Author Archives: Health Affairs

Choosing Wisely: How To Fulfill The Promise In The Next 5 Years [Web First]

Low-value care—the use of unnecessary and potentially harmful health care services—accounted for roughly $200 billion in wasteful spending in the United States in 2011.

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Choosing Wisely Campaign: Valuable For Providers Who Knew About It, But Awareness Remained…

Together with physician specialty societies, the Choosing Wisely® campaign has codified recommendations of which health care services’ use should be questioned and discussed with patients.

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Much Activity, Uncertainty Remains [Web First]

Bipartisan market stabilization negotiations gave way to a last-gasp attempt at repeal and replace; the ACA emerged intact but buffeted by uncertainty.

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Effects Of State Insurance Mandates On Health Care Use And Spending For Autism Spectrum…

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have enacted insurance mandates that require commercial insurers to cover treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Emergency Department Visits For Firearm-Related Injuries In The United States, 2006-14…

Firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States.

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Coordination Program Reduced Acute Care Use And Increased Primary Care Visits Among Frequent…

Many high utilizers of the emergency department (ED) have public insurance, especially through Medicaid.

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Persistent Frequent Emergency Department Use: Core Group Exhibits Extreme Levels Of Use For…

Many frequent emergency department (ED) users do not sustain high use over time, which makes it difficult to create targeted interventions to address their health needs.

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Opioid Abuse And Poisoning: Trends In Inpatient And Emergency Department Discharges [DataWatch]

Addressing the opioid epidemic is a national priority.

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High-Deductible Health Plans Reduce Health Care Cost And Utilization, Including Use Of Needed…

Enrollment in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) has greatly increased in recent years.

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Prevalence, Treatment, And Unmet Treatment Needs Of US Adults With Mental Health And Substance…

We examined prevalence, treatment patterns, trends, and correlates of mental health and substance use treatments among adults with co-occurring disorders.

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Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services Contribute The Most To Unnecessary Health Spending…

An analysis of data for 2014 about forty-four low-value health services in the Virginia All Payer Claims Database revealed more than $586 million in unnecessary costs.

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Breakthrough Cancer Treatments Raise Difficult Questions [Entry Point]

The approval of a first-of-its kind cancer therapy creates new challenges related to safety, access, and costs.

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Emergency Departments, Behavioral Health, And More [From The Editor-in-Chief]

More: Emergency Departments, Behavioral Health, And More [From The Editor-in-Chief]

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Aging and Health [DataGraphic]

As the US population ages, researchers have been testing various policies and models of care aimed at improving the quality of care for elderly patients, including those living at home and in nursing centers.

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