Health Policy Development, Analysis and Implementation

In the interconnected world of public and private health care financing and delivery, making improvements in one area can have unintended consequences in another. Understanding the impact of a public policy change on the broader health care system is a must for creating and implementing effective policies.

The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides comprehensive consulting services to public agencies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop, analyze, and implement innovative and practical health care policy solutions. Whether contemplating systemwide changes or solving discrete problems, our team strives to find solutions that meet these criteria:

  • Fill a public need
  • Are operationally, financially, and politically feasible
  • Mitigate adverse repercussions to patients, providers, and the health care system

The policy experts at the Center for Health Law and Economics bring decades of experience working at senior levels within the public and private sectors, giving us firsthand knowledge and a proven track record of designing health care policies that work in the real world. Our work on Massachusetts’ innovative universal health care reform highlights this expertise.

Our services in health care policy development, analysis, and implementation include the following:

  • Data analysis to determine the need, scope, capacity, and cost of a new or existing policy
  • Literature reviews and research analyses to identify best policy practices
  • Analysis of the impact that federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions have on new or existing health care policies
  • Qualitative and translational policy research
  • Identification of statutory or regulatory changes needed to implement a health care policy
  • Drafting of federal waivers and Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) State Plan amendments
  • Regulatory and statutory drafting
  • Negotiations with state and federal agencies
  • Program implementation and program improvement feedback
  • Assessment of the impact of policies on affected populations
  • Management of federal, state, and other stakeholder relationships