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Uncertain Health Insurance Coverage and Unmet Children's Health Care Needs

Articles of Interest: February 26, 2010

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Family Medicine
DeVoe JE, Ray M, Krois L, et al. Uncertain health insurance coverage and unmet children's health care needs. Fam Med 2010 Feb; 42(2):121-32. [Supported in part by grants 5 F32 HS14645 and 1 K08 HS16181 (to first author); uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS Web site and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 2002; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Selden and Hudson (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2006) and Vistnes and Schone (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2008); cites AHRQ publication, Changes in Children's Health Insurance Status, 1996—2005: Estimates for the US Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Under Age 18, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 141, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Fleishman JA, Cohen JW. Using information on clinical conditions to predict high-cost patients. Health Serv Res 2010 Jan 27. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 1996-1999 MEPS data, citing AHRQ data file MEPS HC-087: 2004 Medical Conditions, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Chronic Condition Indicator for ICD-9-CM, as published on HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor, Arnett (current and former researchers in/directors of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) ( (Inquiry, 1996), Cohen and Krauss (Health Aff, 2003), Fleishman, Cohen, et al. (Med Care, 2006), Friedman, Jiang, Elixhauser (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006), and Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (first, second, and fourth authors are from the Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and third and fifth authors are in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2009); cites AHRQ publications, Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1995, HCUP-3 Research Note, 1998, Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Expenses, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 203, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site, and Design, Methods, and Field Results of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Medical Provider Component, MEPS Methodology Report No. 9, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Ho K, Moy E, and Clancy CM. Can incentives to improve quality reduce disparities? Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):1-5. [First and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and third author is AHRQ director; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report, 2008, and National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2008; cites AHRQ publication, Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, 2006.]

Li Y, Schnelle J, Spector WD, et al. The "Nursing Home Compare" measure of urinary/fecal incontinence: cross-sectional variation, stability over time, and the impact of case mix. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):79-97. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Devine EB, Hollingworth W, Hansen RN, et al. Electronic prescribing at the point of care: a time-motion study in the primary care setting. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):152-71. [Supported by grants 5 UC1 HS15319 (Health Information Technology grant, principal investigator is last author, Sullivan SD) and 5 K08 HS14739 (Mentored Clinical Scientist Training grant, principal investigator is first author); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Vol. 4, Technology and Medication Safety, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Rose DE, Tisnado DM, Malin JL, et al. Use of interpreters by physicians treating limited English proficient women with breast cancer: results from the provider survey of the Los Angeles Women's Health Study. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):172-94. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 CA81338-01A1 (with support from the National Cancer Institute).] Select to access the abstract.

Gimm GW. The impact of malpractice liability claims on obstetrical practice patterns. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):195-211. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS14515-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Health and Social Work
Kim MM, Ford JD, Howard DL, et al. Assessing trauma, substance abuse, and mental health in a sample of homeless men. Health Soc Work 2010 Feb; 35(1):39-48. [Supported in part by grant R24 HS13353.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kaushal R, Kern LM, Barrón Y, et al. Electronic prescribing improves medication safety in community-based office practices. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS01636.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Weinger MB. The pharmacology of simulation: a conceptual framework to inform progress in simulation research. Simul Healthc 2010 Feb; 5(1):8-15. [Supported in part by grant HS16651.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Accounting, Organizations and Society
Eldenburg L, Soderstrom N, Willis V, et al. Behavioral changes following the collaborative development of an accounting information system. Account Organizations Soc 2010 Feb; 35(2):222-37. [Mentions that "in 1989, a U.S. government organization"—AHRQ's predecessor the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research— "developed 12 guidelines for a variety of diseases and disorders", citing article by Bergman (Hosp Health Netw, 1994).]

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Knapp C. e-Health in pediatric palliative care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2010 Feb; 27(1):66-73. [Cites AHRQ Web site page AHRQ National Resource Center, Health Information Technology: Best Practices Transforming Quality, Safety, and Efficiency; cites AHRQ publication, Accessible Health Information Technology (IT) for Populations with Limited Literacy: A Guide for Developers and Purchasers of Health IT, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hassol et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2004) and Christakis et al. (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Concern raised over control of cost-benefit research in United States. CMAJ 2010 Feb 9; 182(2):E127-E128. [Discusses Congressional proposals for comparative effectiveness research, noting that establishment of a "private-public research entity" to administer "comparative effectiveness research funds would contrast with practices at [NIH] and [AHRQ], which have strict conflict-of-interest rules to ensure that science is free of inappropriate commercial influence" (citing remarks by AHRQ grantee Harry Selker).]

