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Hilltop to Host AcademyHealth 2013 Delivery System Transformation Meeting

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is the host and a co-sponsor of the AcademyHealth 2013 Delivery System Transformation Meeting, an adjunct meeting of the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) to be held in Baltimore this year. The meeting, titled Transforming Health and Health Care – Focus on Maryland, will be held on June 21, 2013, from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm at UMBC.

The Delivery System Transformation Meeting provides a unique opportunity to bring together local health care leaders and national health services researchers, policy analysts, and other experts to get to know one another and to discuss issues of mutual interest in payment and delivery system reform and population health. The meeting will showcase Maryland innovations, such as the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) and Health Enterprise Zones, and will also provide updates from forward-thinking leaders on health information technology, health disparities, information exchange, and safety net redesign. See the agenda.

Although the Delivery System Transformation Meeting is held in conjunction with AcademyHealth's ARM, you do not need to register for the main ARM in order to attend. There is a separate registration fee of $100 for this meeting, which is open to all. AcademyHealth is offering a special registration price of $50 for students. Visit the main ARM registration page to register.

In addition, Hilltop will be presenting its work at the ARM through two poster presentations, a panel discussion, and a podium presentation.

Hilltop Senior Research Analyst Michael T. Abrams, MPH, will present a poster titled Imminent Medicaid Enrollment Lapses after Inpatient Mental Health Treatment in Young Adults at Poster Session B on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 9:45 – 11:15 am.

Abrams will also give a presentation titled Health Care Integration and Payment Reform in Medicaid & Medicare on Monday from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Director of Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program Martha H. Somerville, JD, MPH, and Policy Analyst Gayle D. Nelson, JD, MPH, will present a poster titled State Regulation of Nonprofit Hospital Community Benefit on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Somerville will also participate in a panel discussion on Community Health Needs Assessment on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.


Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is the central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to these and other stakeholders to use as they develop approaches that will best suit their communities. The program is funded for three years through the generous support of the Kresge Foundation ( and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a non-partisan health research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations.  Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluations on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations at the national, state, and local levels. Hilltop is committed to addressing complex issues through informed, objective, and innovative research and analysis. To learn more about The Hilltop Institute, please visit


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