Health Policy

Providing research, insight and analysis on key issues affecting health and health care in the United States.

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Latest Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Issue Briefs

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The Two-Midnight Rule

January 22, 2015 | Issue Brief

Hospitals are paid differently for treating inpatients versus outpatients. With a new rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has tried to clarify when it is appropriate to admit someone as an inpatient.

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HealthCare.gov Reenrollment: Challenges and Opportunities

December 22, 2014 | Issue Brief

95% of those who have insurance through HealthCare.gov will be eligible for auto renewal. Problems remain, including unexpected premium increases. Learn what the HHS is doing to improve the process.

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Physicians Compare Website

December 11, 2014 | Issue Brief

A new website mandated by the Affordable Care Act offers consumer information about their physicians. The Physicians Compare website helps to create greater accountability and value in health care.

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The 340B Drug Discount Program

November 17, 2014 | Issue Brief

The Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA), as a part of HRSA, administers the 340B program and is responsible for oversight of various stakeholders, including covered entities, pharmaceutical companies, and the “prime vendor” federal contractor.

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Health Affairs/RWJF Health Policy Issue Briefs

In partnership with RWJF, Health Affairs provides clear, accessible overviews of timely and important health policy topics for policymakers, journalists, and others concerned about improving health care in the United States. The briefs explore competing arguments made on various sides of a policy proposal and point out wherever possible the relevant research behind each perspective.

Latest Briefs

A nurse checks the charts of a patient.

The Two-Midnight Rule

Hospitals are paid differently for treating inpatients versus outpatients. With a new rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has tried to clarify when it is appropriate to admit someone as an inpatient.

Read more
Filling out health care paperwork

HealthCare.gov Reenrollment: Challenges and Opportunities

95% of those who have insurance through HealthCare.gov will be eligible for auto renewal. Problems remain, including unexpected premium increases. Learn what the HHS is doing to improve the process.

Read more
An elderly couple talks with a doctor in her office.

Physicians Compare Website

A new website mandated by the Affordable Care Act offers consumer information about their physicians. The Physicians Compare website helps to create greater accountability and value in health care.

Read more

News Digest

Health Reform

Reform By the Numbers

Get timely data on the impact of Health Reform.

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Public Opinion Polling

Polling the Nation

Working with the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio, RWJF conducts nationwide polls on important health policy issues.

View the most recent poll