Jeffrey S. McCullough, PhD, who writes frequently on the intersection of health information technology (IT) and quality, will serve as guest editor for the 5th annual special issue of The American Journal of Managed Care devoted to research and commentary on health IT. Dr McCullough's services come during AJMC's celebration of its 20th year as the leading peer-reviewed journal covering healthcare delivery systems.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 19, 2015
Minnesota’s McCullough to Serve as Guest Editor for AJMC’s 5th Annual Special Issue on Health IT
PLAINSBORO, N.J.—Jeffrey S. McCullough, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, will serve as guest editor of the annual special of The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) that focuses on research and commentary on health information technology (health IT). The issue, to be published this fall, marks the 5th special health IT issue.
Dr McCullough, who teaches healthcare finance, received his PhD in health economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after earning his AB in biochemistry from Harvard. Appointed in the school’s Division of Health Policy and Management, Dr McCullough’s research interests center on the role of technology and innovation in healthcare. His published work has covered the role and effects of technology on rural health, ambulatory care, and diabetes care, among other subjects.
“I look forward to serving as editor of the fifth installment of the special health IT issue, as this is a turning point for both the journal and for the role of health information technology,” Dr. McCullough said. “I am hopeful that we will see contributions on the role of health IT in measuring quality, on how it is shaping health system organization, and on the role of health IT for consumers, in such areas as mobile health technology and the distribution of health information.”
This year’s annual Health IT issue will come during a critical period for the nation’s healthcare providers, as many strive with transitions to electronic medical records as well as movement to new payment models. Earlier this month, the HHS announced an aggressive timeline for tying Medicare reimbursements to value-based structures, instead of fee-for-service. Providers must have measurement systems in place to keep pace with these changes. For information on submissions, please visit http://www.ajmc.com/instructionforauthorsâ€‹.
The year 2015 also marks the 20th year of publication for AJMC, the first peer-reviewed journal with a mission of bringing evidence-based decision-making into the healthcare sector, instead of confining studies of delivery systems to academia.
“This year’s special issue on health IT will be especially important, as it marks a milestone for both the series and for the journal. We were leaders in devoting a special issue to health information technology, and this will offer an opportunity to show how far we have come in five years,” said Brian Haug, president of AJMC.
About the Journals
The American Journal of Managed Care celebrates its 20th year in 2015 as the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care. Other titles in the franchise include The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, which provides pharmacy and formulary decision-makers with information to improve the efficiency and health outcomes in managing pharmaceutical care, and The American Journal of Accountable Care, which publishes research and commentary on innovative healthcare delivery models facilitated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. AJMC’s news publications, the Evidence-Based series, bring together stakeholder views from payers, providers, policymakers and pharmaceutical leaders in oncology and diabetes management. To order reprints of articles appearing in AJMC publications, please call (609) 716-7777, x 131.
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