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Issue Briefs

ssue Briefs are designed to provide readers with relatively short, analytical research results that are policy relevant. Issue Briefs include the broader context for the research and lay out the range of related policy implications. The publications offer original HSC research results, summarize and make more accessible HSC research results that appear in peer-reviewed journals or report HSC conference proceedings. Most of the Issue Briefs are based on data from the CTS household, physician and employer surveys, CTS Site Visits or the Health Tracking Household and Physician Surveys.

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Title Date Document Info  
The Community Tracking Study: August 1996 Issue Brief No. 01  
Tracking Changes in the Public Health System: September 1996 Issue Brief No. 02  
Medicaid Eligibility Policy and the Crowding-Out Effect: October 1996 Issue Brief No. 03  
Policy Implications of Risk Selection in Medicare HMOs: November 1996 Issue Brief No. 04  
A Primer on Understanding Health Care Cost Trends: December 1996 Issue Brief No. 05  
Tracking Health Care Costs: January 1997 Issue Brief No. 06  
An Inadequate Supply of Qualified People Will Slow the Pace of Health System Change March 1997 Issue Brief No. 07  
Access to Health Care: April 1997 Issue Brief No. 08  
Patients, Profits and Health System Change: May 1997 Issue Brief No. 09  
Health Care Costs: June 1997 Issue Brief No. 10  
Perception, Reality and Health Insurance: Uninsured as Likely as Insured to Perceive Need for Care but Half as Likely to Get Care October 2005 Issue Brief No. 100  
Rising Pressure: Hospital Emergency Departments as Barometers of the Health Care System Nov. 18, 2005 Issue Brief No. 101  
Can Money Buy Quality? Physician Response to Pay for Performance December 2005 Issue Brief No. 102  
Do Specialty Hospitals Promote Price Competition? January 2006 Issue Brief No. 103  
Stretching the Safety Net to Serve Undocumented Immigrants: Community Responses to Health Needs February 2006 Issue Brief No. 104  
The Community Safety Net and Prescription Drug Access for Low-Income, Uninsured People April 2006 Issue Brief No. 105  
Clinical Information Technology Gaps Persist Among Physicians November 2006 Issue Brief No. 106  
Behind the Slow Growth of Employer-Based Consumer-Driven Health Plans December 2006 Issue Brief No. 107  
Physician Financial Incentives: Use of Quality Incentives Inches Up, but Productivity Still Dominates January 2007 Issue Brief No. 108  
Benefit Design Innovations: Implications for Consumer-Directed Health Care February 2007 Issue Brief No. 109  
Will Hospital Report Cards Make the Grade? July 1997 Issue Brief No. 11  
Consumer Tolerance for Inaccuracy in Physician Performance Ratings: One Size Fits None March 2007 Issue Brief No. 110  
High-Performance Health Plan Networks: Early Experiences May 2007 Issue Brief No. 111  
Distorted Payment System Undermines Business Case for Health Quality and Efficiency Gains July 2007 Issue Brief No. 112  
Massachusetts Health Reform: Employers, Lower-Wage Workers and Universal Coverage July 2007 Issue Brief No. 113  
Health Care Cost and Access Challenges Persist October 2007 Issue Brief No. 114  
Hospital Emergency On-Call Coverage: Is There a Doctor in the House? November 2007 Issue Brief No. 115  
Community Health Centers Tackle Rising Demands and Expectations December 2007 Issue Brief No. 116  
Relief, Restoration and Reform: Economic Upturn Yields Modest and Uneven Health Returns January 2008 Issue Brief No. 117  
Health Plans Target Advanced Imaging Services February 2008 Issue Brief No. 118  
Consumer-Directed Health Plans: Mixed Employer Signals, Complex Market Dynamics March 2008 Issue Brief No. 119  
Next Steps in Incremental Health Insurance Expansions: April 1998 Issue Brief No. 12  
Safety Net Hospital Emergency Departments: Creating Safety Valves for Non-Urgent Care May 2008 Issue Brief No. 120  
Health and Wellness: The Shift from Managing Illness to Promoting Health June 2008 Issue Brief No. 121  
Community Efforts to Expand Dental Services for Low-Income People July 2008 Issue Brief No. 122  
Despite Regulatory Changes, Hospitals Cautious in Helping Physicians Purchase Electronic Medical Records September 2008 Issue Brief No. 123  
Massachusetts Health Reform: High Costs and Expanding Expectations May Weaken Employer Support October 2008 Issue Brief No. 124  
Rising Rates of Chronic Health Conditions: What Can Be Done? November 2008 Issue Brief No. 125  
Designing Effective Health Care Quality Transparency Initiatives July 2009 Issue Brief No. 126  
Hospital Strategies to Engage Physicians in Quality Improvement October 2009 Issue Brief No. 127  
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