Areas of Expertise
The web of private and public healthcare financing schemes ultimately determines who is covered by insurance and what kind of care they receive. At AIR, a key focus is to evaluate the impact of policy reform efforts on the medical marketplace. AIR Health Program Director Marilyn Moon, a renowned Medicare scholar, continues her research and analysis of the new drug benefit that will profoundly impact some 45 million people in this pivotal social insurance program.
The Communication Toolkit: Using Information to Get High Quality Care is based on AIR’s rigorous study of the challenges involved in disseminating information about evidence-based health care.
Evaluation of the Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program and the Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity Program
AIR evaluated two of programs of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that are designed to increase minority participation in health care research: the Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (M-RISP) and the Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) Program.
AIR estimated the financial impact of selected Medicare policy changes on Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D with a grant from the Commonwealth Fund.
On behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), AIR studied the reasons why Medicare beneficiaries without creditable coverage do not enroll in Part D and how they can be encouraged to do so. The project consisted of a survey of beneficiaries without creditable coverage or Part D plans and interviews with health professionals.
AIR is working with the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission to evaluate the effects of a quality-based reimbursement program.