Cody Brian Smith

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The authors tested the hypothesis that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals would have substantial overutilization of acute care beds and services because of policies that emphasize inpatient care over ambulatory care. Reviewers from 24 randomly selected VA hospitals applied the InterQual ISD* (Intensity, Severity, Discharge) criteria for(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the validity of four psychiatric utilization management criteria sets: the 1992 and 1993 InterQual Intensity, Severity, and Discharge (ISD) criteria, the Managed Care Appropriateness Protocol, and an instrument developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). METHOD The appropriateness of acute care admission and(More)
The purpose of this study is to report the results and feasibility of a "multi-methods" assessment of ambulatory health care in both rural and tertiary care settings. Our method used an expert panel's assessment of patient health and satisfaction outcomes (measured by follow-up telephone interviews) and care processes (measured by chart review) for(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence and characteristics of comorbidities in obese and morbidly obese children with a comparison between the 2 sets of children. METHODS This was a retrospective electronic chart review of obese and morbidly obese children and adolescents as defined by body mass index. We evaluated medical(More)
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