Expanding Our Partner Network

Expanding Our Partner Network

The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives. 

We are also interested in expanding our capacity to respond to opportunities issued by the federal agencies that comprise the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, requesting analytic, evaluation, or direct program management support for homelessness prevention programs and/or assistance to Continuum of Care service providers and other entities that support homeless populations or individuals at risk of experiencing homelessness.  Interested parties can contact Magdalene Skretta directly or by submitting a resume and letter of interest with a short summary of relevant qualifications to HCDAdmin@EconometricaInc.com.

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Interested parties can contact Magdalene Skretta directly or by submitting a resume and letter of interest with a short summary of relevant qualifications to HCDAdmin@EconometricaInc.com. Thank you!

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Expanding Our Partner Network

The HCD team is interested in expanding its consultant and subcontractor cadre to include individuals or partner firms with expertise in the following areas: disaster resiliency planning, disaster recovery funds management and program administration; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rural housing and economic development programs; Federal Housing Administration single-family housing policy, asset management, and marketing services; and local workforce development initiatives.

Econometrica Volunteers to Help Protect the Anacostia Watershed

Econometrica Volunteers to Help Protect the Anacostia Watershed

Our employees got their hands dirty at a trash cleanup event to support the Anacostia Watershed Society

Several Econometrica employees woke up bright and early on September 22 and headed to the Anacostia Watershed to participate in a volunteer trash cleanup event in support of the Anacostia Watershed Society.

The Anacostia River Watershed is a region that covers 176 square miles of the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland. After centuries of industrialization and pollution, the watershed is rapidly recovering and transforming.

Our volunteers spent the morning filling countless bags of trash and helping to make the river cleaner! This event was part of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s ongoing research and data collection on the types and amounts of trash found in the water, which enables it to receive funding to continue this important work.

The Anacostia Watershed Society was formed in 1989 by a small group of citizens concerned about the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and its surrounding area. Today, the society is an advocacy group that does outreach across the metropolitan area to bring awareness to the impact of pollutants in and around our waterways. To find ways to support this organization, go to https://www.anacostiaws.org/landing-pages/you-make-a-difference.html.

Econometrica prides itself in helping the community around us. Each month, Econometrica has a designated social impact cause to bring employees together to do good things. Read posts from our past social impact causes.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

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Evaluating the Community-based Care Transitions Program

Evaluating the Community-based Care Transitions Program

From 2012 to 2017, Econometrica conducted an evaluation of the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As part of the Partnership for Patients 1.0 initiative, which aimed to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of healthcare in the United States, the CCTP supported partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and hospitals to provide transition services to Medicare beneficiaries. The goals of the program included:

  • Decrease readmissions rates among high-risk Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Improve quality of care through the transition.
  • Provide savings to Medicare.

A driving force in the construction of the program as CBO-based partnerships was awareness of the critical role the community (e.g., family, caregivers, primary care physicians, CBOs) can play in improving hospital-to-home transitions and reducing avoidable readmissions.

The evaluation of the CCTP aimed to identify whether (and how) the program was associated with key outcomes, as well as whether program characteristics and care transition service components might have driven favorable key outcome findings. Key outcome measures included 30-day readmissions, expenditures, post-discharge service utilization, emergency department visits, and observation stays. In addition, the evaluation assessed implementation of the program across sites, utilization of community services by participants, and beneficiary and provider participation in the program.

Econometrica implemented three quantitative strategies to analyze the CCTP’s impacts:

  1. A pre-post regression model.
  2. Difference-in-differences regression models at the beneficiary and hospital levels.
  3. A time-series model.

We also conducted qualitative research based on annual telephone interviews with CCTP sites and 10 in-person site visits per year. We used qualitative data to broaden our understanding of program features, the challenges CBO partnerships encountered in implementing the CCTP, the implementation process, contextual and environmental factors influencing implementation and outcomes, successful strategies, and other programs that could confound findings.

We reported the findings of the evaluation in two published reports in 2014 and 2017, including recommendations about program expansion.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

Key outcome measures included 30-day readmissions, expenditures, post-discharge service utilization, emergency department visits, and observation stays.

