IMPAQ Your World - November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Project Updates

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that includes updates to Medicare payment policies and rates. Through our three contracts supporting the Quality Payment Program, IMPAQ is busy helping CMS create a healthcare system that results in better accessibility, quality, affordability, empowerment, and innovation.

Researchers in our International Development team have recently returned from Honduras, as part of the Northern Triangle Labor Market Information Project for the US Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs. IMPAQ is working with the Guatemalan, Honduran, and El Salvadoran ministries of economy and labor, private sector stakeholders, and academics to improve labor market information systems through improved survey design and implementation, development of public labor exchanges, and improved regional coordination.

The US population is rapidly aging. In the next 15 years, one out of every five people will be 65 or older, and businesses recognize opportunities to provide products and services tailored to older adults. IMPAQ is partnering with Indiana State University and AARP to study ways employers can find employees with experience working with elders.

For the FDA Center for Tobacco Products’ Office of Science, IMAPQ’s team of researchers, led by Dr. Minh Huynh and Dr. Aaron Heuser, have developed a mathematical model that can help the FDA answer questions such as:

  • How would a policy targeted at reducing tobacco use by minors affect their future smoking behavior and health outcomes?
  • How can we better estimate the health impacts of smoking for different sub-populations?
  • How can we better produce relevant estimates of a policy’s impact?

Presentations & Publications

IMPAQ just returned from the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference, in Washington, DC, where our research and evaluation experts participated in fifteen presentation sessions. Topics included innovative data collection methods, evaluating child labor interventions in challenging environments, and the evaluator’s role in policymaking.

IMPAQ also returned from the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, where we participated in seven academic presentation sessions. Our film crew was on site, asking attendees about using data for better decisions. Watch the interviews on our YouTube Channel.


IMPAQ will interview candidates and a host a reception during the American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting, January 5-7, in Philadelphia, PA. Let us know if you will be at AEA and are interested in learning more about working at IMPAQ. Visit the careers section of our website for open positions or to learn more.