Professor of Family Medicine

mcalearney2 Professor of Health Services Management and Policy
Professor, College of Public Health (courtesy appointment)
Professor of Pediatrics (courtesy appointment)

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Suite 530
Columbus, Ohio, 43210
614-293-3716
Ann.McAlearney@osumc.edu

Background

Dr. Ann McAlearney is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She also holds appointments as professor of health services management and policy in the College of Public Health and professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of health services research experience and has been actively involved in both performing research and disseminating research results to academic and practitioner audiences. 

Research, Education and Clinical Interests

Dr. McAlearney enjoys collaborative research projects and engaging clinicians in health service research as well as mentoring junior faculty in their research endeavors. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 10 books/edited books and 80 book chapters. Her ongoing research focuses on information technology innovations in health care, population health management, quality improvement and organizational development, and she is an expert in both qualitative and mixed methods analyses. Dr. McAlearney received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and her doctorate from Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Current Research Projects

Dr. McAlearney’s current research projects involve the implementation and use of an inpatient portal, enhancing patient understanding and use of an outpatient portal, studying management practices to reduce and prevent healthcare-associated infections and advancing patient safety and quality improvement. She is also actively engaged in management and organizational research in healthcare, including the areas of leadership development, organizational learning and systems improvement.

Education and Training
  • ScD: Health policy and management, Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • MS: Biological sciences, Stanford University
  • BAS: English and biological sciences, Stanford University
Professional Memberships
  • Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, The Ohio State University
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University
  • Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES)
  • Health Services Research Interest Group, The Ohio State University

Active Funding

02/2018-07/2019. Ohio Department of Medicaid/Government Resource Center. 
Ohio Equity Institute (OEI) Evaluation.
(PI: Huerta TR; Co-Is: McAlearney AS; Sieck CJ; Hefner J; Walker D; Swoboda C)  
Competitive Contract: $1,366,022.

04/2017-03/2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R-01) 
Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART) 
McAlearney AS (PI), Co-Is: Huerta TR, Sieck C, Hefner J, Hebert C, Moffatt-Bruce S  
Competitive Grant: $1,887,609.

03/2017-02/2018. Crisafi-Monte Endowment Fund 
Trending Research, Extension and National Dissemination Study (TRENDS): Accelerating the Value of HINTS as an Asset for Discovery 
Huerta TR (PI), Co-Is: McAlearney AS, Sieck CJ, Hefner, J
Competitive Endowment Grant: $50,000.

09/2016-03/2018. Crisafi-Monte Endowment Fund 
Improving the Measurement of Patient Engagement Among Patients with Chronic Conditions Sieck CJ (PI), Co-Is: McAlearney AS, Hefner, J, Huerta 
Competitive Endowment Grant: $50,000.

07/2016-06/2018.  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R-01)
Development and Evaluation of Socio-Technical Metrics to Inform HIT Adaptation 
Yen PY (PI), Co-Is: McAlearney AS, Huerta TR, Sieck C, Hefner J  
Competitive Grant: $300,000.

09/2015-08/2019.  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R-01)
High Touch and High Tech (HT2): Transforming Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care by Engaging Patients with Portal Technology at the Bedside 
McAlearney AS (PI), Co-Is: Huerta TR, Sieck C, Moffatt-Bruce S, Hefner J, Rizer MK 
Competitive Grant: $973,109.

09/2015-08/2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (P-30) 
Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Information for the Design of Environments Aligned for Patient Safety (IDEA4PS)
Moffatt-Bruce SD (PI), Project Director: McAlearney AS, Co-PD: Huerta, TR
Competitive Grant: $3,963,276. 

01/2015-12/2018. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Taxonomy for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research 
McAlearney AS (Co-PI): Huerta, TR
Competitive Grant: $744,412. 

