The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 11

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

The Woes of Collecting Public Opinion: Lessons from an Outlier Election Poll.

Life lessons when academia meets the press:  What we learned from our experience moonlighting as an outlier poll during a contested election.

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New Data on Sign-ups Through the ACA’s Marketplaces Should Lay “Death Spiral” Claims to Rest

Comparing enrollment changes across states implies that Marketplace premium increases had little if any impact on Marketplace sign-ups, providing strong evidence against claims that these increases would send the individual market into a “death spiral.” (more…)

Four Recommendations to Advance Medicare Delivery System Reform

MACRA assumes a wide range of attractive APM opportunities available to physicians, but the reality is that the opportunities are limited, especially for physicians in specialties outside of primary care. (more…)

Encouraging Healthy Eating Among Children: It Turns Out We Just Have to Ask.

An RCT found that verbal prompts in the school lunch-line are an effective way to improve child food choice and consumption. Schools, teachers and cafeteria workers could adopt such strategies to improve children’s food choice and health.

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Could “Shy” Trump Voters’ Discomfort With Disclosing Candidate Choice Have Skewed Telephone Polls? Evidence from the USC Election Poll

We analysed data from the USC Dornsife/ LA Time 2016 Election Daybreak Poll on respondents’ comfort levels with disclosing presidential candidate choice to friends, family, acquaintances, and pollsters. Results are consistent with a “shy” or “hidden” voter effect. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 10

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Stopping Surprise Medical Bills: Federal Action is Needed

More than a dozen states have enacted various protective measures to protect patients from surprise medical bills. This post outlines why federal action is needed and recommendations on how to move forward. (more…)

What Medicare Advantage’s Success in Delivering Post-Acute Care Means for Medicare Reform

A recent study found Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicare Advantage patients have hospitalization and post-hospitalization costs and outcomes that are generally different. How do these outcomes translate to policy recommendations? (more…)

Why Risk Adjustment is a Crucial Component of Individual Market Reform

In order to mitigate incentives for insurance companies to avoid sicker patients, policymakers will need to include a risk adjustment program in any replacement reforms that require insurers to issue insurance to any applicant and set limits on adjusting premiums to fully reflect an enrollee’s health status. (more…)

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