HHS Awards $6M to Establish Center to Aid People with Disabilities

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hhsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Disability has awarded more than $6 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to establish a Center of Excellence in Research on Disability Services, Care Coordination and Integration.

The contract has been awarded to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc for a two-year period and is aimed at building the infrastructure to support and conduct research on the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of systems of care for people with disabilities.

The center will identify data sources, evaluate the usability of data, conduct research, and disseminate scientifically and clinically relevant information to aid patients, providers, policy makers, consumers, caregivers and family members make healthcare decisions.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the new center will make necessary data improvements to better understand health and support services for people with disabilities.

“The data collected will allow the Office on Disability and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to examine the effectiveness of different services and supports being provided, and in turn, improve care for people with disabilities,” she said.

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