Performance Improvement 1999. Crosscutting

02/01/1999

TITLE: Economic and Cost-Effectiveness Studies for the U.S.

ABSTRACT: This interagency agreement (IAA) provided funds to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to cover the costs of having the coordinating center for the U.S. Renal Data System (USRDS) perform economic and cost-effectiveness studies. The NIDDK contracted with the University of Michigan to be the coordinating center for 5 years. The coordinating center conducts cost or cost-effectiveness components for at least four existing data studies and for one special study focused on economic issues.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Clinical Standards and Quality

FEDERAL CONTACT: Connie Cole

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-0257

PIC ID: 7198

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/1/99
 

TITLE: Performance Assessment of Web Sites

ABSTRACT: This task order: (1) evaluates, (2) sets up an ongoing system for feedback from consumers, and (3) makes recommendations for future changes concerning two web sites sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. The web sites include www.medicare.gov, which was developed by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), and www.healthfinder.gov, which was developed by the Office of Disease Prevention Health Promotion in collaboration with other agencies.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Beneficiary Services

FEDERAL CONTACT: Elizabeth Goldstein, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6665

PIC ID: 7212

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Barents Group, KPMG Peat Marwick LLP Washington, D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 8/2/99
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Customer Service Projects

ABSTRACT: This project involves a series of evaluations focusing on customer service projects. Current examples of such projects are the Western Consortium Trailblazers and Correspondence Tracking. There were four types of evaluations: (1) Formative, (2) Process, (3) Outcome and (4) Impact. The specific projects to be evaluated will be designated during the process of the contract.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Beneficiary Services

FEDERAL CONTACT: Elizabeth Goldstein, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6665

PIC ID: 7201

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Booz, Allen and Hamilton Bethesda, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/99
 

TITLE: Maximizing the Effective Use of Telemedicine: A Study of the Effects, Cost Effectiveness, and Utilization Patterns of Consultation via Telemedicine

ABSTRACT: This project is conducting an evaluation of the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA's) medicare payment demonstration. The evaluation examines the medical effectiveness, patient and provider acceptance, and costs associated with telemedicine services, as well as their impact on access to care in rural areas.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Joel Greer

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6695

PIC ID: 6303

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Center for Health Policy Research Denver, CO

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/28/00
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Group-Specific Volume Performance Standards Demonstration

ABSTRACT: The goal of the demonstration is to test the feasibility of this partial risk bearing payment arrangement between the Health Care Financing Administration and qualifying physician-based organizations in the fee-for-service (FFS) market. FFS rules apply within the context of a performance target, beneficiaries are not enrolled, and physician-sponsored organizations develop structures and processes to manage the services and cost of care received by FFS patients.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Health Plans and Providers

FEDERAL CONTACT: Teresa De Caro

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6604

PIC ID: 7181

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Health Economics Research, Inc. Waltham, MA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/1/01
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Competitive Bidding Demonstration for DME and POS

ABSTRACT: This project will test the feasibility and effectiveness of establishing Medicare fees for durable medical equipment (DME) and Prosthetics, Prosthetic devices, Orthotics and supplies (POS) through a competitive bidding process. The evaluation will examine competitive bidding impacts in terms of expenditures, quality, access and product diversity, as well as other impacts of the demonstration.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Ann Meadow

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6602

PIC ID: 7173

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: University of Wisconsin Madison, WI

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Multi-State Evaluation of Dual Eligibles Demonstrations

ABSTRACT: This evaluation is designed to assess the impact of dual eligible demonstrations in the States of Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin and New York. Analyses will be conducted for each State and across States.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Noemi Villafranca

PHONE NUMBER: 410-786-6662

PIC ID: 7186

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02