Faced with continued concerns about rising health care costs and uneven quality, the federal government, states, and private sector are rapidly adopting new models of delivery and payment that promise to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Providers are being asked to provide higher quality care while lowering costs. Successfully doing so requires access to and analysis of large data sets to predict, identify interventions for, and assess cost and quality outcomes for patient populations. Most health care organizations, however, have little knowledge or expertise on how to leverage and analyze the clinical data sets now being developed as the result of an increasingly digitized U.S. health care system.
The current federal budget process has been stymied by political and philosophical priorities. Dr. Phil Joyce, William Hoagland, Maya MacGuineas, and Dr. Robert Reischauer discussed the current environment, what should happen next, and what is likely to occur.
For the second consecutive Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has considered exercising the "nuclear" or "constitutional" option to force a change in filibuster rules by simple majority vote instead of the two-thirds vote required to end debate on rules changes. And, for the second time, a bipartisan agreement was reached at the last minute to reduce the number of possible filibusters in return for more fairness in offering amendments. BPC hosted a panel of congressional and academic experts to examine how this deal compares with the previous one, and consider whether reformers are satisfied with the results.
Our national parks have an extraordinary, special place in American life and culture. Yet the erosion of park funding threatens the future of these beloved American institutions. Without creative and collaborative approaches, our parks will face increased closures, a decline in the quality of facilities and ranger services, and a diminished ability to protect threatened inholdings and maintain existing resources. The National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association are launching a national dialogue to identify potential funding strategies that can tap into the deep bipartisan appreciation for America's treasured national parks and draw on bipartisan support.
The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) launched with a town hall meeting. USA TODAY's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page moderated the discussion with more than a dozen commission members – including national political figures, volunteer and religious leaders, business executives, academics, state and local elected officials, and journalists. The national conversation examined how polarized our country is, the causes of that polarization and its effect on our government and decision-makers.
In conjunction with the annual three-day ARPA-E Summit, this reception brought together members of Congress and other government officials with ARPA-E key performers and other leading innovators to highlight some of America's most creative energy ideas. For more information on the Summit, click here.
America’s economy—in fact our way of life—is highly dependent on secure, affordable, and reliable energy. Though the U.S. has increasingly abundant and diverse sources of domestic energy, many challenges remain: affordable energy is still a challenge for many households and businesses; the oil and gas boom comes with environmental challenges; an aging electric grid faces infrastructure and reliability hurdles; and public investments in energy R&D are insufficient to help keep an international edge. Meanwhile, the issues of climate change, global energy market volatility, policy uncertainty, and competition for energy resources by countries with growing economies remain.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is hosting the 4th annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. The Summit brings together leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy issues and facilitate relationships to help move technologies into the marketplace.
The recommendations of the 21-member BPC Housing Commission are the culmination of a 16-month process that engaged the housing community both inside and outside of the Beltway through a series of roundtable discussions and regional housing forums.
The Eno Center for Transportation, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the George Mason University’s School of Public Policy held a forum on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s Transportation Funding Proposal.