Craig Evan Pollack

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IMPORTANCE High unemployment during the 2007-2009 Great Recession and eligibility expansions have increased the size and cost of Medicaid. To provide states with flexibility in administering the program while containing costs, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) gave states the authority to impose cost-sharing strategies, including emergency department(More)
BACKGROUND Improving care coordination is a national priority and a key focus of health care reforms. However, its measurement and ultimate achievement is challenging. OBJECTIVE To test whether patients whose providers frequently share patients with one another-what we term 'care density'-tend to have lower costs of care and likelihood of hospitalization.(More)
In recent years, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates have increased steadily in the USA, though racial and ethnic disparities persist. In a community-based randomized controlled trial, we investigated the effect of patient navigation on increasing CRC screening adherence among older African Americans. Participants in the Cancer Prevention and Treatment(More)
IMPORTANCE Poor health care provider communication across health care settings may lead to adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency with which inpatient providers report communicating directly with outpatient providers and whether direct communication was associated with 30-day readmissions. DESIGN We conducted a single-center prospective(More)
PURPOSE Prior work suggests that access to health care may influence the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Mystery-caller methods have been used previously to measure access to care for health services such as primary care, where patients' self-initiate requests for care. We used a mystery-caller survey for specialized prostate cancer care to(More)
BACKGROUND Improving continuity between primary care and cancer care is critical for improving cancer outcomes and curbing cancer costs. A dimension of continuity, we investigated how regularly patients receive their primary care and surgical care for colon cancer from the same hospital and whether this affects mortality and costs. METHODS Using(More)
BACKGROUND Public housing residents have a high risk of chronic disease, which may be related to neighborhood environmental factors. Our objective was to understand how public housing residents perceive that the social and built environments might influence their health and wellbeing. METHODS We conducted focus groups of residents from a low-income public(More)
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