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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

See all Health Care Research projects

Headlines

All News

Published Research "Continuity and Innovation in the Data Collection Protocols of the Second Wave of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.", Jaszczak, A., O'Doherty, K., Colicchia, M.A., Satorius, J., McPhillips, J., Czaplewski, M., Imhof, L. and Smith, S.M., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.24.2014 9:34AM
Published Research "Chronic Condition Self-Management Surveillance: What Is and What Should Be Measured?", Ruiz, S.A., Brady, T.J., Glasgow, R.E., Birkel, R. and Spafford, M., 2014 More
Posted: 6.24.2014 9:17AM
Published Research "Understanding the Context of Health for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Moving from What is the Matter to What Matters.", Bayliss, E.A., Bonds, D.E., Boyd, C.M., Davis, M.M., Finke, B., Fox, M.H., Glasgow, R.E., Goodman, R.A., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Lachenmayr, S., Lind, C., Madigan, E.A., Meyers, D.S., Mintz, S., Nilsen, W.J., Okun, S., Ruiz, S.A., Salive, M.E. and Stange, K., 2014 More
Posted: 6.20.2014 9:25AM
Published Research "Trends in Premiums in the Small Group and Individual Insurance Markets, 2008–2011.", NORC, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:31AM
Published Research "Effects of Implementing State Insurance Market Reform, 2011–2012.", NORC, 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:20AM
Published Research "Women's Longitudinal Smoking Patterns from Preconception through Child's Kindergarten Entry: Profiles of Biological Mothers of a 2001 U.S. Birth Cohort.", Mumford, E.A., Hair, E.C., Yu, T-C. and Liu, W., 2014 More
Posted: 5.15.2014 9:48AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Job Posting Research Analyst for Health Care Research in Bethesda More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:10PM
Published Research "Reforms to Achieve Quality, Affordable Coverage for All New Yorkers.", Brooks, K., Oechsner, T., Hayes, E., Schaler-Haynes, M., Basini, L., Swolak, P., O’Sullivan, K., Thayer, J., Daines, R., Bachrach, D., Laudato, J., Simon, L.J. and Parker, C., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.8.2014 12:00PM
Published Research "Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers: Charting a Path for Medicaid Managed Care Reform.", Rosenbaum, S., Darnell, J., Seliger Keenan, P. and Simon, L.J., 1999 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:56AM
Published Research "Selected Facts on U.S. Women’s Health: A Chart Book.", Leiman, J.M., Meyer, J., Rothschild, N. and Simon, L.J., 1997 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:52AM
Published Research "Academic Health Centers in an Era of Managed Care.", Biles, B. and Simon L.J., 1996 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:51AM
Published Research "Women’s Health and Managed Care: Promises and Challenges.", Collins, K.S. and Simon L.J., 1996 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:48AM
Published Research "Access to Care and Health Care Reform.", Rowland, D. and Simon, L.J., 1993 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:42AM

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

"Continuity and Innovation in the Data Collection Protocols of the Second Wave of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project." Jaszczak, A., O'Doherty, K., Colicchia, M.A., Satorius, J., McPhillips, J., Czaplewski, M., Imhof, L. and Smith, S.M., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.24.2014 9:34AM
"Chronic Condition Self-Management Surveillance: What Is and What Should Be Measured?" Ruiz, S.A., Brady, T.J., Glasgow, R.E., Birkel, R. and Spafford, M., 2014 More
Posted: 6.24.2014 9:17AM
"Understanding the Context of Health for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Moving from What is the Matter to What Matters." Bayliss, E.A., Bonds, D.E., Boyd, C.M., Davis, M.M., Finke, B., Fox, M.H., Glasgow, R.E., Goodman, R.A., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Lachenmayr, S., Lind, C., Madigan, E.A., Meyers, D.S., Mintz, S., Nilsen, W.J., Okun, S., Ruiz, S.A., Salive, M.E. and Stange, K., 2014 More
Posted: 6.20.2014 9:25AM
"Trends in Premiums in the Small Group and Individual Insurance Markets, 2008–2011." NORC, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:31AM
"Effects of Implementing State Insurance Market Reform, 2011–2012." NORC, 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:20AM
"Women's Longitudinal Smoking Patterns from Preconception through Child's Kindergarten Entry: Profiles of Biological Mothers of a 2001 U.S. Birth Cohort." Mumford, E.A., Hair, E.C., Yu, T-C. and Liu, W., 2014 More
Posted: 5.15.2014 9:48AM
"Reforms to Achieve Quality, Affordable Coverage for All New Yorkers." Brooks, K., Oechsner, T., Hayes, E., Schaler-Haynes, M., Basini, L., Swolak, P., O’Sullivan, K., Thayer, J., Daines, R., Bachrach, D., Laudato, J., Simon, L.J. and Parker, C., 2009 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.8.2014 12:00PM
"Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers: Charting a Path for Medicaid Managed Care Reform." Rosenbaum, S., Darnell, J., Seliger Keenan, P. and Simon, L.J., 1999 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:56AM
"Selected Facts on U.S. Women’s Health: A Chart Book." Leiman, J.M., Meyer, J., Rothschild, N. and Simon, L.J., 1997 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:52AM
"Academic Health Centers in an Era of Managed Care." Biles, B. and Simon L.J., 1996 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:51AM
"Women’s Health and Managed Care: Promises and Challenges." Collins, K.S. and Simon L.J., 1996 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:48AM
"Access to Care and Health Care Reform." Rowland, D. and Simon, L.J., 1993 More
Posted: 4.8.2014 11:42AM
"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

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Research Analyst for Health Care Research in Bethesda More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:10PM
Survey Specialist More
Posted: 3.4.2014 6:27PM