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  • Options to Expand Health Insurance Enrollment in the Individual Market--20-OCT-2017 - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    Issue brief analyzes six policy options for expanding enrollment in the individual health insurance marketplace: 1) enhancing tax credits for young adults; 2) increasing tax credit amounts; 3) extending credits to more people; 4) both increasing and extending credits; 5) adding standard reinsurance; and 6) adding generous reinsurance.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

Data tools and statistics with an health economics or health policy focus.

  • Accountable Health Communities Model - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The Accountable Health Communities Model is an interactive website, based on emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs through enhanced clinical-community linkages can improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

  • Compilation of State Data on the Affordable Care Act - (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), HHS USA)  Details

    This excel table contains the most up to date state-level data available related to certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This table includes data on the uninsured, private market reforms, employer coverage, Medicaid, the individual market (including the Health Insurance Marketplace), and Medicare.

  • Get Involved in C2C - Coverage to Care - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    Resources to help publicize the C2C initiative, aimed at connecting individuals with health coverage and to primary care and the preventive services.

  • HIX Compare - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    Raw data and overviews on the design, affordability, and cost-sharing features of plans offered in ACA health insurance marketplaces across all 50 states.

  • Health Insurance Data - (U.S. Census Bureau, ESA)  Details

    The US Census Bureau's collection of health insurance statistical information.

  • MACStats - (MACPAC USA)  Details

    A continually updated repository of statistics on Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and spending, and documents with key aspects of both programs.

  • Surveys - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    The Commonwealth Fund conducts survey of health care consumers, health professionals, and health system leaders. Site allows users to explore our data, analyses, and methods.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

Health Economics and Health Policy-related publications.

  • From Obamacare to Trumpcare - (Health Affairs)  Details

    A resource hub containing articles on health policy and health care reform. Health reform from Obamacare to Trumpcare is covered by Health Affairs in nonpartisan, peer-reviewed journal articles and Health Policy Briefs plus timely Health Affairs Blog posts from multiple points of view.

Health Care Reform

Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary

Data, Tools, and Statistics

  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Center for Innovation is a new engine for revitalizing and sustaining Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as for improving the health care system for all Americans. The Innovation Center tests innovative care and payment models and encourages widespread adoption of practices that deliver better health care at lower costs.

  • Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  Details

    CBO provides budgetary and economic information in a variety of ways and at various points in the legislative process.

  • Employer Health Benefits Annual Survey Archives - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Contains links to reports from this survey, which tracks trends in employer health insurance coverage, the cost of that coverage, and other topical health insurance issues, since 1998.

  • Health Reform Glossary - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This glossary is intended to serve as a resource for understanding the concepts included in the Affordable Care Act. It provides simple and straightforward definitions of key terms that are part of the health reform law.

  • Health System Measurement Project - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    - This web tool enables the viewing of data on a given topical area from multiple sources, comparing trends across measures and national trends with those at the state and regional level. For example, an individual could use the Measurement Project to monitor the percentage of people who have a specific source of ongoing medical care or track avoidable hospitalizations for adults and children by region or ethnic group.

  • Medicaid Managed Care Market Tracker - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This tool provides state-level, MCO-level, and parent firm-level information related to comprehensive risk-based MCOs in Medicaid.

  • Medicaid State Fact Sheets - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Federal and state fact sheets provide snap shots with current data (as of January 2017) on Medicaid and CHIP coverage, access, and financing.

  • National Conference of State Legislatures - Health - (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))  Details

    This is the portal to NCSL's health resources which include over 30 legislative tracking pages as well as information on many state health and public health policy areas.

  • Private Insurance - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    A selection of tools, statistics and surveys about private health insurance and its impact on health care reform.

  • The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) - (U.S. Census Bureau, ESA)  Details

    This program provides model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states. The data are extracted from several Census Bureau datasets. For example, they model health insurance coverage as measured by the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS).

