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Publications include Issue Briefs (concise, analytic reports on health policy issues), Background Papers (syntheses of market analysis or research findings on a particular topic or program initiative), and Basics (short primers that answer basic questions about programs and practices).

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The BasicsDecember 18, 2014
Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Surveys: Assessing Patient Experience
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

The BasicsDecember 15, 2014
Medicare
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

The BasicsDecember 15, 2014
The Medicare Drug Benefit (Part D)
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

The BasicsMarch 27, 2014
National Spending for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), 2012
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Issue Brief No. 853March 10, 2014
Telehealth: Into the Mainstream?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background Paper No. 85February 21, 2014
Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration: A Work in Progress
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Background Paper No. 86November 19, 2013
Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Programs Enacted by the ACA: Expanding Opportunities One Step at a Time
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Issue Brief No. 852October 30, 2013
Seeking Value in Medicare: Performance Measurement for Clinical Professionals
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 851October 22, 2013
Health Workforce Needs: Projections Complicated by Practice and Technology Changes
Author: Rob Cunningham, Consultant

The BasicsOctober 17, 2013
The Commission on Long-Term Care: Background Behind the Mission
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Issue Brief No. 850July 19, 2013
Medicare Advantage Update: Benefits, Enrollment, and Payments After the ACA
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Issue Brief No. 849June 25, 2013
CMS's Proposed Rule Implementing the ACA-mandated Medicaid DSH Reductions
Author: Kathryn Linehan

The BasicsMarch 19, 2013
The Public Health Service
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Site VisitFebruary 19–20, 2013
The "Coopetition" Model: Caring for San Diego's Low-Income Population
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

The BasicsFebruary 13, 2013
Medicaid Financing
Author: Kathryn Linehan

The BasicsJanuary 29, 2013
Assisted Living: Facilities, Financing, and Oversight
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Background Paper No. 84January 11, 2013
Family Caregivers: The Primary Providers of Assistance to People with Functional Limitations and Chronic Impairments
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

The BasicsJanuary 3, 2013
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act: Major Legislative Provisions
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Issue Brief No. 848December 18, 2012
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: FQHCs and Community Clinics in a Reformed Health Care Market
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Issue Brief No. 847December 7, 2012
Medicare's Post-Acute Care Payment: A Review of the Issues and Policy Proposals
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Issue Brief No. 846September 17, 2012
Community Health Workers: A Front Line for Primary Care?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitJuly 20, 2012
Pulling Together to Improve Health: Integrating Health, Social, and Legal Services in DC
Authors: Jessamy Taylor, MPP & Michele J. Orza, ScD

The BasicsApril 30, 2012
Health Professions Education and Professional Obligations
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitApril 13, 2012
Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS): Arlington County's Integrated Approach
Authors: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 845February 24, 2012
Recent Proposals to Limit Medigap Coverage and Modify Medicare Cost Sharing
Author: Kathryn Linehan

The BasicsFebruary 23, 2012
Older Americans Act of 1965: Programs and Funding
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Background Paper No. 83December 13, 2011
The Aging Services Network: Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Issue Brief No. 844September 28, 2011
Individual and Small-Group Market Health Insurance Rate Review and Disclosure: State and Federal Roles After PPACA
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Background Paper No. 82September 14, 2011
Aligning Graduate Medical Education with Public Policy
Author: Rob Cunningham, Consultant

The BasicsJune 21, 2011
Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate
Author: A. Bruce Steinwald, Consultant

Site VisitMay 31–June 2, 2011
Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows: Efforts to Improve Health and Reduce Costs in Denver
Authors: Michele J. Orza, ScD & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Issue Brief No. 843May 26, 2011
Home, but Not Alone: Evidence-Based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 842March 30, 2011
The Hospitalist: Better Value in Inpatient Care?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 841March 28, 2011
Medicare's Bundling Pilot: Including Post-Acute Care Services
Author: Laura A. Dummit

The BasicsJanuary 28, 2011
Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Issue Brief No. 840December 21, 2010
Self-Insurance and the Potential Effects of Health Reform on the Small-Group Market
Author: Kathryn Linehan

The BasicsNovember 30, 2010
The Elder Justice Act: Addressing Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Background Paper No. 81November 19, 2010
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): Federal and State Efforts to Guide Consumers Through the Long-Term Services and Supports Maze
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

Background Paper No. 80October 12, 2010
Premium Assistance: An Update
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 839September 30, 2010
Medicaid Payment for Generic Drugs: Achieving Savings and Access
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Background Paper No. 79September 28, 2010
The Primary Care Safety Net: Strained, Transitioning, Critical
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Background Paper No. 78September 27, 2010
High Hopes: Public Health Approaches to Reducing the Need for Health Care
Author: Michele J. Orza, ScD

