Policy Analysis and Recommendations

NORC supports a range of federal clients by providing background research, developing options to address a given challenge, or assessing the impact of a policy change.

Representative Projects

Healthy People 2020. NORC is supporting the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in its development and implementation of Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has established 10-year objectives that provide benchmarks to track and monitor progress in improving health.​​​ More

Impact of the Home Health PPS on Access in Rural America. Under the PPS, home care agencies are reimbursed based on a 60-day episode of care, with adjustments to the base payment that reflect differences in resource needs.  More

Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration. On this project, NORC is teaming with IMPAQ International and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors to provide technical and analytic assistance to CMS for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the 3‐year Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration.  More

Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health partnered to establish the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHR-PRC), one of seven rural health research centers funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. More

Rural Hospital Participation in the 340B Drug Discount Program. The 340B drug pricing program enables certain types of safety net organizations to obtain deeply discounted medications, at prices below the "best price" typically offered to Medicaid agencies. The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act revised eligibility criteria, thereby allowing many rural hospitals to participate. More

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