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Health

Good health is critical to the productivity and quality of life of individuals and their local communities,
as well as the greater stability and economy of the United States. A significant share of our private and public spending is devoted to prevention and treatment of disease, and we now face a difficult irony: advances in treatment and technology mean longer lives, but that in turn results in high health care costs over longer periods—costs which are already rising annually.

NORC explores healthcare costs and questions of policy efficacy from the perspective of the U.S. healthcare system as a whole, and in context of individual prevention and lifestyle choices. Our work addresses environmental health hazards, treatment access and delivery—particularly for vulnerable populations—and the promise of electronic health records and other emerging technologies to reduce costs while improving knowledge sharing. Our work gives voice to diverse populations ranging from rural communities, tribal groups, the elderly, and low-income children, to adult white-collar employees with employer-sponsored insurance.

Health is one of the oldest research areas of NORC, dating back to the 1940s with studies on public knowledge of cancer and care and some the field’s early and complex mental health studies. In subsequent years, NORC has led landmark studies such as the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, a national, longitudinal study of the health of older Americans. NORC is also involved in several components of the National Children’s Study, the largest and most comprehensive long-term study of children’s health and development in the U.S., tracking the health of 100,000 children from before birth through age 21. NORC also led data collection for the National Immunization Survey—one of the largest phone surveys ever conducted.

NORC draws on this rich history, its data collection and analysis capabilities (including biomarkers), and the expertise of dedicated teams in healthcare, public health, substance abuse and mental health to lay the foundation for an understanding of U.S. healthcare policy and its influence on health over time. Our experts are particularly well skilled in managing the rapid change of health care laws and technology.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Representative Projects

2011 National Survey of Children's Health. Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and coordinated through the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is one of the largest surveys conducted at NORC, with approximately 1,800 interviews targeted for each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands – a total of 93,600 interviews to be completed by early 2012.  More

Health Care Innovation Awards Evaluation - Complex/High-Risk Patient Targeting. ​The Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIAs) fund 107 initiatives across the country that propose compelling new ideas to further the three-part aim of better care for the individual, better health for populations, and lower costs through improvement of the care delivery process. Twenty three (23) of these initiatives focus on addressing the needs of medically fragile, complex, and high risk patients who are high users of medical and long-term care services and supports. 
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Home Care in Rural America. Several provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) have affected Medicare-covered home health care, including the interim payment system and the introduction of a prospective payment system for Medicare services. In two previous studies, Project HOPE examined the impact of the BBA on rural home health agencies (HHAs) and rural Medicare home care users. 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

STAR Adult Behavioral Health Survey. The STAR Adult Behavioral Health Survey is designed to evaluate experiences and satisfaction of Texas Medicaid STAR members with the behavioral health services they receive through their Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) or Behavioral Health Organization (BHO).  More

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