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Health Care Research

As the nation debates the need for changes in health care delivery and financing, policy makers look for valid and reliable data and thoughtful analysis to inform their decisions. NORC’s expertise and ongoing research in health care delivery and financing — including health information technology, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advances stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitates implementation projects, and contributes to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s Health Care Research staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private insurance to Medicare and Medicaid, from large urban health systems to small rural clinics, from the needs of children to those of older adults and ethnic and racial minorities. Our team includes leaders in the fields of primary data collection among health care organizations, prominent health-policy experts, skilled analysts, and individuals with real-world experiences in health care delivery and health policy, a combination of experiences and expertise that gives NORC a unique ability to provide new insight for policy stakeholders.

The Health Care Research department has particular expertise in analyzing health care claims and in working with a large number of national health-related survey data sets. To assist our clients in better understanding a range of health policy issues, the department also regularly conducts environmental scans involving semi-structured interviews, focus groups, expert panels, and site visits.

Our work is guided by a commitment to long-lasting partnerships, transparency, and contributions to high-quality, nonpartisan research that serves the public interest and improves health and health care for all people.

Special Expertise

  • Health Policy
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Pharmaceutical Coverage Policy
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Uninsured
  • Health Disparities
  • Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses
  • Health Information Technology
  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Personal Health Records (PHR)
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Long Term Care Policy
  • Health and Older Americans​
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Safety Net Health Care Providers
  • Disease Registries and Quality Improvement
  • Health Care Provider Reimbursement Policy
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Health Care Delivery Reform
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Pay for Performance
  • Care Coordination
  • Management of Chronic Illness
  • Evaluation Design and Execution
  • Program Support and Technical Assistance
  • Health Care Policy Analyses
  • Survey Design and Execution
  • Collection of Biomarkers
  • Population-based Surveys
  • Provider Surveys
  • Institutional Surveys
  • Qualitative Research
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • User Observation and Usability Assessment
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Administrative, including Claims Data Analysis
  • Analysis of Survey Data
  • Multivariate Analysis

Representative Projects

2013 California Employer Health Benefits Survey. NORC and its partner National Research LLC will conduct telephone interviews over the spring and summer of 2013 with benefits managers through a representative sample of California businesses with three or more workers.  Results are released through an annual report in December of each year, along with a public use file More

Aging Services Technology Study. Under contract with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), NORC is conducting a study on aging services technology.  This study is mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  More

Aligning Quality and Public Reporting Programs for Physicians and other Practitioners. For the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NORC is supporting the development of a strategic plan to align quality and public reporting programs for physicians and other practitioners. Tasks include supporting an internal CMS workgroup with representatives of the CMS Compare Websites and other parties involved in developing and implementing the plan.  More

Analysis of the Impact of Electronic Medical Records on Risk Adjustment. Under contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), IMPAQ International, LLC with NORC is leading an assessment of the impact of electronic medical records on risk adjustment in the Medicare Parts C and D programs.  More

Analytic Support for Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Exchange Operations. ​As a subcontractor to IMPAQ International, LLC (IMPAQ), NORC provides assistance to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on a variety of tasks related to the implementation of the state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces.  More

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Headlines

All News

Published Research "Emergency Department Utilization as a Measure of Physician Performance.", Dowd, B.E., Karmarker, M., Swenson, T., Parashuram, S., Kane, R.L., Coulam, R.F. and Jeffery, M.M., 2014 More
Posted: 3.6.2014 9:47AM
Published Research "Can Data Envelopment Analysis Provide a Scalar Index of 'Value'?", Dowd, B.E., Swenson, T., Kane, R.L., Parashuram, S. and Coulam, R.F., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.6.2014 9:40AM
Job Posting Survey Specialist More
Posted: 3.4.2014 6:27PM
Published Research "Value-Based Purchasing for Physician Services.", Dowd, B.E., Parashuram, S., Swenson, T., Kane, R.L., Coulam, R.F. and Knutson, D., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.4.2014 2:08PM
Published Research "Effect of Long-Term Care Use on Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures for Dual Eligible and Non-Dual Eligible Elderly." , Kane R.L., Wysocki A., Parashuram, S., Shippee, T. and Lum, T.Y., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 2:07PM
Published Research "Does Home- and Community-Based Care Affect Nursing Home Use?", Kane, R.L., Lum, T.Y., Kane, R.A., Homyak, P., Parashuram S. and Wysocki, A., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:57PM
Published Research "Diagnosed Prevalence and Health Care Expenditures for Mental Health Disorders among Dual Eligible Older People.", Lum, T.Y., Parashuram, S., Shippee, T.P., Wysocki, A., Shippee, N.D., Homyak, P., Kane R.L. and Williamson, J.B., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:54PM
Published Research "Alternate Approaches to Measuring Physician Resource Use.", Dowd, B.E., Kane, R.L., Parashuram, S., Swenson, T. and Coulam, R.F., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:49PM
Published Research "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans: The Marketplace in 2013 and Key Trends, 2006-2013.", Hoadley, J., Summer, L., Hargrave, E.A. and Cubanski, J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.25.2014 11:41AM
Published Research "Consumer Use of Computerized Applications to Address Health and Health Care Needs.", Kronstadt, J., Moiduddin, A. and Sellheim, W., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:53PM
Published Research "The Underserved and Health Information Technology: Issues and Opportunities.", Moiduddin, A. and Moore, J., 2008 More
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:50PM
Published Research "Health Information Technology in California's Rural Practices: Assessing the Benefits and Barriers." , Moiduddin, A. and Stromberg, S., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:38PM
Press Release NORC at the University of Chicago Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Carry Out the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) More
Posted: 2.14.2014 10:44AM
Published Research "Older Americans, Vital Communities.", Ruiz, S.A., 2006 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:27PM
Published Research "Breaking the Chain: How Grandparents Moderate the Transmission of Maternal Depression to Their Grandchildren.", Silverstein, M. and Ruiz, S.A., 2006 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:26PM

