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Issue Briefs on Healthcare and Hospital Policy Topics

To inform legislators and other community leaders on relevant issues affecting the healthcare industry, The Center publishes quarterly Issue Briefs on healthcare.

These Issue Briefs on healthcare provide member hospitals and the community with timely, accurate and meaningful information on hospital and healthcare policies, practices and procedures. Today, there are more than 25 Issue Briefs on topics such as Hospital Finance 101, the Northeast Ohio healthcare and hospital economic future, Understanding Hospital Pricing, Universal Health Coverage, Hospital Sustainability, Hospital Quality, and many more.

If you have questions, would like more information or would like to recommend a topic for an Issue Brief on healthcare, please contact us or Deanna Moore at 216.696.6900.

May 2014
May 2014 Issue Brief Discusses Emerging Technologies in Healthcare
The Center’s May 2014 Issue Brief takes a look at how emerging technologies in healthcare are changing the practice of medicine in the United States. While Health Information Technology (HIT) – the ... read more


February 2014
Issue Brief Examines the Impact of the Baby Boomer Generation on the U.S. Healthcare System
The Center’s February 2014 publication, Bracing for the Boomers: Addressing the Healthcare and Workforce Challenges of a Generation, takes a look at how the aging and retirement of the baby boomer ge ... read more


November 2013
November Issue Brief Discusses Growing Emergency Department Visits and Utilization
The Center’s most recent publication, Modern-Day Emergency Departments: Rewriting the Script, discusses recent trends in today’s emergency departments. Specifically, this white paper examines what&r ... read more


June 2013
Childhood Obesity: Weighing in on a Generation at Risk
The Center’s June 2013 issue brief, Childhood Obesity: Weighing in on a Generation at Risk, highlights current childhood obesity trends, what is driving them and a variety of initiatives and policy soluti ... read more


March 2013
Healthcare at the End of Life: A Look at Current Trends
The Center’s March 2013 issue brief, Healthcare at the End of Life: A Look at Current Trends, takes a look at EOL healthcare trends, including the use of palliative and hospice care, advance directives a ... read more


December 2012
The Emerging Field of Patient Navigation: A Golden Opportunity to Improve Healthcare
Medical care has grown increasingly sophisticated, offering ever-more promise of successful treatment and positive outcomes for even some of the most devastating illnesses. Yet, for many patients realizing this ... read more


August 2012
Health Insurance Exchanges: Building an Insurance Marketplace in the Midst of Uncertainty
Many states, including Ohio, have not yet committed to an exchange strategy despite the nearing deadline. This issue brief, entitled Health Insurance Exchanges: Building an Insurance Marketplace in the Mid ... read more


May 2012
The Growing Focus on Patient Experience and Why It Matters
Patient experience is an area of focus that has become increasingly important to hospital leaders in recent years. Like any industry, hospitals lose customers when the services they provide are not satisfactory ... read more


March 2012
Changing Environment, Changing Market: How Northeast Ohio Hospitals Are Evolving to Serve their Communities
Communities, like people, change over time.  They age, for example, or the experience other shifts in demographics.  And as they change so do their healthcare needs.  As a result, the healthcare ... read more


December 2011
Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act: How Health Reform Changed the Game for the Insurance Industry
The role of health insurance in the nation’s healthcare system continues its evolution. In 2010 Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an attempt, in large part, to correct some ... read more


September 2011
Healthcare Consumerism and the Growing Importance of Patient Decision Making
The growing movement of healthcare consumerism is essentially an answer to the call for greater patient involvement in the healthcare system. The overriding concept behind this movement is nothing new.  Hea ... read more


June 2011
Behavioral Healthcare Checkup: Are We Where We Need to Be?
Behavioral health is just as important to our overall wellbeing as is physical health. Like chronic physical illness, behavioral health disorders, which include both mental illnesses and substance abuse dis ... read more


March 2011
Looking for a New Direction: Ohio Medicaid at a Crossroads
Though there’s no denying the value of Medicaid to the vulnerable populations it serves, this safety net does not come without a cost.  Medicaid is a very expensive program, often the largest in a state’s b ... read more


December 2010
Health Reform's Cost Impact: Can More Be Done to Bend the Cost Curve
Though every nation struggles to balance cost with access and quality, the United States seems to face a particular challenge in getting the cost side of the equation right, spending significantly m ... read more


September 2010
Moving Toward HITECH Healthcare: EHR Adoption at the Dawn of a New Era
The national healthcare landscape is changing. Health reform has brought about a transformation that will impact the way that healthcare is delivered, the way it is paid for and the way it is accessed. But ... read more


June 2010
The Continuum of Care: The Pivotal Role of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care in Healthcare Delivery
The continuum of care encompasses a comprehensive range of healthcare services meant to promote the health of an individual throughout the span of their lifetime.  Services along the continuum are plentiful ... read more


March 2010
Following a Greener Path: How Hospitals are Healing Patients and Preserving the Planet
In increasing numbers, hospitals are joining the ranks of organizations that have made an environmentally focused cultural shift. To be sure, there is no shortage of good reasons for hospitals to embark on ... read more