  • State Refor(u)m - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    State Refor(u)m is an online network for health reform implementation, connecting state health officials looking for information and assistance with their peers and other experts who have relevant resources and experiences to share.

Grants/Funding

Guidelines, Journals, Other

  • ACA Implementation Series - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    This series of reports analyzes various issues related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • ACA Repeal Debate - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    Commonwealth Fund research and analysis pertaining to tracking Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment and people's experiences with their new health plan options, as well as evidence on the estimated impact of the House repeal bill and other alternatives.

  • AFL-CIO Legislative Advocacy Details

    This website provides access to legislation and political information that the AFL-CIO is interested in tracking. Recently, for example, the AFL-CIO tracked healthcare reform.

  • Filling the Information Needs for Healthcare Reform: Expert Meeting Summary and Identification of Next Steps - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    To help meet the information needs of health care reform, and to inform our own work, AHRQ convened a small group of policymakers, researchers, and producers of health care data. The purpose of the meeting was to begin developing a strategy to optimize the availability of information and data for enactment and implementation of health care reform. This document provides a summary of the objectives and major conclusions from this meeting, as well as an update on early steps taken to date to put the strategy into effect.

  • Grantmakers in Health: Health Reform - (Grantmakers in Health (GIH) USA)  Details

    In 2010 GIH established the GIH Health Reform Resource Center Fund. The fund allows GIH to increase staff resources and programming in order to inform and connect funders sponsoring work related to health reform, and to provide sound, strategic, and actionable information to funders in a timely fashion.

  • The Ninety-Day Grace Period - (Health Affairs)  Details

    This article examines the ACA regulation that requires insurers to wait three months before cancelling the policies of subsidized enrollees who are delinquent on premium payments.

  • Overview of Health Insurance Exchanges images/pdf.gif icon - (Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress)  Details

    This report provides an overview of the various components of the health insurance exchanges, summary information about how exchanges are structured, the intended consumers for health insurance exchange plans, and consumer assistance available in the exchanges, as specified in the ACA.

  • Payment Reform: Analysis of Models and Peformance Measurement Implications - (RAND Corporation USA)  Details

    The purpose of this report is to provide information about the current status of performance measurement in the context of payment reform and to identify near-term opportunities for performance measure development. The report is intended for the many stakeholders tasked with outlining a national quality strategy in the wake of health care reform legislation.

  • Quality Payment Program - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Website provides in-depth information, education, and quality measures for the new MACRA payment rule for clinicians who bill for Medicare patients.

  • Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System (June 2017) - (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC))  Details

    This annual MedPAC report examines a variety of Medicare payment system issues, including implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care, Medicare Part B drug payment policy issues, using premium support in Medicare, the relationship between physician and other health professional services and other Medicare services, redesigning the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and strengthening advanced alternative payment models, payments from drug and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals in 2015, the medical device industry, stand-alone emergency departments, hospital and skilled nursing facility use by Medicare beneficiaries who reside in nursing facilities, and provider consolidation and the role of Medicare policy.

  • States and the Affordable Care Act - (Urban Institute (UI))  Details

    This series of reports documents the progress of 10 states in establishing an exchange, implementing insurance reforms, and preparing for an expansion of Medicaid.

Key Organizations/Programs

  • HealthCare.gov - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    Provides information on the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance marketplaces.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Details

    IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) - (National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) USA)  Details

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S.

  • National Institute for Health Care Reform - (Center for Studying Health System Change)  Details

    Conducts objective research and policy analyses of the organization, financing and delivery of health care in the United States. Works to identify key health policy issues, explore policy options, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of policy options to help inform policy makers and other decision makers about how to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans.

  • Reform by the Numbers - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    RWJF aims to be a resource for credible, neutral, timely research, and information that can help inform the national health reform debate among policy-makers and other stakeholders.

