A collection of briefs and reports that summarize and weigh the evidence on a particular topic of interest to the policy community.

About This Series

The Synthesis Series is a collection of resources produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to to synthesize research findings on perennial health policy questions. The collection aims to make research results more useful to policy-makers by:

  • Framing information around policy questions, rather than research issues.
  • Distilling and weighing the strength of research evidence in a rigorous and objective manner.
  • Emphasizing the policy implications of findings.

Browse This Series


Risk Adjustment: What is the Current State of the Art and How Can it be Improved?

July 1, 2013 | Report

The ACA requires risk adjustment for all plans in the individual and small group market, both inside and outside health insurance exchanges. This synthesis looks at the role of risk adjustment in health care markets and its effectiveness.


Consumer-directed Health Plans

October 1, 2012 | Report

CDHPs have grown in popularity since their inception, now enrolling about 17 percent of people with employer-sponsored insurance.


Medicaid Managed Care

September 4, 2012 | Report

Have states saved money using managed care for their Medicaid populations and have their beneficiaries received better access and higher quality services?


Cost-Sharing: Effects on Spending and Outcomes

December 1, 2010 | Issue Brief

This synthesis examines how cost-sharing affects the use of services, whether some patients are more sensitive to cost-sharing than others, and whether reduced use of services as a result of cost-sharing has an effect on health outcomes.

See all