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.
The FDA intends to apply its regulatory oversight to only those mobile apps that are medical devices and whose functionality could pose a risk to a patient’s safety if the mobile app were to not function as intended."
The growth of the specialty pharmaceutical market is expected to continue for many years and payers are seeking ways to appropriately manage the growing cost associated with these pharmaceuticals.
Although not all readmissions can be prevented, research shows that there are strategies that hospitals can employ to avert many readmissions.
Trained counselors and organizations are helping consumers enroll in health plans through the Affordable Care Act new insurance marketplaces.
The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) is designed to encourage competition in the market for biologic drugs.
In the U.S., life expectancy and other health status measures vary dramatically depending on factors, such as race, gender, educational attainment, and ZIP code. This brief reviews recent research on health disparities.
The ACA will provide low- and middle-income individuals and families subsidies in the form of tax credits to purchase insurance through health exchanges.
By January 1, 2014, all states must have an operational individual and small-business exchange, regardless of whether it is run by the state or the federal government.
This brief explores the options that have been discussed for redesigning Medicare cost-sharing and the potential impact on beneficiaries.
Some states are considering using the ACA’s Medicaid expansion funds to buy private insurance for newly eligible residents.
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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