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Resources: General, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health policy organizations

The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 
The Dartmouth Atlas Project is a great source of information about the geographic variation in the distribution and use of medical resources across the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. On this website, you can search for data by topic, hospital, or region. You can also choose to view the information in a multitude of ways including interactive maps, bar graphs, and charts.

Castlight Health
Castlight Health is a San Francisco-based company founded in 2008 and committed to collecting and providing the information patients, employers, and insurers need in order to compare the prices charged by health care providers for medical services. By informing consumers, Castlight hopes to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care in America.

Aligning Forces for Quality
Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities and provide models for national reform. AF4Q is composed of a group of initiatives based in 16 communities around the country. These initiatives measure and report on the quality of both ambulatory and inpatient care, and engage consumers to make informed choices about their own health.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Summary of New Health Reform Law Kaiser Family Foundation:  Focus on Health Reform
A Summary of the newly passed Health Reform Law broken down into sections including; individual mandate, expansion of public programs, Medicaid, Medicare, Subsidies, Tax Changes, States Role and more.

Implementation Timeline Kaiser Family Foundation
A Timeline breaking down how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be implemented through 2018.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Connection
A brief that outlines what steps the Affordable Care Act will take in order to control health care costs.

Health Reform GPS George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Health Reform GPS is a collaboration be¬tween the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program of George Washington University. This page is an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Major Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Commonwealth Fund: Health Reform Resource Center
A timeline by the Commonwealth fund outlining major provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Mitt Romney on Health Care
An outline of what Mitt Romney plans to do with health care if elected.

Barack Obama on Health Care
An outline of President Barack Obama’s views on health care reform and the passing of the Affordable Care Act.

Health Policy Organizations

The Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society, including low-income individuals, the uninsured, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out independent research on number of health care issues, including health care reform and quality, payment reform, and patient centered care. Their website posts information on these topics along with other publications, maps, and data from their research.

New America Foundation: Health Policy Program
The New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program is committed to achieving a high quality, coordinated, and economically sustainable health care system. Building on its successful advocacy for increased access, New America’s Health Policy Program has shifted focus to the next crucial step in reform: improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of America’s health care delivery system. On this website you can find recent publications, upcoming discussion panels and events, and additional resources that all address the issue of quality health care at an affordable price.

Health Care Cost Monitor
The Health Care Cost Monitor provides commentary and opinion on cost control as part of the implementation of health care reform. It was created to fill a void: the cost crisis has not been addressed in the public and legislative arenas with the care, depth, and nuance it requires. This forum starts with expert analysis and commentary, and then invites readers to comment in hopes of initiating a conversation that extends beyond this blog to policymakers charged with carrying out health reform and setting spending priorities that enable the country to flourish.

New England Health Care Institute
The New England Health care Institute (NEHI) is a non-profit organization that researches public health policy issues in order to improve health care quality and lower health care costs. Their program on Waste and Inefficiency in Health Care conducts comparative-effectiveness research and aims to make health care in the US more streamlined, value-driven and higher in quality.

Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information on the major health issues facing the United States. KFF develops and runs its own research and communications and is a valuable source of health policy analysis and health journalism. Their news site, Kaiser Health News, is a valuable resource.

RAND Corporation
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. The RAND Health division has conducted numerous studies on health care policies, practices, and reform.