Health Tracking

The Foundation's program, Health Tracking, was designed to track and report on changes in the U.S. health care system and how they affect Americans' health. The past decade brought tremendous turmoil in health care, ushering in a sweeping set of market-driven changes that continue to unfold today. Building off of RWJF's historic data collections, Health Tracking was designed to fill an information gap by providing decision makers with objective analysis of these changes and what they meant for people, especially over time and at the market level. Over the past six years, the effort has resulted in a body of work that has provided much needed context as the country (and the Foundation) makes its way through these changes. While health system change hasn't unfolded as many anticipated at the start of Health Tracking, a series of converging forces--including fallout from the backlash against managed care, increased provider clout, and the end of a unique period of moderate cost increases combined with a strong economy--have put us on the brink of a set of changes that will have even more significance for consumers than those experienced to date. This grant provides continued support to the Center for Studying Health System Change over the next two years to continue its tracking work. Deliverables include peer-reviewed journal articles, issue briefs, research papers, data bulletins, public meetings, testimony, decision maker briefings, and public use data sets. Success will be measured by the continued production of these deliverables and their ability to inform and influence decision making and the field.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $23,837,658.00

Awarded on: 7/31/2002

Time frame: 8/1/2002 - 4/30/2005

Grant Number: 44617


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

600 Alexander Park
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, 08543-2393


Paul B. Ginsburg
Project Director