Access and Utilization of New Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications

The proposed project involves a collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Very little is known about how and why decisions are made regarding insurance coverage for many of the newer antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. The proposed study will provide important insight and knowledge from multiple perspectives (and with regard to multiple programs) concerning the often complex processes related to access, utilization and coverage of newer psychotropic medications. This new knowledge will serve to inform the department in efforts to evaluate existing and proposed policies.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hennessy, Kevin
202-690-7272

PIC ID: 7193

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Fairfax, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

An Inventory of Federal HIV-Related Databases

This project will develop an inventory of major Federally sponsored HIV-related databases. The inventory will describe the relevant databases and review their potential applications for administrative, clinical research, epidemiologic, financing, policymaking, or program administration purposes. It will also identify key research questions that could be addressed by these databases and identify opportunities for cross-agency collaboration in data collection or analysis. The project will produce a final report including an annotated inventory, as well as the relevant database assessments that point to key research issues and opportunities for interagency collaboration and cross-cutting analyses.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hardy, Leslie
202-690-7858

PIC ID: 7146

PERFORMER: George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 10/20/1999

Assessing Core Capacity for Infectious Disease Surveillance

This project will assess the capacity of the infectious disease surveillance system in the United States. The purpose is to identify major gaps in infectious disease surveillance preparedness and to develop an investment framework to address the gaps identified. This multi-part study included a comprehensive literature review, interviews with infectious disease experts, two expert panel meetings, and site visits to three public health jurisdictions. The final investment plan will include detailed information on specific investment strategies that will ensure adequate capacity to identify and understand infectious disease threats.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Pernack, Andrea
202-690-6860

PIC ID: 7351

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Falls Church, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Assessment of Approaches to Evaluating Telemedicine Programs and Projects

This project will collect information on current and planned evaluations of telemedicine activities; assess the purpose and methods of such evaluations and the relevance of the resulting or potential findings to federal policy and programs; and develop a conceptual framework for designing such evaluations. Information will be collected through literature searchers, interviews and document review at Federal agencies, and site visits to ongoing telemedicine projects. The purpose of the study is to develop a better understanding of how telemedicine evaluations can be designed to better inform and facilitate Federal program and policy decisions.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hertz, Tom
202-690-7779

PIC ID: 7340

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Falls Church, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 03/09/2000

Comparative Analysis of Decliners of Employer-Based Health Insurance

This study will compare health care use of uninsured decliners to uninsured and insured workers. One theory for why certain people decline offered health insurance is that it is not a good deal for them--especially young, single, relatively low wage workers. To test this theory, we will compare health care use for workers who decline employer offered insurance to other uninsured workers and to insured workers using the NHIS and controlling fro age, health status, income and other factors that are related to health care use.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Goodell, Sarah
202-401-0882

PIC ID: 7345

PERFORMER: Urban Institute
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 07/06/2000

Consequences and Cost of Intimate Partner Violence

This project will apply the methodology developed in "The Cost of Domestic Violence to the Health Care System" (PIC ID No. 4528) to prevalence and other data related to violence committed by adult intimate partners. The study will document the incidence of violence against women by intimate partners, estimate economic costs of related injuries and develop preliminary recommendations for reducing incidence and related injuries. It will form the basis for a report to Congress, authorized under the Crime Act. This project will be jointly funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also PIC 4528.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Howard, Sandra
202-690-7778

PIC ID: 4528.1

PERFORMER: University of CA, San Francisco, Institute for Health and Aging
San Francisco CA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/30/1999

Construction of an Integrated Measure of the Burden of Disease

The burden of disease in a population consists of the morbidity and disability experienced by its members, their psychological perception of the adequacy and effectiveness of the care they receive, and resources expended for health maintenance. The essence of medical care is to determine the balance among these components that will most enhance overall health. The objective of the proposed project is to develop and evaluate analytic techniques that will permit: (1) the construction of an integrated measure of the burden of disease based on the explicit assessment of what trade-offs are currently accepted; and (2) identify changes in strategies to optimize the mix.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hennessy, Kevin
202-690-7272

