Health Affairs 2017: Editor’s Picks


For the third year in a row, Alan Weil, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief, shares his own “Top Ten” favorite articles for 2017. His list of articles, in alphabetical order by first author, covers a broad range of topics. Many of these articles analyze the effects of a specific policy; others raise the profile of issues that deserve more attention. Some articles had unexpected findings. Their shared attribute is that the authors chose to focus on interesting and important questions. To read more details about the findings, please visit Alan’s blog post.

  1. ‘Go Back To California’: When Providers Fail Transgender Patients by Laura Arrowsmith | September 2017

  2. Iowa’s Medicaid Expansion Promoted Healthy Behaviors But Was Challenging To Implement And Attracted Few Participants by Natoshia M. Askelson, Brad Wright, Suzanne Bentler, Elizabeth T. Momany, and Peter Damiano | May 2017

  3. Los Angeles Safety-Net Program eConsult System Was Rapidly Adopted And Decreased Wait Times To See Specialists by Michael L. Barnett, Hal F. Yee, Jr., Ateev Mehrotra, and Paul Giboney | March 2017

  4. Lower-Income Countries That Face The Most Rapid Shift In Noncommunicable Disease Burden Are Also The Least Prepared by Thomas J. Bollyky, Tara Templin, Matthew Cohen, and Joseph L. Dieleman | November 2017
  5. Women In The United States Experience High Rates Of Coverage ‘Churn’ In Months Before And After Childbirth by Jamie R. Daw, Laura A. Hatfield, Katherine Swartz, and Benjamin D. Sommers | April 2017

  6. Impact Of Ambulance Diversion: Black Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction Had Higher Mortality Than Whites by Renee Y. Hsia, Nandita Sarkar, and Yu-Chu Shen | June 2017

  7. Substantial Physician Turnover And Beneficiary ‘Churn’ In A Large Medicare Pioneer ACO by John Hsu, Christine Vogeli, Mary Price, Richard Brand, Michael E. Chernew, Namita Mohta, Sreekanth K. Chaguturu, Eric Weil, and Timothy G. Ferris | April 2017

  8. Only One In Twenty Justice-Referred Adults In Specialty Treatment For Opioid Use Receive Methadone Or Buprenorphine by Noa Krawczyk, Caroline E. Picher, Kenneth A. Feder, and Brendan Saloner | December 2017

  9. A National Profile Of End-Of-Life Caregiving In The United Statesby Katherine A. Ornstein, Amy S. Kelley, Evan Bollens-Lund, and Jennifer L. Wolff | July 2017

  10. Market Share Matters: Evidence Of Insurer And Provider Bargaining Over Prices by Eric T. Roberts, Michael E. Chernew, and J. Michael McWilliams | January 2017