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Medicare and Medicaid research under way

William and Mary has been selected as one of 15 contract recipients nationwide by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct Medicare and Medicaid research and demonstrations. The College was selected along with its partners, the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health (CEAGH) in Williamsburg and the CNA Corporation in Arlington, Va. Research projects issued through this contract could reach $75 million for the 15 contract recipients combined. The projects will be awarded over the next few years to help the agency meet congressional demands for studies and to assist the agency in improving the nation’s largest health programs.

The partners will assist CMS in developing a research strategy to improve the quality of health care and reduce the cost of care for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries. CMS administers the Medicare program for elderly and disabled people, and it works to enhance the existing health care system through improvements in quality and education. Medicaid is a program operated jointly with each of the states to serve low-income, uninsured families and individuals.

“We are pleased to have been selected with others to help the federal government assess the appropriateness of services delivered to its program beneficiaries and further the development of new methods and approaches for the administration of its programs,” said Louis Rossiter, senior research fellow at William and Mary’s Center for Public Policy Research and director of research at CEAGH.

With more than 75 percent of the Medicare population currently suffering from one or more chronic conditions, estimates are that in less than 20 years, caring for chronic illnesses will consume 80 percent of the nation’s health care budget.

CEAGH, established in 2002, is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for older adults by integrating the research capacity of universities, colleges and medical schools with the capabilities of local service providers. The CNA Corp. is a non-profit organization that provides in-depth, independent research and analysis.

For additional information contact at CEAGH at (757) 221-1913.