PIC ID: 7142

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Fairfax, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 02/28/2000

Consumer Protection in Private Insurance: State Implementation and Enforcement Experience

This project will attempt to assess the major sources of consumer dissatisfaction with health plans, based on the complaints that are filed. It will also assess implementation of two or three selected consumer protections in a few states that have had such protections in place for several years, such as the ER "prudent layperson" standard and direct access to OB/Gyn, and anti-gag provisions. The project would look at how state health and insurance departments, state attorney general offices implement/enforce existing legislation relevant to state consumer protection laws. A task-order contractor would compile and categorize the nature of consumer complaints about health plans from as many sources of complaints as possible. The contractor will also inquire about related issues, such as: how do States handle complaints from consumers in ERISA- regulated plans? Are complaints being used to improve health plan operations?

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Shoenecker, Sarah
202-401-0882

PIC ID: 7344

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Falls Church, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/12/2000

Consumer Protection in Public Health Programs

The Consumer Protection Workgroup of the Secretary's Quality Initiative has been working over the past year to identify ways in which the beneficiaries and participants in all Department programs could be assured protections at least equal to those identified in the Consumer bill of Rights and Responsibilities. This project will look at standards for care that service providers must follow as well as other consumer protection issues as they arise in the Public Health Service programs. Specifically, it will fund an expert workshop and paper that would bring together researchers, state representatives, consumer representatives and others to provide outside expert guidance to the workgoup about the need to modify or strengthen consumer protections in both direct and block grant-funded programs, and provide recommendations for possible program changes. As funds allow, this allocation will also be used to provide seed money for other projects identified by the workgroup.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Fernandez, Bernadette
202-401-8398

PIC ID: 7339

PERFORMER: Health Systems Research, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 04/13/2000

Developing a Framework for Domestic Infectious Diseases Surveillance

The purpose of this study is to develop an analytic framework that can be used to help create consensus on core capacities needed at each level of government for effective national infectious diseases surveillance. Emphasis will be placed on several areas including: (1) defining the relative roles of each level of government, and of the public and private sectors; (2) analyzing resource issues with particular attention to sources of funding, and to categorical versus integrated funding streams; (3) translating surveillance activities into meaningful public health responses; (4) evaluating surveillance activities; and (5) identifying training needs. The study will take into account the rapidly changing environment, especially the role of local health departments, and the changing nature of infectious diseases. The work will consist of: (1) collecting and analyzing data and information from the literature and from experts; (2) using this information to develop an initial framework describing what is needed for effective surveillance; and (3) establishing an expert panel which will use the framework as a tool to reach consensus on the minimum core capabilities needed at each level of government, and the relative roles of the public and private sector for more effective national infectious diseases surveillance.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Taplin, Caroline
202-690-7906

PIC ID: 7161

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Fairfax, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 03/31/2000

Employer Decision Making in Health Care Coverage

Employers, particularly larger employers, face a complex array of decisions in developing a health care benefits package for their employees. This project would use a combination of in-house resources and a task-order contract to put together case studies on employers. It will identify employers taking interesting approaches to issues relevant issues surrounding health benefits, and then choose the case study targets. For example, one purchaser has adopted a multi-year contracting strategy which involves a number of give-backs and set-asides tied to the plans ability to reduce absenteeism and produce productivity. This study would examine this and other similar arrangements for strengths, weaknesses and possible implications for use by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Finan, Stephen
202-690-7387

PIC ID: 7338

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/19/2000

Evaluating the Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on Consumers

The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The relation of this kind of advertising to aspects of public health will be examined through a survey of selected consumers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's (CDER) analysis of that survey. This analysis will yield an initial broad description of some possible associations between DTC advertising and consumer knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The survey and CDER's descriptive analysis will lay the foundation for the long- term task of determining what effects DTC advertising may have on overall consumer knowledge, attitudes and behaviors concerning prescription drugs and the overall effects of this practice on the public health.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Bruns, Susannah
202-690-7996

PIC ID: 6343

PERFORMER: Market Facts, Inc.
McLean VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 01/01/1999

