Evaluation of Programs of Coordinated Care and Disease Management
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) evaluated 16 independent demonstration sites that
provide coordinated care interventions to Medicare beneficiaries with chronic illnesses.
The rationale for the demonstration is the lack of coordination among the multiple providers
typically serving Medicare beneficiaries with chronic illnesses, as well as the adverse
consequences of the lack of coordination for the beneficiaries and for Medicare costs. The
demonstration sites, selected in early 2001, offered programs designed to improve both the
care that patients receive and patients' knowledge of, and adherence with, recommended
self-care and behavior. The study estimated the effects of each site on patients'
well-being and satisfaction, in addition to the site's effects on the use and cost of
Medicare covered services. This analysis relied on a patient survey conducted 6 to 12
months after enrollment, and on Medicare claims data and any data available from the
demonstration sites that could enhance the study. The study included two rounds of
physician surveys. In each site, eligible applicants were randomly assigned to treatment
and control groups. An extensive process analysis was conducted to describe the
interventions in detail, with the key goal being an assessment of those factors that account
for program success and failure. The study included case studies of each site, program
profiles, interim site-specific memos, two interim summary reports, two reports to Congress
(based on the interim summary reports), and a final summary report. This original study
enrolled 18,277 beneficiaries.
In 2008 Congress extended the study for 2 of the sites, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
and Health Quality Partners in Pennsylvania, and they will recruit beneficiaries and provide
demonstration intervention services through the spring of 2010. Mathematica Policy Research
will evaluate the results of this extended demonstration using Medicare claims data and
qualitative site visits to the two programs.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Medicare program expenditures
Randall S. Brown, Ph.D.
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
United States: Institutional Review Board
|Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center||Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105|
|Lovelace Health Systems||Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108|
|University of Maryland Medical Center||Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1595|
|Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa||Mason City, Iowa 50401|
|Hospice of the Valley MediCaring Project||Phoenix, Arizona 85016|
|Georgetown University Medical Center-Mind My Heart Program||Washington, District of Columbia 20036|
|Quality Oncology/Matria Healthcare||Sunrise, Florida 33323|
|CorSolutions/Matria Healthcare||Rosemont, Illinois 60018|
|Carle Foundation and Hospital||Urbana, Illinois 61801|
|Medical Care Development||Augusta, Maine 04330|
|Charlestown/Erickson Retirement Communities||Catonsville, Maryland 21228|
|Washington University-St.Louis School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital||St. Louis, Missouri 63110|
|QMed, Inc.||Eatontown, New Jersey 07724|
|Jewish Home Lifecare||New York, New York 10025|
|CenVaNet||Richmond, Virginia 23220|