IPRO Wins Utilization Review Contract

IPRO has been chosen by the State of New York to examine utilization of the state’s Early Intervention (EI) program, which provides therapeutic and supportive services to children with disabilities, age birth through two years, and their families. Under the program, all eligible children receive multidisciplinary evaluations, including assessment of cognition and communication as well as social-emotional, physical and adaptive development. Eligible children and families are then assigned to case managers. Providers include incorporated entities, partnerships and agencies as well as licensed individuals. New York’s is the nation’s largest EI program, with more than 74,000 eligible children and families at an annual cost of about $700 million. Funding for EI utilization review is made available through the federal Recovery Act. Among its activities, IPRO will create service utilization profiles addressing variation across regions and demographic groups. The Lewin Group is supporting IPRO with data aggregation and analysis and will develop service delivery performance measures and reporting.