Creating quality improvement opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries by linking lab values to claims data

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.The goal of this project is to enable providers to improve utilization and quality of lab testing and medication management of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and enable Medicare to track health outcomes in order to optimize provider care processes. The researchers will link LabCorp data to Medicare Parts A, B, and D claims data in 2010. They will then assess the generalizability of the LabCorp cohort, determine the completeness of the lab test results, and conduct a baseline evaluation of lab monitoring of creatinine and potassium among beneficiaries initiating certain anti-hypertensive medications. Deliverables include a project work plan, final financial and narrative reports, and a final policy summary. The grantee will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,977.00

Awarded on: 4/22/2013

Time frame: 5/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 70922


Duke University School of Medicine

DUMC 3710
Durham, 27710-0001


Lesley H. Curtis
Project Director


Matthew L. Maciejewski
Project Director