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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Research, Demonstrations and Evaluations

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To support analyses, experiments, demonstrations and pilot projects in efforts to resolve major health care financing issues and to develop innovative methods for the administration of Medicare and Medicaid. These awards are in the form of research grants and cooperative agreements; Hispanic health services grants; historically black colleges and university grants. For fiscal years 2004 and 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified a number of areas where specific information or experience is necessary to improve program effectiveness or guide decisions anticipated in the near future. These priority areas for CMS'discretionary contracts, cooperative agreements and grants include: (1) developing and testing alternative payment and service delivery models to foster efficiency, expand choices and ensure availability of a wide range of high-quality health care options for Medicare beneficiaries; (2) innovative quality measures and incentives to foster high quality care under CMS programs; (3) improving the health of CMS' beneficiaries and preventing illness and injury; (4) understanding and reducing health care disparities; and (5) promoting State flexibility and effective access to and delivery of health care under Medicaid, SCHIP and other State programs, and removing barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses through the New Freedom initiative.