The National Health Policy Forum sought to contribute to a better-informed policymaking process by providing information and opportunities for dialogue for federal health policy staff in pursuit of a high-quality health care system that improves health and is affordable, equitable, efficient, and sustainable.

Headed by its founder, Judith Miller Jones, the Forum's staff comprised a small group of health policy analysts with a wide range of technical knowledge and experience gained by work in the public and private sectors. The Forum held a fierce commitment to independence and neutrality, and believed that giving policymakers practical and balanced information in a press-free zone would lead to better decisions. Forum operations were funded primarily by private foundations. The organization was based at the George Washington University under the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The Forum provided a learning environment for federal health policy staff in which they could explore the issues, challenges, and trade-offs of health policy decisions, without the glare of the media or the pressure of special interest groups.

Our programming offered opportunities to forge bipartisan relationships among staff of the Congress, the executive branch, and key influencers of the health policy community. We developed Forum meetings, publications, and site visits that gave participants access to experts and thought leaders and brought policy issues to life. Our content addressed the range of staff needs, from basic education on specific policies, programs, and issues, to complex analyses of the health care system, including information from important research studies, demonstrations, and innovative community efforts.

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Submissions from 2016

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Hospital Discharge Planning in Medicare: Current Requirements and Proposed Changes, Sally Coberly

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Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits, Sally Coberly

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Medicaid Financing, Sally Coberly

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Medicare, Sally Coberly

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The Medicare Drug Benefit (Part D), Sally Coberly

Submissions from 2015

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Medicare Part B Premiums and Social Security Benefits, Sally Coberly

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Medicare's Post-Acute Care Payment: An Updated Review of the Issues and Policy Proposals, Sally Coberly

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Relative Value Units (RVUs), Sally Coberly

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Challenges of Forecasting Physician Workforce Needs Amid Delivery System Transformation, Rob Cunningham

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Annual Report 2014, Forum Staff

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The Public Health Service, Jennifer Jenson

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Health Policy Essentials: Common Health Care Acronyms, National Health Policy Forum

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Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: Proving Its Worth?, Lisa Sprague

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The Star Rating System and Medicare Advantage Plans, Lisa Sprague

Submissions from 2014

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Annual Report 2013, Forum Staff

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Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration: A Work in Progress, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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National Spending for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), 2012, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Surveys: Assessing Patient Experience, Lisa Sprague

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Telehealth: Into the Mainstream?, Lisa Sprague

Submissions from 2013

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Health Workforce Needs: Projections Complicated by Practice and Technology Changes, Rob Cunningham

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Annual Report 2012, Forum Staff

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CMS's Proposed Rule Implementing the ACA-mandated Medicaid DSH Reductions, Kathryn Linehan

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Medicare Advantage Update: Benefits, Enrollment, and Payments After the ACA, Kathryn Linehan

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Assisted Living: Facilities, Financing, and Oversight, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Family Caregivers: The Primary Providers of Assistance to People with Functional Limitations and Chronic Impairments, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Programs Enacted by the ACA: Expanding Opportunities One Step at a Time, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services Programs Enacted by the ACA: Expanding Opportunities One Step at a Time, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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The Commission on Long-Term Care: Background Behind the Mission, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act: Major Legislative Provisions, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Seeking Value in Medicare: Performance Measurement for Clinical Professionals, Lisa Sprague

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The "Coopetition" Model: Caring for San Diego's Low-Income Population, Lisa Sprague and Jessamyn Taylor

Submissions from 2012

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Recent Proposals to Limit Medigap Coverage and Modify Medicare Cost Sharing, Kathryn Linehan

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Older Americans Act of 1965: Programs and Funding, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS): Arlington County's Integrated Approach, Carol O'Shaughnessy and Lisa Sprague

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Community Health Workers: A Front Line for Primary Care?, Lisa Sprague

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Health Professions Education and Professional Obligations, Lisa Sprague

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Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: FQHCs and Community Clinics in a Reformed Health Care Market, Jessamyn Taylor

Submissions from 2011

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Aligning Graduate Medical Education with Public Policy, Rob Cunningham

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Medicare's Bundling Pilot: Including Post-Acute Care Services, Laura A. Dummit

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Individual and Small-Group Market Health Insurance Rate Review and Disclosure: State and Federal Roles After PPACA, Kathryn Linehan

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Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows: Efforts to Improve Health and Reduce Costs in Denver, Michele J. Orza and Jessamyn Taylor

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The Aging Services Network: Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Home, but Not Alone: Evidence-Based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation, Eileen Salinsky

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The Hospitalist: Better Value in Inpatient Care?, Lisa Sprague

Submissions from 2010

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Tapping the Potential of the Health Care Workforce: Scope-of-Practice and Payment Policies for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants, Robert Cunningham

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Medicare Physician Fees: The Data Behind the Numbers, Laura A. Dummit

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Heath Care Spending: Why Is Miami an Outlier?, Laura A. Dummit and Mary Ellen Stahlman