News

Press Release NORC at the University of Chicago Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Carry Out the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) More
Posted: 2.14.2014 10:44AM
News NORC Expert Elizabeth Hargrave co-author on article about Medicare D and low copays More
Posted: 10.9.2012 3:57PM
News NSHAP helps ask if religion works for retirees as mental fitness More
Posted: 10.8.2012 2:15PM
News Meryl Streep, NSHAP, and the sexuality of seniors More
Posted: 8.10.2012 3:16PM
News Funding the National Institutes of Health, and how it affects the National Children's Study More
Posted: 7.19.2012 9:39AM
News "Insurers Must Improve Benefits for New Health Exchanges" with input from NORC's Jon Gabel More
Posted: 5.25.2012 3:46PM
News "The health insurance plans, they are a-changing" with commentary from NORC's Jon R. Gabel More
Posted: 5.24.2012 2:52PM
News "Individual Health Policies Fall Short, a Study Finds" featuring NORC's Jon R. Gabel More
Posted: 5.24.2012 2:43PM
Press Release New Study Finds That 51 Percent Of Americans With Individual Health Insurance Will Improve Their Coverage In 2014 Through The Health Exchanges More
Posted: 5.23.2012 11:01AM
News Maintaining sexual health as we age, with data and findings from NSHAP More
Posted: 4.23.2012 4:08PM
Press Release NORC Opens New Offices in Atlanta More
Posted: 4.16.2012 4:16PM
News "Senate Panel Questions NIH's 2013 Budget Plan" looks at potential impact on National Children's Study More
Posted: 3.29.2012 4:12PM
News Re-evaluating American obesity, with insight from NORC Senior Fellow Michael J. O'Grady More
Posted: 3.22.2012 3:03PM
News Observations on infancy and mortality with data and findings from the National Children's Study More
Posted: 2.22.2012 4:37PM
News "Treating Pain on a Social Scale" with research and data from NSHAP More
Posted: 2.10.2012 3:16PM

Events

Publications

"Emergency Department Utilization as a Measure of Physician Performance." Dowd, B.E., Karmarker, M., Swenson, T., Parashuram, S., Kane, R.L., Coulam, R.F. and Jeffery, M.M., 2014 More
Posted: 3.6.2014 9:47AM
"Can Data Envelopment Analysis Provide a Scalar Index of 'Value'?" Dowd, B.E., Swenson, T., Kane, R.L., Parashuram, S. and Coulam, R.F., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.6.2014 9:40AM
"Value-Based Purchasing for Physician Services." Dowd, B.E., Parashuram, S., Swenson, T., Kane, R.L., Coulam, R.F. and Knutson, D., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.4.2014 2:08PM
"Effect of Long-Term Care Use on Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures for Dual Eligible and Non-Dual Eligible Elderly." Kane R.L., Wysocki A., Parashuram, S., Shippee, T. and Lum, T.Y., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 2:07PM
"Does Home- and Community-Based Care Affect Nursing Home Use?" Kane, R.L., Lum, T.Y., Kane, R.A., Homyak, P., Parashuram S. and Wysocki, A., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:57PM
"Diagnosed Prevalence and Health Care Expenditures for Mental Health Disorders among Dual Eligible Older People." Lum, T.Y., Parashuram, S., Shippee, T.P., Wysocki, A., Shippee, N.D., Homyak, P., Kane R.L. and Williamson, J.B., 2013 More
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:54PM
"Alternate Approaches to Measuring Physician Resource Use." Dowd, B.E., Kane, R.L., Parashuram, S., Swenson, T. and Coulam, R.F., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.4.2014 1:49PM
"Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans: The Marketplace in 2013 and Key Trends, 2006-2013." Hoadley, J., Summer, L., Hargrave, E.A. and Cubanski, J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.25.2014 11:41AM
"Consumer Use of Computerized Applications to Address Health and Health Care Needs." Kronstadt, J., Moiduddin, A. and Sellheim, W., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:53PM
"The Underserved and Health Information Technology: Issues and Opportunities." Moiduddin, A. and Moore, J., 2008 More
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:50PM
"Health Information Technology in California's Rural Practices: Assessing the Benefits and Barriers." Moiduddin, A. and Stromberg, S., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.19.2014 2:38PM
"Older Americans, Vital Communities." Ruiz, S.A., 2006 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:27PM
"Breaking the Chain: How Grandparents Moderate the Transmission of Maternal Depression to Their Grandchildren." Silverstein, M. and Ruiz, S.A., 2006 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:26PM
"Relationships with Grandparents and the Emotional Well-Being of Late Adolescent and Young Adult Grandchildren." Ruiz, S.A. and Silverstein, M., 2007 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:24PM
"Indicators of a Balanced Long-Term Service and Support System: Examining the Impact on Individuals Aging with a Lifelong Disability." Ruiz, S.A., Urdapilleta, O., Clark-Shirley, L.J., Howard, J. and Poey, J., 2012 More
Posted: 2.3.2014 4:23PM

Job Postings

Survey Specialist More
Posted: 3.4.2014 6:27PM