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HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award

HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Awards

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Outstanding Article of the Year (AOTY) Award, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and AcademyHealth, is moving to a biannual event. The next award recognition cycle will take place in 2023. Additional details and deadlines for nominations will be available this fall.

The AOTY Award recognizes outstanding research published in peer-reviewed journals that used HCUP databases. Winning authors and their research are announced at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.Exit Disclaimer Work honored demonstrated how HCUP has contributed to addressing healthcare research topics and issues.

Since the inception of this award in 2010, AHRQ has recognized exceptional research conducted using the HCUP databases in the clinical and health policy arenas. This research continues to enhance the public conversation about healthcare costs, outcomes, and trends. Over the years, the award has grown into a distinguished honor among health services researchers with a variety of clinical insights, economic interests, and policy backgrounds. AHRQ is proud of the important work being done with HCUP data and is excited to see what researchers nominate for award consideration.


All nominations must have used an HCUP database and been published in a peer-reviewed journal during the award-specified timeframe and demonstrate that their work excels in these core criteria:
  • Originality of the use of HCUP data
  • Quality and suitability of methods and research design for HCUP data
  • Policy or clinical relevance
  • Significance, implication, and translation of research
Articles may be on any subject that can be investigated using HCUP data. Topic examples include:
  • Clinical innovations and/or medical practice enhancements
  • Advancements in the understanding of a condition or procedure
  • New or alternative research design approaches in viewing outcomes
  • Contributions to understanding the health services field through data linkages or enhancements
  • Characteristics of a healthcare market or the U.S. healthcare system
  • Identification of healthcare practices (or changes in practices and behavior) within or across a population
  • Impact of changes in healthcare behavior or policy
  • Improvements on the understanding of healthcare policy initiatives
  • Demonstrations of how research can be translated in to policy practice

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Researchers may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual (e.g., a colleague of the author or authors). One nomination per author/individual/research group will be accepted. For those nominating an individual, please notify the author.

During nomination periods, a Nomination Form will be available here.

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All applications are reviewed by an internal AHRQ and AcademyHealth HCUP Award Committee. Award recipients will be chosen based on the criteria outlined above.

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For a complete listing of previous Award recipients, please see Archive of Award Recipients.

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Internet Citation: HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). March 2022. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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