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28 papers 0 to 25 followers Articles previously reviewed or considered for discussion during our monthly student health policy journal club at Baylor College of Medicine. Join us every first Tuesday of the month for discussion led by our clinical faculty with special interests in policy.
By Cedric Dark MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM
Ellen T Kurtzman, Burt S Barnow
BACKGROUND: Under the Affordable Care Act, the number and capacity of community health centers (HCs) is growing. Although the majority of HC care is provided by primary care physicians (PCMDs), a growing proportion is delivered by nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs); yet, little is known about how these clinicians' care compares in this setting. OBJECTIVES: To compare the quality of care and practice patterns of NPs, PAs, and PCMDs in HCs. RESEARCH DESIGN: Using 5 years of data (2006-2010) from the HC subsample of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and multivariate regression analysis, we estimated the impact of receiving NP-delivered or PA-delivered care versus PCMD-delivered care...
June 2017: Medical Care
M Arantxa Colchero, Juan Rivera-Dommarco, Barry M Popkin, Shu Wen Ng
Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages on January 1, 2014, and a previous study found a 6 percent reduction in purchases of taxed beverages in 2014. In this study we estimated changes in beverage purchases for 2014 and 2015. We used store purchase data for 6,645 households from January 2012 to December 2015. Changes in purchases of taxed and untaxed beverages in the study period were estimated using two models, which compared 2014 and 2015 purchases with predicted (counterfactual) purchases based on trends in 2012-13...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
Barak D Richman, Nick Kitzman, Arnold Milstein, Kevin A Schulman
OBJECTIVES: To develop an effective legal mechanism to combat chargemaster abuses and to facilitate price transparency. STUDY DESIGN: Applying legal doctrines to out-of-network (OON) billing disputes. METHODS: We reviewed rudimentary contract law and examined the law's handling of contracts where prices have not been specified in advance. These cases are the controlling authority to guide courts, handling of surprise and OON billing problems...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Joseph White
Conventional wisdom says that the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) is "regressive and therefore unfair." Yet, by the standard definition of regressive tax policy, the conventional view is almost certainly false. It confuses the absolute size of the tax exclusion with its proportional effect on income. The error results from paying attention only to the marginal tax rate applied to ESI benefits as a portion of income and ignoring the fact that benefits are normally a much larger share of income for people with lower wages...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Kevin Callison, Binh T Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicaid fee changes on health care access, utilization, and spending for Medicaid beneficiaries. DATA SOURCE: We use the 2008 and 2012 waves of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey linked to state-level Medicaid-to-Medicare primary care reimbursement ratios obtained through surveys conducted by the Urban Institute. We also incorporate data from the Current Population Survey and the Area Resource Files. STUDY DESIGN: Using a control group made up of the low-income privately insured, we conduct a difference-in-differences analysis to assess the relationship between Medicaid fee changes and access to care, utilization of health care services, and out-of-pocket medical expenditures for Medicaid enrollees...
April 16, 2017: Health Services Research
Lucinda B Leung, José J Escarce
OBJECTIVES: Aiming to increase healthcare value, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs)-high-deductible health insurance plus a personal spending account-equip enrollees with decision-support tools and expose them to the financial implications of their medical decisions. This study examines whether medically knowledgeable consumers are more or less likely to select a CDHP than individuals without medical knowledge. STUDY DESIGN: Using University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) human resources data, our observational cross-sectional study analyzed the health plan enrollment choices of 3552 faculty and 8429 staff employees...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Anthony Scott, Miao Liu, Jongsay Yong
This article reviews the literature on the use of financial incentives to improve the provision of value-based health care. Eighty studies of 44 schemes from 10 countries were reviewed. The proportion of positive and statistically significant outcomes was close to .5. Stronger study designs were associated with a lower proportion of positive effects. There were no differences between studies conducted in the United States compared with other countries; between schemes that targeted hospitals or primary care; or between schemes combining pay for performance with rewards for reducing costs, relative to pay for performance schemes alone...
November 3, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
Laura N Medford-Davis, Michelle Phelps, Paul Hausknecht, Zachary F Meisel, Charles Reitman, Angela S Fisher
OBJECTIVE: Patients seen in emergency departments (EDs) not requiring admission are typically discharged with appropriate follow-up. Sometimes hospitals indirectly refer, or redirect, patients to a different hospital's ED. Anecdotally, indirect referrals are commonly received in safety-net hospitals. This study characterizes the types of patients and hospitals affected and the cost of indirect referral in the orthopaedic trauma population. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional chart review was conducted of 1,162 consecutive adult patients receiving orthopaedic care in an urban public hospital ED over a six-month period in 2011...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Matthew Buettgens, Lisa Dubay, Genevieve M Kenney
Under the Affordable Care Act, if one family member has an employer offer of single coverage deemed to be affordable-that is, costing less than 9.66 percent of family income in 2016-then all family members are ineligible for tax credits for Marketplace coverage, even if the cost of providing coverage to the whole family is greater than 9.66 percent of income. More than six million people live in such families and as a result are ineligible for premium tax credits. These families face premiums that can amount to 15...
