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Incidence and cost of pneumonia in medicare beneficiaries.
BACKGROUND Pneumonia is a frequent and serious illness in elderly people, with a significant impact on mortality and health-care costs. Lingering effects may influence clinical outcomes and medicalExpand
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The Impact of Employment Counseling on Substance User Treatment Participation and Outcomes
The nationally representative Alcohol and Drug Services Study (ADSS, 1996–1999) is used to examine employment counseling's impact on treatment participation and on postdischarge abstinence andExpand
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The precarious pricing system for hospital services.
Over the past twenty-five years, the average ratio of hospital charges for services (gross revenues) to payments received (net revenues) has grown from 1.1 to 2.6. This reflects a transition fromExpand
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Emergency department utilization patterns for Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental disorders.
OBJECTIVE This study examined emergency department use among Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental disorders. METHODS Drawn from the 2004 national 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries, theExpand
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Realigning incentives in fee-for-service Medicare.
This paper proposes Medicare payment reform built on the fee-for-service system, with incentive payments to eligible provider organizations determined by their rate of increase in cost per patientExpand
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Substance abuse treatment utilization among adults living with HIV/AIDS and alcohol or drug problems.
This is a prospective cohort study to identify factors associated with receipt of substance abuse treatment (SAT) among adults with alcohol problems and HIV/AIDS. Data from the HIV LongitudinalExpand
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Alternative geographic configurations for Medicare payments to health maintenance organizations
Under prevailing legislation, Medicare payments to health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are based upon projected fee-for-service reimbursement levels for enrollees' county of residence. TheseExpand
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An Examination of Factors in the Withdrawal of Managed Care Plans from the Medicare+Choice Program
Participation of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the Medicare +Choice program, expected to rise rapidly after passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, has gone in just the oppositeExpand
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The Impact of Publicly Funded Managed Care on Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes
This study compares the 12-month changes in substance use following admission to substance abuse treatment in Massachusetts between adolescents enrolled in Medicaid managed care and other publiclyExpand
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Images of imaging: how to process and display imaging utilization for large populations.
OBJECTIVE We propose a method of processing and displaying imaging utilization data for large populations. CONCLUSION The comprehensive and finely grained picture of imaging utilization yielded byExpand
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