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CMS's Hospital-acquired Condition Lists Link Hospital Payment, Patient Safety

Articles of Interest: April 17, 2009

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.
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  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. CMS's hospital-acquired condition lists link hospital payment, patient safety. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2):166-8. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Clarke JL. The accountability conundrum: staying focused, delivering results: a report on the UHC 2008 quality and safety fall forum. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2 suppl): 1S-43S. [Article (Track 1: meeting external mandates for quality and accountability. Didactic session: partnering with external regulators to advance quality and safety) on p. 8S-9S is written by the director of AHRQ (Clancy).]

Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research)
Freburger JK, Carey TS, Holmes GM, et al. Exercise prescription for chronic back or neck pain: who prescribes it? Who gets it? What is prescribed? Arthritis Rheum 2009 Feb 15; 61(2):192-200. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.] Select to access the abstract.

Yelin E, Tonner C, Trupin L, et al. Work loss and work entry among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus: comparisons with a national matched sample. Arthritis Rheum 2009 Feb 15; 61(2):247-58. [Supported by grant T32 HS13893.] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Castaldi PJ, Hersh CP, Reilly JJ, et al. Genetic associations with hypoxemia and pulmonary arterial pressure in COPD. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3):737-44. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00060.] Select to access the abstract.

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Joh YG, Kim SH, Hahn KY, et al. Anastomotic leakage after laparoscopic protectomy can be managed by a minimally invasive approach. Dis Colon Rectum 2009 Jan; 52(1):91-6. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00059.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Economics
Meyerhoefer CD, Zuvekas SH. New estimates of the demand for physical and mental health treatment. Health Econ 2009 Apr 7; (Epub):1-19. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Needham DM, Sinopoli DJ, Dinglas VD, et al. Improving data quality control in quality improvement projects. Int J Qual Health Care 2009 Apr; 21(2):145-50. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS14246.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Adolescent Health
Ford CA, Davenport AF, Meier A, et al. Parents and health care professionals working together to improve adolescent health: the perspective of parents. J Adolesc Health 2009 Feb; 44(2):191-4. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS16021-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Warholak TL, Rupp MT. Analysis of community chain pharmacists' interventions on electronic prescriptions. J Am Pharm Assoc 2009 Jan-Feb; 49(1):59-64. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16394.] Select to access the abstract.

Kelly CY, Clancy CM. Pharmacists emerge as key stakeholders in quality, patient safety efforts. J Am Pharm Assoc 2009 Mar-Apr; 49(2):146-50. [Authors are a pharmacist officer in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and the AHRQ director, respectively.]

Lancet
Hlatky MA, Boothroyd DB, Bravata DM, et al. Coronary artery bypass surgery compared with percutaneous coronary interventions for multivessel disease: a collaborative analysis of individual patient data from ten randomised trials. Lancet 2009 Apr 4; 373(9670):1190-7. [Supported by contract 290-02-0017.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Marín HA, Ramírez R, Wise PH, et al. The effect of Medicaid managed care on prenatal care: the case of Puerto Rico. Matern Child Health J 2009 Mar; 13(2):187-97. [Supported in part by grant 1 R24 HS14060-01 (to the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute as a Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program).] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Castel LD, Freburger JK, Holmes GM, et al. Spine and pain clinics serving North Carolina patients with back and neck pain. Spine 2009 Mar 15; 34(6):615-22. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032-17.] Select to access the abstract.

Carey TS, Freburger JK, Holmes GM, et al. A long way to go: practice patterns and evidence in chronic low back pain care. Spine 2009 Apr 1; 34(7):718-24. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award Institutional Training grant T32 HS00032. Also go to AHRQ-funded articles by Davis et al. (Chest, 2009) and Marinopoulos et al. (Chest, 2009) as cited below in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Shaughnessy AF. Evaluating and understating articles about treatment. Am Fam Physician 2009 Apr 15; 79(8):668-70. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Colditz et al. (Stat Med, 1989).]

Crawford-Faucher A. Does nicotine gum safely help pregnant women stop smoking? Am Fam Physician 2009 Apr 15; 79(8):686. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Mazor KM, Dodd KS, Kunches L. Communicating hospital infection data to the public: a study of consumer responses and preferences. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2):108-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Jewett et al. (Health Care Finance Rev, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Ta S, Goldzweig C, Juzba M, et al. Addressing physician concerns about performance profiling: experience with a local veterans affairs quality evaluation program. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2):123-31. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999); cites AHRQ publication, Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Greene SE, Nash DB. Pay for performance: an overview of the literature. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2):140-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (JAMA, 2006) and (N Engl J Med, 2006); notes AHRQ's development of performance measures.]

British Medical Journal
Long S, Neale G, Vincent C. Practising safely in the foundation years. BMJ 2009 Apr 3; 338(7699):887-90. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Moore D, Aveyard P, Connock M, et al. Effectiveness and safety of nicotine replacement therapy assisted reduction to stop smoking: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2009 Apr 2; 338(7699):867-71. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Lee JH, Choi YJ, Sung NJ, et al. Development of the Korean primary care assessment tool—measuring user experience: tests of data quality and measurement performance. Int J Qual Health Care 2009 Apr; 21(2):103-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Safran et al. (Med Care, 1998) and Bindman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

de Vos M, Graafmans W, Kooistra M, et al. Using quality indicators to improve hospital care: a review of the literature. Int J Qual Health Care 2009 Apr; 21(2):119-29. [Cites AHRQ quality indicators, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai et al. (JAMA, 1998) and Landon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Weingart SN, Morway L, Brouillard D, et al. Rating recommendations for consumers about patient safety: sense, common sense, or nonsense? Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 April; 35(4):206-15. [Lists AHRQ in a table of organizations offering consumer-oriented patient safety recommendations; cites AHRQ publication, 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors, 2000, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kuzel et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2004), Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005, Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007, and Int J Qual Health Care, 2004), Hibbard et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2005, and others; cites Kaiser Family Foundation/AHRQ publication, 2006 Update on Consumers' Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2006.]

