Author Archives: Health Services Research

Higher Medicare SNF Care Utilization by Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries: Can Medicaid Long-Term…

Objective To examine outcomes associated with dual eligibility (Medicare and Medicaid) of patients who are admitted to skilled nursing facility (SNF) care and whether differences in outcomes are related to states’ Medicaid long-term care policies.

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Factors Affecting Receipt of Expensive Cancer Treatments and Mortality: Evidence from Stem Cell…

Objective To identify factors that affect whether patients diagnosed with either leukemia or lymphoma receive a stem cell transplant and secondly if receipt of stem cell transplantation is linked to improved survival.

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Effect of Massachusetts Health Reform on Chronic Disease Outcomes

Objective To determine whether Massachusetts Health Reform improved health outcomes in uninsured patients with hyperlipidemia, diabetes, or hypertension.

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Surge Capacity: Analysis of Census Fluctuations to Estimate the Number of Intensive Care Unit…

Objective To compare methods of characterizing intensive care unit (ICU) bed use and estimate the number of beds needed.

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What Is the Value of Adding Medicare Data in Estimating VA Hospital Readmission Rates?

Objective To determine the effects of including diagnostic and utilization data from a secondary payer on readmission rates and hospital profiles.

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The Early Effects of Medicare’s Mandatory Hospital Pay-for-Performance Program

Objective To evaluate the impact of hospital value-based purchasing (HVBP) on clinical quality and patient experience during its initial implementation period (July 2011–March 2012).

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Dental Use and Expenditures for Older Uninsured Americans: The Simulated Impact of Expanded…

Objective To determine if providing dental insurance to older Americans would close the current gaps in dental use and expenditure between insured and uninsured older Americans.

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Cost Savings from Palliative Care Teams and Guidance for a Financially Viable Palliative Care…

Objectives To quantify the cost savings of palliative care (PC) and identify differences in savings according to team structure, patient diagnosis, and timing of consult.

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The Impact of Prior Authorization on Buprenorphine Dose, Relapse Rates, and Cost for…

Objective To assess the impact of a 2008 dose-based prior authorization policy for Massachusetts Medicaid beneficiaries using buprenorphine + naloxone for opioid addiction treatment.

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The Effect of Medicaid Primary Care Provider Reimbursement on Access to Early Childhood Caries…

Objective To examine receipt of early childhood caries preventive services (ECCPS) in two states’ Medicaid programs before and after the implementation of reimbursement to medical primary care providers (M-PCPs).

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Reforming Medicare’s Dialysis Payment Policies: Implications for Patients with Secondary…

Objective To demonstrate how expanding services covered by a bundled payment can also expand variation in the costs of treating patients under the bundle, using the Medicare dialysis program as an example.

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Helping Health Service Researchers and Policy Makers Speak the Same Language

See original article here:  Helping Health Service Researchers and Policy Makers Speak the Same Language

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An Evaluation of the Effects of a Breastfeeding Support Program on Health Outcomes

Objective To estimate the causal effect of a Michigan peer counselor (PC) breastfeeding support program for low-income women on infant health outcomes.

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Identification of Abnormal Screening Mammogram Interpretation Using Medicare Claims Data

Objective To develop and validate Medicare claims-based approaches for identifying abnormal screening mammography interpretation.

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