Duke Law Journal
Record KL. Wielding the wand without facing the music: allowing utilization review physicians to trump doctors' orders, but protecting them from the legal risk ordinarily attached to the medical degree. Duke Law J 2010 Feb; 59(5):955-1000. [Cites AHRQ publication, Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Trends in Costs and Access, Research in Action No. 17, 2004.]

Health Affairs
Klerman JA, Davern M, Call KT, et al. Understanding the Current Population Survey's insurance estimates and the Medicaid 'undercount'. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w991-w1001. [Uses 2005 MEPS data to "estimate for people under age sixty-five lacking insurance coverage" and "point-in-time estimate for people under age sixty-five", citing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation publication, Comparing Federal Government Surveys that Count Uninsured People in America, 2008, using MEPS data, AHRQ-funded article by Hudson and Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financial, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2007), using 1996-2005 MEPS data, and AHRQ-sponsored task order report A Comparison of the Health Insurance Coverage Estimates from Four National Surveys and Six State Surveys: A Discussion of Measurement Issues and Policy Implications, 2007; cites article by Glied, Remler, and Zivin (Milbank Q, 2002), mentioning MEPS data; cites articles by Blewett et al. (J Health Polit Policy Law, 2004) using MEPS-HC [Household Component] data and Blewett and Davern (Health Serv Res, 2006), using MEPS-HC and MEPS-IC [Insurance Component] data; cites publication, Misreporting Medicaid Enrollment: The Results of Evaluating the Effects of Reference Periods and Dependent Interviewing in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference (Lynch and Resnick, 2009), using MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Long SK, Stockley K. Massachusetts health reform: employer coverage from employees' perspective. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1079-w1087. [Cites 2006 and 2008 MEPS-IC Summary Data Tables II.C.2, II.D.2, and II.D.3, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Wilper AP, Woolhandler S, Lasser KE, et al. Hypertension, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol among insured and uninsured U.S. adults. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1151-w1159. Cites AHRQ-authored article by Franks, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Gold (JAMA, 1993) and AHRQ-funded articles by Baker et al. (Med Care, 2006, and N Engl J Med, 2001) and Gilmer et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Lorch SA, Baiocchi M, Silber JH, et al. The role of outpatient facilities in explaining variations in risk-adjusted readmission rates between hospitals. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):24-41. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Phibbs et al. (JAMA, 1996 and N Engl J Med, 2007) and Weissman et al. (Med Care, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Teh CF, Sorbero MJ, Mihalyo MJ, et al. Predictors of adequate depression treatment among Medicaid-enrolled adults. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):302-15. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care [cited as Treatment of Major Depression], Vol. 2, Treatment of Major Depression, 1993; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schoenbaum et al. (Health Serv Res, 2002) and Miranda and Cooper (J Gen Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Financial Management
Byrnes J, Fifer J. A guide to highly effective quality programs. Healthc Financ Manage 2010 Jan; 64(1):80-7. [Mentions findings from AHRQ-authored study (Jiang et al., Healthc Financ Manage, 2009) using data from HCUP, the AHRQ inpatient quality indicators, CMS Hospital Compare, and The Governance Institute's 2007 biennial survey; study authors Irene Fraser and Joanna Jiang are the director and a researcher with AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (CDOM) respectively; article references newsletter summary by Dr. Jiang (Board Room Press, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Woodson W, Jenkins S. Payment reform: how should your organization prepare? Healthc Financ Manage 2010 Jan; 64(1):74-9. [Notes that "PQIs are a set of measures defined by [AHRQ]", and lists as included conditions UTIs, perforated appendix, diabetes, dehydration, hypertension, COPD, congestive heart failure, angina, bacterial pneumonia, and adult asthma.] Select to access the abstract.

