Assessing the Health and Welfare of the HCBS Population

Findings Report

Under Section 6086(b) of the Deficit Reduction Act, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was assigned to develop outcome indicators to assess the "health and welfare" of recipients of Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS). AHRQ also was required to use the outcome indicators to describe the health and welfare of this population. The outcome indicators are presented by individual attributes and area characteristics. Because a primary area of HCBS policy interest is the relationship between HCBS outcomes and the HCBS environment in each State, the health of the HCBS population is also described within the context of State policies and service availability.

Prepared by:
R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD, Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago, Illinois
D.E.B. Potter, MS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Sarita L. Karon, PhD, Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contract No. 290-04-0020 and 290-2009-00010C (partial funding)



HCBS Population
Availability and Use of State Medicaid HCBS
Outcome Indicators for the HCBS Population
Outcomes by HCBS Participant Characteristics
Technical Appendix
List of Tables

The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and no official endorsement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the Department of Health and Human Services is intended or should be inferred.

Page last reviewed December 2012
Page originally created December 2012
Internet Citation: Assessing the Health and Welfare of the HCBS Population. Content last reviewed December 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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