Evaluation of Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program

The Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (NACCP) Program mandates the application of HACCP principles to the processing of seafood. HACCP is a preventive system of hazard control that can be used by processors to evaluate the kinds of hazards that could affect products, institute appropriate controls to keep the hazards from occurring or minimize their occurrence, and monitor performance of those controls. this program supplants the old FDA seafood inspection system. The effective date of the program is December 1997. In approving FDA's Seafood HACCP final rule, the Department committed to evaluating the program. The proposed project would develop an evaluation program to be implemented sometime after the rule's effective date.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Bush, Laina
202-260-7329

PIC ID: 7343

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 06/01/2000

Evaluation of the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program

The proposed project involves a collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to conduct an evaluation of the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program. The objectives of the proposed evaluation are to: (1) assess whether PATH-funded expenditures are consistent with the authorizing legislation; and the adequacy of program controls; (2) develop a typology for better understanding the delivery of local PATH-funded services and assess whether the typology adequately characterizes meaningful differences in process-level variables, such as outreach and engagement activities with clients; (3) provide background information useful in interpreting data collected to meet the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) requirements; and to suggest measures that may be used in conjunction with the GPRA mandate; and (4) examine, where possible in site visit programs, existing administrative or client-level data to describe relevant outcomes for a sample (albeit non-representative) of PATH program participants.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hennessy, Kevin
202-690-7272

PIC ID: 7210

PERFORMER: Westat, Inc.
Rockville, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 08/20/2000

EZ/EC Strategies for Addressing Health Issues

This project will review Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) strategic plans and interview key EZ/EC leaders and local and State health officials to determine: the extent to which current EZ/EC plans/benchmark documents feature projects addressing particular public health and health care access issues, including a synopsis of the health components of individual EZ/EC projects; the extent to which local and state public health departments have been or continue to be active participants in local EZ/EC planning and implementation processes, including the reasons why they have or have not been key players in particular EZ/EC processes; and the extent to which the racial health disparities target health conditions that are prevalent in individual EZ/EC neighborhoods.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Greenberg, Barbara
202-401-8279

PIC ID: 7341

PERFORMER: Public Health Foundation
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Factors Influencing Effective Dissemination of Prevention Research Findings by DHHS

This project is designed to further our understanding of the mechanisms that affect the movement of health promotion and disease prevention research findings from one stage to the next and the role the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays in each of these stages. by identifying the relevant mechanisms that affect the dissemination process, HHS will be better able to successfully disseminate the research findings which have public health and clinical importance. In addition, HHS has a direct stake in effective dissemination of research findings for purposes of producing improvements in Departmental programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and to improve the quality of life for the people served by programs such as Head Start.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Pernack, Andrea
202-690-6860

PIC ID: 7347

PERFORMER: The Lewin Group
Falls Church, VA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/13/2000

Follow-Up to Clustering Co-Occurrence Youth Risky Behaviors

A current project has analyzed data from several major Departmental surveys (the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the National Survey of Adolescent Males), and produced a series of data tables and three Research briefs regarding incidence and prevalence estimates for various clusterings/co-occurrences of risky behaviors among youth, as well as the clustering of risk and "positive" behaviors. This study would seek to conduct further and more detailed analyses on some of the findings emerging from the existing project. These additional analyses would then be presented in a series of working papers that would be disseminated to researchers, policy makers, Federal and State program staff in child and youth areas, and other relevant stakeholders.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hennessy, Kevin
202-690-7272

PIC ID: 7349

PERFORMER: Urban Institute
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 08/01/2000

Impact of Medicare HMO Enrollment on Health Care Costs in California

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (OASPE) is supporting a time series study of the relationships between competition in hospital markets and the prices of hospital care, hospital revenues and hospital costs. The project began in the late 1980s and was extended in 1994 to investigate how health maintenance organization (HMO) enrollment affects changes in Medicare payments on behalf of beneficiaries. The project will collect time series data on California Hospitals (cost reports supplemented by a small survey on selective contracting by the hospital) to investigate whether competition continues to depress hospital prices, revenues and costs. In addition, several smaller projects are underway to investigate whether hospital mergers result in increased prices and a series of investigations (individual and county level) to determine if HMO enrollment leads to a decline in Medicare costs when other appropriate variables are held constant. California is particularly important in this study, because it tends to be a trend-setting State.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Greenberg, George
202-690-7794

