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Publications included Issue Briefs (concise, analytic reports on health policy issues), Background Papers (longer documents that synthesized research, market analyses, and other findings on a particular topic or program initiative), and Basics (short primers that answered key questions about programs and policies). Publications are available for download, free of charge, through December 31, 2018.

Hospital Discharge Planning in Medicare: Current Requirements and Proposed Changes
The Basics — February 9, 2016
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Medicaid Financing
The Basics — January 5, 2016
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits
The Basics — January 5, 2016
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Medicare
The Basics — January 4, 2016
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

The Medicare Drug Benefit (Part D)
The Basics — January 4, 2016
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Medicare Part B Premiums and Social Security Benefits
The Basics — November 24, 2015
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: Proving Its Worth?
Issue Brief No. 856 — November 16, 2015
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Medicare's Post-Acute Care Payment: An Updated Review of the Issues and Policy Proposals
Issue Brief No. 847 — October 5, 2015
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

Challenges of Forecasting Physician Workforce Needs Amid Delivery System Transformation
Issue Brief No. 855 — September 29, 2015
Author: Rob Cunningham, Consultant

The Star Rating System and Medicare Advantage Plans
Issue Brief No. 854 — May 5, 2015
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

Annual Report 2014
Annual Report — April 1, 2015
Author: Forum Staff

The Public Health Service
The Basics — February 11, 2015
Author: Jennifer Jenson, MPH, MPP

Health Policy Essentials 2015
Briefing Book — February 6, 2015
Authors: Sally Coberly, PhD, Jennifer Jenson, MPH, MPP & Lisa Sprague, MBA

Health Policy Essentials: Common Health Care Acronyms
Tools — February 2, 2015
Author:

Relative Value Units (RVUs)
The Basics — January 12, 2015
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

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

Annual Report 2013
Annual Report — April 1, 2014
Author: Forum Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Report 2012
Annual Report — April 1, 2013
Author: Forum Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Professions Education and Professional Obligations
The Basics — April 30, 2012
Author: Lisa Sprague, MBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
The Basics — March 10, 2010
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program
The Basics — April 13, 2009
Author: Christie Provost Peters

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

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

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

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

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

Glossary of Health Insurance Terms
Tools — December 12, 2008
Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medicare Demonstrations
The Basics — July 30, 2008
Author: Amanda Cassidy, Consultant

Medicaid and SCHIP Waivers
The Basics — July 30, 2008
Author: Cynthia Shirk, Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmacogenomics: A Primer for Policymakers
Background Paper — January 28, 2008
Author: Leslie Tucker, Consultant

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

Medicare Advantage Payment Policy
Background Paper — September 24, 2007
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Care Price Transparency and Price Competition
Background Paper — March 28, 2007
Author: Mark Merlis, Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fundamentals of Community Health Centers
Background Paper — August 31, 2004
Author: Jessamy Taylor, MPP

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

Fundamentals of the Prescription Drug Market
Background Paper — August 24, 2004
Author: Christie Provost Peters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Improving Oral Health: Promise and Prospects
Background Paper — June 13, 2003
Author: Jennifer Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Care Financing Administration Central Office
Site Visit — May 5, 2001
Author: Nora Super

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERISA Health Plan Liability: Issues and Options for Reform
Background Paper — January 2000
Author: Karl Polzer

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

The Public Stake in Biomedical Research: A Policy Perspective
Background Paper — November 1999
Author: Karen Matherlee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information
Background Paper — July 1998
Author: Lise Rybowski, Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Care Quality: From Data to Accountability
Background Paper — February 1998
Author: Mary Darby, Consultant

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

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

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