Background Paper No. 77August 18, 2010
Governmental Public Health: An Overview of State and Local Public Health Agencies
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 838July 22, 2010
Medicare Physician Fees: The Data Behind the Numbers
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Background Paper No. 76July 6, 2010
Tapping the Potential of the Health Care Workforce: Scope-of-Practice and Payment Policies for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants
Author: Robert Cunningham, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 837June 24, 2010
Keeping Health Insurance After a Job Loss: COBRA Continuation Coverage and Subsidies
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Background Paper No. 75June 4, 2010
Health Care Shortage Designations: HPSA, MUA, and TBD
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Site VisitJune 2–4, 2010
Heath Care Spending: Why Is Miami an Outlier?
Authors: Laura A. Dummit & Mary Ellen Stahlman

Background Paper No. 74May 11, 2010
Physician Assessment: Measuring Competence and Performance
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitApril 5–7, 2010
Information and Incentives: Improving the Health of New York City's Low-Income Population
Authors: Kathryn Linehan & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 836March 29, 2010
Oral Health Checkup: Progress in Tough Fiscal Times?
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

The BasicsMarch 29, 2010
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

The BasicsMarch 10, 2010
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Background Paper No. 73February 17, 2010
The Medical Education of Physicians
Author: Jonathan Saxton, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 835December 11, 2009
Got Junk? The Federal Role in Regulating “Competitive” Foods
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Background Paper No. 72December 11, 2009
No Free Lunch? Current Challenges Facing the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Background Paper No. 71December 2, 2009
The Role of Ombudsmen in Assuring Quality for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Straining to Make Ends Meet
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

The BasicsOctober 14, 2009
Discharge Planning and Medical Social Services in Fee-for-Service Medicare
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Background Paper No. 70August 31, 2009
Coverage and Payment for Prescription Drugs Under Medicare Part B: A Complex Patchwork
Author: Amanda Cassidy, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 834August 25, 2009
Stimulus Bill Implementation: Expanding Meaningful Use of Health IT
Author: Rob Cunningham, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 833July 31, 2009
The Medicare Drug Benefit: Update on the Low-Income Subsidy
Author: Mary Ellen Stahlman

Issue Brief No. 832June 5, 2009
A Health Insurance Exchange: Prototypes and Design Issues
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

Background Paper No. 69June 4, 2009
Underwriting in the Non-Group Health Insurance Market: The Fundamentals
Author: Kathryn Linehan

Site VisitMay 26–28, 2009
Resilience and Renaissance: Efforts to Rebuild a Healthier New Orleans
Authors: Michele J. Orza, ScD & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Background Paper No. 68April 23, 2009
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): The Fundamentals
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Issue Brief No. 831April 21, 2009
Show Me the Money: The Implications of Schedule H
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Background Paper No. 67April 21, 2009
Schedule H: New Community Benefit Reporting Requirements for Hospitals
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

Site VisitApril 17 & August 7, 2009
Coordinating Care for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: The Guided Care Model and Other Innovative Approaches
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

The BasicsApril 13, 2009
The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Issue Brief No. 830March 13, 2009
Health Care-Associated Infections: Is There an End in Sight?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Fundamentals BriefingFebruary 13, 2009
Comparative Effectiveness: What Is It? Who Does It? And Where Is It Going?
Author: Michele J. Orza, ScD

The BasicsFebruary 12, 2009
Relative Value Units (RVUs)
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Fundamentals BriefingFebruary 6, 2009
Medicaid, Employers, and Medigap: Wrapping Around Medicare
Author: Mary Ellen Stahlman

Fundamentals BriefingJanuary 30, 2009
The World of Prescription Drugs: Approvals, Pricing, and Purchasing
Authors: Laura A. Dummit & Mary Ellen Stahlman

Issue Brief No. 829January 8, 2009
Reauthorizing SCHIP: A Summary of Selected Issues
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

ToolsDecember 12, 2008
Glossary of Health Insurance Terms
Author:

Issue Brief No. 828December 11, 2008
Medicaid Financing: How the FMAP Formula Works and Why It Falls Short
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Issue Brief No. 827November 3, 2008
Primary Care Physician Supply, Physician Compensation, and Medicare Fees: What Is the Connection?
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Background Paper No. 66October 23, 2008
Medicaid and Mental Health Services
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Site VisitOctober 23–24, 2008
Tending to Richmond's Children: Community Strategies to Bridge Service Gaps
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Issue Brief No. 826September 30, 2008
Covering All Kids: States Setting the Pace
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Safiya Mojerie