PIC ID: 6889

PERFORMER: Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2001

Innovative Coverage of Health Promotion, Clinical Preventive Services, and Other Coverage Issues in the Private Sector

Despite the important private sector employers play in shaping the current health care market, the views of this group concerning the provision of a variety of clinical preventive services and what their health plans currently provide have not been adequately described. In addition, the factors which influence their decisions to include or exclude such services have not been characterized. In collaboration with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), researchers are forming a partnership with Partnership for Prevention to support the commissioning of a set of expert papers on the clinical preventive service benefits offered by employer-sponsored health plans. These papers are intended to meet two objectives: (1) to characterize the trends and decision processes occurring within the private sector; and (2) to evaluate the impact of government information on this issue in the private sector. As the government is investing its resources in producing and disseminating information designed to encourage the appropriate use of clinical preventive services, it is important to know how its customers in the private sector perceive and use such information.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Taplin, Caroline
202-690-7906

PIC ID: 6347

PERFORMER: Partnership For Prevention
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 11/20/1999

Low-Income and Low-Skilled Worker's Involvement in Non-Standard Employment

A growing proportion of the work force is involved in forms of nonstandard employment such as temporary work, and there is apparently considerable overlap between the nonstandard workforce and at-risk populations such as the low-income and low- skilled and public assistance recipients or ex-recipients. These circumstances have combined to spur a strong policy interest in the implications of nonstandard employment for the well-being of those who enter it. This project was developed to achieve a greater understanding of the circumstances, characteristics and trends of those involved in the alternative workforce who are most at risk of welfare dependency--i.e., current assistance recipients and the low-income and low-skilled in general. It is hoped that insight will be gained into the conditions of the nonstandard work sectors, the experiences of employers hiring welfare clients to fill nonstandard slots, to better understand the employment context for these at-risk populations. The overall aim in doing these descriptive analyses is to answer the question: Are those at risk of welfare dependency who enter nonstandard employment better or worse off than their counterparts in more traditional jobs?

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Landey, Alana
202-401-6636

PIC ID: 7367

PERFORMER: Urban Institute
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 06/08/2001

Medicare Supplement Insurance: Structure, Change & Implications

The purpose of this research project is to determine whether or how the Medicare Supplement Insurance market has changed. Better information about how this market behaves and how it is changing over time can help the Department develop policies that will ensure stable health care financing for the elderly. This project is proposed to develop three research papers: (1) an examination of variation of the Med-supp market among states; (2) the effect of HMO penetration on Med-supp markets; and (3) the demand for prescription drug benefits in the Med-supp market. Collectively, these papers should provide a much better understanding of how this market has been operating, and thereby provide a better understanding of how new Medicare policies might affect it.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Finan, Stephen
202-690-7387

PIC ID: 7348

PERFORMER: Alpha Center
Bethesda, MD

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Preventing Abusive Intimate Relationships Among Adolescents

The role of abusive relationships in the lives of adolescents is not as well researched or understood as either adult domestic violence or child abuse. A recent study found that 60 percent of young women who had sex before age 15 were involved in coercive sexual relationships. Apart from this study there is little research on coercive, controlling, or abusive relationships among teenagers. A new source of data in this area, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) has just been made available to the public. This project will examine the issue of abusive relationships among teenagers through a literature review, analysis of available data, identification of data needs, focused discussion groups, a summary of promising approaches to prevention and intervention and recommendations for further research and discussion.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Howard, Sandra
202-690-7778

