Inquiry

A quarterly forum for professionals and educators focused on public policy issues, innovative concepts, and original research in the areas of health care organization, provision and financing.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

Compensation for Nonprofit Health Care Board Members. the Right Path or a Minefield?
In summer 2011, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley publicly challenged the appropriateness of the board compensation practices of the state's four major nonprofit health plans, and promised to seek legislation that would grant her the authority...
Good News and Not-So-Good News
Reading or listening to daily news reports these days is not for the faint of heart. Calamitous events include, but by no means are limited to, the violent political upheavals and threat of nuclear weaponry in the Middle East; the sovereign debt crisis...
Public and Private Health Insurance Premiums: How Do They Affect the Health Insurance Status of Low-Income Childless Adults?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will substantially increase public health insurance eligibility and alter the costs of insurance coverage. Using Current Population Survey (CPS) data from the period 2000 2008, we examine the effects...
The Effects of Market Structure and Payment Rate on the Entry of Private Health Plans into the Medicare Market
Private insurance firms participating in Medicare can offer up to three principal plan types." coordinated care plans (CCPs), prescription drug plans (PDPs), and private fee-for-service (PFFS) plans. Firms can make entry and marketing decisions separately...
The Impact of Maternity Length-of-Stay Mandates on the Labor Market and Insurance Coverage
To understand the effects of insurance regulation on the labor market and insurance coverage, this' study uses a difference-in-difference-in-differences analysis to compare five states that passed minimum maternity length-of-stay laws with states that...
The Relationship of Hospital Quality and Cost per Case in Hawaii
One of the leading questions of our time is whether high-quality care leads to lower health care costs. Using data from Hawaii hospitals, this paper addresses the relationship of overall cost per case to a composite measure of the quality of inpatient...