Garrett D. Tapping into the value of health data through secondary use. Healthc Financ Manage 2010 Feb; 64(2):76-83. [Mentions that GE Healthcare combined MEPS data with 500,000 Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) records to "gain a more complete picture of the costs associated with chronic conditions".] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Coughlin TA, Long SK. Health care spending and service use among high-cost Medicaid beneficiaries, 2002-2004. Inquiry 2009-2010 Winter; 46(4):405-17. [Cites AHRQ publication, The Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures Over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2002-2003, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 124, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Bian J, Lipscomb J, Mello MM. Spillover effects of state mandated benefit laws: the case of outpatient breast cancer surgery. Inquiry 2009-2010 Winter; 46(4):433-47. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Case, Johantgen, and Steiner (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Serv Res, 2001); cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Jones AE, Shapiro NI, Trzeciak S, et al. Lactate clearance vs central venous oxygen saturation as goals of early sepsis therapy: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA 2010 Feb 24; 303(8):739-46. [Cites data from AHRQ's HCUP National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2006, on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Staiger DO, Auerbach DI, Buerhaus PI. Trends in the work hours of physicians in the United States. JAMA 2010 Feb 24; 303(8):747-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon, Reschovsky, and Blumenthal (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Braithwaite J, Greenfield D, Westbrook J, et al. Health service accreditation as a predictor of clinical and organisational performance: a blinded, random, stratified study. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):14-21. [Cites AHRQ publication, Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1994; cites AHRQ-funded article by Dickison (Prehosp Emerg Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Habraken MM, van der Schaaf TW. If only....: failed, missed and absent error recovery opportunities in medication errors. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):37-41. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998), Henriksen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) and Kaplan (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003), and Henriksen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) and Dayton (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003) and Parnes et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Kane-Gill SL, Kowiatek JG, Weber RJ. A comparison of voluntarily reported medication errors in intensive care and general care units. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):55-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cullen et al. (Crit Care Med, 1997), Morimoto et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004), Anderson et al. (Int J Med Inform, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Williams AL, Lasky RE, Dannemiller JL, et al. Teamwork behaviours and errors during neonatal resuscitation. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):60-4. [Describes AHRQ as one of several "influential organizations" that "recommend team training for healthcare providers" and notes that "AHRQ is disseminating a team training program for healthcare providers throughout the USA", citing AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (director of AHRQ) and Tomberg on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS™ (Am J Med Qual, 2007); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 4, Programs, Tools and Concepts, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Moriarty JP, Finnie DM, Johnson MG, et al. Do pre-existing complications affect the failure to rescue quality measures? Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):65-8. [Discusses development of and uses AHRQ's failure to rescue quality measure to test the accuracy of the measure's population capture; cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Rosen, Rivard, Zhao, Loveland, Tsilimingras, Christiansen, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Med Care, 2005), using AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; cites articles by Horwitz et al. (Med Care, 2007) and Needleman and Buerhaus (Med Care, 2007), both using AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; cites article by Silber et al. (Med Care, 2007), using AHRQ's various definitions of failure-to-rescue patient safety indicator; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Silber, Williams, Krakauer, et al. (Med Care, 1992), Lawthers et al. (Med Care, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Spanos SL, Patterson M. An unexpected diagnosis: simulation reveals unanticipated deficiencies in resident physician dysrhythmia knowledge. Simul Healthc 2010 Feb; 5(1):21-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Morris (Ann Intern Med, 2000).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Sargent JD. Getting a handle on the media: where should we focus our efforts? Acad Pediatr 2009 Sep-Oct; 9(5):289-90. [Mentions the use of "review criteria developed by [AHRQ] to grade evidence for a relationship between media use and 7 health outcomes... concluding there was 'grade A' evidence to support a relationship with obesity and tobacco use, and 'grade B' evidence to support a relationship with alcohol use, poor school performance, and sexual behavior," citing Common Sense Media publication, The Impact of Media on Child and Adolescent Health: Executive Summary of a Systematic Review, 2008 (which rated selected studies according to USPSTF evidence rating criteria).]