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Keeping Health Insurance After a Job Loss: COBRA Continuation Coverage and Subsidies, Kathryn Linehan

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Self-Insurance and the Potential Effects of Health Reform on the Small-Group Market, Kathryn Linehan

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Information and Incentives: Improving the Health of New York City's Low-Income Population, Kathryn Linehan and Lisa Sprague

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High Hopes: Public Health Approaches to Reducing the Need for Health Care, Michele J. Orza

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Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): Federal and State Efforts to Guide Consumers Through the Long-Term Services and Supports Maze, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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The Elder Justice Act: Addressing Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Carol O'Shaughnessy

Medicaid Payment for Generic Drugs: Achieving Savings and Access, Christie Provost Peters

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Governmental Public Health: An Overview of State and Local Public Health Agencies, Eileen Salinsky

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Health Care Shortage Designations: HPSA, MUA, and TBD, Eileen Salinsky

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The Medical Education of Physicians, Jonathan Saxton

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Oral Health Checkup: Progress in Tough Fiscal Times?, Cynthia Shirk

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Premium Assistance: An Update, Cynthia Shirk

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Physician Assessment: Measuring Competence and Performance, Lisa Sprague

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The Primary Care Safety Net: Strained, Transitioning, Critical, Jessamyn Taylor

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The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, Jessamyn Taylor

Submissions from 2009

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Coverage and Payment for Prescription Drugs Under Medicare Part B: A Complex Patchwork, Amanda Cassidy

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Stimulus Bill Implementation: Expanding Meaningful Use of Health IT, Rob Cunningham

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Underwriting in the Non-Group Health Insurance Market: The Fundamentals, Kathryn Linehan

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A Health Insurance Exchange: Prototypes and Design Issues, Mark Merlis

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Coordinating Care for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: The Guided Care Model and Other Innovative Approaches, Judith D. Moore and Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Resilience and Renaissance: Efforts to Rebuild a Healthier New Orleans, Michele J. Orza and Jessamyn Taylor

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The Role of Ombudsmen in Assuring Quality for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: Straining to Make Ends Meet, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, Christie Provost Peters

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The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): The Fundamentals, Jennifer Ryan

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Reauthorizing SCHIP: A Summary of Selected Issues, Jennifer Ryan and Cynthia Shirk

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Got Junk? The Federal Role in Regulating “Competitive” Foods, Eileen Salinsky

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No Free Lunch? Current Challenges Facing the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Eileen Salinsky

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Schedule H: New Community Benefit Reporting Requirements for Hospitals, Eileen Salinsky

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Show Me the Money: The Implications of Schedule H, Eileen Salinsky

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Health Care-Associated Infections: Is There an End in Sight?, Lisa Sprague

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The Medicare Drug Benefit: Update on the Low-Income Subsidy, Mary Ellen Stahlman

Submissions from 2008

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Medicare Demonstrations, Amanda Cassidy

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The Fundamentals of Medicare Demonstrations, Amanda Cassidy

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Primary Care Physician Supply, Physician Compensation, and Medicare Fees: What Is the Connection?, Laura A. Dummit

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Competition and Collaboration, Chicago-Style, Laura A. Dummit and Lisa Sprague

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Community-Based Long-Term Care in Milwaukee: Wisconsin Still Ahead, Judith D. Moore, Carol O'Shaughnessy, and Lisa Sprague

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Tending to Richmond's Children: Community Strategies to Bridge Service Gaps, Judith D. Moore and Jessamyn Taylor

Glossary of Health Insurance Terms, National Health Policy Forum

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The Aging Services Network: Accomplishments and Challenges in Serving a Growing Elderly Population, Carol O'Shaughnessy

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Medicaid Financing: How the FMAP Formula Works and Why It Falls Short, Christie Provost Peters

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Completing the Recipe for Children's Health: New Variations on Key Ingredients: A Report from the Workshop on June 28, 2007, Jennifer Ryan

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Covering All Kids: States Setting the Pace, Jennifer Ryan and Safiya Mojerie

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Strong as the Weakest Link: Medical Response to a Catastrophic Event, Eileen Salinsky

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Medicaid and Mental Health Services, Cynthia Shirk

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Medicaid and SCHIP Waivers, Cynthia Shirk

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Shaping Medicaid and SCHIP through Waivers: The Fundamentals, Cynthia Shirk

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Pharmacogenomics: A Primer for Policymakers, Leslie Tucker

Submissions from 2007

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Medicaid and State Budgets: Clearing Storm, Foggy Forecast, Courtney Burke

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Physician Profiling: Can Medicare Paint an Accurate Picture?, Laura A. Dummit

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Competition and Collaboration: The Spirit of St. Louis, Laura A. Dummit and Lisa Sprague

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The Fundamentals of Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Plans, Beth Fuchs and Lisa Potetz

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The Prescription Drug Safety Net: Access to Pharmaceuticals for the Uninsured, Jack Hoadley