Site VisitAugust 11–13, 2008
Community-Based Long-Term Care in Milwaukee: Wisconsin Still Ahead
Authors: Judith D. Moore, Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background Paper No. 65August 8, 2008
Strong as the Weakest Link: Medical Response to a Catastrophic Event
Author: Eileen Salinsky, Consultant

The BasicsJuly 30, 2008
Medicare Demonstrations
Author: Amanda Cassidy, Consultant

The BasicsJuly 30, 2008
Medicaid and SCHIP Waivers
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Background Paper No. 64July 22, 2008
Shaping Medicaid and SCHIP through Waivers: The Fundamentals
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Background Paper No. 63July 22, 2008
The Fundamentals of Medicare Demonstrations
Author: Amanda Cassidy, Consultant

Background PaperApril 11, 2008
The Aging Services Network: Accomplishments and Challenges in Serving a Growing Elderly Population
Author: Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA

The BasicsMarch 25, 2008
HIPAA Coverage Provisions
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitMarch 16–18, 2008
Competition and Collaboration, Chicago-Style
Authors: Laura A. Dummit & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Meeting ReportMarch 14, 2008
Completing the Recipe for Children's Health: New Variations on Key Ingredients: A Report from the Workshop on June 28, 2007
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Fundamentals BriefingFebruary 21–22, 2008
Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Private Health Insurance
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Briefing BookFebruary 21-22, 2008
Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Private Health Insurance

Background PaperJanuary 28, 2008
Pharmacogenomics: A Primer for Policymakers
Author: Leslie Tucker, Consultant

Site VisitSeptember 30–October 1, 2007
Children's Behavioral Health Services in Baltimore: Walking the Continuum
Author: Jennifer Ryan

The BasicsSeptember 24, 2007
The Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Background PaperSeptember 24, 2007
Medicare Advantage Payment Policy
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 825September 10, 2007
Physician Profiling: Can Medicare Paint an Accurate Picture?
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Background PaperAugust 21, 2007
Medicare's Use of Risk Adjustment
Author: Gerald F. Kominski, PhD

Issue Brief No. 824August 17, 2007
Medicaid and State Budgets: Clearing Storm, Foggy Forecast
Author: Courtney Burke, Consultant

Site VisitAugust 8–10, 2007
Community-Based Long-Term Care: Wisconsin Stays Ahead
Authors: Judith D. Moore, Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 823August 1, 2007
Shrinking Inpatient Psychiatric Capacity: Cause for Celebration or Concern?
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Christopher W. Loftis, PhD

Background PaperJuly 23, 2007
Health Information Technology Adoption Among Health Centers: A Digital Divide in the Making?
Authors: Adil Moiduddin & Daniel S. Gaylin, Consultants

Issue Brief No. 822May 30, 2007
Trading Places: Real Choice Systems Change Grants and the Movement to Community-Based Long-Term Care Supports
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Background PaperMay 9, 2007
The Prescription Drug Safety Net: Access to Pharmaceuticals for the Uninsured
Author: Jack Hoadley, PhD

Background PaperApril 23, 2007
The Fundamentals of Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Plans
Authors: Beth Fuchs, PhD & Lisa Potetz, Consultants

Issue Brief No. 821April 19, 2007
What Have You Done for Me Lately? Assessing Hospital Community Benefit
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Site VisitApril 3–5, 2007
Competition and Collaboration: The Spirit of St. Louis
Authors: Laura A. Dummit & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Technical PaperApril 4, 2007
Review of Access and Quality of Care in SCHIP Using Standardized National Performance Measures
Author: Lee Partridge, Consultant

Background PaperMarch 28, 2007
Health Care Price Transparency and Price Competition
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

Site VisitMarch 2, 2007
Fairfax County's Commitment: A Housing and Health Continuum for Seniors
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Meeting ReportDecember 6, 2006
A Report from the Forum Session "Complexity, Coordination and Compromise: States and the Medicare Drug Benefit" (August 4, 2006)
Author: Lee Partridge, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 820November 30, 2006
Personal Health Records: The People's Choice?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperNovember 29, 2006
Value-Based Coverage Policy in the United States and the United Kingdom: Different Paths to a Common Goal
Author: Wilhelmine Miller, Consultant

Background PaperNovember 27, 2006
Medicare and Mental Health: The Fundamentals
Authors: Christopher W. Loftis, PhD & Eileen Salinsky

