Managed Care and People With Disabilities Research Inventory. Managed Care and People With Disabilities Research Inventory : Table 56


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TELEPHONE:   (617) 876-0426
NAME OF STUDY:   Evaluation of Wisconsin’s special care Initiative (I-CARE)
PROJECT DIRECTOR/PI:   David Hughes/Steve Leff
FUNDING SOURCE:   HCFA grant to Wisconsin State University -- H.S.R.I. received subcontract.
PROJECT DATES:   May 1994 - December 1996
RESEARCH QUESTIONS/GOALS:   Did the I-CARE program cost less than providing services to people with disabilities through fee-for-service Medicaid? Did I-CARE increase access to physical health, mental health and social services? Did I-CARE maintain or improve quality of care and quality of life?
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF METHODS AND DATA:   Claims data analysis -- Medicaid claims data for the control group; I-CARE HMO data for the study group. Developed and fielded a cross-disability integrated health outcomes survey. Used survey to measure prior health care use, functional level, access to care, satisfaction and quality of life. Fielded to 150 I-CARE enrollees and 150 members in control group (from adjacent county). Assessed enrollment and implementation issues, convened focus groups of enrollees, disenrollees, and non-enrollees and interviewed key informants.
AVAILABILITY OF RESULTS:   Currently available: Reports on the enrollment and implementation experience of consumers and stakeholders. Reports on the following topics to be completed some time between June and December of 1996. Quality of Care: comparison of I-CARE to state contract standards. Quality of Care: appropriateness of care claims data analysis and chart review. I-CARE cost analysis and savings to the state. Typology of characteristics of persons on Medicaid most likely to yield cost-savings. Family satisfaction report.