Policy Assessment Post Implementation

Once a policy is put in place, decision makers want to know its effect on different constituencies. Knowing the consequences — intended or not — of new policies helps policy makers respond quickly and make needed adjustments. The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides in-depth analysis of the factors that can influence a health policy’s success, as well as its impact on stakeholders:

Impact on Public and Private Market

With essential background and expertise in the field, the staff of the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School poses and analyzes questions about the affect policies have on the sharing of health care financing between the public and private sectors.

Our staff can provide thorough answers tailored to your specific questions about the following:

  • Adverse selection and crowd-out
  • Cost-shifting
  • Shared responsibility for health reform expansions
  • Payment incentives for containing costs and improving quality

Impact on Consumers and Payers

Health care policies affect different groups in diverse and complex ways, and we have the depth of knowledge necessary to anticipate and evaluate those consequences. Insurance reforms intended to hold down the cost of premiums, for example, can consequently make coverage less accessible for some consumers. Initiatives designed to expand coverage can increase out-of-pocket costs to an unacceptable level for consumers or leave insurers vulnerable to adverse selection.

Finding the right formula for achieving policy goals is a challenge that requires regular monitoring of impacts and recommendations for refining policies. The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides these services to policy makers, enabling them to stay on target with the goals their policies are designed to reach.