Issue Brief No. 819November 20, 2006
EPSDT: Medicaid's Critical but Controversial Benefits Program for Children
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Issue Brief No. 818November 10, 2006
Updating Medicare's Physician Fees: The Sustainable Growth Rate Methodology
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Issue Brief No. 817November 8, 2006
The Nuts and Bolts of PDPs
Author: Mary Ellen Stahlman

Issue Brief No. 816November 2, 2006
Updating the WIC Food Packages: It's About Time
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Issue Brief No. 815October 9, 2006
Medicare Physician Payments and Spending
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Issue Brief No. 814August 15, 2006
Effects of Food Marketing to Kids: I'm Lovin' It?
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Issue Brief No. 813August 2, 2006
A Closer Look at the Medicare Part D Low–Income Benchmark Premium: How Low Can It Go?
Author: Mary Ellen Stahlman

Issue Brief No. 812July 17, 2006
Premium Assistance in Medicaid and SCHIP: Ace in the Hole or House of Cards?
Authors: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant & Jennifer Ryan

Issue Brief No. 811July 7, 2006
Don't Bring Me Your Tired, Your Poor: The Crowded State of America's Emergency Departments
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Site VisitJune 23, 2006
The Electronic Health Record in Practice: Why, How, and What Next?
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Sally Coberly, PhD

Site VisitApril 18–20, 2006
LA Story: Improving Care Management for the Chronically Ill and Chronically Underserved
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Issue Brief No. 810March 29, 2006
Medicaid in 2006: A Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road?
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Background PaperMarch 3, 2006
Rebalancing Long-Term Care: The Role of the Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 809February 28, 2006
Fitness, Knowledge, Progress: Assessing Physician Qualification
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperFebruary 8, 2006
Health Benefits in Retirement: Set for Extinction?
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

Background PaperJanuary 25, 2006
The Vaccine Industry: Does It Need a Shot in the Arm?
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Cole Werble, Consultant

Site VisitDecember 4–6, 2005
Redesigning Practice to Improve Care Delivery (Boston)
Authors: Laura A. Dummit & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 808November 11, 2005
Medicare Advantage SNPs: A New Opportunity for Integrated Care?
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Meeting ReportSeptember 22, 2005
A Report from the Forum Session “Implementing the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Continuing Challenges for States”
Author: Lee Partridge, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 807August 29, 2005
One Pill, Many Prices: Variation in Prescription Drug Prices in Selected Government Programs
Author: Dawn M. Gencarelli

Issue Brief No. 806August 24, 2005
Clinical Preventive Services: When Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Background PaperAugust 22, 2005
Caring for "Ryan White": The Fundamentals of HIV/AIDS Treatment Policy
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Site VisitAugust 5, 2005
Keeping Track of Care: Quality and Technology at LifeBridge Health System (Baltimore)
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 805July 22, 2005
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: Moving Toward More Effective Systems of Care
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 804July 13, 2005
Specialty Hospitals: Can General Hospitals Compete?
Author: Laura A. Dummit

Issue Brief No. 803June 29, 2005
Local Coverage Initiatives: Solution or Band-Aid for the Uninsured?
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Background PaperJune 27, 2005
Children with Special Health Care Needs: Minding the Gaps
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Fundamentals BriefingApril 22 and May 6, 2005
Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Private Health Insurance
Authors: Sally Coberly, PhD & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 802May 6, 2005
Hospital Oversight in Medicare: Accreditation and Deeming Authority
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperApril 19, 2005
Health Insurance Coverage for Small Employers
Author: Dawn M. Gencarelli

Background PaperApril 13, 2005
Fundamentals of Underwriting in the Nongroup Health Insurance Market: Access to Coverage and Options for Reform
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

Background PaperApril 11, 2005
Health Savings Accounts: The Fundamentals
Authors: Beth Fuchs, PhD & Julie A. James, Consultants

Site VisitMarch 29–31, 2005
Exploring California's Rural Health System: From the Redwood Forests to the Baja Border
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Site VisitDecember 9–10, 2004
Quality Improvement in Maryland: Partnerships and Progress
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 801October 26, 2004
The Provider System for Children's Mental Health: Workforce Capacity and Effective Treatment
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 800September 29, 2004
Electronic Health Records: How Close? How Far to Go?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperSeptember 14, 2004
Medicaid's Disproportionate Share Hospital Program: Complex Structure, Critical Payments
Author: Robert E. Mechanic, Consultant

Background PaperAugust 31, 2004
Fundamentals of Community Health Centers
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

