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Health & Health Care

ASPE produces health policy research with a focus on equity, coverage, and access. Find resources related to a broad range of topics, including the uninsured population, vaccine hesitancy, Medicaid/CHIP, Medicare, the federal marketplace (HealthCare.gov), telehealth, health care delivery, underserved areas, delivery system transformation, health outcomes, and social determinants of health.

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ASPE Issue Brief

Reductions in Deaths and Hospitalizations Associated with COVID-19 Vaccinations Among Medicare Beneficiaries: Full Year 2021 Estimates

October 7, 2022
This study updates ASPE’s previous analysis of the associations between COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among Medicare beneficiaries and COVID-19 vaccination rates, with full year data through the end of 2021.
ASPE Issue Brief, Research Brief

Nursing Home Staffing and the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 6, 2022
It is well known that in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States much of the devastation was concentrated in nursing homes. In addition to the staggering death toll, isolation and suffering from COVID-19 among nursing home residents, the pandemic introduced new challenges for nursing home staff and exacerbated ongoing challenges.
ASPE Issue Brief

Trends in Prescription Drug Spending, 2016-2021

September 30, 2022
High prescription drug costs are a leading concern among Americans. Americans pay higher prices for prescription drugs than any other country in the world, with prescription drug prices in the U.S. more than 2.5 times as high as those in other similar high-income nations.

Price Increases for Prescription Drugs, 2016-2022

September 30, 2022
Prescription drug price increases create affordability challenges for patients and for the government. This report tracks drug price changes from 2016-2022. There were 1,216 products whose price increases during the twelve-month period from July 2021 to July 2022 exceeded the inflation rate of 8.5 percent for that time period. The average price increase for these drugs was 31.6 percent.
ASPE Issue Brief

Resident and Facility Factors Associated with High Risk of Discharge from Nursing Facilities, 2012-2017: Issue Brief

September 29, 2022
This project tracked resident and facility factors associated with high risk of live discharges from nursing facilities.
Report

Resident and Facility Factors Associated with High Risk of Discharge from Nursing Facilities, 2012-2017: Final Report

September 29, 2022
This project tracked resident and facility factors associated with high risk of live discharges from nursing facilities.
ASPE Issue Brief, Report

High Risk of Discharge from Nursing Facilities

September 29, 2022
People can be discharged from nursing homes for many reasons. Discharges may be a positive outcome and at an individual’s choice. In other cases, discharges may be at the direction of the facility and against the will of the resident. There are strict rules about when involuntary facility-initiated discharges (FIDs) are allowed.
ASPE Data Point

Many Children in HHS Safety Net Programs Are Eligible for Nutrition Assistance But Are Not Enrolled

September 27, 2022
Nutrition assistance programs have been shown to increase children’s health and well-being and decrease the risk of child maltreatment. At the same time, food insecurity rose in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Landscape of Area-Level Deprivation Measures and Other Approaches to Account for Social Risk and Social Determinants of Health in Health Care Payments

September 26, 2022
Improving health equity in the United States is a priority for the Biden-Harris Administration in order to address longstanding disparities in health outcomes. Health inequities can be conceptualized and measured as drivers of differences in health outcomes.
ASPE Issue Brief

HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration

September 16, 2022
This brief introduces the HHS Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration, which advances the President’s Strategy to Address our National Mental Health Crisis. It provides a general overview of the approach HHS is taking to drive toward integrated care within the three pillars of the President’s Strategy and highlights selected programs and policy actions that will get us there.