Author Archives: Health Services Research

Medication Nonadherence: The Role of Cost, Community, and Individual Factors

Objective To explain the association of out-of-pocket (OOP) cost, community-level factors, and individual characteristics on statin therapy nonadherence.

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The Seven Pillars Response to Patient Safety Incidents: Effects on Medical Liability Processes…

Objective To determine whether a communication and resolution approach to patient harm is associated with changes in medical liability processes and outcomes.

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Decreasing Malpractice Claims by Reducing Preventable Perinatal Harm

Objective To evaluate the association of improved patient safety practices with medical malpractice claims and costs in the perinatal units of acute care hospitals.

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Improving Care Transitions Management: Examining the Role of Accountable Care Organization…

Objective Examine the extent to which physician organization participation in an accountable care organization (ACO) and electronic health record (EHR) functionality are associated with greater adoption of care transition management (CTM) processes.

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Hospital Advertising, Competition, and HCAHPS: Does It Pay to Advertise?

Objective To test whether hospital advertising expenditures predict HCAHPS global ratings.

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Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records and Medicare Expenditures: Evidence from a…

Objective To determine if recent growth in hospital and physician electronic health record (EHR) adoption and use is correlated with decreases in expenditures for elderly Medicare beneficiaries.

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Improving Population Health Management Strategies: Identifying Patients Who Are More Likely to…

Objective To explore using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) for identifying patients more likely to have ambulatory care–sensitive (ACS) utilization and future increases in chronic disease.

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Implications of Variation in the Relationships between Beneficiary Characteristics and Medicare…

Objective To study how differences in quality score adjustments across Medicare Advantage contracts change comparisons for individuals and contracts.

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Impact of Massachusetts Health Reform on Inpatient Care Use: Was the Safety-Net Experience…

Objective Most inpatient care for the uninsured and other vulnerable subpopulations occurs in safety-net hospitals.

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Rural–Urban Differences in the Effect of Follow-Up Care on Postdischarge Outcomes

Objective To assess rural–urban differences in quality of postdischarge care among Medicare beneficiaries, controlling for selection bias of postdischarge services.

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The Impact of Nursing Home Pay-for-Performance on Quality and Medicare Spending: Results from…

Objective To evaluate the impact of the Nursing Home Value-Based Purchasing demonstration on quality of care and Medicare spending.

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Medicare Part D’s Effects on Drug Utilization and Out-of-Pocket Costs: A Systematic Review

Objective To update a past systematic review on whether Medicare Part D changed drug utilization and out-of-pocket (OOP) costs overall and within subpopulations, and to identify evidence gaps.

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The Differential Impact of User-Fee Exemption Compared to Conditional Cash Transfers on Safe…

Objective To assess the differential impact of a copayment exemption compared to a cash incentive on increasing skilled birth attendance (i.e., birth attended by a skilled health worker) in Nepal.

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Is Anyone Paying Attention to Physician Report Cards? The Impact of Increased Availability on…

Objective To determine if the release of health care report cards focused on physician practice quality measures leads to changes in consumers’ awareness and use of this information.

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