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The Organization and Delivery of Health Services (ODHS) study section reviews applications focused on the organization and delivery of health services from a systems level, including health care financing, insurance, access, utilization and the provision of health services at the population level. Many studies will rely on large administrative data sources (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, SEER etc.).

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.

Topics


  • Studies to examine the structure of health care organizations (range of services) and delivery systems, and their performance and efficiency.
  • Studies to examine the structure of hospital or other healthcare systems (size and service capacity), hospital performance measures, and hospital operations.
  • Studies to develop practice guidelines and operational research in health care organizations and examine health care provider characteristics.
  • Studies to examine physician performance, practice networks, and physician payment practices and systems.
  • Studies to examine health system access including cost of care, health care financing, and the financial costs at the population level.
  • Studies to examine health plans and health insurance coverage, scope, costs, eligibility, benefits, and reimbursement.
  • Studies to understand implications of health policy changes for health care systems, providers and organizations.
  • Studies to examine the organization and delivery of pharmaceutical services.
  • Studies to utilize risk prediction tools and clinical decision making at the provider and systems level.
  • Studies that use implementation science principles to focus on the delivery of services at the systems-level or state-level. This includes studies using systems science methods (agent-based modeling, social networking analysis, simulation modeling and system dynamics modeling).

Shared Interests and Overlaps

ODHS and Health Services: Quality and Effectiveness (HSQE) have shared interests in the delivery of health care services. Applications that emphasize the organization, utilization and delivery of healthcare on a systems level, provider, or organizational level are reviewed in ODHS. Applications that emphasize healthcare quality and effectiveness in relation to the receipt of individual health services and individual patient outcomes are reviewed in in HSQE.

ODHS and Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPS) have shared interests in health and economic outcomes at the aggregate level. Applications that emphasize organization, delivery and financing of healthcare at the health systems level, is focused on the provider and organizational outcomes, and uses large administrative data sources are reviewed in ODHS. Applications that emphasize a key social or behavioral focus on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and related economic outcomes are reviewed in SSPS.

ODHS and Science of Implementation in Health and Healthcare (SIHH) have shared interests in dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in health systems. Applications that emphasize the organization and delivery of health services and subsequent health outcomes at the system level, including implementation of systems-level or state-level services are reviewed in ODHS. Applications that emphasize dissemination and implementation processes and outcomes within health systems (providers and health care organizations) are reviewed in SIHH.

ODHS and Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) have shared interests in health disparities as it relates to health care delivery processes. Applications that emphasize the impact of organization and delivery of healthcare on health outcomes at the systems level, including providers and health care organizations, are reviewed in ODHS. Applications that emphasize the delivery of care and healthcare systems to primarily address persistent inequities in access to care for minority and other vulnerable groups are reviewed in HHD.

ODHS and Clinical Informatics and Digital Health (CIDH) have shared interests in the use of informatics systems to support the organization and delivery of health care services. Applications that emphasize service delivery and the use of existing and validated informatics systems to examine physician performance, provider service delivery, and the structure of health care organizations are reviewed in ODHS. Applications that emphasize the development of new informatics systems, methods and tools for eventual use to examine physician performance, patient management and the structure of health care organizations are reviewed in CIDH.