CBO Scoring: The Issue Is Not How It’s Done, But How It’s Used

All too often, criticisms of CBO’s methods are motivated by a misunderstanding of what CBO can and cannot be expected to do. As we engage in a new round of health policy debate, it is vital to examine CBO's role in the legislative process.

January 19, 2017

Bridging The Dental Divide: Overcoming Barriers To Integrating Oral Health And Primary Care

American systems of oral and systemic health---training, licensure, service delivery, and insurance---continue to operate in parallel. A growing evidence base points to the cost and quality shortfalls associated with having separate systems treat the same person.

January 19, 2017

Interstate Insurance Sales: Wishful thinking, Or A Viable Policy Option?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the possible advantages of allowing interstate insurance sales, as well as the reasons opponents say such a policy simply won’t work.

January 18, 2017

Time To Focus On The ACA’s Sometimes Unheralded Virtue: Value-Based Care

After many years of working to improve health care, the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation says that he is "convinced that orienting our system to incentivize better health outcomes—for families, individuals, and communities—is the only sustainable, long-term answer."

January 12, 2017

Oregon’s High-Risk, High-Reward Gamble On Medicaid Expansion

Health policy in Oregon is like football in the SEC: not only a contact sport but also a source of intense civic pride. The state's Medicaid expansion was similarly turbulent.

January 10, 2017

Medical Technology: What Changing Venture Capital Investments Signal

The market for medical devices historically has been dominated by big-ticket “physician preference items.” Changes in physician payment and organization are reducing the demand for these cost-increasing innovations, and redirecting the flow of investment capital.

January 9, 2017

The Payment Reform Landscape: Early Progress And The Need For Better Tools To Measure Impact

The release on October 25, 2016 of results from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s (LAN) data collection effort underscores the nationwide commitment to reform the way the public and private sectors pay for health care services.

January 6, 2017

Germany’s Model For Drug Price Regulation Could Work In The US

If the U.S. cares to examine national models for reducing drug prices, Germany's AMNOG should top the list.

December 29, 2016

CMS Contractors’ Survey Research Illustrates Four Health Care Transparency Paradoxes

This article identifies what might be called four health care transparency paradoxes -- aspects of HHS transparency communications in which assumptions are contradicted by what consumers have told researchers.

December 28, 2016

National Health Spending: A Return To The ‘Old Normal?’

As we return to the “old normal” of health care cost growth, our health care system looks radically different under the hood. The close of this episode has important lessons for policymakers, the incoming Trump administration, and health policy analysts.

December 14, 2016