As MACRA Implementation Proceeds, Changes Are Needed

MACRA threatens to push many providers out of fee-for-service before they have a safe place to land. Policy makers should consider both making the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System less onerous and greatly accelerating the development and implementation of viable alternative payment models.

April 21, 2017

What Standing Rock Teaches Us About Environmental Racism And Justice

Water sources should be defended vigorously against unjust local and global threats as a matter of environmental health policy. With regard to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, time is of the essence.

April 17, 2017

Balancing The Use Of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Across All Types Of Health Care Innovations

While CEAs of pharmaceutical interventions are vital, the disproportionate application of CEA to certain types of interventions can lead to less efficient use of health care dollars overall.

April 14, 2017

Looking To The Future Of The US Military Health System

A recent Bipartisan Policy Center paper notes that in FY 2016, the Military Health System covered health care for an estimated 9.4 million TriCare beneficiaries, costing $48 billion. The paper was funded in part by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

April 13, 2017

Discrimination Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent And Harmful: The Case For 42 CFR Part 2

42 CFR Part 2 provides bedrock protections for people with substance use disorders. As our country faces an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, we must ensure that fear of discrimination does not deter people from seeking treatment.

April 13, 2017

Value Frameworks For Rare Diseases: Should They Be Different?

Despite increases in rare disease treatments attributable to the Orphan Drug Act, the economic value of rare disease treatments has come under increasing scrutiny. Assessing the value of treatments for rare diseases presents several unique challenges that should be considered by policymakers.

April 12, 2017

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, 2017

How Dorothy Rice Helped Transform Health Care In America And Inspired A Generation of Researchers

Dorothy Rice, who passed away on February 25, 2017, was a giant in the field of health services research, conducting groundbreaking studies and mentoring others who continue to contribute to the field.

April 7, 2017

What Now?: A Four Step Plan For Bipartisan Health Reform

In four broad steps, we have an opportunity to move past partisan bickering and put our health care system on stronger footing.

April 4, 2017

Help Wanted: Cost-Effectiveness Research For Health And Wellness

Studies that focus on non-clinically directed health promoting interventions are in short supply in spite of the fact that a robust literature has documented that health care’s impact on population health is dwarfed by social and environmental factors.

March 30, 2017