Urban Institute's Timely Topic Papers
Dates of Project: May 2009 through December 2012
The Urban Institute produced 15 evidence-based papers analyzing health policy issues, quality of care, performance measurement, and national health reform from 2009 to 2012. The goal was to inform policy-makers, researchers, and journalists.
Description: Topics included performance measurement, accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, payment models, Medicare and Medicaid innovation, comparative effectiveness research, and clinical genomics. The reports offer authoritative background and sometimes recommendations, and are designed to provide a balance of perspectives, including those that go against the prevailing wisdom or have less public exposure.
The goal was “to have something that is readable and digestible—something that busy people will take the time to look at—and also is authoritative enough, so that experts in the field would say it is credible.”—Robert Berenson, MD, Project Director
The 15 policy papers generated tens of thousands of page views on the websites of RWJF and the Urban Institute. Among the most frequently viewed papers:
- Can Accountable Care Organizations Improve the Value of Health Care By Solving the Cost and Quality Quandaries?
Accountable care organizations “deserve a chance, although expectations of immediate success should be tempered.”
- How Does the Quality of U.S. Health Care Compare Internationally?
The evidence base “does not provide support for the oft-repeated claim that ‘U.S. health care is the best in the world.’”
- Will the Patient-Centered Medical Home Transform the Delivery of Health Care?
- Payment Reform: Bundled Episodes vs. Global Payments
- Achieving the Potential of Health Care Performance Measures
Many of the papers have been cited by journalists and experts in the field, and the project team has been invited to speak at a number of forums.
- Can Medicare Be Preserved While Reducing the Deficit? March 7, 2013
- Beyond Widgets July 2, 2013
- Testing PROMETHEUS Payment September 17, 2012
- Next Steps for ACOs January 31, 2012
- Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A New Way to Deliver Primary Care May Be More Affordable and Improve Quality. But How Widely Adopted Will the Model Be? September 14, 2010
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