Financing and Cost Containment
The financing and cost containment challenges facing both public health programs and private insurance are a key area of research. The rising costs of health care in an environment in which one in every seven dollars of gross domestic product goes to health adds urgency to this effort.
AIR’s research in this area includes examining “pay for performance” approaches to hospital payment and estimating the out-of-pocket burdens on Medicare beneficiaries.
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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.
The Rural Healthcare Quality Network (RHQN) of Washington State and AIR worked together to evaluate the impact of implementing a health information technology (HIT) intervention to improve the quality of care in rural critical access hospitals
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.
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