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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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ASPE Data Point

National Uninsured Rate Reaches All-Time Low in Early 2022

August 2, 2022
This Data Point examines new Health Interview Survey data to assess recent changes in coverage, finding that the uninsured rate declined throughout 2021 and early 2022 – reaching a historic low of 8.0% by the first quarter of 2022. This reflects 5.2 million people gaining coverage since 2020.
Report

Improving Data Infrastructure for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

July 26, 2022
This report describes insights gained from key informant interviews and an ASPE-hosted listening session on short-term opportunities for improving patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) data infrastructure that addresses the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Related Products:
Report

How Increased Funding Can Advance the Mission of the Indian Health Service to Improve Health Outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives

July 22, 2022
This ASPE report discusses disparities in health and health care experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, the role of the federal government in financing and providing health care services to these populations, and how enhanced funding could help further the Indian Health Service’s mission in ensuring that tribal communities have access to high quality health care s
Report to Congress

Report to Congress: Unified Payment for Medicare-Covered Post-Acute Care

July 21, 2022
The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 requires a report to Congress on unified payment for Medicare post-acute care (PAC). Medicare PAC providers are skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and home health agencies. Each PAC provider setting has a separate Medicare fee-for-service prospective payment system.
ASPE Issue Brief

Marketplace Coverage and Economic Benefits: Key Issues and Evidence

July 20, 2022
This report highlights the impacts of the Affordable Care Act's Marketplace subsidies on coverage rates among self-employed adults and small business owners, based on tax data from the Department of Treasury and national survey data.
Report

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.
Report

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
Report

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.
Report

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.