  • U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor Details

    The Education and Labor Committee's purpose is to ensure that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. Its subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions follows all matters dealing with relationships between employers and workers generally including, but not limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, Labor Management Relations Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment-related retirement security, including pension, health and other employee benefits, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment, including affirmative action.

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Details

    The Committee concerns itself with matters relating to: taxation and other revenue measures generally, and those relating to the insular possessions; bonded debt of the United States; customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; tariff and import quotas, and related matters thereto; the transportation of dutiable goods; deposit of public moneys; general revenue sharing; health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund; and national social security.

  • United Health Health Care Modernization Details

    Serves as a focal point for UnitedHealth Group's work on health care modernization and national health reform. The Center assesses and develops innovative policies and practical solutions for the health care challenges facing the nation.

Meetings/Conferences

Health care reform meetings and conferences.

  • RWJF Clinical Scholars Podcast: Health Insurance and Employment - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    In this podcast from 2014, using data from the Tennessee Public Health Insurance Program, Craig Garthwaite examines the potential for job change, as Americans feel more comfortable with their ability to acquire health insurance through the exchanges.

  • World Congress Meetings - (World Congress)  Details

    World Congress events and conferences convene CEOs and senior executives in the health care industry. Conferences are held in various locations on various dates, covering a wide spectrum of topics.

Webinars, Past and Upcoming

  • From Coverage to Care: Podcast - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    This podcast from May 1, 2015 examines the effects of the ACA on ethnic and racial minorities, and their ability to obtain health insurance.

  • Health Insurance Exchange Development: Innovation in the States - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Under health reform, state-based health insurance exchanges are a mechanism to buy private insurance beginning in 2014. Access this webcast to view panel discussions with state leaders and stakeholders as they explored states' progress on the exchanges and identified next steps.

  • Marketplace Open Enrollment Preview - (Alliance for Health Policy USA)  Details

    October 24, 2017 1:30-2:45pm ET. This Alliance for Health Policy webinar will unpack the knowns and unknowns heading into the upcoming Affordable Care Act marketplace open enrollment period that begins on Nov. 1.

  • The New Health Reform Law and Medicaid - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This briefing explores the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA). A panel of experts explain how PPACA and HCERA affect Medicaid, and answer questions about their Medicaid-specific provisions, including Medicaid eligibility, financing, and other implementation issues. *Webinar is no longer available, but transcript is still available for download*

  • Quality Payment Program Videos - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    A series of on-demand videos from CMS on the Quality Payment Program, including MACRA, MIPS, and APM.

  • A Reporter's Guide to Supreme Court Arguments on Health Reform - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored this March 2012, reporters-only briefing to help journalists cover the Supreme Court arguments challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their aftermath with greater depth and understanding. Panelists focus on tips, story ideas and angles that have perhaps been underreported or overlooked, as well as angles for after the court ruling comes down, expected in June.

  • Rural Health Webcast: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Briefing provided a discussion about how some aspects of pending reform proposals within the ACA -- coverage expansions, subsidies, delivery system improvements and health information technology including telemedicine -- may have a substantial impact on rural health care.

  • Webinar: Health Insurance Exchanges - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    On 11/4/2010 this webinar focused on the state health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Speakers addressed the major challenges to successful implementation of the exchanges and present policy options and recommendations for federal and state officials, as well as provide an update on the status of the regulatory process and state implementation.

Legislation

Health Economics

Health Economics

Data Tools and Statistics

  • 2015 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report - (Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) USA)  Details

    The report tracks changes in health care prices, utilization, and spending for people younger than 65 covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, as well as including snapshots of spending and out-of-pocket spending in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care - (Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice USA)  Details

    The Dartmouth Atlas Project documents glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. The website provides access to reports and publications, as well as interactive tools to allow visitors to view specific regions and perform their own comparisons and analyses.

