Healthcare Policy and Implementation
The Healthcare Policy and Implementation research agenda provides rigorous evaluations of health care policies and programs.
The Healthcare Policy and Implementation research agenda was established in 2011 with a mission to provide rigorous examinations of today’s most critical health care policy issues. Our research studies are designed to provide actionable, practical advice to policy makers and other key stakeholders. We also aim to educate the public on pressing health care issues. Our faculty includes health policy and health services researchers, economists, and clinicians.
The agenda also collaborates with the Center’s graduate programs by providing health policy training to master’s, doctoral, and post-doc students. This training is designed to improve students’ knowledge of current health policy issues, introduce students to the policy making process and the roles of various policy actors, and prepare students to participate in the policy process.
The agenda's research portfolio is focused on three areas: evaluation of health care programs and policies, including the Affordable Care Act; examination of the link between research and health care policy making; and advancement of large employers’ role in value-based purchasing and community health.
Examples of Our Recent Work
Evaluation of health care programs and policies:
- Increased Emergency Department Use in Illinois after Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- The Longitudinal Impact of Aligning Forces for Quality on Measures of Population Health, Quality and Experience of Care, and Cost of Care
- The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Alliances’ Quality Improvement Efforts in Targeted Communities
The link between research and policy making:
- Can Ivory Tower Academics and Policy Makers Work Well Together?
- The Affordable Care Act’s Federal Advisory Committees (forthcoming)
Large employers’ role in health care and community health: