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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Medicaid becomes the first third-party payer to cover passive remote monitoring for home care: policy analysis.
This study examined passive remote monitoring technologies in state Medicaid programs. Its goals were to identify which states allowed location tracking, sensor systems, and cameras, what policies were in place to track usage, what implementation processes and program monitoring mechanisms were in place, and what related insights Medicaid program stakeholders would like to learn. Interviews were conducted with state, federal, and managed care organization (MCO) Medicaid program stakeholders about the use of these technologies in state waivers that served community-dwelling older adults in 15 states. While two-thirds of the states covered location tracking and activity-monitoring sensors and one-third covered cameras, only 3 states had specific service categories that allowed tracking of when they pay for these technologies. The authors conclude that technologies that have great potential to alter the way older adults receive supportive services are often used without research on their use, social or ethical implications, or outcomes. New service categories are needed to enable oversight, and more interaction between policymakers and researchers in this field would aid in the prioritization of research aims to inform practice.
Citation: Berridge C . Medicaid becomes the first third-party payer to cover passive remote monitoring for home care: policy analysis. J Med Internet Res 2018 Feb 21;20(2):e66. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9650..
Keywords: Elderly, Health Information Technology (HIT), Health Insurance, Healthcare Delivery, Home Healthcare, Medicaid, Policy
Sood N, Alpert A, Barnes K
Effects of payment reform in more versus less competitive markets.
In this paper, the authors exploit a major payment reform for home health care to examine whether reductions in reimbursement lead to differential changes in treatment intensity and provider costs depending on the level of competition in a market. Using Medicare claims, they find that while providers in more competitive markets had higher average costs in the pre-reform period, these markets experienced larger proportional reductions in treatment intensity and costs after the reform relative to less competitive markets..
Citation: Sood N, Alpert A, Barnes K . Effects of payment reform in more versus less competitive markets. J Health Econ 2017 Jan;51:66-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2016.12.006.
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Payment, Home Healthcare, Policy, Value