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Efforts to study racial variations in access to health care for minorities other than black persons have been hampered by a paucity of data. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has made efforts in the past few years to enhance the racial codes on the Medicare enrollment files to include Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American designations.(More)
OBJECTIVE The Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions developed a demographic utilization-based model of physician specialty requirements to explore the consequences of a broad range of scenarios pertaining to the nation's health care delivery system on need for physicians. DATA SOURCE/STUDY SETTING The model uses(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGGROUND: everyone has a personal story of an incident in which the healthcare system has caused harm to a family member, friend, or work colleague. In 2004, one in three Americans (34%) said that they or a family member had experienced a preventable medical error; among them, 21% said the error caused "serious health consequences" such as(More)
The statements contained in this report are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. RTI assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this report. This document is in the(More)
BACKGROUND Controlling costs while maintaining quality is a crucial element of national health care reform. Prompted generally by concerns of local businesses, states and regions around the country have already initiated such dual efforts. The central component of these activities is the examination of risk-adjusted outcomes. ISSUES Publicizing(More)
Over the past three decades health spending and hospital use increased more for the elderly than for persons under age sixty-five. Medicare spending for the oldest old (age eighty-five and older) increased faster than for persons ages sixty-five to seventy-four, but that increase was due entirely to greater postacute care use. Health care trends are(More)
Few studies have focused on Asian-white disparities. This study examines the use of selected cancer screening and diabetes services under the traditional Medicare program of whites and Asians by socioeconomic status and among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in which elderly Asians reside. It demonstrates that existing data, with enrichment, can be used(More)