Medicare and Medicaid

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) 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.

Representative Projects

Comparing Employer and Non-Group Health Plans Against the Health Reform Benefit Standard. The Commonwealth Fund is sponsoring this project, which builds upon previous research conducted by NORC.  This study examines trends in the affordability, actuarial value, and expected out-of-pocket expenses of health insurance in the small group, large group, and individual health insurance markets using 2010 data. More

Developing and Implementing Quality of Care Measures for Accountable Care Organizations. This project, for which NORC is a subcontractor to QRS Inc., seeks to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in developing, testing, and implementing accountable care organization (ACO) quality measures. More

Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration. ​For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, NORC and IMPAQ International are designing and evaluating demonstration models with Rural Hospital Flexibility grantees in four states.  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

Medicare Payment for Post-Acute Care Transfers. This study helped inform the expansion of Medicare’s post-acute care (PAC) transfer payment policy to additional DRG codes being considered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by providing objective analyses that highlight the perspective of rural hospitals.  More

Nationwide Adult Medicaid CAHPS. NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting a Nationwide Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey for Adults Enrolled in Medicaid, known also as the Nationwide Adult Medicaid CAHPS.  This survey, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is the first of its kind intended to capture baseline national and state-level estimates of adult Medicaid enrollees’ experiences with the health care system beginning in 2014, when many Affordable Care Act provisions take effect.  More

Options for Structuring Disproportionate Share (DSH) Payments to Account for Uncompensated Care: Impact on Rural Hospitals. This multi-phase analysis examined whether discharge patterns for and use of post-acute care services by rural and urban hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries differ and, if they do, what the sources are of these different patterns. More

Quality Oral Health Care in Medicaid through Health IT. Under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), NORC is leading an effort to identify whether and how health IT can be used as a tool to improve access to high-quality oral health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  More

Section 1115 Demonstration Management and Evaluation. NORC is assisting CMS by monitoring state compliance with the Special Terms and Conditions (STCs) that govern approved section 1115 demonstrations; developing evaluation design plans for CMS-approved section 1115 demonstrations; and developing a toolkit that CMS can use to assess delivery system reform proposals submitted by states for CMS approval.   More

The ASMBS and NORC Survey on Obesity in America. ​A new study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and NORC at the University of Chicago finds that Americans view obesity as tied with cancer as the most serious health problem facing the country. More

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