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HSR Call for Papers: Theme Issue on Payment Reform

Submission deadline: Closed
Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

HSR and AHRQ are partnering to publish a Theme Issue on a critically important topic: Payment Reform.

As the country struggles to find a way out of the perfect storm of rising costs, falling access, and uncertain quality, there is widespread agreement that changes in the payment system must be part of the solution. Public and private payers have been experimenting for several years by tweaking the way they pay for care, but so far there has been little comparable evidence about the intended and unintended consequences of different approaches.

The goal of this Theme Issue is to collect and present solid evidence about this experimentation to inform future payment initiatives. We also hope to provide a strong basis in evidence to ground the thinking of those in the public and private sectors considering more comprehensive changes in payment that go beyond the current experiments. HSR plans to highlight this set of papers by using the Theme Issue peer review strategy to identify the best papers and then to collaborate with AHRQ on an ambitious dissemination plan for selected papers.

We are soliciting the following types of submissions:

  • Research studies, evaluations, policy analyses, and simulations using rigorous methods to assess the impact of efforts to improve care by changing the way we pay for it (e.g., pay-for-performance, non-coverage of healthcare-acquired conditions, bundled payments, shared savings, new prospective payment systems, new contracting models) or by encouraging consumers to use evidence-based care (e.g., value-based benefit design or provider tiering). Research can include experience outside the U.S., provided the applicability to the U.S. is clear.

  • Comparative evidence is of particular interest, e.g., comparing patient-oriented reform to provider-oriented schemes, and evidence about intended and unintended consequences or short and long term impact.

Criteria for selection of manuscripts include: (1) quality, rigor and originality, (2) significance and usefulness for informing public and private sector payment strategies; (3) and clarity of writing and presentation.  All manuscripts must follow the "Instructions for Authors," http://www.hsr.org/hsr/information/authors/instrucauthors.jsp.

Manuscripts submitted for the Theme Issue will first undergo the same HSR peer review process as all regular manuscripts. However, due to the timeline for publishing the Theme Issue, HSR will monitor the progress of manuscripts through the review process and authors should expect to be especially timely in returning revisions. Accepted articles submitted for the Theme Issue will be published electronically within a few weeks of acceptance using Wiley-Blackwell's Early View process. Articles published through Early View are fully published, appear in PubMed, and can be cited. Accepted articles will then undergo an additional selection process for the Theme Issue. Approximately 8 to 10 articles will be selected, based on the most original and significant work addressing the theme, and accepted manuscripts that are not selected for the Theme Issue will be automatically scheduled for print publication in a regular issue.

Key dates for authors:

  • Theme Issue Call is now closed.

  • August 15, 2010: Notification of assignment of accepted papers to the Theme Issue or Regular Issue.

  • December 2010: Print Publication Date for Theme Issue.

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