Chiropractic and Osteopathy
Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, et al. Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropr Osteopat 2010 Feb 25; 18(1):3. [Uses USPSTF grade definitions, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics
Gonçalves-Silva AC, Murta-Nascimento C, Eluf-Neto J. Assessing screening practices among health care workers at a tertiary-care hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Clinics 2010 Feb; 65(2):151-5. [Cites recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites USPSTF recommendations as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology
de Haas ER, Nijsten T, de Vries E. Population education in preventing skin cancer: from childhood to adulthood. J Drugs Dermatol 2010 Feb; 9(2):112-16. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored update of the evidence on screening for skin cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Valente S, Saunders J. Psychiatric nurses' expertise, interest in end-of-life care, and requests for continuing education on end of life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2010 Feb; 27(1):24-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review on improving palliative care at the end of life by Lorenz et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), and article by Qaseem et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), based on the EPC review.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Nagaraj A, Howe A. No to universal supplementation. BMJ 2010 Feb 20; 340(7743):340. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009.]

Health Affairs
Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Shields AE, et al. Evidence of an emerging digital divide among hospitals that care for the poor. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1160-w1170. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007), Simon et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007), and Zhou et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Thornton D, Guendelman S, Hosang N. Obstetric complications in women with diagnosed mental illness: the relative success of California's county mental health system. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):246-64. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005; cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinical Proceedings
Bays HE, McKenney J, Maki KC, et al. Effects of prescription omega-3-acid ethyl esters on non—high-density lipoprotein cholesterol when coadministered with escalating doses of atorvastatin. Mayo Clin Proc 2010 Feb;85(2):122-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Intermediate Markers of Cardiovascular Disease, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Helmons PJ, Grouls RJ, Roos AN, et al. Using a clinical decision support system to determine the quality of antimicrobial dosing in intensive care patients with renal insufficiency. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):22-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003), Kaushal et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Clinical Pediatrics
Abdullah F, Zhang Y, Camp M, et al. Necrotizing enterocolitis in 20,822 infants: analysis of medical and surgical treatments. Clin Pediatr 2010 Mar; 49(2):166-71. [Uses 1988-1996, 1998-1999, and 2001-2002 HCUP National Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and 1997, 2000, and 2003 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Overview of the NIS and Overview of the KID on the HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Baras JD, Baker LC. Magnetic resonance imaging and low back pain care for Medicare patients. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1133-w1140. [Uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Jensen et al. (N Engl J Med, 1994), Hart, Deyo, and Cherkin (Spine, 1995), Jarvick and Deyo (Ann Intern Med, 2002), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Ryan AM. Has pay-for-performance decreased access for minority patients? Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):6-23. [Uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Town et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2005), Werner , Asch, and Polsky (Circulation, 2005), Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006) and Ryan (Health Serv Res, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Cram P, Bayman L, Popescu J, et al. Acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass grafting outcomes in specialty and general hospitals: analysis of state inpatient data. Health Serv Res 2010 Feb; 45(1):62-78. [Uses 2000-2004 (Texas), 2000-2005 (California, Arizona), and 2005 (Wisconsin) HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data, citing HCUP SID Overview Web site; uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites article by Glance et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2008), using AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Kelly IR, Markowitz S. Incentives in obesity and health insurance. Inquiry 2009-2010 Winter; 46(4):418-32. [Uses 2002 MEPS data; describes articles by Battacharya and Sood (Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res, 2007), using 1998 MEPS data, and Battacharya and Packalen (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2008), using MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Jarman B, Pieter D, van der Veen AA, et al. The hospital standardised mortality ratio: a powerful tool for Dutch hospitals to assess their quality of care? Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):9-13. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software groups, to which were assigned 17,056 ICD-9 codes in the Dutch hospital data analyzed for this study, citing AHRQ publication, Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research Discharge Statistics by Principal Diagnosis and Procedure, Provider Studies Research Note No. 17, 1993, as published on AHRQ Web Site.] Select to access the abstract.

Jha AK, Prasopa-Plaizier N, Larizgoitia I, et al. Patient safety research: an overview of the global evidence. Qual Saf Health Care 2010 Feb; 19(1):42-7. [Uses AHRQ reviews on patient safety, one of which is described as "the most comprehensive review of its kind" (citing article by Warren et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2006, but possibly referring to AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001 (which is cited for data on rates of test follow-up in developing nations)]; uses AHRQ's definition of structure from AHRQ publication, Measuring Quality in Children's Health. Understanding Quality Measurement, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gandhi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Barger et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of February 2010
Internet Citation: Uncertain Health Insurance Coverage and Unmet Children's Health Care Needs: Articles of Interest: February 26, 2010. February 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/022610.html

 

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