  • Health Economics Resource Center - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    National center located in Menlo Park, CA that assists VA researchers in assessing the cost-effectiveness of medical care, evaluating the efficiency of VA programs and providers, and conducting high-quality health economics research. Provides aggregate data and findings about veterans. This site includes socio-economic data, the demographic characteristics of veterans, the geographical distribution of the veteran population, and other statistical data and information by veteran program.

  • Health System Measurement Project - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    - This web tool enables the viewing of data on a given topical area from multiple sources, comparing trends across measures and national trends with those at the state and regional level. For example, an individual could use the Measurement Project to monitor the percentage of people who have a specific source of ongoing medical care or track avoidable hospitalizations for adults and children by region or ethnic group.

  • ICE-T Inpatient Cost Evaluation Tool - (American College of Radiology (ACR) USA)  Details

    The ICE-T is a web-based cost evaluation tool for healthcare organizations to compare their costs to national benchmarks based on Medicare claims data.

  • ISPOR International Digest of Databases - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) USA)  Details

    Electronic index (Digest) of 400 databases from 45 countries. The Digest consists of key attributes of health care databases. It is grouped by country and allows both key word searches and searches by type of database.

  • Key Resources in Health Economics (2003) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    Links to a PDF core list of materials (books, journals, websites and bibliographic databases) and a desired list of books and journals in the field of health economics. The lists are primarily geared to individuals who are new to the field or unfamiliar with the various resources on health economics and need to acquire and/or access publications, databases, and websites in the health economics domain.

  • State Health Practice Database for Research (SHPDR) Details

    SHPDR captures cross-sectional and longitudinal variation in states' statutes and laws to enable researchers to perform clinically oriented health economics research, and investigate the diffusion of medical technology and other health services research outcomes of interest.

Grants, Funding, Fellowships

  • Clarifying NIH Priorities for Health Economics Research - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  Details

    The purpose of this Guide Notice is to clarify NIH policy related to funding health economics research. This Notice serves to communicate NIH's priority areas of health economics research as well as research aims that generally fall outside of the NIH mission - to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

Health Economics literature and guidelines.

  • Accounting for Social Risk Factors in Medicare Payment - (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))  Details

    This final report summarizes the full report series to identify social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs.

  • Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - (National Academy of Medicine (NAM))  Details

    This book, aimed at health care providers; administrators; caregivers; policy makers; health professionals; federal, state, and local government agencies; private and public health organizations; and educational institutions, looks at the barriers which hinder progress in improving health and currently threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness. It also addresses the knowledge and tools available to better quality care at a lower cost.

  • Economic Reviews - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    This website describes the importance of evaluating an intervention's economic efficiency

  • Handbook of Health Economics Details

    The 35 chapters of The Handbook of Health Economics provide an up-to-date survey of the burgeoning literature in health economics. Published by Elsevier. Use requires subscription.

  • Health Economics Details

    Publishes articles on all aspects of health economics: theoretical contributions, empirical studies and analyses of health policy from the economic perspective. Its scope includes the determinants of health and its definition and valuation, as well as the demand for and supply of health care; planning and market mechanisms; micro-economic evaluation of individual procedures and treatments; and evaluation of the performance of health care systems.

  • HealthEcon-Discuss Details

    General health economics discussion list. Membership is open to all health economists (and all those interested in health economics) worldwide. It is also the recommended discussion list for members of iHEA. The purpose of healthecon-discuss is to give a (previously unavailable) forum for general discussion on health economics matters.

  • Payment Basics - (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC))  Details

    Payment Basics is a series of brief overviews of how Medicare's payment systems function. The Commission produces Payment Basics as a resource for policymakers and others to better understand how Medicare pays for health care services.

  • Scorecards on Payment Reform - (Catalyst for Payment Reform USA)  Details

    Scorecards on progress on payment reform, linking payment reform to outcomes in the health care system.

Key Organizations

Key Organizations for Health Economics.

