Extending work on assessing and addressing legal barriers to health system reform

This funding supports the long-standing Legal Barriers Project while the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awaits an independent assessment of the project that will inform plans for a longer-term reauthorization. The primary focus for the Legal Barriers Project during this four-month grant will be the Health Information and the Law website (www.healthinfolaw.org) the Legal Barriers Project launched in May 2012. This website is a dynamic resource on legal issues related to health-system reforms that involve the use and exchange of health information. Because so many delivery-system and payment reforms depend on the creation, use, and exchange of health information, and many legal barriers to reform involve restrictions on information, the project created this library of relevant state and federal laws. At the launch, the website included state laws for the 15 states with RWJF Aligning Forces for Quality grantees, as well as major federal laws. The project will continue to add states and expand federal content, and will start adding 50 state comparisons on certain topics. Beyond the analysis of state and federal laws, the website will provide a platform for high-level analysis of health-system reform, connecting to other Foundation projects, such as Health Reform GPS and Aligning Forces.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 8/24/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 70311


Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

2121 K Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, 20002-4409


Lara Cartwright-Smith
Project Director


Sara Rosenbaum
Project Director