Kavita Patel, a physician and nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama and a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

Recent Posts by Kavita Patel

How Should The Trump Administration Handle Medicare’s New Bundled Payment Programs?

HHS has several options for addressing Secretary Price’s prior objections to the hospital-at-risk structure of the CJR and EPM models that could maintain the integrity of these payment reform initiatives. However, the Department does not have a good alternative to the mandatory structure used...

April 10, 2017Costs and Spending, Medicare, Quality

A Fair Plan For Fairer Drug Prices

Policies giving federal and state governments authority to set drug prices or limit price increases could have the unintended consequence of reducing the incentive to develop more effective drugs. However, certain regulatory reforms can address these concerns and encourage more robust...

CMMI’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus: Its Promise And Missed Opportunities

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently announced an initiative called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+). The program has some very promising components, but also misses some compelling opportunities to further advance payment for primary care services.

A Controversial New Demonstration In Medicare: Potential Implications For Physician-Administered Drugs

Some of the most expensive drugs are covered under Medicare’s medical benefit, Part B, because they are administered by a physician. The high growth rate of Part B drug spending is a concern, especially as expensive breakthrough cancer drugs enter the market.

Loan Fund Helps Safety-Net Providers Grow And Innovate

Safety-net providers often have trouble accessing capital, making it hard for them to keep pace with the demands of the changing health care industry. A new $30 million loan fund may help.

Getting Enrolled Isn’t Enough: The Importance Of Teaching Consumers How To Use Health Insurance

As we enter the third Marketplace open enrollment period, we are faced with evidence that consumers do not understand health insurance. We believe knowing how to use health insurance effectively is key to getting the right care at the right time in the right place.

Closing The Rural Health Connectivity Gap: How Broadband Funding Can Better Improve Care

Broadband access is not usually highlighted in policy prescriptions for improving outcomes and lowering costs of health care. But it is a prerequisite for a range of technologies that can provide more cost-effective and higher-quality care, such as video consultation, remote patient monitoring,...

How Open Data Can Reveal—And Correct—The Faults In Our Health System

In April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released millions of lines of Medicare Part B physician payment data, that led many researchers, analysts, journalists, and the general public to use the data to answer a number of pressing health care questions. And while the dataset...

How Hepatitis C Is Shining A Light On Critical Gaps In Payment Reform

Since December 2013, regulatory approval of new treatments for hepatitis C have brought long simmering debates on drug pricing and value to full boil. The drugs---Gilead’s Sovaldi and successor combination treatment Harvoni, AbbVie’s Viekira Pak---represent significant steps forward for...

Transforming Rural Health Care: High-Quality, Sustainable Access To Specialty Care

Editor's note: This post is also authored by Kate Samuels, a project manager at Brookings. It is informed by a case study, the fourth  in a series made possible through the Merkin Initiative on Physician Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership, a special project to develop clinician leadership...