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Dana B Mukamel, Alpesh Amin, David L Weimer, Heather Ladd, Joseph Sharit, Ran Schwarzkopf, Dara H Sorkin
OBJECTIVE: To test whether use of a personalized report card, Nursing Home Compare Plus (NHCPlus), embedded in a reengineered discharge process, can lead to better outcomes than the usual discharge process from hospitals to nursing homes. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: Primary data collected in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at a University Medical Center between March 2014 and August 2015. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial in which patients in the intervention group were given NHCPlus...
October 24, 2016: Health Services Research
Jason M Etchegaray, Madelene J Ottosen, Aitebureme Aigbe, Emily Sedlock, William M Sage, Sigall K Bell, Thomas H Gallagher, Eric J Thomas
IMPORTANCE: Patient safety experts believe that patients/family members should be involved in adverse event review. However, it is unclear how aware patients/family members are about the causes of adverse events they experienced. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients/family members interviewed could identify at least one contributing factor for the event they experienced. Secondary objectives included understanding the way patients/family members became aware of adverse events, the types of contributing factors patients/family members identified for different types of adverse events, and recommendations provided by patients/family members to address the contributing factors...
October 24, 2016: Health Services Research
G Greg Peterson, Jelena Zurovac, Randall S Brown, Kenneth D Coburn, Patricia A Markovich, Sherry A Marcantonio, William D Clark, Anne Mutti, Cara Stepanczuk
OBJECTIVES: To test whether a care management program could replicate its success in an earlier trial and determine likely explanations for why it did not. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: Medicare claims and nurse contact data for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with chronic illnesses enrolled in the trial in eastern Pennsylvania (N = 483). STUDY DESIGN: A randomized trial with half of enrollees receiving intensive care management services and half receiving usual care...
October 24, 2016: Health Services Research
Lucinda B Leung, Arturo Vargas-Bustamante, Ana E Martinez, Xiao Chen, Hector P Rodriguez
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a parallel analysis of disparities in diabetes care quality among Latino and Asian community health center (CHC) patients by English language preference. STUDY SETTING/DATA COLLECTION: Clinical outcomes (2011) and patient survey data (2012) for Type 2 diabetes adults from 14 CHCs (n = 1,053). STUDY DESIGN: We estimated separate regression models for Latino and Asian patients by English language preference for Clinician & Group-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System, Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care, hemoglobin A1c, and self-reported hypoglycemic events...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Nan Tracy Zheng, Susan Haber, Sonja Hoover, Zhanlian Feng
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Medicaid programs are not required to pay the full Medicare coinsurance and deductibles for Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible beneficiaries. We examined the association between the percentage of Medicare cost sharing paid by Medicaid and the likelihood that a dually eligible beneficiary used evaluation and management (E&M) services and safety net provider services. DATA SOURCES: Medicare and Medicaid Analytic eXtract enrollment and claims data for 2009...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Paul D Burstein, David M Zalenski, John L Edwards, Ishrat Z Rafi, Jennifer F Darden, Cassandra Firneno, Palmira Santos
OBJECTIVE: To establish multifactorial shoulder dystocia response and management protocol to promote sustainable practice change. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Primary data collection was conducted over 3 years. Implementation of the protocol spanned 13 months. Data collection occurred at five sites, which were chosen for their diversity in both patient mix and geographical location. STUDY DESIGN: Case study evaluation methodology was used to examine clinician engagement and protocol adoption...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Momotazur Rahman, David C Grabowski, Vincent Mor, Edward C Norton
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the observed differences in the risk-adjusted rehospitalization rates across skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reflect true differences or merely differences in patient severity. SETTINGS: Elderly Medicare beneficiaries newly admitted to an SNF following hospitalization. STUDY DESIGN: We used 2009-2012 Medicare data to calculate SNFs' risk-adjusted rehospitalization rate. We then estimated the effect of these rehospitalization rates on the rehospitalization of incident patients in 2013, using an instrumental variable (IV) method and controlling for patient's demographic and clinical characteristics and residential zip code fixed effects...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Michael P Thompson, Cameron M Kaplan, Yu Cao, Gloria J Bazzoli, Teresa M Waters
OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of risk-standardized readmission rates (RSRRs) for medical conditions and surgical procedures used in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). DATA SOURCES: State Inpatient Databases for six states from 2011 to 2013 were used to identify patient cohorts for the six conditions used in the HRRP, which was augmented with hospital characteristic and HRRP penalty data. STUDY DESIGN: Hierarchical logistic regression models estimated hospital-level RSRRs for each condition, the reliability of each RSRR, and the extent to which socioeconomic and hospital factors further explain RSRR variation...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Eric J Lammers, Catherine G McLaughlin, Michael Barna
OBJECTIVE: To test for correlation between the growth in adoption of ambulatory electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States during 2010-2013 and hospital admissions and readmissions for elderly Medicare beneficiaries with at least one of four common ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs). DATA SOURCES: SK&A Information Services Survey of Physicians, American Hospital Association General Survey and Information Technology Supplement; and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse Geographic Variation Database for 2010 through 2013...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Parul Agarwal, Thomas K Bias, Usha Sambamoorthi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the longitudinal patterns of emergency department (ED) visits among adult fee-for-service Medicaid. DATA SOURCES: Data were obtained from the Medicaid analytic eXtract files, Area Health Resource File, and County Health Rankings. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective longitudinal study design, with four observations for each individual was used. The study population consisted of 33,393 Medicaid beneficiaries who met inclusion criteria...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Marisa Elena Domino, Mona Kilany, Rebecca Wells, Joseph P Morrissey
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether medical homes have heterogeneous effects in different subpopulations, leveraging the interpretations from a variety of statistical techniques. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary claims data from the NC Medicaid program for 2004-2007. The sample included all adults with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression who were not dually enrolled in Medicare or in a nursing facility. STUDY DESIGN: We modeled a number of monthly service use, adherence, and expenditure outcomes using fixed effects, generalized estimating equation with and without inverse probability of treatment weights, and instrumental variables analyses...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
Kathrin M Cresswell, Lisa Lee, Hajar Mozaffar, Robin Williams, Aziz Sheikh
OBJECTIVE: To explore and understand approaches to user engagement through investigating the range of ways in which health care workers and organizations accommodated the introduction of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and computerized decision support (CDS) for hospital prescribing. STUDY SETTING: Six hospitals in England, United Kingdom. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative case study. DATA COLLECTION: We undertook qualitative semi-structured interviews, non-participant observations of meetings and system use, and collected organizational documents over three time periods from six hospitals...