  • Center for State Rx Drug Pricing - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    The Center will provide technical and strategic assistance to states, leverage legal and actuarial expertise as needed, distribute funding to a subset of states, and convene state leaders as part of a work group, in order to promote state-level legislation and initiatives to decrease prescription drug prices.

  • Health Economics Resource Center - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    National center located in Menlo Park, CA that assists VA researchers in assessing the cost-effectiveness of medical care, evaluating the efficiency of VA programs and providers, and conducting high-quality health economics research. Provides aggregate data and findings about veterans. This site includes socio-economic data, the demographic characteristics of veterans, the geographical distribution of the veteran population, and other statistical data and information by veteran program.

  • Healthcare Delivery Research Program - (National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH)  Details

    NCI's work related to quality of care research and the translation of this research into practice is available through the links on this website.

  • Insitute of Health Economics - (Institute of Health Economics CANADA)  Details

    The IHE strives to assist decision makers in health policy and practice with the results from economic evaluations, costing and cost-effectiveness analyses, and with syntheses of findings from research in health technology assessment.

  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Details

    ISPOR promotes the science of pharmacoeconomics (health economics) and outcomes research (the scientific discipline that evaluates the effect of health care interventions on patient well-being including clinical outcomes, economic outcomes, and patient-reported outcomes) and facilitates the translation of this research into useful information for healthcare decision-makers to ensure that society allocates scarce health care resources wisely, fairly and efficiently. ISPOR embraces all health technology assessors, government health technology regulators & payers of health care including governments, insurers, and other health care payers who use health care outcomes research information in their decisions.

  • National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Details

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

Meetings / Conferences

  • Examining Health Care Competition - (Federal Trade Commission (FTC))  Details

    Held on March 20-21, 2014, this public workshop looked at trends in competition in the healthcare industry. Video, transcripts, and the meeting agenda are available for viewing.

  • HCUP Events - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Upcoming HCUP presentations at meetings and conferences, webinars, and workshops.

  • Health Care on the Brink of the Fiscal Cliff - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This is an archived video of the meeting held on November 12, 2012, which looked at the implications of the fiscal cliff on health programs and the health care industry.

  • Quality Payment Program Overview - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The webinar will provide an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions under MACRA, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. It was originally aired on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Programs (Non-Academic)

Non-academic health economics programs.

  • Health Economics Program (HEP) - (Minnesota Department of Health (MDH))  Details

    The Health Economics Program conducts research and applied policy analysis to monitor changes in the health care marketplace; to understand factors influencing health care cost, quality and access; and to provide technical assistance in the development of state health care policy.

  • Healthcare Value Hub - (Altarum Institute USA)  Details

    The Healthcare Value Hub can help users find timely information about the policies that help address rising healthcare costs, bringing better value and transparency to consumers. Website provides a road map to some of the key concepts and research findings to help advocates work on healthcare cost and value issues, as well as publications, glossaries and infographics.

  • Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative - (Pew Charitable Trusts USA)  Details

    This initiative works to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proven effective.

Health Policy

Data Tools and Statistics

  • Health System Measurement Project - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    - This web tool enables the viewing of data on a given topical area from multiple sources, comparing trends across measures and national trends with those at the state and regional level. For example, an individual could use the Measurement Project to monitor the percentage of people who have a specific source of ongoing medical care or track avoidable hospitalizations for adults and children by region or ethnic group.

  • Kaiser Charts and Slides - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This is a health policy resource featuring "Kaiser Slides"- a tool providing direct access to facts, data and slides about the nation's health care system and programs.

  • Medicaid.gov - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    This website is devoted to the policies - and the people - of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

  • Medicare Costs at a Glance: 2016 - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    A CMS tool that provides the costs that Medicare beneficiaries pay for premiums and healthcare services.

  • State Health IT Policy Levers Compendium - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    The Compendium contains 32 policy levers (such as Credentialing Policies or State-level legal protections) and 300 examples of how states use these levers to promote health IT and advance interoperability.

