State Health Policy Grant Program Briefs Released

Six briefs developed through the State Health Policy Grant Program, a partnership with the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and NASHP; to evaluate and report on state health policy initiatives were released February 25, 2016.

The grant program was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The six policy briefs released assess the impact of a range of national and state policies on health care costs and utilization and were developed by independent researchers using HCCI’s repository of commercial claims data for over 50 million insured Americans—one of the largest private health insurance claims databases of its kind.

  • University of California, Berkeley (Dr. Timothy Brown, Dr. James Robinson, and Dr. Christopher Whaley): Using Data to Lower Costs: California’s Reference-Based Payment Experience and Implications for Other States
  • University of California, San Francisco (PI: Dr. Ulrike Muench): Does Independent Scope of Practice Affect Prescribing Outcomes, Healthcare Costs, and Utilization?
  • University of Chicago (PI: Dr. Rena Conti): The Impact of Provider Consolidation on Outpatient Prescription Drug-Based Cancer Care Spending
  • University of Colorado Denver (Co-PIs: Drs. Benjamin Miller and Lynn VanderWielen):Mental Health Parity’s Limited Impact on Utilization and Access for Health Plan Beneficiaries
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (PI: Dr.Fernando Wilson): An Examination of Private Payer Reimbursements to Primary Care Providers for Healthcare Services Using Telehealth, United States 2009–2013
  • University of Washington (PI: Bianca Frogner): Does Unrestricted Access to Physical Therapy Reduce Utilization and Health Spending?

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