Lindsay A Bockstedt

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OBJECTIVE To determine differences in healthcare costs between cases of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infection in adults. DESIGN Retrospective study of all cases of S. aureus infection. SETTING Department of Veterans Affairs hospital and associated clinics. PATIENTS There(More)
BACKGROUND Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a leading cause of disability, morbidity, and mortality worldwide. The lifetime prevalence in the United States is estimated at 17%. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is generally defined as failure to achieve remissions despite adequate treatment. About 30% of patients do not achieve remission after 4(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study is to determine the costs per hospital admission of screening intensive care unit patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and isolating those who are colonized. METHODS Data on the costs of the intervention come from the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a 279-bed teaching hospital(More)
We describe the new technology add-on payment (NTAP) program used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide additional payment for breakthrough technologies in the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). We also evaluate spending under the program. Our findings suggest that the criteria established by the CMS(More)
There has been concern that health plans unfairly deny claims for mental health services. This study examines a unique Minnesota program that resulted from a legal settlement. An independent panel reviews all mental health service denials in the state’s three largest health plans. Our study analyzed every case file (N = 4717) the panel reviewed from January(More)
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