Our Center

Modern healthcare is moving towards accountable and value-based care that uses a combination of research, large data, and best practices to determine what services will be paid for.  This presents an opportunity for CRT and people who use these devices to seek a more equitable coverage policy. The outcome of the DRRP Center is to generate new CRT knowledge to inform healthcare policies that lead to improved outcomes among people with disabilities.

To contribute to this outcome, The University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology in collaboration The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), UPMC Health Plan, and key disability, industry, and policy stakeholders propose to perform a series of interrelated project activities to:

  1. Evaluate current policies, novel models (both within and outside the United States) with stakeholder input
  2. Develop a standardized assessment and procurement protocol
  3. Perform analyses of existing datasets relevant to CRT
  4. Evaluate the feasibility of a new model

The overall expected outcome is a strategy for the provision and payment of CRT within an accountable and value-based healthcare environment that can inform all stakeholders including health plans and policy makers.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPGE0014-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.