October 7, 2016: Health Services Research
Steven C Martino, David E Kanouse, David J Miranda, Marc N Elliott
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy for consumers of two potential enhancements to the Medicare Plan Finder (MPF)-a simplified data display and a "quick links" home page designed to match the specific tasks that users seek to accomplish on the MPF. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Participants (N = 641) were seniors and adult caregivers of seniors who were recruited from a national online panel. Participants browsed a simulated version of the MPF, made a hypothetical plan choice, and reported on their experience...
October 7, 2016: Health Services Research
John L Adams, Susan M Paddock
OBJECTIVE: There is increasing interest in identifying high-quality physicians, such as whether physicians perform above or below a threshold level. To evaluate whether current methods accurately distinguish above- versus below-threshold physicians, we estimate misclassification rates for two-category identification systems. DATA SOURCES: Claims data for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries residing in Florida or New York in 2010. STUDY DESIGN: Estimate colorectal cancer, glaucoma, and diabetes quality scores for 23,085 physicians...
October 7, 2016: Health Services Research
Urbano L França, Michael L McManus
OBJECTIVE: To provide metrics for quantifying the capability of hospitals and the degree of care regionalization. DATA SOURCE: Administrative database covering more than 10 million hospital encounters during a 3-year period (2012-2014) in Massachusetts. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We calculated the condition-specific probabilities of transfer for all acute care hospitals in Massachusetts and devised two new metrics, the Hospital Capability Index (HCI) and the Regionalization Index (RI), for analyzing hospital systems...
October 7, 2016: Health Services Research
Maria Michela Gianino, Jacopo Lenzi, Aida Muça, Maria Pia Fantini, Roberta Siliquini, Walter Ricciardi, Gianfranco Damiani
OBJECTIVE: To update amenable mortality in 32 OECD countries at 2013 (or last available year), to describe the time trends during 2000-2013, and to evaluate the association of these trends with various geographic areas. DATA SOURCES: Secondary data from 32 countries during 2000-2013, gathered from the World Health Organization Mortality Database. STUDY DESIGN: Time trend analysis. DATA COLLECTION: Using Nolte and McKee's list, age-standardized amenable mortality rates (SDRs) were calculated as the annual number of deaths over the population aged 0-74 years per 100,000 inhabitants...
October 5, 2016: Health Services Research
G Edward Miller, Eric M Sarpong, Amy J Davidoff, Eunice Y Yang, Nicole J Brandt, Donna M Fick
OBJECTIVE: To examine the determinants of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) use. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: U.S. nationally representative data on (n = 16,588) noninstitutionalized older adults (age ≥65) with drug use from the 2006-2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. STUDY DESIGN: We operationalized the 2012 Beers Criteria to identify PIM use during the year, and we examined associations with individual-level characteristics hypothesized to be quality enabling or related to need complexity...
September 29, 2016: Health Services Research
Hrishikesh Chakraborty, Robert Neal Axon, Jordan Brittingham, Genevieve Ray Lyons, Laura Cole, Christine B Turley
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in hospital readmission risk across all payers in South Carolina (SC). DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (SCRFA) statewide all payer claims database including 2,476,431 hospitalizations in SC acute care hospitals between 2008 and 2014. STUDY DESIGN: We compared the odds of unplanned all-cause 30-day readmission for private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, uninsured, and other payers and examined interaction effects between payer and index admission characteristics using generalized estimating equations...
September 28, 2016: Health Services Research
Sara Allin, David Rudoler, Audrey Laporte
OBJECTIVE: To examine the extent of the health risks of consuming multiple medications among the older population. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data from the period 2004-2006. The study setting was the province of Ontario, Canada, and the sample consisted of individuals aged 65 years or older who responded to a national health survey. STUDY DESIGN: We estimated a system of equations for inpatient and emergency department (ED) services to test the marginal effect of medication use on hospital services...
September 27, 2016: Health Services Research
Wendy Yi Xu, Jeah Kyoungrae Jung
OBJECTIVE: Consuming low-value health care not only highlights inefficient resource use but also brings an important concern regarding the economics of disparities. We identify the relation of socioeconomic characteristics to the use of low-value cancer screenings in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) settings, and quantify the amount subsidized from nonusers and taxpayers to users of these screenings. DATA SOURCES: 2007-2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Medicare FFS claims, and the Area Health Resource Files...
September 13, 2016: Health Services Research
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