Author Archives: Health Services Research

Sustained Reduction in Health Disparities Achieved through Targeted Quality Improvement:…

Objective To assess a quality improvement disparity reduction intervention and its sustainability.

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On the Hospital Volume and Outcome Relationship: Does Specialization Matter More Than Volume?

Objective To evaluate the relationship between hospital volume and outcome by focusing on alternative measures of volume that capture specialization and overall throughput of hospitals.

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Measuring Prices in Health Care Markets Using Commercial Claims Data

Objective To compare methods of price measurement in health care markets.

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Physical Therapy or Advanced Imaging as First Management Strategy Following a New Consultation…

Objective Compare health care utilization and charges for low-back-pain (LBP) patients receiving advanced imaging or physical therapy as a first management strategy following a new primary care consultation.

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The Relationship between Local Economic Conditions and Acute Myocardial Infarction Hospital…

Objective To assess the association between aggregate unemployment and hospital discharges for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among adults and seniors, 1995–2011.

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Do Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Quality and Patient Experience within Medicare Plans Generalize…

Objective To examine how similar racial/ethnic disparities in clinical quality (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set [HEDIS]) and patient experience (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [CAHPS]) measures are for different measures within Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

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Where You Live Matters: Quality and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Schizophrenia Care in Four…

Objective To determine whether (a) quality in schizophrenia care varies by race/ethnicity and over time and (b) these patterns differ across counties within states.

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Imputing Missing Race/Ethnicity in Pediatric Electronic Health Records: Reducing Bias with Use…

Objective To assess the utility of imputing race/ethnicity using U.S.

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The Subjective Well-Being Method of Valuation: An Application to General Health Status

Objective To introduce the subjective well-being (SWB) method of valuation and provide an example by valuing health status.

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Is Self-Referral Associated with Higher Quality Care?

Objective To assess the extent to which patients self-refer to cancer specialists and whether self-referral is associated with better experiences and quality of care.

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Considering Potential Benefits and Consequences of Hospital Report Cards: What Are the Next…

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We Thank Our Peer Reviewers for 2014

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Using Medical Claims for Policy Effectiveness Surveillance: Reimbursement and Utilization of…

Objective To quantify changes in private insurance payments for and utilization of abdominal/pelvic computed tomography scans (CTs) after 2011 changes in CPT coding and Medicare reimbursement rates, which were designed to reduce costs stemming from misvalued procedures.

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Do Experiences with Medicare Managed Care Vary According to the Proportion of…

Objective To examine whether care experiences and immunization for racial/ethnic/language minority Medicare beneficiaries vary with the proportion of same-group beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage (MA) contracts.

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