December 2009
On the Brink of Change: The Continuing Evolution of Health Insurance in America
How should people pay for the healthcare services they receive?  For those with insurance, the answer is usually pretty easy but for the 46 million uninsured, it is a lot less straightforward.  In the past ... read more


August 2009
Quality 101: Unraveling a Key Concept in America's Healthcare Debate
"Quality” is, no doubt, one of the most prevalent buzzwords when it comes to healthcare. A variety of reports have been published on the subject in recent years, and in the current environment of healthcare ... read more


June 2009
A Trove of Opportunity: Northeast Ohio Healthcare Sector Offers Strong Employment Prospects
Northeast Ohio is a global healthcare hub, drawing patients from across the country and around the world, and paving the way in medical research. And while there are many resources that contribute to the we ... read more


March 2009
Unlocking the Potential: The Crucial Role of Public Health in Tackling Chronic Disease
Though chronic disease is often thought of in terms of how it is treated medically, the reality is, we may stand to gain the most, in terms of collective health, by implementing successful public health ini ... read more


December 2008
Achieving Universal Health Coverage: Solutions From at Home & Abroad
The good news is, if you live in America, you reside in the home of some of the most sophisticated, medically advanced technology in the world. And for most, namely the 84 percent with some form of health i ... read more


August 2008
A Walk in Their Shoes: Challenges Facing Today's Hospital Administrators
Every day, hospitals in the United States provide care and services to heal the sick and take care of those in need. It is the job of hospital administrators to ensure that nonprofit hospitals are focused o ... read more


May 2008
Through Frank’s Eyes: Hospital Care from a Patient Perspective
Providing patient care in a hospital setting seems like a fairly straightforward endeavor. In reality, so many factors play into providing patient care that a trip to the hospital can be overwhelming, espec ... read more


November 2007
Seeking a Remedy: Growing Need for Nurses Requires a Collaborative Approach
As the largest sector of the healthcare workforce, nurses represent a key component of an effective healthcare delivery system. Yet the ability of the healthcare system to perform at peak capacity is threat ... read more


September 2007
The Evolution of Medicaid Managed Care in Ohio
Rising healthcare spending prompted Ohio to begin experimenting with Medicaid managed care over 25 years ago. The managed care market has changed over the years, yet area hospitals’ interests in ensuring Me ... read more


August 2007
Updated - Hospital Finance 101
CHA has updated one of its most popular issue briefs to reflect the most recently available data on hospital finance. A basic understanding of hospital finance is crucial as leaders continue to create polic ... read more


June 2007
Through the Looking Glass: Understanding Hospital Pricing
With consumers being required to shoulder more responsibility for their healthcare costs, there is growing pressure on providers to simplify prices and billing statements to make them more easily understood ... read more


January 2007
A Look at the Year Ahead: Health Policy Issues in the Spotlight
The shift in the balance of power from Republicans to Democrats in Congress and in the Ohio governor’s mansion may provide a new twist, and perhaps inspire some new approaches, but the familiar issues of co ... read more


September 2006
Caring for a Changing Community: How Northeast Ohio Hospitals are Serving a Diverse Population
The ability to connect with and understand patients is key to caring for them. Shifting demographics are resulting in an increasingly diverse population, which presents new opportunities for effectively and ... read more


August 2006
Northeast Ohio Hospitals: Our Economic Future
While manufacturing was once the heart of the region's economy, the decline of that industry is necessitating a fresh look at our local resources and a new strategy for cultivating a robust economy. As the ... read more


April 2006
The Focus on Quality: A Closer Look at a National Trend
Quality improvement has long been a part of hospitals’ day-to-day operations. It is a cornerstone of every hospital’s mission, and they stake their reputations on their ability to provide quality care. In r ... read more


August 2005
The Value of Modern Medicine: Understanding Rising Healthcare Spending
This paper explores the situation regarding healthcare spending, including to what degree it has risen, where the nation’s healthcare dollar is being spent, and what factors have contributed to the increase ... read more


April 2005
Medicaid Code Blue: Saving the Safety Net
As Medicaid continues to absorb ever larger portions of both the state and federal budgets, there is growing concern about the future affordability of the program. This paper explains how Medicaid is admini ... read more


January 2005
Tipping the Scale to the Benefit of Our Community: The Real Value of Hospitals' Nonprofit Tax Status
Not only are hospitals a staple of the Northeast Ohio economy in terms of employment and the economic activity they generate, the activities associated with their charitable missions also provide vast benef ... read more


September 2004
Is Inefficiency Ailing the Healthcare System?
This paper explores how healthcare financing, consumer behavior and regulation have influenced the healthcare system, and the role these factors play in the system's ultimate ability to function efficiently ... read more


August 2004
Protecting Access to Care Through Civil Justice Reform
High jury awards, medical liability insurance market instability and subsequent professional liability premium increases are affecting access to physicians in Ohio. Download the acco ... read more


April 2004
The Domino Effect of the Uninsured
This issue brief paints a picture of the uninsured and describes the domino effect of the lack of insurance on individuals, providers and society. Download the accompanying PowerPoin ... read more


February 2004
Hospital Finance 101
A basic understanding of hospital finance is crucial as leaders continue to create policy that shapes healthcare financing. This 30,000-foot view of hospital finance is intended to shed some light on the co ... read more


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