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HHS Awards ARRA Funds for Disability Research Center

May 11, 2010
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The Health and Human Services Office on Disability is awarding more than $6 million in ARRA funding to establish a Center of Excellence in Research on Disability Services, Care Coordination and Integration.

The contract has been awarded to the Princeton, N.J.-based Mathematica Policy Research, Inc for a two-year period and is aimed at building the infrastructure necessary to support and conduct research on the effectiveness and comparative effectiveness of systems of care for people with disabilities. According to HHS, the center will identify data sources, evaluate the usability of data, conduct research, and disseminate scientifically and clinically relevant information to help patients, providers, policy makers, consumers, caregivers, and family members make decisions on health care.

As part of the effort, HHS is collaborating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Chronic Conditions Warehouse (CCW) to link data and increase its usability, it says.

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