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

California Health Benefit Exchange. The California Health Benefit exchange is seeking to increase the number of insured Californians, improve health care quality, lower costs, and reduce health disparities through an innovative, competitive marketplace that empowers consumers to choose the health plan and providers that give them the best value. More

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Research Comparative Effectiveness Research Public Use Data Pilot Project. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), in its effort to increase access to Medicare claims data, has contracted with IMPAQ International, NORC, and partners to develop public use files (PUF) to conduct comparative effectiveness research. More

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 a Value-Based Insurance Design for Medicare. For this project, NORC produced a report for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) about approaches that payers are taking to redesign their benefit packages. More

Exploring the Black Box: Design and Implementation Issues of Pay-for-Performance for Rural Physicians. This study explores key research questions related to the design and implementation of pay-for-performance (P4P) systems by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and private health care delivery systems.
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Innovation Accelerator Program - Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations.  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

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

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

The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), since its inception in 1991, has been an invaluable source of information for administering the Medicare program, estimating health care expenditures and sources of payment outlays for beneficiaries (including both Medicare covered and non-covered services), and creating a more-nuanced understanding of the health status of  beneficiaries and of how program changes impact health status. It is the leading source of information about the Medicare program and plays an essential role in monitoring and evaluating key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  More

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Contacts

Jeffrey Hackett
Director of Business Development
(312) 759-4266