Managing Care Transitions in Medicaid
Mathematica health experts collaborated with staff at the Kaiser Commission for Medicaid and the Uninsured to author this brief, the second of three case studies examining key operational aspects of coordinated care initiatives in Medicaid, which focuses on the Transitional Care Program conducted by Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). CCNC is a medical home program that serves 83% of all North Carolina Medicaid beneficiaries. The Transitional Care Program identifies high-risk enrollees when they are admitted to a hospital, and plans, coordinates, and arranges their transition back to the community.
Initial Impacts of the Ticket to Work Program
A new paper presents results from an impact analysis of the Ticket to Work (TTW) program, as implemented by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from 2002 through 2007. For new, young Social Security Disability beneficiaries, we use exogenous variation in the month of Ticket mailing to rigorously estimate impacts of TTW on beneficiary outcomes over a 48-month period following the start of Ticket mailings in the beneficiary’s state. We find substantial impacts on enrollment for employment services with TTW-qualified providers, but no consistent evidence of impacts on the number of months in which beneficiaries did not receive benefits because of work, or on other outcomes.
May Forum Focuses on Employment
Right on Time? Early Interventions and Initiatives for Promoting Employment
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Over a million individuals under age 40 receive Supplemental Security Income(SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Federal and state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies offer unique opportunities for early intervention services to individuals with disabilities, including youth and young adults who are transitioning from school to work, to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the labor force and reduce their reliance on disability benefits. Click here for more information.
Disability Policy for People with Brain Injury and Other Disabilities
Despite increases in program participation and spending, the economic independence of people with disabilities, including those with brain injury, has eroded. Media stories continue to highlight gaps in services for people with brain injury acquired in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and the impact lack of health and employment services can have on their lives. Failure to address the underlying structural issues will perpetuate program inefficiencies and poor outcomes and could negatively impact this population. A recent article in Brain Injury (p. 18) outlines an alternative approach to slowing expenditure growth while improving the economic status of Americans with disabilities.
Employment & Disability State of the Science Conference
The Disability Statistics and Demographics Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC), funded by the Department of Education and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), will hold a State-of-the-Science conference on April 8 and 9 in Bethesda, MD. The theme is “Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap,” and the conference will showcase research that enhances the scientific evidence to reduce the employment gap between people with and without disabilities.
Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics & Research-to-Policy Roundtable
The Disability Statistics and Demographics Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC), funded by the Department of Education and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, will release the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and hold the Third Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable on December 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. The RRTC is a partnership between the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire.
Live event and webinar
9:00-11:30 a.m.—Compendium release briefing
1:00-3:00 p.m.—Research-to-Policy Roundtable
2013 Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting
The Disability Research Consortium (DRC), a collaborative effort of the Social Security Administration, Mathematica, and the National Bureau of Economic Research, is building the evidence base necessary to improve the national disability support system and reduce government costs. A two-day research meeting and webinar on October 15 and 16, 2013 highlighted DRC research findings and their implications.
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 2013 Fall Research Conference
The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) held its 2013 Fall Research Conference from November 7 to 9 in Washington, DC. The conference theme was “Power of the Past –Force for the Future.” APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition
The 141st American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition was held from November 2 to 6, 2013, in Boston, MA. With more than 13,000 attendees, this is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world. APHA’s program addressed current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.