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ASPE uses and produces data as key components of its work. ASPE studies and assesses data and how it is captured, managed, analyzed and protected, including the interplay of the sources, systems, standards for data that support policy, practice and research. 

ASPE also co-chairs the HHS Data Council, which is the principal internal advisory body to the Secretary on health and human services data policy. The Council coordinates data policy activities in HHS, including the development and implementation of an HHS data strategy, and conducts research to improve long-term collection and use of HHS data. 

ASPE’s work involves many types of data produced by HHS and other governmental programs and other partners. For example: 

  • Through its Foundations for Evidence-Based Policies Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”) and Data Council responsibilities, ASPE leads HHS efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of its data assets.
  • Through its investments under the aegis of the Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (OS-PCORTF), ASPE supports interoperability through such products as linked datasets involving mortality data, HL7 implementation guides in support of FHIR for research use of electronic health records, claims and other data, and natural language processing approaches.
  • Through the use of ASPE-developed supplemental data tables, ASPE has developed issue brief series examining options before and after the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).
  • Through its issue briefs such as this brief on Medicare Telehealth utilization trends, ASPE provides unique and timely data and analyses on important policy issues.
  • Pursuant to the Social Security Act, ASPE annually calculates and publishes the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (e-FMAP), and disaster-recovery FMAP for all states, the District of Columbia, and territories. The FMAP is used to determine federal funding for Medicaid/CHIP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Contingency Funds, and other public programs. The FY 2022 FMAP notice was published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2020.


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Public Health Laboratories and Health System Change

Prepared by Roy Ahn, Daniel S. Gaylin, Alison Keiller, Daniel N. Mendelson, Adil Moiduddin, and Robert J. Rubin, M.D. of The Lewin Group under the direction of Cheryl Austein, Project Officer for the Office of Health Policy, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary forPlanning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services. October 6, 1997 "

Confidentiality of Individually Identifiable Health Information

Recommendations of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to section 264 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Submitted to: The Committee on Labor and Human Resources and the Committee on Finance of the Senate

Privacy and Health Research

[Click here to download a zipped WordPerfect 5.1 version of this report] A Report to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Options for Promoting Privacy on the National Information Infrastructure

Draft for Public Comment  Information Policy Committee National Information Infrastructure Task Force"Executive SummaryThe information revolution is underway.

Performance Improvement 1997

Foreword The Department is pleased to present Performance Improvement 1997: Evaluation Activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--the second annual report documenting the evaluation efforts of all the HHS agencies and offices.

Determining Consumer Preferences for a Cash Option: Arkansas Survey Results

As long-term care expenditures have risen, policymakers have sought ways to control costs while maintaining consumer satisfaction. Concurrently, there is increasing interest within the aging and disability communities in consumer-directed care.

Health Insurance in 1994 from the Current Population Survey: Measurement Difficulties

(ASPE Research Notes, Volume 15) [5 PDF pages]