Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Discovery Methods for Remediation and Quality Improvement in Home and Community Based Services


This is the second of three papers synthesizing the ideas and practices of states as they seek to improve the quality of home and community based services (HCBS) and supports for older persons and persons with disabilities.
In 2003, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded grants to 19 states to enhance their quality management (QM) programs for HCBS programs. CMS contracted with the Community Living Exchange Collaborative to assist states in their grant activities by promoting information exchange and facilitating discussions on topics of common interest. As part of its work with the Community Living Exchange Collaborative, the Muskie School of Public Service, together with grantee states, identified three priority topics for working papers:
1. Quality Management (QM) Roles and Responsibilities
2. Discovery Methods for Remediation and Quality Improvement
3. Data Analysis and Use of Performance Measures
This paper will specifically address the following questions:</p><li>
Why are discovery methods important?</li>
<li>What are the outcomes that discovery methods seek to assess?</li>
<li>What is a discovery method?</li>
<li>What are the features of a reliable and robust system of discovery methods?</li>
<li>What is a comprehensive yet focused system of discovery methods?</li>
<li>What evidence or other reports are produced from the discovery methods?</li>
<li>How do states move from discovery to action?</li>

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April 30, 2005

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