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. 2, Summer

Employment-Based Health Benefits: Recent Trends and Future Outlook
The employment-based health benefits system established its roots many years ago. It was during World War H that many more employers began to offer health benefits. Recently, however, both the percentage of workers with employment-based health benefits...
Healthcare Disparities at the Crossroads with Healthcare Reform
Healthcare Disparities at the Crossroads with Healthcare Reform. Richard Allen Williams (ed.). New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Co. 2011. 445 pp. $79.95. The need and drive to eliminate health disparities continue to be major priorities in public...
How Should Risk Adjustment Data Be Collected?
Risk adjustment has broad general application and is a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet, little has been written on how data required to support risk adjustment should be collected. This paper offers analytical...
Publications Received
American Health Economy Illustrated. By Christopher J. Conover. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press. 2012. 352 pp. $39.95. The author provides a collection of facts that describe the health care economy of the United States. Its 20 chapters are organized...
Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform
Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform. By Paul Starr. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. 2011. 309 pp. $28.50. Many readers familiar with Paul Starr's highly acclaimed book, The Social Transformation of...
The Debate over Health Care Rationing: Deja Vu All over Again?
Health care rationing has been a source of contentious debate in the United States for nearly 30 years. Because rationing is bewildering to many Americans, persistent myths about "death panels" and critical health care decisions to be made by faceless...
The Financial Repercussions of New Work-Limiting Health Conditions for Older Workers
This analysis used propensity score matching to construct a comparison sample that is observationally similar at baseline interview to older workers who later experience the onset of a medical condition that limits their ability to work. Using these...
The Relationship between Hospital Market Competition, Evidence-Based Performance Measures, and Mortality for Chronic Heart Failure
Using data from the Joint Commission's OR YX initiative and the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review file from 2003 to 2006, this study employed a fixed-effects approach to examine the relationship between hospital market competition, evidence-based...
There We Go Again!
It's not often that one gets the opportunity to mix quotes from former President Ronald Reagan, Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, and philosopher and cultural critic George Santayana all in the same paragraph. However, the words of these men resonated...
Why Employers Will Continue to Provide Health Insurance: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act
The Congressional Budget Office, the Rand Corporation, and the Urban Institute have estimated that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will leave employer-sponsored coverage largely intact; in contrast, some economists and benefit...