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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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International Prescription Drug Price Comparisons: Current Empirical Estimates and Comparisons with Previous Studies

July 1, 2022
Key Findings Policy discussion surrounding U.S. prescription drug prices focuses on whether prices in the United States are too high or appropriate relative to the benefits that they offer to patients.
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Linking State Health Care Data to Inform Policymaking: Opportunities and Challenges

June 24, 2022
This posting includes a report prepared by the RAND Corporation, “State All Payer Claims Databases Understanding the Current Landscape and Challenges to Use,” which builds on a 2021 report “The History, Promise and Challenges of State All Payer Claims Databases.” The new report provides additional detail on the objectives of and use cases for APCDs, the current APCD landscape, and implementati
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Imputation of Race and Ethnicity in Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Data, 2015 – 2022 Open Enrollment Periods

June 13, 2022
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with RAND Health Care to develop methods for imputing race and ethnicity among people who selected Marketplace plans on HealthCare.gov but did not report their race or ethnicity, and to apply these methods to data from the 2015 to 2022 Open Enrollment Periods.
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Building the Data Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: The 2021 Annual Report Executive Summary and Full Report

June 3, 2022
The 2021 Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (OS PCORTF) Annual Report Executive Summary and Full Report highlights the accomplishments of 34 multi-agency projects to build data capacity and support the mission of HHS to advance science and improve knowledge about the comparative effectiveness of health care interventions.
ASPE Data Point

Hospitalization Cost Savings Associated with COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Early 2021

May 4, 2022
Using Medicare FFS claims data and county-level vaccination rates, we estimate savings of about $2.6 billion from reduced Medicare hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 vaccinations in early 2021.
ASPE Issue Brief

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Hospital and Outpatient Clinician Workforce: Challenges and Policy Responses

May 3, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has put extreme stress on the health care workforce in the United States, leading to workforce shortages as well as increased health care worker burnout, exhaustion, and trauma.
ASPE Issue Brief

Health Coverage Changes Under the Affordable Care Act: End of 2021 Update

April 29, 2022
This report examines recently-released 2021 National Health Interview Survey data to assess coverage changes during the pandemic, finding a decrease in the uninsured rate in 2021 for the population as a whole and by race, ethnicity, and income.
ASPE Data Point

Changes in Ownership of Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facilities: An Analysis of Newly-Released CMS Data

April 20, 2022
This report analyzes newly-released data from CMS that provides information on changes in ownership among hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), based on information reported to CMS through the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS).

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Examples of Successful Evidence-Based Strategies and Current Federal Efforts

April 1, 2022
Long-standing health inequities and poor health outcomes remain a pressing policy challenge in the U.S. While opportunities to advance health equity through clinical care continue to be important, addressing the ways in which social determinants of health (SDOH) increase or decrease the risk of poor health outcomes is critical to improving the nation’s health and wellbeing.
ASPE Issue Brief

HealthCare.gov Marketplace Enrollment During the 2021 Special Enrollment Period by Race and Ethnicity

March 24, 2022
In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided a 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) from February 15 to August 15, 2021. Understanding the sociodemographic composition of Marketplace enrollees allows for better targeted outreach and enrollment assistance. However, many enrollees do not report their race and ethnicity.