Analyzing the Effects of Public Health Messaging on Vaccine Hesitancy

Introduction To date, the COVID-19 vaccination effort has been largely successful for the United States; however, vaccine hesitancy is a major factor preventing the nation from reaching herd immunity. The ...

CMS Foreshadows Policy Areas for Future Rulemaking

As we noted in the recent recent Health Policy News overview of the second Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for 2022, the process of finalizing Exchange guidance ...

CMS Issues Further Exchange Guidance: Second Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and 2022 Final Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilliated Exchanges

On April 30th, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the second final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Standards (NBPP), as well ...

Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Kicks off Quickly and the Federal Government Announces its Health Priorities for Discretionary Spending

The past month brought the fifth renewal[1] of the U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), as well as the start of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)’s implementation. ...

Update on Vermont’s Efforts to Implement Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many state policy efforts over the last year, with state agencies across the U.S. re-deploying their staff towards tracing and vaccination work. This has undoubtedly contributed to less momentum on drug importation efforts at the state ...

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Syndromic Surveillance

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to capture and securely share patient information via health information exchanges (HIE). HIEs across the nation have been critically important in helping healthcare ...

California Eyes Generic Drug Production to Curb Prescription Drug Costs

California has long been an innovator in prescription drug cost control efforts. In 2017, the state passed SB 17, a piece of drug pricing legislation with multiple reporting requirements aimed ...

Digital Health Literacy Inequities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of healthcare services, as safety precautions prompted a transition of care delivery from in-person to virtual. The health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus ...

American Rescue Plan has Broad Impact on Health Policy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This sweeping law provides funding to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Migrating Incentives from Measurement to Learning

Over the past three decades, an overreliance on quality measures as a material driving factor in value-based payment (VBP) arrangements has created an adverse trade-off within delivery systems: achieve short ...

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