The Synthesis Project

A collection of briefs and reports that synthesize research findings on perennial health policy questions.

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The Synthesis Series is a collection of resources produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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.

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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?

Are Health Insurance Premiums Higher for Small Firms?

September 1, 2011 | Brief

This synthesis explores the reasons premiums for small firms are higher than large firms.


Primary Care Health Workforce in the United States

July 1, 2011 | Brief

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more than 30 million people are expected to be newly insured, many of whom will be seeking a source for primary care.