Guidelines, Journals, Other (Webcasts, etc.)

Health policy related publications.

  • CDC Health Policy Series - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    A series of issue briefs designed to provide guidance to state and local public health departments and to health systems.

  • The Commonwealth Fund's 2009 International Symposium on Health Care Policy - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    Highlights of the ministers' roundtable from The Commonwealth Fund's 2009 International Symposium on Health Care Policy, "Top Priorities for Achieving a High Performance Health Care System." Participants included Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Health, England; Thomas Björn Zeltner, M.D., former Secretary of State for Health, Switzerland; Abraham (Ab) Klink, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands; Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Associate Minister of Health, New Zealand; Karin Johansson, State Secretary for Health, Sweden; Lord Ara Darzi, KBE, M.D., Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, England.

  • Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  Details

    Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency's long tradition of nonpartisanship is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce each year.

  • Core Health Policy Library Recommendations, 2011 images/pdf.gif icon - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    This list focuses on core (essential/indispensible) health policy materials-books (print and e-books), journals (print and online), bibliographic databases, and select electronic resources such as alerts, blogs, newsletters, and Websites.

  • Global Health Policy - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This Q&A webcast features an expert panel exploring the United States' global health support and the right balance between multilateral and bilateral funding as well as other aspects of the U.S. multilateral engagement including its role in governance and its participation in international treaties and other agreements.

  • Health Policy and Planning Online Details

    Health Policy and Planning's aim is to improve the design and implementation of health policies in low- and middle-income countries through providing a forum for publishing high quality research and original ideas for an audience of policy and public health researchers and practitioners. HPP is published six times a year (bimonthly) by Oxford University Press.

  • Health Policy Commons™ Details

    Digital Commons Network offers free access to full-text articles and research from international colleges and universities.

  • Health Policy Monitor - (International Network Health Policy and Reform GERMANY)  Details

    A 20-country project initiated and sponsored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2002, associated with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Every six months, the experts report and comment on five or more health policy trends and developments from their countries.

  • MMRR - Medicare & Medicaid Research Review - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Peer-reviewed, online journal reporting data and research that informs current and future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance programs. The journal seeks to examine and evaluate health care coverage, quality and access to care for beneficiaries, and payment for health services.

  • National Conference of State Legislatures - Health - (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))  Details

    This is the portal to NCSL's health resources which include over 30 legislative tracking pages as well as information on many state health and public health policy areas.

  • A Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health Policy - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    For journalists, a basic understanding of global health is now required to cover a wide range of topics, i.e., Congressional policy debates, foreign policy and international relations, economics, food issues, military conflicts, and natural disasters. This guide provides up-to-date background information for reporters covering those issues.

  • Urban Institute's Newsletters - (Urban Institute (UI))  Details

    Sign-up form for alerts on a variety of topics, including health policy, housing finance, education, state and local finance.

Health Policy Key Organizations

Key organizations for health policy.

  • The ACA Implementation Research Network Details

    A joint effort between the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, the Network is comprised of state-level experts on health policy and public management. The Network is working to provide baseline reports that focus on the effect of the ACA on inter-agency relationships, state-level policies, and the wider effects.

  • Alabama Public Health Details

    Alabama Public Health works to provide caring, high quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public's health through disease prevention and the assurance of public health services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay.

  • Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research - (World Health Organization (WHO))  Details

    The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is an international collaboration based in the WHO Geneva. It has its origins in the recommendations of the 1996 report of WHO's Ad Hoc Committee on Health Research which identified lack of health policy and systems research as a key problem impeding the improvement of health outcomes in low and middle income countries.

  • The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) Details

    Represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and others.

  • California Health Care Foundation - (California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF))  Details

    Site dedicated to informing policy-makers, the health care community, and the public about approaches to expanding public and private coverage.

  • Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) Details

    A nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designed and conducted studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry. Data from their website is still available, though the organization merged with Mathematica Policy Research as of December 31, 2013.