Awards/Honors

  • Journal for Healthcare Quality, selection as Continuing Education Article for January/February issue, 2016
  • Journal for Healthcare Quality, selection as “Paper of the Month” for the Swiss Patient Safety Foundation, 2015
  • Academy of Management, Best Paper Award, Health Care Management Division’s Best Theory to Practice Paper, 2015
    Journal for Healthcare Quality, selection as Continuing Education Article for the September/October issue, 2015
  • Journal for Healthcare Quality, selection as Continuing Education Article for the September/October issue, 2015
  • Academy of Management, Best Paper Designation, 2015
  • Academy of Management, Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2013
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Best Paper Nominee, 2013
  • Academy of Management, Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2011
  • Ohio State University, Division of Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society, Diversity Recognition Award, 2010
  • Academy of Management, Best Paper Designation, 2010
  • National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Patient Safety Award Honorable Mention, 2010
  • Academy of Management, Best Paper Award, Management and Education Division’s Best Paper in Management Development, 2005
  • Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Teaching Excellence Award, 2005
  • Ohio State University, Division of Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society, Honorary Alumnus Award, 2004
  • American Academy of Medical Practice Administrators, Faculty Publication Award Runner-up, 2001

Editorial Activities

Editorial Boards
  • Medical Care Research and Review
  • Advances in Health Care Management
Selected Manuscript Reviews
  • New England Journal of Medicine 
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • British Medical Journal
  • Health Affairs
  • Medical Care Research and Review
  • Health Services Research
  • Medical Care
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • American Journal of Infection Control
  • BMC Health Services Research
  • Sage Open Medicine
  • Informatics
  • Journal of Family Practice
  • Medical Research Archives
  • Journal of General Internal Medicine
  • Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Journal of Managed Care
  • Advances in Health Care Management
  • Health Care Management Review
  • Journal of Healthcare Management
  • Journal of Patient Safety

National Positions

National Organizations
  • Academy of Management, (Health Care Management Division; Technology and Information Management Division; Management and Education Development Division; Organizational Change Division)
  • North American Primary Care Research Group 
  • Global Educators Network for Health Innovation Education (GENiE) 
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • AcademyHealth/Association for Health Services Research
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Organizational Behavior Faculty Forum and Women’s Faculty Forum
Review Panels
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, Intramural Research Program, Population Sciences Review Committee
Subject Matter Expert 
  • World Health Organization, Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit: Review of global research priorities for medication safety
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Peer review of report to PCORI: “Improving Care Coordination for Children with Disabilities Through and Accountable Care Organization”
  • Ohio State University, Discovery Theme Team Red Team Reviewer: Review of Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program
  • Health Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association, Technical Assistance Panel committee for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program
  • Intensive Care Units: Preventing Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Select Publications

Selected Articles

Yen PY, Walker DM, Smith JG, Zhou MP, Menser TL, McAlearney AS. 2018. “Usability Evaluation of a Commercial Inpatient Portal.” International Journal of Medical Informatics. 110: 10-18.

Moffatt-Bruce SD, Huerta TR, Gaughan A, McAlearney AS.  2018 “IDEA4PS: The Development of a Research-Oriented Learning Healthcare System.” American Journal of Medical Quality. https://doi.org/10.1177/1062860617751044.

Bickell N, Moss AD, Castaldi M, Shah A, Sickles A, Pappas P, Lewis T, Kemeny M, Arora S, Schleicher L, Srinivasan A, Montgomery L, Fei K, Bellacera B, Franco R, McAlearney AS. 2018. “Organizational Factors Affect Safety-Net Hospitals’ Breast Cancer Care Quality.” Health Services Research. In press.

Sieck, CJ, McAlearney, AS. 2018. “Integrated Care and eHealth Tools in the US and Europe.” Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy. In press.

Walker DM, Menser TL, Yen PY, McAlearney AS. 2018. Optimizing the User Experience: Identifying Opportunities to Improve Use of an Inpatient Portal.” Applied Clinical Informatics. In press.

