The Basics

Medicare Demonstrations
July 30, 2008

Author

Amanda Cassidy, Consultant

Summary

This publication provides an overview of Medicare demonstration projects, including what they are, how and by whom they are initiated, and how they differ from research projects. This document highlights several significant demonstrations in Medicare history and outlines several current demonstration projects. Key considerations in designing, implementing and evaluating demonstrations are mentioned.

Related Materials

For more detailed information on Medicare demonstrations, see "The Fundamentals of Medicare Demonstrations" (Background Paper No. 63, July 22, 2008). For information on Medicaid and SCHIP waivers, see "Medicaid and SCHIP Waivers" (The Basics, July 30, 2008) and "Shaping Medicaid and SCHIP Through Waivers: The Fundamentals" (Background Paper No. 64, July 22, 2008).

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