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Details

    EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

  • European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies - (World Health Organization (WHO))  Details

    The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.

  • Families USA Details

    A national nonprofit working for the consumer in national and state health policy debates.

  • HCFO (Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization) - (AcademyHealth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    The Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, strives to bridge the health policy and health services research communities. Program ended in December 2016, but site has archived grants, publications, and other resources.

  • Health Policy Latest News - (National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) USA)  Details

    NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. NBCH provides recommendations on health policy on its website.

  • Justice in Aging - (National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) USA)  Details

    Formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center, this group seeks to ensure that low-income older adults understand and have access to affordable health care benefits and medicine and that more people receive long term care at home. To achieve its objectives, NSCLC uses advocacy and litigation as well as provides education and counseling to local advocates who work with low-income older adults. This website provides information on topics such as dual eligibles, Medicaid/Medicare, health reform law, health disparities, etc.

  • Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, UAB - (University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) USA)  Details

    Located in the School of Public Health of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, this endowed Center has a university-wide mission to facilitate the conduct of health policy research and to disseminate the findings of that research beyond the usual academic channels.

  • Mathematica Health Policy Research Details

    Access data, reports, and articles from Mathematica's researchers on people who lack health insurance, efficient operation of government health insurance programs, effective care delivery, chronic disease and long-term care, health care financing, and public health.

  • Medical Health Assessment Lab - (Health Assessment Lab (HAL))  Details

    Not for profit organization dedicated to improving health and health care by promoting the science of outcomes measurement, and the development, evaluation, and distribution of standardized, high quality instruments that measure health and the outcomes of medical care.

  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Details

    Established in 1997 by the merger of the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC). Created by congressional mandate (Public Law 105-33), the 15-member nonpartisan Commission advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies. MedPAC is also tasked with analyzing access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare.

  • National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Details

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.

  • National Health Policy Forum (NHPF) - (George Washington University)  Details

    The National Health Policy Forum was a participant-driven, nonpartisan information exchange program that works to foster more informed government decision making. It has closed its doors. This website will remain available until December 31, 2018

  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Details

    Not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.

  • NEHI - (NEHI USA)  Details

    A non-profit, health policy institute, NEHI is a member-based organization that brings together diverse perspectives from the health care community across the country - including patients, payers, providers, universities, hospitals and not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit companies and associations - to find mutual solutions to mutual health care problems through collaboration, research and transformation.

  • New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) - (New York Academy of Medicine)  Details

    NYAM has been advancing the health of people in cities since 1847. An independent organization, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to innovative research, education, community engagement and policy leadership. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public's health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities. Provides New York City and New York State health and community data resources.

  • Public Policy Institute - (AARP)  Details

    PPI conducts objective research on public policy issues of concern to the aging, including economic security, health care, and quality of life.

  • RAND Health and Health Care Research Division Details

    RAND Health is a research division within the RAND Corporation. For 60 years, RAND has been working to improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND Health continues that tradition, advancing understanding of health and health behaviors, and examining how the organization and financing of care affect costs, quality, and access.

  • UCLA Center for Health Policy Research - (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) USA)  Details

    The Center improves the public's health through high-quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that informs effective policymaking. We advance this mission through policy analysis, policy-relevant research, public service, community partnership, media relations, and education.

Meetings/Conferences/Webinars

  • Future of Health Care Summit Series - (Alliance for Health Policy USA)  Details

    April 7 - December 8, 2017. A series of half-day summits on or near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC focused on highlighting progress on three persistent health policy issues and examining prospects for moving forward.

  • Genetic Alliance Webinars - (Genetic Alliance)  Details

    Genetic Alliance hosts monthly webinars, which discuss genetics and advocacy, public policy, and organizational development.

  • NASHP Webinars - (Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum USA)  Details

    This website provides access and registration information for a series of national webinars on health policy issues.