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June 24, 2011
Hospitals in concentrated markets charge significantly higher prices to private insurers than do otherwise-similar hospitals in competitive markets.
June 23, 2011
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.
An integrated, clinician-focused telehealth monitoring system significantly reduced hospitalizations in Medicare home healthcare patients.
June 22, 2011
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.
This article evaluates and compares the effectiveness of shared medical appointments versus regular office visits among Hispanic patients with diabetes.
June 17, 2011
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.
June 16, 2011
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.
June 15, 2011
Among a working population, patients with asthma experienced significantly higher direct medical costs and modestly higher work loss than patients without asthma.
June 14, 2011
Disease management programs for diabetes can improve some processes of care, but they do not improve intermediate outcomes beyond doubt.
June 13, 2011
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.