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Florida: Doctoral Student Wins Impact Article of the Year Award

Mr. Young-Rock Hong, a doctoral student in health services research at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has received the 2018 Impact Article of the Year Award from the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

The award recognizes an article that made a significant impact on the health care quality profession and professionals who read the Journal for Healthcare Quality. Mr. Hong’s article, “Benchmarking Implications: Analysis of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Spending Level and Quality of Care,” compared financial and quality of care performance between low-spending accountable care organizations and high-spending accountable care organizations. Dr. Nicole Marlow, a clinical associate professor in the department of health services research, management and policy, serves as the study’s senior author.

“As one of the promising value-based care models, Accountable Care Organizations have been implemented to address the fragmented nature of U.S. health care delivery system,” Mr. Hong said. “However, it appears that the current performance and quality measures seem to disproportionately affect health services organizations participating in the programs, suggesting a need for developing standardized risk adjustments to reflect true quality of care and fairly reward those that perform better.”

Mr. Hong will be recognized at the National Association for Healthcare Quality’s annual conference held in September in Phoenix.

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