Expanding Healthcare Research Capacities through the Integration of Medicaid and

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R44AG039918-01
Agency Tracking Number: R44AG039918
Amount: $87,227.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA10-051
Small Business Information
ACUMEN, LLC
500 AIRPORT BLVD, STE 365, BURLINGAME, CA, -
DUNS: 083778964
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 THOMAS MACURDY
 (650) 558-8882
 tmac@acumenllc.com
Business Contact
 ELLEN BANH
Phone: (650) 558-8882
Email: ebanh@acumenllc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This STTR application requests funding to expand the capabilities of Acumen LLC's Medicare/Medicaid Research Information Center (MedRIC). To advance the quality of the data available for public policy research, MedRIC facilitates the acquisition of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participants of surveys and registries sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). By linking administrative and survey data into a cohesive structure,Acumen will significantly reduce the financial and time costs that researchers currently bear to acquire and use CMS administrative data. Although MedRIC has already linked NIA survey data to Medicare enrollment and claims files, this project will augmentthese efforts to include linkages to Medicaid claims databases. By successfully expanding MedRIC's capabilities, this project will significantly reduce the burden that researchers and policy analysts face as they investigate health care utilization, quality, and expenditure patterns among low- income individuals, children, and pregnant women. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: To promote more effective public policy research on patients with limited income and resources, this project will create new data resources linking NIH survey data with Medicaid claims files. This integration will not only provide researchers higher quality information, but will also reduce the cost for NIH-funded researchers to access and use this linked data.

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