Health policy discussions in Congress encapsulate dozens of complex issues, but this series of health policy briefs from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation can help make following the debate easier. These briefs provide clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics. The briefs are geared to policy-makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics.
The briefs include competing arguments from various sides of a policy proposal and the relevant research supporting each perspective. Color maps and charts help tell the policy story at a glance, and often show how individual states are affected.
Five major categories of health determinants include genetics, behavior, social circumstances, environmental and physical influences, and medical care. Learn why Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is investing more in non-clinical prevention.
There has been a great investment and considerable growth in electronic health records, but a big problem remains: it’s still too difficult to share information across systems for cost-effective, patient-centered care in the United States.
This brief explains the origins of these differential payments and the debate over approaches that have been proposed for developing so-called site-neutral payments.
This brief updates the July 10, 2014 brief on e-cigarettes and federal regulation and reflects the recent announcement of a merger between Reynolds American and Lorillard and its impact on the market.
E-cigarettes, virtually non-existent 10 years ago, have skyrocketed in popularity, but are currently unregulated. The FDA has started its own investigation in this hotly debated issue as it prepares regulation guidelines.
The risk corridor program has proven to be one of the more controversial aspects of the ACA with critics, including a number of Republicans in Congress, characterizing the program as an insurer bailout.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it intends to establish October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation date.
This policy brief updates an earlier brief from April 2013 on the multi-state plan program based on the experience of the program during the first open enrollment period.
The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law on July 9, 2012, introduced several reforms that are intended to streamline the FDA's premarketing approval process for drugs and devices.
Outraged over a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak traced back to a Framingham, Mass.–based drug compounder that left 64 people dead and more than 700 sickened, Congress passed the Compounding Quality Act in November 27, 2013.
Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Briefs
Series provides clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics. The briefs are geared to policy-makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics.About the series
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While the need to address disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically.
RWJF examines the types of competitive foods - foods and beverages schools offer outside of meal programs - available in our nation's school...
Progress and lessons learned from two programs that seek to advance the impact digital games can have on health.
Joint Commission Resources in Oak Brook Ill., oversaw development and testing of an online course and support materials to improve communica...
The rapid rise of antibiotic resistance can be tracked using ResistanceMap, an online tool that visually highlights regions of the country w...
Report examines, compares and contrasts Massachusetts and Utah health insurance exchanges.
Report examines issues states will face as they integrate Medicaid into the exchange.
This poll shows most Americans believe the quality of U.S. health care is average at best. More than half of American adults surveyed barely...
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Health care reform may create incentives to spur the growth in HDHPs and CDHPs, a move that might help hold costs down?at least for a time.
The authors suggest repairing the health care system by realigning provider incentives, increasing the availability of information with whic...
While the ACA is aimed primarily at improving individual health by increasing access to health insurance, it also contains a number of provi...