Meeting ReportAugust 31, 2004
A Report from the Forum Session “Implementing the New Medicare Drug Benefit: Challenges and Opportunities for States”
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Jennifer Ryan

Background PaperAugust 27, 2004
Tick-Tock: Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Background PaperAugust 24, 2004
Fundamentals of the Prescription Drug Market
Author: Christie Provost Peters

Background PaperJuly 31, 2004
The Promise and the Reality of Long-Term Care Insurance
Author: Randy A. Desonia

Issue Brief No. 799June 4, 2004
Children with Mental Disorders: Making Sense of Their Needs and the Systems That Help Them
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Site VisitMay 24–25, 2004
The Economics of Quality: Changing Incentives in Cincinnati
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 798May 14, 2004
Consumer Cost Sharing in Private Health Insurance: On the Threshold of Change
Author: Veronica V. Goff, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 797May 10, 2004
Medicare's Chronic Care Improvement Pilot Program: What Is Its Potential?
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 796April 1, 2004
Veterans' Health Care: Balancing Resources and Responsibilities
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperMarch 10, 2004
Necessary but Not Sufficient? Physician Volunteerism and the Health Care Safety Net
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Site VisitFebruary 17–19, 2004
The Health Care Safety Net in South Carolina: A Test of Tenacity
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Randy A. Desonia

Background PaperNovember 14, 2003
Bridging Silos, Part I: Linkages among the DI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid Programs
Author: Karen Matherlee

Background PaperNovember 14, 2003
Bridging Silos, Part II: DI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid Issues and Initiatives
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 795November 13, 2003
Sailing SCHIP through Troubled Waters
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Site VisitNovember 6–7, 2003
Rural Health Care in the Electronic Age (Danville, PA)
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 794September 30, 2003
Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid: Two for One or Double Jeopardy?
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Nora Super

Site VisitSeptember 22–23, 2003
Medical Response for Terrorist and Public Health Threats: One Region's Experience (Pittsburgh)
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperSeptember 15, 2003
Shaping Public Programs through Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Waivers: The Fundamentals
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 793September 4, 2003
The Medicare Prescription Drug Proposals and Health Insurance Risk
Author: Dawn M. Gencarelli

Background PaperAugust 14, 2003
WIC Reauthorization: Opportunities for Improving the Nutritional Status of Women, Infants, and Children
Authors: Harriette B. Fox, Margaret A. McManus & Harry J. Schmidt, Consultants

Background PaperJuly 11, 2003
Obesity in America: A Growing Threat
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Wakina Scott

Issue Brief No. 792July 3, 2003
The Geography of Medicare: Explaining Differences in Payment and Costs
Author: Nora Super

Background PaperJune 13, 2003
Improving Oral Health: Promise and Prospects
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Site VisitMay 27–29, 2003
Doing It RIte: Exploring a Decade of Health Coverage Innovation (Rhode Island)
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Ginger P. Parra

Issue Brief No. 791May 16, 2003
Disease Management to Population-Based Health: Steps in the Right Direction?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 790May 10, 2003
Medicaid Prescription Drug Coverage: State Efforts to Control Costs
Author: Dawn M. Gencarelli

Issue Brief No. 789April 11, 2003
Reauthorizing Head Start: The Future Federal Role in Preschool Programs for the Poor
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Background PaperApril 11, 2003
The U.S. Health Workforce: Definitions, Dollars, and Dilemmas
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 788March 12, 2003
Who Will Pay for the Adverse Events Resulting from Smallpox Vaccination? Liability and Compensation Issues
Authors: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant & Eileen Salinsky

Background PaperMarch 12, 2003
Is Community Care a Civil Right? The Unfolding Saga of the Olmstead Decision
Author: Randy A. Desonia

Issue Brief No. 787January 9, 2003
Converging on Nursing Home Quality
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 786November 22, 2002
Depression: A Decade of Progress, More to Do
Author: Veronica V. Goff, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 785November 15, 2002
U.S. Childhood Vaccine Availability: Legal, Regulatory, and Economic Complexities
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Site VisitNovember 12–14, 2002
The Medicare and Medicaid Intersection: Caring for Arizona's Seniors
Authors: Nora Super, Lisa Sprague, MBA & Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 784November 12, 2002
Prescription Drugs in Nursing Homes: Managing Costs and Quality in a Complex Environment
Authors: Dan Mendelson, Rajeev Ramchand, Richard Abramson, MD & Anne Tumlinson, Consultants

Issue Brief No. 783September 25, 2002
Running on Empty: The State Budget Crisis Worsens
Author: Randy A. Desonia

