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30 Largest Accountable Care Organizations

SK&A has released an updated ranking of the largest accountable care organizations based on the number of participating physicians. The marketing contacts firm has identified 703 ACOs involving 479,000 healthcare providers and business personnel aligned with ACOs. Topping its published list of the 30 largest ACOs are:

  1. HealthCare First South Los Angeles, a Medicaid ACO with 7,237 participating physicians and 2,668 health facilities
  2. Heritage Provider Network & Anthem Blue Cross of California, a commercial ACO with 7,207 physicians and 4,177 facilities
  3. Heritage California ACO, a Medicare Shared Savings Program with 6,876 physicians and 3,905 facilities
  4. Tenet Healthcare & Humana, a commercial ACO with 6,644 physicians and 1,963 facilities
  5. Hill Physicians/Dignity Health/University of California, San Francisco & Health Net, a commerical ACO with 5,883 physicians and 2,118 facilities

Source: Top 30 accountable care organizations. SK&A, Feb. 2017. http://www.skainfo.com/reports/top-accountable-care-organizations [free registration required to view/download]

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Top 14 Urgent Care Center Chains in the U.S.

There are about 6900 urgent care centers in the U.S. according to the Urgent Care Association of America. While the market is fragmented, Health Data Management has identified the largest urgent care operators in U.S with the most centers. There were 1,074 hospitals that reported operating urgent care centers in 2013 based on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey.

Topping the list is Concentra with over 300 clinics located in 38 states. Concentra is jointly owned by Select Medical and a private equity firm. In the second and third positions on the list are U.S. Health Works, a Dignity Health subsidiary, with 190 sites in 20 states, and American Family Care and Doctors Express with 168 centers in 26 states.


Top 14 urgent care center chains in the U.S. HealthData Management slideshow, Nov. 18, 2015. http://www.healthdatamanagement.com/gallery/fourteen-top-urgent-care-center-chains-in-the-US-51565-1.html

AHA Hospital Statistics, 2015 edition. Health Forum, an American Hospital Association affiliate, 2015. http://www.ahadataviewer.com/book-cd-products/AHA-Statistics/

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Top Health Policy Think Tanks – 2014 Update

The latest annual  ranking of think tanks globally has been published by The Lauder Institute’s Think Tanks & Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Trends in the world of think tanks are discussed. There are now 6,618 think tanks worldwide, with 1,830 of them located in the U.S.

Once again, the Brookings Institution tops the list as best overall think tank in the world.

According to the report, the top-rated think tanks worldwide on domestic health policy issues are:

  1. Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research [UK]
  2. RAND Corporation
  3. Brookings Institution
  4. Bloomberg School of Public Health Research Centers
  5. Fraser Institute [Canada]
  6. Center for American Progress
  7. Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
  8. Cato Institute
  9. Urban Institute
  10. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  11. Mathematica Policy Research
  12. Center for Strategic and International Studies
  13. Civitas Institute for the Study of Civil Society [UK]
  14. Fundacion Mexicana para la Salud [Mexico]
  15. National Bureau of Economic Research

Also rated are the top thinks tanks for other areas of research and for special achievements, including:

  • International economic policy
  • Science and technology
  • Social policy
  • Best advocacy campaign
  • Best new idea or paradigm
  • Most innovative policy idea/proposal
  • Best policy study/report
  • Best think tank network
  • Best transdisciplinary research program
  • Best use of social networks
  • Best use of media
  • Most significant impact

Thinks tanks are ranked as well by affiliation categories: For-profit, government, university, and political party affiliation.

Source: 2014 Global go to think tank index report. Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Feb. 4, 2015. http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=think_tanks

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Top health policy think tanks: 2013 update

See also 2014 update

The 2013 annual ranking of think tanks worldwide has just been released by the University of Pennsylvania. Once again, the Brookings Institution was rated as the overall top think tank globally.

Of the 30 top health policy think tanks ranked internationally in the report, these US-based organizations made the list and are repeats from last year’s ranking:

The report offers other think tank rankings for each of these categories:

  • Top economic policy
  • Top science and technology policy
  • Top social policy
  • Best advocacy campaign
  • For-profit
  • Government affiliated
  • University affiliated
  • Political party affiliated
  • Best transdisciplinary research program
  • Most innovative policy ideas/proposals
  • Most significant impact on public policy
  • Outstanding policy-oriented public programs

The US has 1828 of the world’s 6826 think tanks, substantially more than any other country.

Source: 2013 Global go to think tank index & abridged report. Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania, Jan. 2014. http://gotothinktank.com/dev1/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GoToReport2013.pdf 

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

Top Health Policy Think Tanks – 2012 Update

See 2013 update

The 2012 list of top global and domestic public think tanks is out, updating last year’s rankings. The report indicates there are now 6603 think tanks worldwide, with 1823 of them in the U.S. The Brookings Institution was again named the top think tank worldwide.

The top-ranked health policy think tanks based in the U.S. were:

  1. Bloomberg School of Public Health Research Centers at Johns Hopkins
  2. Brookings Institution
  3. RAND Corporation
  4. American Enterprise Institute
  5. Center for Strategic and International Studies
  6. Council on Foreign Relations Global Health Program
  7. Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
  8. Center for Studying Health System Change
  9. Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard
  10. National Bureau for Economic Research
  11. Urban Institute
  12. Cato Institute
  13. Center for American Progress
  14. Peterson Institute for International Economics

Among the many other lists included in the report are these:

  • Top 55 think tanks in the U.S.
  • Top 30 health policy think tanks [global]
  • Top 80 domestic economic think tanks
  • Top social policy think tanks
  • Think tanks with the most innovative policy ideas/proposals
  • Best new think tanks
  • Thinks tanks with outstanding policy-oriented research programs
  • Think tanks with the most significant impact on public policy
  • Best university affiliated think tanks
  • Best for-profit think tanks
  • Best policy study/report produced by a think tank

The report also discusses trends and issues related to think tanks.

Source: McGann JG. 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and and Policy Advice. Thank Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania, Jan. 28, 2013. http://gotothinktank.com/dev1/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2012_Global_Go_To_Think_Tank_Report_-_FINAL-1.28.13.pdf

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InformationWeek 500 –Top Hospital IT Innovators and Rule Breakers for 2012

InformationWeek is just out with its annual ‘masters of technology’ list – 500 companies from any business sector that use technology most innovatively. Topping this year’s list was Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and it was joined by nearly 50 other hospitals or health systems. The hospitals/systems among the top 50 and where they ranked were:

1.    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

16.  Sparrow Health System

31.  Miami Children’s Hospitals

47.  Intermountain Healthcare

48.  Kindred Healthcare

50.  Sharp HealthCare

Source: InformationWeek 500 – Innovators and Rule Breakers – 2012. InformationWeek, Sept. 12, 2012. http://www.informationweek.com/1343

Related source: 2012 Most Wired Survey. Health Forum/American Hospital Association, July 10, 2012. http://www.hhnmostwired.com/hhnmostwired/index.jsp

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org