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Office of Health Policy (HP)

The Office of Health Policy (HP) provides a cross-cutting policy perspective that bridges Departmental programs, public and private sector activities, and the research community, in order to develop, analyze, coordinate and provide leadership on health policy issues for the Secretary. HP carries out this mission by conducting policy, economic and budget analyses, assisting in the development and review of regulations, assisting in the development and formulation of budgets and legislation, assisting in survey design efforts, as well as conducting and coordinating research, evaluation, and information dissemination on issues relating to health policy.

HP is organized in four divisions that align with major Department programs :

Division of Health Care Financing Policy (HFP)
Division of Public Health Services (PHS)
Division of Health Care Access and Coverage (HAC)
Division of Health Care Quality and Outcomes (HQO)

Health Policy Research:

  • Reports to Congress
  • Affordable Care Act Research & Issue Briefs
  • HP Authored or Sponsored Work Published in Journals

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Environmental Scan

Identifying Environmental Data, Barriers, and Opportunities for HSR and PCOR: Environmental Scan

November 30, 2022
The authors conducted a landscape scan to identify environmental data suitable for health services research (HSR) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR). Additional research was done to uncover examples of and opportunities for data linkage with other HHS data.
Fact Sheet

Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis Through Better Data: Opioids Vignette

November 23, 2022
This updated 2022 vignette provides examples of how a range of Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (OS-PCORTF) cross-agency projects are working to address the opioid overdose crisis by 1) Improving Timeliness and Quality of Outcomes Data 2) Building Capacity for Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes 3) Building Linkages to Address Co-Morbidities
ASPE Issue Brief

State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: 2022 Update

November 22, 2022
This issue brief provides updates on state Medicaid policies regarding delivery of telehealth services by provider types and modalities, as of January 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic substantially accelerated interest in and utilization of telehealth across all payers including Medicaid.
Fact Sheet

Enhancing Data Infrastructure to Improve Women’s Health Outcomes: Maternal Health Vignettes

November 16, 2022
This updated 2022 vignette provides examples of how a range of the Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (OS-PCORTF) cross-agency projects are working to improve maternal health by 1) Enhancing Women’s Health Data for Research 2) Adding Electronic Health Records to the Suite of Maternal Health Data for Research 3) Linking Maternal Survey Data with Other Health Data.
ASPE Data Point

HealthCare.gov Enrollment by Race and Ethnicity, 2015-2022

October 25, 2022
This Data Point presents changes in HealthCare.gov enrollment by race and ethnicity from 2015-2022 using a validated imputation method for missing information on race and ethnicity.
Report

Medicare Data Linkages for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research on Economic Outcomes

October 13, 2022
This report and dataset inventory identifies federally funded data linkages that may facilitate patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) on economic outcomes for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.
Report

Linking Medicaid Claims, Birth Certificates, and Other Sources to Advance Maternal and Infant Health

October 13, 2022
Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in the United States, including most births by Black and Hispanic pregnant population.
ASPE Issue Brief

Reductions in Deaths and Hospitalizations Associated with COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Medicare Beneficiaries: Full Year 2021 Estimates

October 7, 2022
This study updates ASPE’s previous analysis of the associations between COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among Medicare beneficiaries and COVID-19 vaccination rates, with full year data through the end of 2021.

Price Increases for Prescription Drugs, 2016-2022

September 30, 2022
Prescription drug price increases create affordability challenges for patients and for the government. This report tracks drug price changes from 2016-2022. There were 1,216 products whose price increases during the twelve-month period from July 2021 to July 2022 exceeded the inflation rate of 8.5 percent for that time period. The average price increase for these drugs was 31.6 percent.