Issue Brief No. 782September 9, 2002
Medigap: Prevalence, Premiums, and Opportunities for Reform
Author: Nora Super

Background PaperAugust 28, 2002
Expanding Health Coverage for the Uninsured: Fundamentals of the Tax Credit Option
Authors: Beth Fuchs, PhD, Mark Merlis & Julie James, Consultants

Issue Brief No. 781August 15, 2002
SCHIP Turns Five: Taking Stock, Moving Ahead
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Site VisitAugust 7–9, 2002
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Exploring Federal, State, and Local Relationships (Atlanta)
Authors: Eileen Salinsky & Ginger P. Parra

Issue Brief No. 780July 22, 2002
Federal Child Care Funding for Low-Income Families: How Much Is Needed?
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Background PaperJune 21, 2002
Hatch-Waxman, Generics, and Patents: Balancing Prescription Drug Innovation, Competition, and Affordability
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 779June 20, 2002
Managing Advanced Illness: A Quality and Cost Challenge to Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurers
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 778June 19, 2002
Welfare Reform and American Indians: Critical Issues for Reauthorization
Author: Wakina Scott

Issue Brief No. 777June 13, 2002
1115 Ways to Waive Medicaid and SCHIP Rules
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Issue Brief No. 776June 12, 2002
Will the Nation Be Ready for the Next Bioterrorism Attack? Mending Gaps in the Public Health Infrastructure
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Issue Brief No. 775June 7, 2002
Average Wholesale Price for Prescription Drugs: Is There a More Appropriate Pricing Mechanism?
Author: Dawn M. Gencarelli

Issue Brief No. 774June 3, 2002
Contracting for Quality: Medicare's Quality Improvement Organizations
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperMay 31, 2002
The Federal-State Struggle over Medicaid Matching Funds: An Update
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 773May 17, 2002
How Vulnerable Is the Nation's Food Supply? Linking Food Safety and Food Security
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Site VisitApril 19, 2002
Food and Drug Administration: Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (Bethesda, Maryland)
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Site VisitApril 2–4, 2002
Child and Family Health Initiatives in the Bay Area
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Wakina Scott

Background PaperApril 3, 2002
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Fundamentals of the "System"
Author: Eileen Salinsky

Issue Brief No. 772March 8, 2002
Pharmacy Benefits: New Concepts in Plan Design
Author: Veronica V. Goff, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 771March 7, 2002
Welfare Reform and Substance Abuse: Innovative State Strategies
Author: Ginger P. Parra

Site VisitMarch 4–5, 2002
Transitions along the Continuum of Care: Elderly and Disabled Persons in New York
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Nora Super

Site VisitFebruary 20–22, 2002
Welfare Reform in Maryland: Flexibility in Action
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 770February 15, 2002
Promoting Marriage as Welfare Policy: Looking at a Public Role in Private Lives
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Background PaperJanuary 25, 2002
From Diagnosis to Payment: The Dynamics of Coding Systems for Hospital, Physician, and Other Health Services
Author: Karen Matherlee

Background PaperJanuary 23, 2002
Who Will Be There to Care? The Growing Gap between Caregiver Supply and Demand
Author: Nora Super

Site VisitJanuary 14–16, 2002
Help Before There's Hurt: Integrating Child Welfare and Welfare Reform to Assist Families
Author: Randy A. Desonia

Site VisitJanuary 8–11, 2002
Managed Care: As Good As It Gets? (Los Angeles)
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Sally Coberly, PhD

Background PaperNovember 2001
Meeting Employees' Information Needs in an Evolving Health Care Marketplace
Author: Lise Rybowski, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 769October 30, 2001
The Disappearing State Surpluses: How Come, How Long, and How Will They Affect Social Service Programs?
Author: Randy A. Desonia

Site VisitOctober 12, 2001
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 768October 5, 2001
Primary Care Case Management: Lessons for Medicare?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperOctober 2001
Emergency Preparedness from a Health Perspective: Preparing for Bioterrorism at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Issue Brief No. 767September 24, 2001
Health Insurance Family Style: Public Approaches to Reaching the Uninsured
Author: Jennifer Ryan

Site VisitAugust 20–22, 2001
Mission Possible? Maintaining the Safety Net in Urban and Rural Colorado
Author: Karen Matherlee

Site VisitAugust 6–8, 2001
W-2 in 2001: Wisconsin Works at Welfare Reform
Authors: Jennifer Ryan & Randy A. Desonia

