By 2016, consumers shopping on the online Health Insurance Marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act will have the opportunity to compare health plans using information from the Quality Reporting System. Although it is currently undergoing development, there is considerable debate as to what measures consumers would find most useful when comparing and selecting health plans. AIR is evaluating these measures to see how well they meet consumers' needs.
We promote better, more efficient, and more patient-centered health care. We conduct and apply health policy research to develop improved healthcare services, systems, and structures that improve health and affordability of care. Our health systems innovation work tests and disseminates new models of care and best practices in quality, delivery, and cost-effectiveness. AIR's communication and social marketing work engages targeted audiences to influence behavior and improve health.