of geography, with public health and built environment professionals and researchers exploring the role of non-motorised modes on health outcomes.

We invite researchers and professionals from the fields of transport or health to consider a geographical perspective on active transport. We also invite colleagues from the fields of transport / social / health geography and spatial sciences to consider how we can influence public policy and more theoretically the role of geography.

Topics of interest include all aspects of active transport with an emphasis on space. Notably, the social and spatial distribution of active forms of transport, the impact of walking and/or cycling on health outcomes, the constraints restricting further modal shift towards non-motorised transport, as well as theoretical considerations on the geography of active transport.

All contributions will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of the journal.

Submission: Please submit your manuscript online via http://ees.elsevier.com/jth/default.asp   When choosing Manuscript “Article Type” of the submission procedure, click “SI: Walking & Cycling” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.

Community Activist, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers on Formulary Management for the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
06/30/2014
American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

Call for Papers on Formulary Management for the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

Our goal is to attract research that examines the impact of formulary management strategies on the utilization, cost, and quality of pharmacy services.

Areas of particular interest include:

• Accountable Care

• Adherence and Compliance

• Economic Burden of Disease

• e-Prescribing

• Formulary Development and Implementation Strategies

• Growth in Specialty Pharmacy

• Opioid Agonists

• Pharmacy Benefit in the Era of Exchanges

• Readmissions

• Telemedicine

• Transistions of Care

Please submit manuscripts through our online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajpblive.

If you have questions or wish to speak to an editor, please contact info@ajmc.com.

Allied Health Professional, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacist
Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits: Specialty Pharmacy–Opportunities and Challenges
06/30/2014
American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits: Specialty Pharmacy–Opportunities and Challenges

The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, a peer-reviewed publication under The American Journal of Managed Care network, seeks original research for a September 2014 theme issue on Specialty Pharmacy. This issue aims to present both pharmacoeconomic and clinical information on all specialty pharmacy disease states that will help guide the management of costs while improving outcomes.

Topics of particular interest include:

• Biosimilars

• Employer Management

• Evidence-Based Guidelines of Best Practices for Specialty Pharmacy

• Formulary Decision Making

• Medical versus Pharmacy Benefit

• Pharmacogenomics in Specialty Pharmacy

• Reimbursement Policies for Approved versus Nonapproved Indications

• Value-Based Insurance Design

This special issue will publish in September 2014. All papers submitted for this theme issue will undergo the customary peer-review process. Final decision regarding the acceptance and inclusion in the theme issue rest solely on the editors. Papers submitted on or before June 30, 2014, will have the best chance for consideration.

Please submit all manuscripts through our online submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajpblive.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to an editor, please contact Nicole Beagin, Associate Editorial Director, at 609-716-7777, nbeagin@ajmc.com.

Allied Health Professional, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits: Senior Health Management
05/30/2014
American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits: Senior Health Management

The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, a peer-reviewed publication under The American Journal of Managed Care network, seeks original research for a July 2014 theme issue on Senior Health Management. Significant health policy changes as well as innovations in the field can have a profound effect on how healthcare is delivered to seniors, as well as issues that affect caregivers. This special issue aims to present information about those topics and more.

Topics of particular interest include:

• Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Adherence

• Changes to Medicare Savings Programs

• Medicare Part D Changes

• Long-term Care

• Chronic Disease Management

• Access to Preventive Benefits

• Medication Management in Palliative and End of Life Care

• Safe and Effective Drug Therapy for Seniors

All papers submitted for this theme issue will undergo the customary peer-review process. Final decision regarding the acceptance and inclusion in the theme issue rest solely on the editors.

This special issue will publish in July 2014, so if you would like to submit a paper, please do so as soon as possible. Papers submitted on or before May 30, 2014, will have the best chance for consideration.

Please submit all manuscripts through our online submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajpblive.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to an editor, please contact Nicole Beagin, Associate Editorial Director, at 609-716-7777, nbeagin@ajmc.com.

Allied Health Professional, Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacist
Call for Papers: American Journal of Managed Care 4th Annual Health Information Technology Special Issue
06/09/2014
American Journal of Managed Care

Call for Papers: American Journal of Managed Care 4th Annual Health Information Technology Special Issue

Healthcare reform is upon us. But comprehensive reform must fully include the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT). With the emergence of accountable care, HIT is an essential element for bringing patients and providers together and bridging the information gap that can streamline and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes.

To continue to help facilitate what is growing interest and necessity for HIT information, The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) is publishing its 4th Annual HIT special issue that will feature scholarly articles and perspectives from policy makers, payers, providers, pharmaceutical companies, health IT vendors, and health services researchers with the goal of improving efficiency and outcomes in implementing HIT. The Editors seek original research papers and informed commentary on HIT and its impact on the following topics:

• Meaningful Use

• Medical Care (general and special populations)

• Healthcare Costs

• Comparative Effectiveness Research

• Reimbursement

• Health System Strategy

• Healthcare Delivery

All papers will undergo the Journal’s customary rigorous peer-review process. Due to space constraints, please limit the text to 2500 words (excluding references) and the graphic elements to a combined total of 3 figures/tables. Final decisions regarding ultimate acceptance and inclusion in this special issue rest solely with the Editors. Papers submitted before June 9, 2014 will have the best chance for consideration in this special issue. High-quality papers not selected for this special issue may be considered for one of the regular, monthly issues of the Journal.

Please submit all manuscripts through AJMC’s online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajmc

If you have questions or wish to speak to an Editor, please e-mail nbeagin@ajmc.com

Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Section of the British Journal of Health Psychology: Mixed Methods in Health Psychology
04/30/2014
British Journal of Health Psychology

Call for Papers for a Special Section of the British Journal of Health Psychology: Mixed Methods in Health Psychology

Edited by Lucy Yardley and Felicity Bishop, University of Southampton.

Contributions are invited for a Special Section of the British Journal of Health Psychology. ‘Mixed methods’ is defined for this issue as using both qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate any topic relevant to health psychology.

Authors are encouraged to focus on methodological issues of broad relevance to mixed methods research in health psychology. Two types of papers are welcomed:

1. Full length papers (up to 5,000 words) providing an overview of methods and issues.

2. Shorter papers (up to 3,500 words) illustrating the use of mixed methods in health psychology. It is unlikely that this length would permit reporting of a substantive mixed methods study, and so authors are encouraged to base their illustration principally on combinations of qualitative and quantitative studies that have been published in full elsewhere (although inclusion of some new analysis or data is acceptable if it can be satisfactorily reported within the word limit).

Deadline for submission of papers is 30th April, 2014. Papers should be submitted as usual via the British Journal of Health Psychology website (http://www.editorialmanager.com/bjhp), stating clearly in the covering letter that the paper is intended for the Special Section. Please refer to the Author Guidelines (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)2044-8287/homepage/ForAuthors.html) when preparing your paper.

In line with the Journal’s policy, all submissions to this special section will be subject to the usual process of initial screening and peer review. Reviews will be completed by mid-August, and any revisions requested MUST be carried out by October 17th 2014.

Any queries should be directed in the first instance to F.L.Bishop@soton.ac.uk

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Health Services Researcher, Psychologist

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