Background PaperAugust 2001
Medicare Coverage: Lessons from the Past, Questions for the Future
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 766July 25, 2001
Income Support Policy and the U.S. Child Support System
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 765July 9, 2001
Pharmacy Benefit Managers: A Model for Medicare?
Author: Veronica V. Goff, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 764June 22, 2001
Federal and State Perspectives on GME Reform
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 763June 1, 2001
Nurse Workforce: Condition Critical
Author: Wakina Scott

Background PaperJune 2001
Youth Violence Prevention: How Does the Health Care Sector Respond?
Author: Anthony S. Raden, Consultant

Site VisitMay 5, 2001
Health Care Financing Administration Central Office
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 762April 25, 2001
State-Based Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs: Temporary Fix or Lessons for Medicare?
Author: Robin J. Strongin, Consultant

Site VisitApril 18–20, 2001
TANF and Work Support Services: On the Job in Greater Philadelphia
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Randy A. Desonia

Background PaperApril 2001
Quality in the Making: Perspectives on Programs and Progress
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperApril 2001
The Health Care Safety Net in a Time of Fiscal Pressures
Author: Richard Hegner

Issue Brief No. 761March 23, 2001
Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Families: Successes to Date and Challenges Ahead
Author: Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 760December 15, 2000
The Federal-State Medicaid Match: An Ongoing Tug-of-War over Practice and Policy
Author: Karen Matherlee

Site VisitNovember 13–15, 2000
Caring for the Elderly: Oregon's Pioneers (Portland, Oregon)
Authors: Nora Super & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Background PaperNovember 2000
Emerging Issues in the Use of Binding Arbitration to Resolve Disputes between Individuals and Health Plans
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 759September 21, 2000
SCHIP in the Formative Years: An Update
Author: Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 758September 8, 2000
Medicare+Choice: Where to from Here?
Author: Nora Super

Background PaperSeptember 2000
The Asthma Epidemic: Prospects for Controlling an Escalating Public Health Crisis
Author: Richard Hegner

Site VisitAugust 3, 2000
Insuring Virginia's Children: Local Outreach and Enrollment (Northern Virginia)
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 757July 11, 2000
Outpatient Commitment in Mental Health: Is Coercion the Price of Community Services?
Author: Coimbra Sirica, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 756June 16, 2000
HCFA's Outpatient PPS: Finally Ready to Roll?
Author: Karen Matherlee

Background PaperJune 2000
Using SCHIP to Subsidize Employment-Based Coverage: How Far Can This Strategy Go?
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 755May 31, 2000
Pharmaceutical Marketplace Dynamics
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Site VisitApril 17–19, 2000
Reinventing Medicaid: Hoosier Healthwise and Children's Health Insurance in Indiana
Authors: Judith D. Moore & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 754April 14, 2000
Dispelling the Myths and Stigma of Mental Illness: The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
Author: Richard Hegner

Site VisitApril 10–11, 2000
Site Visit to Seattle — University of Washington Academic Medical Center
Author: Karen Matherlee

Background PaperApril 2000
Applying Science to Public Policy: The Context of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
Author: Richard Hegner

Site VisitMarch 20, 2000
Site Visit to Detroit — Henry Ford Health System
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitMarch 16–17, 2000
Site Visit to Richmond and Hampton Roads — Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 753March 15, 2000
Improving Quality and Preventing Error in Medical Practice
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 752February 23, 2000
Physician Connectivity: Electronic Prescribing
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Site VisitJanuary 11–14, 2000
Site Visit to Arizona — Managed Medicaid: Arizona's AHCCCS Experience
Authors: Nora Super, Lisa Sprague, MBA & Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 751January 7, 2000
Reshaping AHCs' Role in Biomedical Research
Author: Karen Matherlee

Background PaperJanuary 2000
ERISA Health Plan Liability: Issues and Options for Reform
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 750November 8, 1999
Medicare Competitive Pricing: Lessons Being Learned in Phoenix and Kansas City
Author: Nora Super

Background PaperNovember 1999
The Public Stake in Biomedical Research: A Policy Perspective
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 749October 27, 1999
The ABCs of PBMs
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Issue Brief No. 748October 19, 1999
CHIP and Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment: A Hands-on Look at Marketing and Applications
Author: Judith D. Moore