PIC ID: 6751

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 01/31/2000

Safety Net Framework Project

The Nation's health care provider safety net consists of: (1) hospitals, (2) primary care facilities, (3) specialized service providers such as family planning clinics, HIV service providers, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment clinics, and (4) individual practitioners. These providers operate under both public and private auspices. As a group they are diverse, with varied funding sources including: (1) Medicaid and Medicare patient revenues and other payments, (2) Federal grant support from multiple sources, (3) other grants, (4) State and local public funding, (5) limited private third party insurance, (6) patient fees (often sliding scale), and (7) private philanthropy. Federal policy affects these providers in several ways. Products from this project will include a series of working papers, a workshop summary and a final "framework" document. The project is intended to result in new ways of shaping the Department's views concerning safety net providers. In particular, the Department plans to have a structure which considers how Federal grant programs, payment policies and other Federal policies affect these providers as they interact among each other at the community level.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Taplin, Caroline
202-690-7906

PIC ID: 7156

PERFORMER: Northwestern University
Evanston IL

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 02/28/2000

Safety Net Project: Exploring State Use of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Funds to Enhance Provision of Care to Uninsured

This project will study the cases in which States redirected or changed their use of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Funds (DSF) funding streams to strengthen safety net infrastructure in communities within their States; used DSF to increase the services available to uninsured populations; or provided insurance to previously uninsured individuals through DSF.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Greenberg, George
202-690-7794

PIC ID: 7352

PERFORMER: Urban Institute
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

State Activity Monitoring Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The purpose of this project is to investigate how States are monitoring and evaluating the experience of children with special health care needs enrolled in Medicaid Managed care. Research findings will be used to refine the standards HCFA requires States to meet in order to enroll children with special health care needs into capitated Medicaid managed care plans, and to assess States' ability to meet these standards. Policy makers are interested in addressing the issue of whether Medicaid plans and providers are meeting the complex needs of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) children, for example, but the lack of concrete data or information related to the experience of this population in Medicaid managed care hamper their efforts. In response, HCFA has developed interim review criteria that will be applied to all upcoming 1915(b) waiver applications and renewals from States. The criteria establishes requirements regarding definition, identification, tracking, and access to care for children with special health care needs enrolled in capitated managed care arrangements. This study will help HCFA and the States move forward with this important effort by providing critical information about current State activity and insights as to how these criteria can be refined, improved, and operationalized.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Tolbert, Jennifer
202-205-8678

PIC ID: 7350

PERFORMER: George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 04/30/2000

State Implementation of Immunization Recommendations and Guidance

This project in Phase 1 will conduct case studies in up to five states to learn how states (in public health, Medicaid and Medicare) are working on the immunization goals using the guidance and technical assistance provided by the federal government. This phase will highlight the status quo and understand the extent to which states are planning to incorporate HCFA's guidance into their activities. Phase 2 (FY 2000) the project will be in up to three of the states and will work with these states to take this activity to the next level, such as identifying and implementing appropriate outcome measures for immunization (e.g., vaccine-preventable disease rates). The goal of the project is to evaluate how states use federal guidance toward improving immunization status and further to assist the federal government on continuing to implement this work with states. Both CDC/National Immunization Program and HCFA would be involved in the project.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Nevel, Amy
202-690-7795

PIC ID: 7342

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 08/12/2000

The Changing Structure of Health Insurance Markets

This project will result in two research papers evaluating the following: (1) insurance market changes relating specifically to State laws complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and (2) the relationship between health insurance market structure and health insurance coverage of the population. This study builds on an ongoing effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to compile an expanded and updated insurer database and to conduct several basic analyses of health insurance market structure, change and performance. State insurance markets are not well understood and have seldom been systematically studied in a manner that can inform public policy discussions and development. These products will contribute significantly to the public's understanding of how insurance markets are changing.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Finan, Stephen
202-690-7387

PIC ID: 7160

PERFORMER: Alpha Center
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 01/31/2000

Understanding Health Plan Accreditation and Its Potential to Promote the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

The purpose of this project is (1) to provide policy and regulatory staff in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with an in-depth understanding of the aspects of the health plan accreditation process most closely related to the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (CBRR); and (2) to determine the extent to which health plan accreditation fosters implementation of the CBRR. The study's results will provide useful feedback to the individuals and entities involved in developing the CBRR–by illustrating difficulties that accrediting organizations and health plans may face in operationalizing CBRR provisions.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Health Policy

FEDERAL CONTACT: Bayer, Ellen
202-690-7804

PIC ID: 7346

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 03/31/2000