Read more about Econometrica’s work on the CCTP here.

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Exploring the Feasibility of a Navajo Nation Medicaid Agency

Exploring the Feasibility of a Navajo Nation Medicaid Agency

Econometrica relied on secondary data and site visits to examine several issues.

State Medicaid administration has additional complexity when Tribal lands cross State lines. The Navajo Nation extends across three States, creating challenges for Medicaid beneficiaries and healthcare providers on Navajo lands.

The Navajo Nation advocated for the creation of a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency to reduce this complexity. The Navajo Nation’s boundaries extend across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, meaning residents of Navajo lands may be eligible for Medicaid programs in those States, depending on where they live. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act mandated the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to study the financial and operational implications of the creation of a Medicaid agency for the Navajo Nation, affected States, and the Federal Government.

On the Navajo Nation Feasibility Study, awarded to Econometrica under the Small Business Research and Demonstration (SBRAD) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, we assessed the feasibility of establishing a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency.

The study addressed several issues related to the feasibility of a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency. These included startup requirements and costs, requirements and costs of ongoing operations, cost implications for the Navajo Nation and the Federal Government, legal and regulatory issues, and the impacts on the three States currently serving Navajo Nation residents. The study also addressed potential models that could serve as a basis for a plan to design, implement, and operate a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency.

A new agency would provide consistent eligibility rules and benefit packages, provider participation and requirements standards, and claims submission processes for all residents of the Navajo Nation. In addition, a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency would be able to tailor Medicaid to increase cultural appropriateness and responsiveness to Navajo traditions, which, in turn, could improve healthcare use, preventive behaviors, and positive health outcomes.

The methodology for the study included analysis of secondary data and site visits. We used data from a variety of sources, including:

  • 2010 Census data.
  • Data from the States of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
  • 2010 Federal Medical Assistance Percentage rates for each State.
  • A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary report on 2010 spending.
  • Medicaid budgets and program spending for several small population States and U.S. territories.

We also conducted site visits and discussions with Navajo Nation leadership and the state Medicaid agencies of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Through these discussions, we gathered information to structure the cost estimates, develop the assumptions used to produce the estimates, and understand the impact a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency would have on the affected states’ Medicaid systems. CMS used our Final Report on these topics to develop the Report to Congress on the potential costs and implications of a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency.

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

The study addressed several issues related to the feasibility of a Navajo Nation Medicaid agency. These included startup requirements and costs, requirements and costs of ongoing operations, cost implications for the Navajo Nation and the Federal Government, legal and regulatory issues, and the impacts on the three States currently serving Navajo Nation residents.

See our report here

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Econometrica Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With an Auction Benefitting Friendship Place

Econometrica Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With an Auction Benefitting Friendship Place

Our employees marked the joyous occasion by donating to and participating in a silent auction

On June 29, 2018, Econometrica officially turned 20 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we hosted a silent auction. More than 58 Econometrica employees participated in the auction by donating services and goods or bidding on them. Some of the auction services our generous employees donated included Mandarin lessons, personalized Muay Thai boxing lessons, and a friendly statistics tutorial! The auction proved a great way to learn about the hidden talents of our employees. After some high-stakes bidding, we raised $1,396 in less than 1 hour!

All proceeds from the auction went to Friendship Place—a nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in the Washington, DC, metro area. Friendship Place’s mission of helping people find housing and supporting veterans aligns with Econometrica’s own mission and values. Over the past two decades, Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group has supported the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by helping public housing authorities fulfill their mission of providing affordable housing to households in need.

This year, Econometrica is marking its 20-year anniversary with monthly celebrations, which have included donating a tree, creating a memory book, and curating a time capsule. Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to helping our community and the wellbeing of citizens whether it is through our health, housing, and transportation projects or by doing community service. We look forward to our future and will continue to work hard to ensure we have happy employees and happy customers!

About Econometrica:
Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

After some high-stakes bidding, we raised $1,396 in less than 1 hour!

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