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Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012

Linking Medicare, Medicaid, and Cancer Registry Data to Study the Burden of Cancers in West Virginia

Describes the development of the WVCR–Linked dataset that combines the West Virginia Cancer Registry (WVCR) with Medicare, Medicaid, and other data sources. We also determine health care utilization, costs, and overall burden of four major cancers among the elderly in a rural and medically underserved state population, and compared them with national estimates.

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The Role of Data in Health Care Disparities in Medicaid Managed Care

While plans’ efforts to address overall quality were often informed by standardized data, actions to reduce disparities were not, at least partly because there were few regulatory or financial incentives driving meaningful use of data on disparities. Standardized data, as envisaged by the Affordable Care Act, could become more useful for addressing disparities if they are combined with policies and regulations that promote health care equity.

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Medicare Beneficiary Knowledge of the Part D Program and Its Relationship with Voluntary Enrollment

This study examines Medicare beneficiary knowledge of the Part D program and estimates how knowledge affected voluntary enrollment decisions at the program’s outset.

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Statistical Uncertainty in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Analyze statistical risks facing CMS and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

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The Effects of Medicaid Policy Changes on Adults’ Service Use Patterns in Kentucky and Idaho

This paper uses state Medicaid administrative data to analyze the impact of Medicaid policy changes implemented in Idaho and Kentucky through a series of state plan amendments (SPA) in 2006 and 2007.

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