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BACKGROUND The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes star ratings on Medicare Advantage (MA) contracts to measure plan quality of care with implications for reimbursement and bonuses. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether MA contract characteristics are associated with quality of care through the Medicare plan star ratings. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE Little is known about utilization rates of the various depression treatment options available in the private sector for children and adolescents. For privately insured youths, this study examined the utilization frequency of six treatment options for depression with varying degrees of empirical support. METHODS A nationally representative(More)
Background.  Up to 40% of antibiotics are prescribed unnecessarily for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs). We sought to define factors associated with antibiotic overprescribing of ARTIs to inform efforts to improve practice. Methods.  We conducted a retrospective analysis of ARTI visits between 2006 and 2010 from the National Ambulatory Medical(More)
Many burn survivors experience social challenges throughout their recovery. Measuring the social impact of a burn injury is important to identify opportunities for interventions. The aim of this study is to develop a pool of items addressing the social impact of burn injuries in adults to create a self-reported computerized adaptive test based on item(More)
Measuring community reintegration following burn injury is important to assess the efficacy of therapies designed to optimize recovery. This project aims to develop and validate a conceptual framework for understanding the social impact of burn injuries in adults. The framework is critical for developing the item banks used for a computerized adaptive test.(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about regional variation in the use of postacute care services after elective procedures, such as total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA), and how insurance type may influence it. The goal of this study is to assess the influence of region and insurance arrangements on discharge disposition. METHODS A representative sample of(More)
IMPORTANCE Treatment augmentation is an important clinical decision in the pharmacotherapy for depression, yet few studies have examined the rates of treatment augmentation by medication class. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine which initial pharmacotherapies for depression are more likely than others to result in subsequent treatment(More)
The Affordable Care Act set in motion a renewed emphasis on quality of care evaluation. However, the evaluation strategies of quality by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services do not consider geography when comparisons are made among plans. Using an overall measure of a plan's quality in the public sector--the Medicare Advantage (MA) star(More)
BACKGROUND Readmission rates after operative procedures are used increasingly as a measure of hospital care quality. Patient access to care may influence readmission rates. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between patient cost-sharing, insurance arrangements, and the risk of postoperative readmissions. METHODS Using the(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize treatment trajectories in children newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS We utilized billing records of children aged 3 to 18 years in 28 US states' Medicaid programs between 1999 and 2006. Children entered the cohort at the first ADHD diagnosis (ICD-9-CM: 314.00) preceded by ≥ 6 months(More)
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