Hospital Market Concentration, Pricing, and Profitability in Orthopedic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
Hospitals in concentrated markets charge significantly higher prices to private insurers than do otherwise-similar hospitals in competitive markets.
The Structure of Risk Adjustment for Private Plans in Medicare
Health plan accounting data are used to test how well the CMSHCC risk adjustment system tracks relative costs of treating various diagnoses: not very well.
Telehealth and Hospitalizations for Medicare Home Healthcare Patients
An integrated, clinician-focused telehealth monitoring system significantly reduced hospitalizations in Medicare home healthcare patients.
Emergency Department Visits in Veterans Affairs Medical Facilities
This study examines the frequency of, and risk factors for, unscheduled health service use after an emergency department visit in a national sample of veterans.
Shared Medical Appointments in a Residency Clinic: An Exploratory Study Among Hispanics With Diabetes
This article evaluates and compares the effectiveness of shared medical appointments versus regular office visits among Hispanic patients with diabetes.
Identifying Favorable-Value Cardiovascular Health Services
Health improvements are usually expensive. If healthcare does not encourage high-value care and discourage low-value care, insurance premiums will continue to outpace inflation.
Better Continuity of Care Reduces Costs for Diabetic Patients
This longitudinal analysis of diabetes patients found that better continuity of care was associated with reduced healthcare utilization and decreased pharmaceutical and total healthcare expenses.
Costs of Asthma Among US Working Adults
Among a working population, patients with asthma experienced significantly higher direct medical costs and modestly higher work loss than patients without asthma.
Disease Management Programs in Type 2 Diabetes: Quality of Care
Disease management programs for diabetes can improve some processes of care, but they do not improve intermediate outcomes beyond doubt.
Impact of Persistence With Infliximab on Hospitalizations in Ulcerative Colitis
Therapeutic persistence with infliximab was associated with signifi cantly fewer ulcerative colitis patients requiring hospitalization; once hospitalized, patients with therapeutic persistence had significantly decreased inpatient costs.
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