Medicare and Medicaid, along with other federal health insurance programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program, account for more than 20 percent of the federal budget. Ensuring the quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of care is paramount to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states, and other agencies involved in administering these programs, as well as to providers and patients.
NORC’s long partnership with CMS spans a wide variety of projects including surveys, technical assistance, and evaluation research. Among these projects, NORC supports a CMS initiative to test new administrative, service, and payment models for those enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. NORC also conducts the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey for CMS, which provides critical information on health care access, use, living arrangements, and spending by Medicare enrollees, and informs program policymaking.