257370 Measuring the Impact of Health Care Reform: A Short-Term Solution for a Long-Term Problem

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Jon Altizer, MPH , Federal Health Care, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Atlanta, GA
Heather D. Coffin, MSPH , Federal Health Care, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Atlanta, GA
As the premier public health agency in the world, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have a number of distinct systems that track critical public health data. Primarily these surveillance systems are tracking disease-incidence prevalence health behaviors and are within both the purview and core mission of the agency. The subsequent measureable success of health reform will be determined not only by a noticeable decrease in disease-incidence prevalence, but among other indicators not tracked at the agency. CDC serves as only a “part of the whole” when monitoring and evaluating the impact of health reform in the U.S. and must collaborate with other agencies to paint a holistic picture as to the actual impact of health reform.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a landmark piece of legislation with far-reaching implications if fully implemented. Some of these implications have been identified, and others remain to be seen. Pending the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) maintaining that the individual mandate is constitutionally sound and within Congressional powers, the subsequent monitoring and evaluation of health reform impacts will become of paramount importance for the current administration. However, monitoring and evaluation of the impact of health reform cannot stay on the proverbial back burner, but should be in the forefront of public health researchers minds. This is an issue that must be dealt with in advance of the decision by SCOTUS in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

My presentation will highlight possible data sources and evaluation frameworks that could be leveraged to provide a short-term solution to what is agreed upon by most as a long-term problem.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify potential data sources that show change(s) in health status in the short-term; (2) Formulate additional ideas for data sources/evaluation mechanisms that may continue to elucidate analytical/evaluative methodologies to assess the impact of health care reform; and, (3) Identify potential methods to evaluate the impact of health care reform in the short-term.

Keywords: Health Reform, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the area of Health Care Reform for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention since September 2011. This is my area of interest, and currently in process of applying for a PhD in Health Services Research at Emory University focusing primarily on this issue.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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