McAlearney AS. 2017. “Experiencing Pregnancy Loss: One Woman’s Story of a Common Tragedy.” Journal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention. 3(4): 1-3.

McAlearney AS, Hefner J, Sieck C, Aldrich A, Walker D, Hebert C, Buck J, Grove M, Hade E, Slevin C, Sova L, Gaughan A, Huerta TR. 2017. “Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce Transmission of Healthcare-Associated Infections: Study Protocol.” Implementation Science. 12:82: 1-11.

Huerta TR, McAlearney AS, Rizer MK. 2017. “Personal Health Record Access at the Bedside: Introducing Tablets to Inpatient Care.” Annals of Internal Medicine. E-pub ahead of print: DOI: 10.7326/M17-1766.

Sieck CJ, Hefner JL, McAlearney AS. 2017. “Finding the Patient Voice in Research Activities: Perspectives of Patient Advisors and Researchers.” Journal of Participatory Medicine. In press.

Bickell NA, Abramson S, Lin J, Hoke GP, Oh W, Hall SJ, Stock R, Fei K, McAlearney, AS. 2017. “Racial Disparities in Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer Treatment. What Can We Do?” Journal of Clinical Oncology. In press.

Hefner JL, Sieck CJ, Walker D, Huerta TR, McAlearney AS. 2017. “System-wide Inpatient Portal Implementation: Survey of Care Team Perceptions.” Journal of Medical Informatics Research Medical Informatics. 5(3): e31: 1-5.

Walker, DM, Sieck, C, Menser, TL, Huerta, TR, McAlearney, AS. 2017. “Information Technology to Support Patient Engagement: Where do we stand and where can we go?” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. E-Published ahead of print: Apr 28. 

Sieck CJ, Hefner JL, Schnierle J, Florian H, Agarwal A, Rundell K, McAlearney AS. 2017. “The Rules of Engagement: Perspectives of Experienced Ambulatory Patient Portal Users.” JMIR Informatics. 5(3); e13: 1-11. 

Hilligoss B, McAlearney AS, Song P. 2017. “Coping with Interdependencies Related to Patient Choice: Boundary-Spanning at Four Accountable Care Organizations.” Health Care Management Review. Jul/Sep; 42(3):192-202. 

Yen PY, McAlearney AS, Sieck CJ, Hefner JL, Huerta TR. 2017. “HIT Adaptation: Refocusing on the Journey to Successful HIT Implementation.” JMIR Medical Informatics. 5(3): e28: 1-8.

McAlearney, AS, Song P, Hilligoss, B. 2017. “Private Sector Accountable Care Organization Development: A Qualitative Study.” American Journal of Managed Care. 23(3):151-8. 

Sharp K, Williams M, Aldrich A, Bogacz A, Denier S, McAlearney AS. 2017. “Conversion of Provider EMR Training from Instructor Led Training (ILT) to eLearning at an Academic Medical Center.” Applied Clinical Informatics. 8(3): 754-762.

Walker D, McAlearney AS, Sova L, Lin J, Bickell NA. 2016. “Comparing Prostate Cancer Treatment Decision Making in a Resource-Rich and a Resource-Poor Environment: A Tale of Two Hospitals.” Journal of the National Medical Association. 108(4): 211-219. 

McAlearney AS, Hefner JL. 2016. “Getting to Zero: Goal Commitment to Reduce Blood Stream Infections.” Medical Care Research and Review. 73(4): 458-477. 

Sieck C, Hefner JL, Wexler R, Taylor CA, McAlearney AS. 2016. “Why do they do that? Looking beyond typical reasons for non-urgent ED use among Medicaid patients.” Patient Experience Journal. 3(2): 22-30. 

Hefner JL, Hilligoss B, Sieck C, Walker DM, Sova L, Song PH, McAlearney AS. 2016. “Meaningful Engagement of ACOs With Communities: The New Population Health Management.” Medical Care. 54(11): 970-976. 

