Health Affairs Call for Papers Focused on Care of Older Adults

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Health Affairs is calling for paper submissions on topics surrounding the care of older adults, including new models of care and the management of multiple chronic conditions among this population. The magazine is interested in work that spans the full range of care settings, including primary care and specialty practices, hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Likewise, in addition to exploring topics that are directly related to the provision of care, Health Affairs will also welcome papers on a broad array of related dimensions that affect care, access, and affordability, such as financing models, coverage, and size and composition of the workforce. The John A. Hartford Foundation has provided funding for coverage of these topics.

Health Affairs is particularly interested in papers that build on previous coverage by exploring new facets of these topics, presenting new data, raising emerging policy issues, etc.

Below is a list of topics of particular and equal interest, and we encourage authors to consider other relevant issues as well.

1. Alternative models for integrating physical and behavioral health.

2. Technologies that would help elderly patients and their caregivers.

3. Housing solutions short of nursing homes and their impact on health.

4. Care coordination and how to bring new providers into the system—e.g., issues surrounding reimbursement for private duty home care and providers who work for senior living companies.

5. Long-term care insurance: problems and solutions.

6. Self-management of chronic conditions: the role of patients and families.

7. Developing valid quality standards for home care.

8. New models of hospice and palliative care.

9. Reducing avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home patients.

10. Geriatricians: impact of the shortage and how to address it.

11. Delivering physical and mental health care to the rural elderly.

12. The effects of value-based incentives on the care and outcomes of older persons with multiple chronic conditions.

13. Early results of federal and/or other demonstration projects aimed at improving outcomes and lowering costs for older adults.

14. Deeper analysis of the process and needed structures for health care delivery reform focused on an aging population.

Other considerations

Types of papers that the magazine will consider include original research, trend data, review/synthesis of existing evidence, evidence-based commentaries, and proposals for reform. Submissions should advance the current policy debate through rigorous inquiry, yet be also be appropriate for readers with varied backgrounds and levels of expertise. 

Submission Requirements

Manuscripts should be submitted via Health Affairs' manuscript submission system.

Papers should be original submissions not previously published or being considered by other journals.

Additional details and style guidelines are available on Health Affairs' Web site under "Help for Authors."

If you have questions about the suitability of a particular paper, please contact Health Affairs'executive editor, Don Metz, at 301-347-3907 or

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