Ohio Insurance Basics: A closer look at open enrollment for small businesses in 2014 (November 2013) A fact sheet (pdf, 2 pages) reviewing policy changes in the Affordable Care Act to the small group market, with a specific focus on the ACA’s creation of a special annual open enrollment period, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, during which health insurers cannot deny coverage to small businesses that fail to meet minimum participation or contribution requirements, both inside and outside of the federally-facilitated SHOP marketplace.
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Telehealth Leadership Summit: Key findings and considerations (August 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) outlining the key findings and recommendations arising out of HPIO’s July 16 Telehealth Leadership Summit. The event involved 57 particpants including providers, employers, public and private insurers, state agencies and telehealth technology developers, who explored a number of issues surrounding telehealth including documentation, informed consent, payment, provider regulation, fraud and abuse and patient safety.
Health insurance marketplaces: What Ohioans can expect (July 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) that explores how health insurance marketplaces will operate in Ohio and describes the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) that will be offered in the marketplaces. The paper also describes the benefits that will be included in plans available through the individual market, the small group market and Medicaid.
Ohio Medicaid expansion fact sheet: Impact on Ohioans earning less than 100 percent FPL (May 2013) A fact sheet (pdf, 2 pages) examining the impact of Medicaid expansion on Ohioans earning less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), including county level projections of uninsured adults without dependent children, a population that would have no access to subsidized health coverage without the expansion. The fact sheet is released as part of the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute.
Ohio Medicaid expansion fact sheet: The impact of not expanding Medicaid in Ohio (April 2013) A fact sheet (pdf, 2 pages) examining the impact on Ohio of not expanding Medicaid eligibility. Most data in the fact sheet comes from the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute.
Ohio Insurance Basics: A closer look at trends in employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) (April 2013) A two-page fact sheet (pdf) with information on trends in employer-sponsored health coverage in Ohio, health premiums and employer share of costs. Much of the information in the fact sheet is taken from HPIO's Ohio Insurance Basics.
Looking Ahead: Understanding Telehealth in Ohio (April 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 18 pages) that provides an introduction to telehealth and an overview of the national and state telehealth policy landscape. A 2-page executive summary also is available.
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: County-level analysis part 2: Local economic impact on employment and general sales tax revenues (March 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 12 pages) detailing projections of coverage effects for each county, as well as fiscal effects. The brief was created as part of the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute.
Ohio Medicaid Basics 2013 (March 2013) The updated edition (pdf, 20 pages) of HPIO's biennial overview of Ohio Medicaid, including eligibility, enrollment and financing. A two-page executive summary also is available.
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: County-level analysis (March 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 12 pages) detailing the county-level impact of a potential Medicaid expansion. The brief provides projections of coverage effects for each county, as well as fiscal effects. The brief was created as part of the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute.
Policy considerations for Medicaid expansion in Ohio (January 2013; revised 03/14/2013) A policy brief (pdf, 12 pages) that gives Ohio policymakers background information on the decision of whether to expand Ohio’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: Analysis of likely effects (February 2013) a policy brief (pdf, 24 pages) that summarizes the results of an independent analysis of potential Medicaid expansion in Ohio. The study was conducted by a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute. A two-page executive summary also is available.
Ohio Public Health Basics (January 2013) A policy brief (pdf, 29 pages) that examines public health in Ohio, with sections on how public health is structured and funded at the state and local levels in Ohio; public health's role in improving population health and controlling health care costs; and public health priorities for the 21st Century. A two-page executive summary also is available.
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: Preliminary analysis of likely effects (January 2013; revised 02/26/2013) Preliminary results of an independent analysis of potential Medicaid expansion in Ohio. The study was conducted by a research partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute.
The need for a statewide health care workforce data system (December 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 4 pages) that explores Ohio's need for a single source for comprehensive data on health professionals in practice or in training as a tool for addressing impending health workforce needs in the state.
Update on Ohio’s options for health insurance exchanges (October 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) that updates Ohio's options for planning for health insurance exchanges under the ACA in 2014.
Ohio Insurance Basics (October 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 18 pages) that examines access to health insurance in Ohio, with sections on how Ohioans are covered, health insurance regulation, plan design, and regulatory changes to private insurance in the ACA. A two-page executive summary also is available.
Ohio Access Basics (October 2012)A policy brief (pdf, 28 pages) that provides an overview of access to health care in Ohio. Topics covered in the paper include health insurance, barriers to access, oral health access, mental health access, health disparities and a description of the health care safety net in Ohio. A two-page executive summary also is available.
An introduction to 'essential health benefits': Ohio’s role in determining services covered by insurance post-2014 (August 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 6 pages) that outlines Ohio's options for setting standards for "essential health benefits" that small-group and individual insurance plans will have to offer starting in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act: A review of the decision and its impact on Ohio (July 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) summarizing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, with analysis of state options for expanding Medicaid coverage under the health reform law.
Public Health Futures: Considerations for a new framework for local public health in Ohio
Recognizing the need to respond to current financial and political challenges and to propose new approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local public health in Ohio, AOHC established the Public Health Futures Project in 2011 to explore new ways to structure and fund local public health. AOHC contracted with HPIO to conduct research, facilitate a consensus-building process among members, and prepare the final report. The final report was delivered to the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners Public Health Futures Steering Committee on June 15, 2012.
Modernizing Medicaid Eligibility: A review of Ohio's proposal (June, 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 6 pages) summarizing the Governor's Office of Health Transformation's "Medicaid Eligibility Modernization Project," a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver request that would change eligibility for Medicaid in Ohio.
