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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

Types and Costs of Services for Dual Beneficiaries by Medicare Advantage Health Plans: An Environmental Scan

October 14, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses the Star Rating program to measure the quality of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, publicly report plan performance, and determine quality bonus payments and rebates for MA plans.

Addressing the Opioids Crisis: Data Sources and Linking Strategies

September 13, 2018
This report highlights key research questions and identifies opportunities to use existing data sources and implement data-linking strategies that can support the HHS five point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.
ASPE Data Point

Data point: Prescription Pharmaceutical Price Changes since the Release of the President’s Drug Pricing Blueprint

August 20, 2018
Using manufacturer-reported prescription pharmaceutical prices, we observe that the number of price increases has been reduced considerably since the release of the President’s Drug Pricing Blueprint, compared to the same time period in the year prior.

2017 Annual Report of HHS Projects to Build Data Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

July 23, 2018
The OS PCORTF Annual Report provides project descriptions for each of the OS-PCORTF portfolio’s 21 projects that were active in calendar year 2017.
ASPE Data Point

Data Point: Savings Available Under Full Generic Substitution of Multiple Source Brand Drugs in Medicare Part D

July 22, 2018
ASPE analyzed Part D prescription drug event data from 2016 to estimate spending on brand drugs with generic therapeutic equivalents.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation in Indian Health Service Direct Service Facilities

May 23, 2018
This report summarizes strategies Indian Health Service (IHS) clinics have used to implement the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care, challenges they faced during implementation, and lessons learned that might benefit IHS clinics that have not yet received PCMH recognition.  Common strategies to address challenges include use of telemedicine and partnerships with academic medical

Strategies by Federally-Funded Health Centers to Facilitate Patient Access to Specialty Care

May 23, 2018
This report summarizes findings from a small qualitative study of six health centers that are pursuing a diverse range of approaches to facilitating specialty care for patients.

Indian Health Service Programs—A Retention Analysis

March 12, 2018
This study expands upon the analysis of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) begun in “Provider Retention in High Need Areas and continued in “The National Health Service Corps:  An Extended Analysis” by using the same techniques used in these earlier studies to examine retention patterns in Indian Health providers..  The study finds about 81% of the IHS program participants serve in the sa

Research to Address the Opioid Crisis: Approaches to Data Linkage

November 28, 2017
To combat the public health crisis associated with the opioid overdose epidemic, HHS will host an Opioid Code-a-Thon on December 6-7, 2017 to develop data driven solutions to combat the opioid epidemic.  This Data Brief presents an overview of the data sources that could be leveraged to study the opioid crisis within each of the five HHS strategic areas, highlights some of the key research ques
ASPE Data Point

Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 – 2017

May 22, 2017
This ASPE Data Point analyzes premium increases from two data series, comparing premium costs in individual market plans purchased by consumers in 2013 to exchange plans purchased in 2017 in order to better determine how much premiums have increased since the ACA’s key provisions have taken effect.