July 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Colette DeJong, Thomas Aguilar, Chien-Wen Tseng, Grace A Lin, W John Boscardin, R Adams Dudley
IMPORTANCE: The association between industry payments to physicians and prescribing rates of the brand-name medications that are being promoted is controversial. In the United States, industry payment data and Medicare prescribing records recently became publicly available. OBJECTIVE: To study the association between physicians' receipt of industry-sponsored meals, which account for roughly 80% of the total number of industry payments, and rates of prescribing the promoted drug to Medicare beneficiaries...
August 1, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Andrew W Mulcahy, Christine Eibner, Kenneth Finegold
A growing body of literature describes how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health insurance coverage. What is less well known is how these coverage gains have affected populations that are at risk for high health spending. To investigate this issue, we used prescription transaction data for a panel of 6.7 million prescription drug users to compare changes in coverage, prescription fills, plan spending, and out-of-pocket spending before and after the implementation of the ACA's coverage expansion...
September 1, 2016: Health Affairs
William M Sage, Molly Colvard Harding, Eric J Thomas
OBJECTIVE: To describe the litigation experience in a state with strict tort reform of a large public university health system that has committed to transparency with patients and families in resolving medical errors. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data collected from The University of Texas System, which self-insures approximately 6,000 physicians at six health campuses across the state. We obtained internal case management data for all medical malpractice claims closed during 1 year before and 6 recent years following the enactment of state tort reform legislation...
December 2016: Health Services Research
John W Scott, John A Rose, Thomas C Tsai, Cheryl K Zogg, Mark G Shrime, Benjamin D Sommers, Ali Salim, Adil H Haider
BACKGROUND: The 2010 Dependent Coverage Provision (DCP) of the Affordable Care Act allowed young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26 years. Although the provision improved coverage and survey-reported access to care, little is known regarding its impact on timely access for acute conditions. This study aims to assess changes in insurance coverage and perforation rates among young adults with acute appendicitis-an established metric for population-level health care access-after the DCP...
September 2016: Medical Care
Hangsheng Liu, Michael Robbins, Ateev Mehrotra, David Auerbach, Brandi E Robinson, Lee F Cromwell, Douglas W Roblin
BACKGROUND: There has been concern that greater use of nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) in face-to-face primary care may increase utilization and spending. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a natural experiment within Kaiser Permanente in Georgia in the use of NP/PA in primary care. STUDY DESIGN: From 2006 through early 2008 (the preperiod), each NP or PA was paired with a physician to manage a patient panel. In early 2008, NPs and PAs were removed from all face-to-face primary care...
January 2017: Medical Care
Jeremiah D Schuur, Olesya Baker, Jaclyn Freshman, Michael Wilson, David M Cutler
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We determine the number and location of freestanding emergency departments (EDs) across the United States and determine the population characteristics of areas where freestanding EDs are located. METHODS: We conducted a systematic inventory of US freestanding EDs. For the 3 states with the highest number of freestanding EDs, we linked demographic, insurance, and health services data, using the 5-digit ZIP code corresponding to the freestanding ED's location...
April 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Benjamin D Sommers, Robert J Blendon, E John Orav, Arnold M Epstein
Importance: Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 30 states have expanded Medicaid, with some states choosing to expand private insurance instead (the "private option"). In addition, while coverage gains from the ACA's Medicaid expansion are well documented, impacts on utilization and health are unclear. Objective: To assess changes in access to care, utilization, and self-reported health among low-income adults in 3 states taking alternative approaches to the ACA...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Glenn A Melnick, Lois Green, Jeremy Rich
In 2009 HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group, based in Southern California, launched House Calls, an in-home program that provides, coordinates, and manages care primarily for recently discharged high-risk, frail, and psychosocially compromised patients. Its purpose is to reduce preventable emergency department visits and hospital readmissions. We present data over time from this well-established program to provide an example for other new programs that are being established across the United States to serve this population with complex needs...
January 2016: Health Affairs
Renuka Tipirneni, Karin V Rhodes, Rodney A Hayward, Richard L Lichtenstein, HwaJung Choi, Elyse N Reamer, Matthew M Davis
OBJECTIVES: With insurance enrollment greater than expected under the Affordable Care Act, uncertainty about the availability and timeliness of healthcare services for newly insured individuals has increased. We examined primary care appointment availability and wait times for new Medicaid and privately insured patients before and after Medicaid expansion in Michigan. STUDY DESIGN: Simulated patient ("secret shopper") study. METHODS: Extended follow-up of a previously reported simulated patient ("secret shopper") study assessing accessibility of routine new patient appointments in a stratified proportionate random sample of Michigan primary care practices before versus 4, 8, and 12 months after Medicaid expansion...
June 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
Barack Obama
IMPORTANCE: The Affordable Care Act is the most important health care legislation enacted in the United States since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The law implemented comprehensive reforms designed to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care. OBJECTIVES: To review the factors influencing the decision to pursue health reform, summarize evidence on the effects of the law to date, recommend actions that could improve the health care system, and identify general lessons for public policy from the Affordable Care Act...
August 2, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Stacey McMorrow, Sharon K Long, Genevieve M Kenney, Nathaniel Anderson
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October 2015: Health Affairs
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