Final rules and key stakeholder considerations regarding exchange establishment and functions (May, 2012) A policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) that summarizes major provisions of the exchange establishment and functions final rule released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and highlights key stakeholder considerations regarding these provisions.
Stakeholder considerations for ACA exchange and Medicaid interim final rules (April, 2012) A brief outlining stakeholder considerations of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) exchange establishment and eligibility final rule and Medicaid final rules. The document reflects feedback from the Exchange Rules Analysis Committee (ERAC), a diverse group of stakeholders convened by HPIO to examine the issue.
Health Data Transparency Basics (March, 2012) Modeled after HPIO’s Ohio Medicaid Basics publication, Health Data Transparency Basics provides an overview of the availability of transparent, accessible health data and how access to information on price and quality impacts consumer choice, quality of care, health care spending and health outcomes. A four-page executive summary also is available.
Federal exchange primer (February, 2012) Based on the HPIO policy brief "Federal rules for establishing health insurance exchanges," this primer outlines key choices Ohio will have to make on health insurance exchanges and summarizes the proposed rules on exchanges – highlighting key issues and considerations regarding establishment of an Ohio exchange.
Final rules for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (December, 2011) An update to our May 2011 publication on the Medicare Shared Savings Program, with a summary of the final rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services.
A closer look at the impact of federal reform on Ohio insurance markets (November, 2011)
An HPIO policy brief (pdf, 8 pages) that summarizes select key findings from the Ohio Department of Insurance’s analysis of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on Ohio consumers, businesses and insurance markets. The ODI report was prepared by Milliman, Inc.
Federal rules for establishing health insurance exchanges (September, 2011)
An HPIO policy brief (pdf, 12 pages) that outlines key choices Ohio will have to make on health insurance exchanges, what other states are doing, and summarizes the proposed rules on exchanges – highlighting key issues and considerations regarding establishment of an Ohio exchange.
Making the Connection: A progress report on the history and status of statewide HIT and HIE implementation in Ohio (August, 2011) An HPIO primer (pdf, 4 pages) that traces the history of HIT development in Ohio and provides a progress report on the completion of a statewide HIE.
HB 153 2012-2013 Budget Overview: Key Health Care Provisions (August, 2011) An overview spreadsheet of the health-related provisions in the newly adopted biennium budget
(NOTE: clicking the link above will automatically download the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet)
Understanding the Medicare ACO and Its Potential Impact on Ohio and the Nation: Considerations of CMS Draft Rules
Table of 65 proposed measures in Medicare Shared Savings Program
(May, 2011) A policy brief (and accompanying primer) on Accountable Care Organizations, including a summary of the Medicare Shared Savings Program Proposed Rules, highlights of key considerations and concerns, and reactions from several Ohio-based health systems that are already implementing some form of accountable care.
Oral Health Findings from the Ohio Family Health Survey, 2008
(June, 2010) A data brief examining the dental care needs and dental care coverage for children and adults, based on data from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey.
Data Use Workshop for Community Leaders information packet
(March, 2010) An information packet produced as part of HPIO regional workshops on Ohio's 2009 County Health Rankings. The rankings were produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The Future of the Nursing Workforce in Ohio
(November 2009) A white paper examining the current and projected nursing shortage, with an examination of causes of the shortage, potential solutions and implications for Ohio’s policymakers.
A Profile of Smokers in Ohio in 2008
(October 2009) uses data from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey to present a profile of smokers in Ohio compared to former smokers and those who have never smoked
Mental Health in Ohio
(October 2009) This policy brief examines how Ohioans fare when it comes to mental disorders. Uses data from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey to profile the approximately 600,000 Ohioans who reported 14 or more mentally unhealthy days in the past 30 days as of when they were surveyed.
Vision Coverage and Health in the State of Ohio
(June 2009) Policy brief examining vision coverage and vision health in Ohio.
Policy Brief: The Federal Call for Accelerated Comparative Effectiveness Research in Health Care
(April 2009) A look at federally enacted comparative effectiveness research, including an analysis of potential benefits and challenges.
HPIO testimony to the Joint Legislative Budget and Management Commission
(July 2010) HPIO Interim Director Greg Moody presented on Medicaid's impact on the state budget to a bipartisan panel of state lawmakers
2010 Ohio Medicaid Atlas
(August 2010) Provides a statistical and visual display of comparative information about Medicaid across all of the state's counties.
Family Violence in Ohio: Statewide Assessment Report
(December, 2010) A report prepared by Kenneth Steinman, PhD, MPH for the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project that describes the scope of family violence at the county level across Ohio. The report, which was made possible through the support of the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, includes sections that describe data sets that can help measure family violence in Ohio, results across counties and recommendations for improving data collection.
County-level Profiles of Family Violence in Ohio
(April 2010) A collection of family violence profiles of all 88 Ohio counties.
White Paper on Improving Family Violence Prevention in Ohio
(February 2008) This white paper provides an analysis of the affects of family violence in Ohio and a number of recommendations to improve prevention efforts.
Unhealthy Differences: Regional Health Disparities in Ohio
(October 2009) The third in a series of three HPIO briefs on health disparities in Ohio, this report examines health disparities between Appalachian, rural, suburban and urban regions of the state.
Unhealthy Differences: Health Disparities between Men and Women in Ohio
(September 2009) Examines health disparites between men and women 18 to 64 in Ohio.
Unhealthy Differences: Health Disparities between Racial and Ethnic Groups in Ohio
(August 2009) Examines health disparities among racial and ethnic groups in Ohio.