Policy Related Studies & Analyses

We focus on the development and implementation of unbiased, defensible, and quantitative methodology to achieve interdisciplinary approach and pragmatic solution to complicated problems.

Our staff analysts are experts in planning and performing intricate studies in areas such as health care financing, public health, quality measurement, applied economics, finances, income security, and law issues. Such a focused content specialization requires hands-on expertise in multiple methods of basic and applied research. Consequently, our staff is highly trained and experienced in quantitative and qualitative methods.

Our selected experiences, by subject matter, are listed below.

Experiences in Health Care & Health Economics

Production and Implementation of Hospital Outcome/Efficiency Measures

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

In this multi-year project, we produce and implement the CMS outcome/efficiency measures that are adopted for CMS RHQDAPU program. The quality of care measures over time and across subgroups of beneficiaries are based on multiple years of Medicare enrollment data, claims data, hospital cost and structure data, and beneficiary survey data.  

Medicare Research and Demonstration (MRAD)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Under this MRAD task order contract, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will award task orders for a wide range of general research, analysis, demonstration and survey activities. These research and demonstration projects may relate to: Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) issues related to uninsured populations, and any other aspects of CMS program responsibilities.

Impact of Payment Reform For Part B Covered Outpatient Drugs and Biologicals

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Prior to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), drug manufacturers largely determined the prices paid by Medicare for Part B covered drugs, and providers could profit from the �spread� between Medicare�s payment for drug costs and providers' actual - and often considerably lower - costs. The MMA Part B drug payment reform sought to correct these problems by bringing drug payments in line with providers' true acquisition costs, and increasing service payments to match the providers' actual costs for service provision. This study intends to evaluate the effects of the MMA payment reform, controlled for regulatory changes such as the CMS chemotherapy quality of care demonstration, the implementation of Part D of Medicare, and changes in physician payment mandated by the sustainable growth rate system, etc.

Short-term Policy Assessment and Studies

Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation (ASPE), DHHS / Moshman Associates, Inc.

This IDIQ task order contract provides timely and policy-oriented information for use by the Secretary of the DHHS and the ASPE, and other senior policy officials for their legislative, budgetary, regulatory, and other policy decisions; and conducting policy research and evaluation to improve the design and performance of current programs and, where appropriate, develop policy options and alternatives.

Evaluation of the Capitated Disease Management Demonstration

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Medicare Capitated Disease Management Demonstration for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions such as stroke, congestive heart failure, and diabetes; people who receive both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles); or frail elderly patients that would benefit from a greater coordination of services.

Medicare Quality Monitoring System (MQMS)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

MQMS study is to promote and support data-driven decisions by policymakers concerning health care purchased by Medicare and to provide consumers with meaning information for selected health care providers. ANASYS is responsible for producing data on the trends, patterns and variations of health status, service utilization, patient safety, process and outcomes of care.

Economic Analyses and Forecast

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) / DRI-WEFA (Currently, Global Insights, Inc.)

This study is to conduct economic analysis and economic forecast for the National Health Statistics Group. This study covers development and maintenance of a variety of input price indexes - designed to reflect the prices of inputs used by providers in providing health care services and used to recommend Medicare provider reimbursement rates to Congress. These indexes are weighted averages of economy-wide price indices for specific goods and services, periodically re-estimated and rebased to track the rate at which prices for health care would escalate as in competitive markets.

Analysis of Large Data Sets Task Order (ADDSTO)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

This project is a five year IDIQ Task Order Master Contract to develop and apply analytic methods to address specific issues relate to the resolution of major U.S. health care financing issues.

Experiences in Epidemiology

Health Effects of Resource Recovery Facility

State of Maryland / ENSR Corporation

This epidemiologic study assesses whether the Montgomery County municipal waste resource recovery facility (RRF) is associated with causing any adverse health effects in the community, specifically focusing on respiratory illnesses and asthma (International Classification of Diseases - ICD-9 code 460-519).

Experiences in Law

An Empirical Study of Custody and Divorce Cases in Maryland

Women's Law Center of Maryland

Large scale statistical study of custody and the financial outcomes of divorce in the state of Maryland.

Study of Pro Bono Activities among Maryland Lawyers

State of Maryland, Administrative Office of the Courts

Through annual surveys of more than 30,000 lawyers certified to practice law in the State of Maryland, this study analyzes their pro bono activities and IOLTA accounts through a combination of cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses.

Experiences in Income Security & Management Consulting

Financial Analysis of the Defined Contribution Plans

Department of Labor

This study analyzed financial performance of private defined contribution plans in terms of providing retirement income to participants. We examined rates of returns and employer/employee contributions by various characteristics of private pension plans such as plan entity, industry, type of plans, funding arrangement, plan age, number of participants and participating ratio, asset size, investment in employer security, and plan termination. Through a longitudinal analysis, this study focused on cumulative rate of return as a cumulative wealth index of individual accounts and contributions with recent IRS Form 5500 data.

Feasibility Study of Transforming Pro-Net into a Self-Supporting Entity

Small Business Administration

The objectives of this feasibility study were to design and evaluate the feasibility of transforming the PRO-Net system, a nationwide Internet based database of information on small businesses, into a self-supporting entity. The study was charged to address the issues of public access and accountability, structure and responsibility, management and staffing, and fiscal soundness. For the purposes of this study, we examined various funding mechanisms to make the PRO-Net a self-support entity. These included funding through sponsors or advertising, user fees, and other funding arrangements including one percent industrial funding fee (IFF) of the General Services Administration (GSA) and registration fee.