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Publications include Issue Briefs (concise, analytic reports on health policy issues), Background Papers (longer documents that synthesize research, market analyses, and other findings on a particular topic or program initiative), and Basics (short primers that answer key questions about programs and policies).

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

Medicaid Financing
The Basics — February 2, 2015
Author: William J. Scanlon, PhD, Consultant

Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits
The Basics — February 2, 2015
Author: William J. Scanlon, PhD, Consultant

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

Medicare
The Basics — December 15, 2014
Author: Sally Coberly, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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