The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a stimulus-funded grant of more than $6 million to establish a Center of Excellence in Research on Disability Services, Care Coordination and Integration.

Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, N.J., received the two-year grant from the HHS Office on Disability. The goal of the center of excellence is to collect and analyze data to better understand health and support services for individuals with disabilities.

The center will identify and capture data from multiple sources, including Medicare’s Chronic Conditions Warehouse and state Medicaid plans, among others. Medicaid data, for instance, can help determine ways to bring consistency to how services are defined and used.

The research is part of the comparative effectiveness research authorized under the HITECH Act to develop best practices and evidence-based treatment guidelines.

--Joseph Goedert


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