MayBright Solutions Health Policy Research Center (HPRC) provides rigorous, objective research and evaluation on salient health issues. The HPRC staff includes statisticians, clinicians, and researchers with expertise and experience in conducting large research studies and focused evaluations of programs and initiatives. The projects completed by HPRC staff range from determining the potential effects of new initiatives and policies on various stakeholders to evaluating the outcomes and impacts of existing programs. Effective policy research brings the best available information to the attention of policymakers and advocates. MayBright Solutions has a distinguished record for performing policy research that influences public policy debates. Analyses of a range of alternative policies, using the most appropriate data sets, helps determine whether existing or new policies and programs would be more effective in addressing the challenges faced by the public. The information we gather helps policymakers and stakeholders understand current issues and propose improved policies to meet public goals.

Through its rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, thorough quality controls, and innovative implementation practices, the HPRC is contributing to national initiatives to improve quality of care and reduce waste in our nation’s health care system.

Economic and cost-benefit analysis

We conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses to compare results with the costs of an existing or a new policy or program, and we do this from different perspectives — such as the government agency, taxpayer, those affected or served by the program, and society as a whole — in order to help our clients see wider implications. Our analyses have considered issues such as health financing reform, welfare-to-work programs, child support enforcement, and other health and human services. By evaluating the performance and outcomes of policies and programs, we are able to provide information that will help our clients allocate funding more efficiently.

Administrative data analysis

Our extensive experience and expertise in working with administrative data from all levels of government, as well as the private sector (e.g., health insurance claims), gives unparalleled depth to our data analyses.

We can access and analyze administrative data much more rapidly than a new database can be “scratch-built” or a new study commissioned — although MayBright has a superb record in doing such studies. We work with a variety of data, including Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment insurance, food stamps, child welfare, workers’ compensation, and child support. Our analyses and findings are bolstered by access to proprietary data.

Outcome research

By analyzing program outcome data, we assess how closely a program or policy is aligned with its goals and objectives. Armed with this information, our clients are better equipped to track their progress in meeting goals, and are thereby better able to adjust strategies if necessary.

Qualitative research

We often conduct qualitative research to assess how programs have been implemented and provide feedback on best practices for improvement. We have developed rigorous and thorough methods for interviewing the constellation of stakeholders, including staff, employers, policymakers, program/policy beneficiaries, and advocates in order to reach a comprehensive understanding of our issues and, in turn, help our clients understand problems and alternative approaches

HPRC staff have expertise in the following subject areas:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Fraud, waste, and abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Managed care
  • Quality improvement and chronic care improvement programs
  • Prescription drug programs

HPRC staff have experience providing the following support:

  • Developing and implementing quality-of-care measures
  • Auditing contractors and programs for regulatory compliance
  • Conducting quasi-experimental design evaluations
  • Supporting local collaboratives
  • Conducting program and process evaluations
  • Conducting cost-benefit analysis
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Developing performance metrics