Heather Beaird

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BACKGROUND Little is known about the contribution of older patients' complexity of care needs (COCN) to unstaged cancer, or incomplete evaluation of the extent of disease. We aimed at examining the association between the patients' COCN at baseline and unstaged cancer. METHODS The study used linked databases consisting of the Ohio Cancer Incidence(More)
We evaluate the extent to which the Ohio Medicaid Program serves as a safety net to terminally ill cancer patients, and the costs associated with providing care to this patient population. Over a 10-year period, Ohio Medicaid served nearly 45,000 beneficiaries dying of cancer, and spent more than $1 billion in medical care expenditures in their last year of(More)
BACKGROUND Dual-eligibility status for both Medicare and Medicaid is associated with unfavorable cancer stage outcomes. However, given the reduced financial barriers, duals enrolled in Medicaid prior to cancer diagnosis-or those using Medicaid as a supplemental health insurance program (Dual/SHIP)-may have improved access to preventive services compared(More)
The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically in recent decades. It is an important public health issue as it causes many other chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and type II diabetics. Obesity affects life expectancy and even the quality of lives. Eventually, it increases social costs in many ways due to(More)
BACKGROUND To identify the leading causes of injury- and violence-related deaths in demographic subgroups of the population in Ohio, by Medicaid status. METHODS We used linked Ohio Medicaid and death certificate files, 1992 to 1998, and obtained the probability (p) of dying from a specific mechanism of injury--given death from injury--by Medicaid status,(More)
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