Performance Improvement 2001. Evaluation of QMB and SLMB Programs

01/01/2001

This project is designed to evaluate quantitatively and qualitatively the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and the Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Programs in the following areas: (1) the motivations and perceptions of enrollees and non enrollees, (2) reasons for state variation in enrollment patterns, (3) the impact of enrollment on Medicare and Medicaid costs and service use, and (4) the impact of enrollment on out-of-pocket costs of eligible individuals. Primary data collection activities will include: a survey of a national sample of QMB and SLMB enrollees and of eligible non-enrollees, focus groups of enrollees and non-enrollees, a survey of state agencies, and case study interviews with officials from agencies and advocacy groups. Secondary data sources include: the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, the Medicare National Claims History file, the Medicaid Statistical Information System, Third party Buy-In file, and the Medicare Enrollment Database. Descriptive and multivariate analyses will be conducted with the primary and secondary data.

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:12/14/2002

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Noemi Rudolph, 410-786-6662

PIC ID: 7390

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