Dr. Maureen Smith et al. found that insurance coverage of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening was associated with a greater likelihood of a patient being screened using CT colonography or colonoscopy.
A study by Dr. Brian Patterson et al. found that some fall-related ED visits that were missed when using the ICD-9 definition alone could be captured using an expanded definition that includes chief complaint.
In this review, Dr. Yao Liu summarizes current knowledge and perspectives on screening for diabetic retinopahty to better understand why diabetic eye screening rates remain low, and discusses future directions towards preventing blindness from diabetes.
Patient engagement during research has become increasingly common. A recent article by PROKids discusses the tensions between engagement of patient stakeholders in research and the institutional and legal framework governing engagement.
In a recent randomized clinical trial led by Dr. Elizabeth Cox, implementing a checklist during family-centered rounds increased family engagement and the safety of hospitalized children from the perspective of the families.
Dr. Heidi Brown et al. conducted focus groups and cognitive interviews to identify barriers to seeking care for accidental bowel leakage and found 12 barriers, including lack of knowledge about the condition, fear of testing/treatment, and others.
In a study by Dr. Jennifer Weiss et al. to examine factors influencing PCP adoption of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening, the authors found that substantial variation in the use of CTC for screening existed among PCPs and clinics.
In this study, authors used HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data to determine the extent of agreement of 4 different definitions of multiple chronic conditions and how well they predict 30-day hospital readmissions.
Dr. Meghan Brennan et al. recently conducted a study of veterans with type 2 diabetes who developed incident diabetic foot ulcers, and found that compared to early-stage ulcers, gangrene was associated with an increased risk of mortality.
In this article, researchers used HIP's SEER-Medicare data to describe the types of providers participating in early follow-up care of older breast cancer survivors and what patient characteristics were associated with care from different provider types.
In this article, Dr. Ryan Coller et al. characterize common handoff practices between hospitals & PCPs after pediatric hospitalizations and test the hypothesis that common handoff practices are associated with fewer unplanned readmissions.
Using HIP's SEER-Medicare data, investigators found that intraoperative frozen section or touch preparation during partial mastectomy did not result in a reduction in subsequent breast operations in women with DCIS.
In this study, the authors found similar racial/ethnic differences in the receipt of preventive health care before and after the introduction of the CMS Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration, a pay-for-performance program.
This article by the UW PATH collaborative describes a collaboration between internal medicine, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, and family medicine to redesign primary care in the pursuit of the Triple Aim.
Dr. Ryan Coller et al. sought to identify subgroups of US children with special health care needs and characterized key outcomes such as ED visit and hospitalization rates, medical home attributes, quality of life issues, and cost by subgroup.
This study, which used HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data, found that older patients who received prolonged mechanical ventilation following surgery had a higher 1-year mortality and were less likely to be discharged home.
Using HIP's Chronic Conditions Warehouse data, authors examined the use of systemic steroids in patients with IBD and found that younger patients and those who lived in rural areas were more likely to receive them.
In this article, Dr. Ryan Coller et al. examined whether patients with medical homes were less likely to have early post-discharge hospital or emergency department encounters and found that lacking a usual source for care was associated with readmissions.
This multidisciplinary group practice observational study by Dr. Heather Johnson's team found that greater healthcare utilization among patients with anxiety and/or depression may contribute to faster hypertension control.
This article by UW PATH discusses a novel partnership between an academic health system and an insurance firm that funds ambulatory care quality improvement projects that jointly benefit both the healthcare organization and the payer.