Author Archives: Health Services Research

The Association between High-Deductible Health Plan Transition and Contraception and Birth…

Objective To evaluate the association between employer-mandated enrollment into high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and contraception and birth rates among reproductive-age women.

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The Role of Patient Factors, Cancer Characteristics, and Treatment Patterns in the Cost of Care…

Objective To characterize Medicare expenditures on initial breast cancer care and examine variation in expenditures across hospital referral regions (HRRs).

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Availability of New Medicaid Patient Appointments and the Role of Rural Health Clinics

Objective To examine the willingness to accept new Medicaid patients among certified rural health clinics (RHCs) and other nonsafety net rural providers.

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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Capitated Patient Navigation Program for Medicare…

Objective To assess the cost-effectiveness of implementing a patient navigation (PN) program with capitated payment for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Enhancing Clinical Content and Race/Ethnicity Data in Statewide Hospital Administrative…

Objectives Eight grant teams used Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality infrastructure development research grants to enhance the clinical content of and improve race/ethnicity identifiers in statewide all-payer hospital administrative databases.

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Barriers and Facilitators for Sustainability of Tele-Homecare Programs: A Systematic Review

Objective To identify the barriers and facilitators for sustainability of tele-homecare programs implemented by home health nursing agencies for chronic disease management.

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Risk-Adjusted In-Hospital Mortality Models for Congestive Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial…

Objective To examine the impact of key laboratory and race/ethnicity data on the prediction of in-hospital mortality for congestive heart failure (CHF) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

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Improving Hospital Reporting of Patient Race and Ethnicity—Approaches to Data Auditing

Objective To investigate new metrics to improve the reporting of patient race and ethnicity (R/E) by hospitals.

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Incorporating the Last Four Digits of Social Security Numbers Substantially Improves Linking…

Objective Assess algorithms for linking patients across de-identified databases without compromising confidentiality.

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Assessing Community Quality of Health Care

Objective To determine the agreement of measures of care in different settings—hospitals, nursing homes (NHs), and home health agencies (HHAs)—and identify communities with high-quality care in all settings.

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Does the Relationship of the Proxy to the Target Person Affect the Concordance between Survey…

Objectives To compare concordance of survey reports of health service use versus claims data between self respondents and spousal and nonspousal relative proxies.

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Sorting Out the Health Risk in California’s State-Based Marketplace

Objective To characterize the health risk of enrollees in California’s state-based insurance marketplace (Covered California) by metal tier, region, month of enrollment, and plan.

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Initial Impacts of the Patient Care Networks of Alabama Initiative

Objectives To estimate the effects of medical home support on the use of clinical services and Medicaid expenditures.

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Predicting Disability among Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries Using Claims-Based…

Objectives To assess the feasibility of using existing claims-based algorithms to identify community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries with disability based solely on the conditions for which they are being treated, and improving on these algorithms by combining them in predictive models.

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