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
Declining Access to Hospital-based Obstetric Services in Rural Areas: Causes and Impact.
This study examines the declining availability of hospital-based obstetric services in rural areas from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, potential causes for this trend and the possible effects of medical malpractice reforms. 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
Rural Hospital Participation in the 340B Drug Discount Program.
The 340B drug pricing program enables certain types of safety net organizations to obtain deeply discounted medications, at prices below the "best price" typically offered to Medicaid agencies. The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act revised eligibility criteria, thereby allowing many rural hospitals to participate. 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