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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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The Complexities of Kinship Care: Key Findings from the 2013 National Survey of Children in Nonparental Care

August 25, 2016
This is a one page summary of a report published in May 2016. The summary presents key takeaway messages from the report which describes the characteristics and experiences of the approximately 2.3 million U.S.
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Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors, Fifteenth Report to Congress

August 21, 2016
This report provides welfare indicators through 2013 for most indicators and through 2014 for some indicators, reflecting changes that have taken place since enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in 1996.  The report analyzes the proportion of individuals who receive more than half of their total family income in one year from the Temporary As

An Evaluation of AoA's Program to Prevent Elder Abuse: Final Report

July 31, 2016
In 2012, AoA awarded 5 cooperative agreements to test elder abuse prevention interventions to: Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (AK DSDS); New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA); University of Southern California-Irvine, Program in Geriatrics (USC); University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC); and, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and

Preliminary Outcome Evaluation of the Balancing Incentive Program

July 31, 2016
This is a follow-up to four earlier evaluation reports on the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The BIP, legislated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, offered states temporary enhanced federal financial participation for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS).

TRIM: A Tool for Social Policy Analysis

July 13, 2016
Since the early 1970s, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has used the Transfer Income Model (TRIM) to assess how social welfare programs affect family incomes and poverty. TRIM began as a tool to analyze proposed reforms to the nation’s cash welfare program during the Nixon administration.

Children Living Apart from Their Parents: Highlights from the National Survey of Children in Nonparental Care

May 23, 2016
This paper highlights the characteristics and experiences of the approximately 2.3 million U.S. children who live with neither biological nor adoptive parents, but instead live with relatives or non-relatives in foster care or less formal arrangements outside the foster care system.

Minnesota Managed Care Longitudinal Data Analysis

March 30, 2016
This project studied the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid-funded services to dually eligible beneficiaries aged 65 and older in Minnesota. It compared fully-integrated managed care to service delivery when Medicare and Medicaid-funded services are delivered independently.

Addendum to the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2016 Open Enrollment Period: Final Enrollment Report

March 10, 2016
This Addendum contains detailed State-level tables highlighting cumulative enrollment-related information for the Health Insurance Marketplaces (Marketplaces) during the 2016 Open Enrollment period for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (11-1-15 to 1-31-16, including Special Enrollment Period (SEP) activity through 2-1-16).

Does Home Care Prevent or Defer Nursing Home Use?

January 31, 2016
Are chronically disabled elders residing in the community who use home and community-based services (HCBS) less likely to end up in a nursing home? The 2004 National Long-Term Care Survey (NLTCS), a nationally representative sample of Americans aged 65 and older, was linked to follow-up years of Medicare/Medicaid claims and other administrative data.