McAlearney AS, Hefner JL, Robbins J, Harrison M, Garman A. 2015. “Preventing Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections: A Qualitative Study of Management Practices.” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 36(5): 557-63. 

McAlearney AS, Hefner J, Sieck C, Rizer M, Huerta T. 2014. “Evidence-Based Management of Ambulatory Electronic Health Record System Implementation: An Assessment of Conceptual Support and Qualitative Evidence.” International Journal of Medical Informatics. 83:484-94.

Bickell NA, McAlearney AS, Wellner J, Fei K, Franco R. 2013. “Understanding the Challenges of Adjuvant Treatment Measurement and Reporting in Breast Cancer. Medical Care. Jun; Vol. 51 (6), pp. e35-40. 

McAlearney AS, Reiter K, Weiner B, Minasian L, Song PH. 2013. “Challenges and Facilitators of Community Clinical Oncology Program Participation: A Qualitative Study.” Journal of Healthcare Management. 58(1): 29-44. 

McAlearney AS, Robbins J, Song PH, Garman AN.  2013. “Implementing High-Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) in Healthcare Organizations: Conceptual and Qualitative Evidence.” Journal of Healthcare Management. November/December: 446-462. 

McAlearney AS, Garman A, Song PH, McHugh M, Robbins J, Harrison M. 2011. “High-Performance Work Systems in Healthcare Management, Part 2:  Qualitative Evidence from Five Case Studies.” Health Care Management Review. 36(3): 214-226. 

McAlearney AS, Reeves KW, Dickinson SL, Kelly KM, Tatum C, Katz ML, Paskett ED. 2008.  “Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices and Knowledge Within a Low-Income Population.” Cancer. 112(2): 391-398. 

McAlearney AS, Reeves KW, Tatum C, Paskett E. 2007. “Cost as a Barrier to Screening Mammography Among Underserved Women.” Ethnical Health. 12(2): 189-203. 

McAlearney AS.  2006. “Leadership Development in Healthcare Organizations: A Qualitative Study.”    Journal of Organizational Behavior. 27(7): 967-982. 

McAlearney AS, Whitney K, Tatum C, Paskett E.  2005. “Perceptions of Insurance Coverage for Screening Mammography Among Women in Need of Screening.” Cancer. 103(12): 2473-2480. 

McAlearney AS, Schweikhart SB, Medow M. 2004. “Doctors’ Experience With Handheld Computers in Clinical Practice: Qualitative Study.” BMJ. 328; 7449:1162-1165. 

McAlearney AS. 2003. Population Health Management:  Strategies to Improve Outcomes, Health Administration Press:  Chicago, IL; 288 pages. 

Blendon RJ, McAlearney AS, Donelan K, Hill C, Smith M, Beatrice D, Altman D. 1995. “How White and African Americans View Their Health and Social Problems:  Different Experiences, Different Expectations.” Journal of the American Medical Association. 273(4): 341-346. 

Selected Books

McAlearney AS, Kovner A. Eds. 2017. Health Services Management: A Case Study Approach. 11th Edition. Health Administration Press:  Chicago, IL. 436 pages.

McAlearney AS, Hogan TH, Slevin C, Kovner AR. 2017. Instructor’s Manual for: Health Services Management: A Case Study Approach. 11th Edition, Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL.

Hefner J, Huerta TR, McAlearney AS. Eds. 2014. Advances in Health Care Management: Population Health Management in Health Care Organizations. 16th Edition, Emerald Press; 360 pages.

McAlearney AS, Kovner A. Eds. 2013. Health Services Management: Readings, Cases, and Commentary. 10th Edition, Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL. 453 pages.

Kovner A, McAlearney AS, Neuhauser D. Eds. 2009. Health Services Management:  Readings, Cases, and Commentary. 9th Edition, Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL. 468 pages.

McAlearney AS. 2003. Population Health Management: Strategies to Improve Outcomes. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL. 288 pages. 