Site VisitOctober 4–5, 1999
Site Visit to Baltimore and Fort Detrick, Maryland — Preparing for a Bioterrorist Incident: Linking the Public Health and Medical Communities
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Issue Brief No. 747September 17, 1999
A Chicken (Nugget?) in Every Pot: What's at Stake in the Budget Debate
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 746September 13, 1999
The Nursing Center in Concept and Practice: Delivery and Financing Issues in Serving Vulnerable People
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 745July 20, 1999
Mental Health Coverage Parity: Separating Wheat from Chaff
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 744July 13, 1999
Access to Home Health Services under Medicare's Interim Payment System
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 743July 7, 1999
Implementing the BBA: The Challenge of Moving Medicare Post-Acute Services to PPS
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 742June 25, 1999
Canada's Generalist Training: Are There Lessons for the United States?
Author: Lee A. Hawkins, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 740May 14, 1999
Reducing Medical Error: Can You Be As Safe in a Hospital As You Are in a Jet?
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Issue Brief No. 737April 15, 1999
Substance Abuse Prevention: Could an Improved D.A.R.E. Program Help Bridge the Gap between Research and Practice?
Author: Coimbra Sirica, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 735April 5, 1999
HIPAA as a Regulatory Model: Early Experiences and Future Prospects
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 734March 30, 1999
Margins As Measures: Gauging Hospitals' Financial Health
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 733March 24, 1999
Examining the Links between Retirement and Health Insurance: Implications for Medicare Eligibility
Author: Nora Super

Background PaperMarch 1999
Providing Outpatient Prescription Drugs through Medicare: Can We Afford To? Can We Afford Not To?
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Issue Brief No. 732February 26, 1999
Welfare Reform and Its Impact on Medicaid: An Update
Author: Judith D. Moore

Issue Brief No. 731February 11, 1999
Biological Terrorism: Is the Health Care Community Prepared?
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Issue Brief No. 730February 5, 1999
Medicare HMO Pullouts: What Do They Portend for the Future of Medicare+Choice?
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 729January 25, 1999
Filling the Geriatric Gap: Is the Health System Prepared for an Aging Population?
Author: Janet Firshein, Consultant

Site VisitNovember 17–20, 1998
Site Visit to Southern California — Plans and Providers: Risk, Accountability, and Staying Power
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Sandra M. Foote

Issue Brief No. 728November 12, 1998
Retooling Tax Subsidies for Health Coverage: Old Ideas, New Politics
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 727November 9, 1998
Physician Organizations Assuming Risk: Market and Policy Implications
Authors: Sandra M. Foote & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Site VisitOctober 27–30, 1998
Site Visit to Utah and Nevada — Essential Community Health Services on the Frontier
Authors: Karen Matherlee & Michael Anzick

Issue Brief No. 725October 1, 1998
The State Children's Health Insurance Program: How Much Latitude Do the States Really Have?
Author: Richard Hegner

Issue Brief No. 724September 18, 1998
Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 723July 24, 1998
Communicating to Beneficiaries about Medicare+Choice: Opportunities and Pitfalls
Author: Nora Super

Issue Brief No. 722July 9, 1998
Medicare Coverage and Technology Diffusion: Past, Present, and Future
Author: Robin J. Strongin

Background PaperJuly 1998
Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information
Author: Lise Rybowski, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 720June 19, 1998
ERISA Health Plan Denials: Exploring Models for External Review
Author: Karl Polzer

Site VisitMay 26–28,1998
Site Visit to New Jersey — State and County Experiences with Welfare Reform and Access to Health Care
Authors: Michael Anzick & Richard Hegner

Issue Brief No. 718April 14, 1998
Dual Diagnoses: The Challenge of Serving People with Concurrent Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Problems
Author: Richard Hegner

Issue Brief No. 717April 3, 1998
Increasing the Federal Cigarette Tax: A Means of Reducing Consumption?
Authors: Lauren Tran & Richard Hegner

Site VisitMarch 30–31, 1998
Site Visit to Philadelphia — Providing Community-Based Primary Care: Nursing Centers, CHCs, and Other Initiatives
Author: Karen Matherlee

Issue Brief No. 716March 25, 1998
Restructuring the VA Health Care System: Safety Net, Training, and Other Considerations
Author: Barbara Skydell

Issue Brief No. 715March 12, 1998
The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: What Lessons Can It Offer Policymakers?
Author: Karl Polzer

Site VisitFebruary 18–20, 1998
Site Visit to Northern California — Risk, Accountability, and Staying Power in Next-Generation Managed Care
Authors: Lisa Sprague, MBA & Sandra M. Foote

Background PaperFebruary 1998
Health Care Quality: From Data to Accountability
Author: Mary Darby, Consultant

Issue Brief No. 653July 28, 1994
Small Group Market Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperatives Revisited
Author: Karl Polzer

Issue Brief No. 648May 6, 1994
Federal Support of Medical Education: Framing the Issues for the Systems Reform Debate
Author: Karen Matherlee