McAlearney AS. 2002. Online Case Bank for Population Health Management:  Strategies to Improve Outcomes. Health Administration Press.

Blumenthal D, Scheck AC. Eds. 1995. Improving Clinical Practice: Total Quality Management and the Physician. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Selected Book Chapters

Hefner J, McAlearney AS. 2017. “Improving Quality in Health Care Organizations,” in (Eds. Burns, L.R., Bradley, E.H., Weiner, B.J.) Shortell and Kaluzny’s Health Care Management: Organization, Design, and Behavior, 7th Edition, Delmar: New York. In press.

Menser T, McAlearney AS. 2017. “Value-Based Payment Models.” In: Eds. Daaleman TP, Helton MR. Chronic Illness Care: Principles and Concepts. Springer Publishing: New York, NY. In press.

Song PH, Barlow JD, Seiber EE, McAlearney AS. 2016. “Competition in Healthcare.” Ed. Quah, S; Heggenhougen, K. International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Second Edition. In press.

McAlearney AS. 2015. “Population Health Management: Practicing Population Health Management and Measuring Its Success.” In: Ed. McLaughlin, DB. The Guide to Healthcare Reform: Readings and Commentary. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL: 31-56.

McAlearney AS. 2015. “Population Health Management.” In: Ed. McLaughlin DB. The Guide to Healthcare Reform: Readings and Commentary. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL: 57-72. 

Huerta TR, McAlearney AS, Ford EW. 2015 “Managing Clinical Professionals.” The Handbook of Research on Healthcare Management. (Eds. Fottler MD, Malvey D, Slovensky D.). Edward Elgar Publishing: Northampton, MA: 394-411.

Kowalczyk N, McAlearney AS. 2011. “The Role of Leadership in Ensuring Quality,” in (Eds. Pawlicki T, Dunscombe P, Mundt AJ, Scalliet P.) Quality Assurance and Safety for Radiotherapy.  

McAlearney AS, Alexander JA. 2011. “Improving Quality in Health Care Organizations,” in (Eds. Burns LR, Bradley EH, Weiner BJ.) Shortell and Kaluzny’s Health Care Management: Organization, Design, and Behavior, 6th Edition, Delmar: New York: 249-279.

McAlearney AS. 2009. “Forming a Corporate University: More of the Same or Something New?” in (Eds. Fine D, D’Aquila R., Kovner A.) The Practice of Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press: 137-152.

Song PH, Barlow JD, Seiber EE, McAlearney AS. 2008. “Competition in Healthcare.” Ed. Quah, S; Heggenhougen, K. International Encyclopedia of Public Health, First Edition. pp. 818-823.

Unroe KT, McAlearney AS. 2005. “Disability” in (Ed. Evashwick, C.J) The Continuum of Long-Term Care. Third Edition. New York: DelMar Publishers: 295-311.

McAlearney AS. 2004. “Physician Use of PDAs in Clinical Practice” Perspective in (Eds. Keagy BA, Thomas MS.) Essentials of Physician Practice Management. First Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers: 484-485.

Blum RH, with Kim J, McAlearney AS, Merrill D, Moua P. 2000. “Pregnancy Nausea and Vomiting: Empirical but Enigmatic,” in (Eds. Blum RH, Heinrichs L, Herxheimer A.) Nausea and Vomiting: Overview, Challenges, Practical Treatments and New Perspectives. Taylor & Francis Group: 225-245.

McAlearney AS. 1999. "Implementing Health Assessments in Managed Care," Handbook of Health Assessments.  Society of Prospective Medicine: January: 173-178.

Taylor H, Leitman R, Scheck AC, Barnett S. 1992. "The Public's Views on Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy." In (Eds. Blendon RJ, Hyams TS.) Reforming the System: Containing Health Care Costs in an Era of Universal Coverage. New York: Faulkner and Gray.