Journal of Infusion Nursing
Meyer J. A broad-spectrum look at catheter-related bloodstream infections: many aspects, many populations. J Infus Nurs 2009 Mar-Apr; 32(2):80-6. [Reviews findings and recommendations fromthe guideline, Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infection in Primary and Community Care, 2003, posted under Infection Control on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Lyman GH, Kuderer NM, Freedland SJ. Does treatment intensity matter in superficial bladder cancer? Consensus, clinical practice, and confounding. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Apr 15; 101(8):543-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Journal of Rural Health
Biola H, Pathman DE. Are there enough doctors in my rural community? Perceptions of the local physician supply. J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):115-23. [Cites article by Venus et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2003) which uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®); cites AHRQ-funded article by Borders et al. (Health Ser Res, 2004).]

Epstein B, Grant T, Schiff M, et al. Does rural residence affect access to prenatal care in Oregon?. J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):150-7. Cites AHRQ-funded articles by McCormick et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2001), Hulme et al. (Public Health Nurs, 1999), Braveman et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2000), Nothnagle et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2000), Hessol et al. (Med Care, 2004), and Posner et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2006).]

Saunders C, Bellamy GR, Menachemi N, et al. Bypassing the local rural hospital for outpatient procedures. J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):174-81. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Basu (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2005) and Basu et al. (J Rural Health, 2000, Health Econ, 2007, and Health Place, 2007).]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Derigne L, Porterfield S, Metz S. The influence of health insurance on parent's reports of children's unmet mental health needs. Matern Child Health J 2009 Mar; 13(2):176-86. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Szilagyi et al. (Pediatrics, 2003) and (Ambul Pediatr, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Thomson RG. Market-based control: the solution to slow progress with patient safety?. Qual Saf Health Care 2009 Apr; 18(2):83-4. [Mentions AHRQ's patient safety indicators; cites article by Coiera and Braithwaite (Qual Saf Health Care, 2009) using AHRQ's patient safety indicators, as cited below in National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles.]

Liu SK, Homa K, Butterly JR, et al. Improving the simple, complicated and complex realities of community-acquired pneumonia. Qual Saf Health Care 2009 Apr; 18(2):93-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Improving Treatment Decisions for Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Lin KW, LoBrano MB. Screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy to prevent preterm delivery. Am Fam Physician 2009 Apr 15; 79(8):697-8. [First author is a medical officer for the USPSTF in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; cites and bases study questions on USPSTF recommendations on screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy to prevent preterm delivery (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites USPSTF-sponsored update evidence review on the benefits and harms of screening and treating pregnant women who are asymptomatic for bacterial vaginosis (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Horsley L. AAP clinical report on lipid screening in children. Am Fam Physician 2009 Apr 15; 79(8):703-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for lipid disorders in children (Pediatrics, 2007).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Col NF, Fairfield KM, Ewan-Whyte C, et al. In the clinic. Menopause. Ann Intern Med 2009 Apr 7; 150(7):ITC4-1-ITC4-15; quiz ITC4-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendation hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in post-menopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and recommendations and rationale on screening for osteoporosis in post-menopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms, 2005.]

Journal of Rural Health
Brown KC, Fitzhugh EC, Neutens JJ, et al. Screening mammography utilization in Tennessee women: the association with residence. J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):167-73. [Cites USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for breast cancer, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control. Chlamydia screening among sexually active young female enrollees of health plans—United States, 2000-2007. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2009 Apr 17; 58(14):362-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendation from Guide to Preventive Services, 1989; mentions that "In 1989, the [USPSTF] recommended routine chlamydia screening of sexually active young women".] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Rader R, McCauley L, Callen EC. Current strategies in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Am Fam Physician 2009 Apr 15; 79(8):657-65. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999.]

Chest
Moores LK, Dellert E, Baumann MH, et al. Executive summary: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):1S-4S. [Discusses AHRQ's award to the Johns Hopkins EPC the tasking to perform a systematic review of the literature on the effectiveness of CME, which is the focus of this special supplement; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Marinopoulos et al. (Chest, 2009) and Davis et al. (Chest, 2009), article by McGaghie et al. (Chest, 2009) summarizing AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment,, and article by Lowe et al. (Chest, 2009) discussing AHRQ, all cited below.]

Moores LK, Dellert E, Baumann MH, et al. Introduction: ;effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):5S-7S. [Discusses AHRQ's award to the Johns Hopkins EPC the tasking to perform a systematic review of the literature on the effectiveness of CME; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cantor, Baker, and Hughes (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (JAMA, 1993); cites articles by Bordage et al. (Chest, 2009), O'Neil et al. (Chest, 2009), and Mazmanian et al. (Chest, 2009), all cited below, discussing the Johns Hopkins EPC Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Education, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Davis et al. (Chest, 2009), article by McGaghie et al. (Chest, 2009) summarizing AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, and article by Lowe et al. (Chest, 2009) discussing AHRQ.]

Davis D, Bordage G, Moores LK, et al. The science of continuing medical education: terms, tools, and gaps: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):8S-16S. [Supported by contract 290-02-0018 to the Johns Hopkins EPC (for salary support to Marinopoulos); reviews methodologies used for the Johns Hopkins EPC review cited in article by Moores et al. (Chest, 2009) above cites AHRQ-funded article by Marinopoulos et al. (Chest, 2009), as cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Marinopoulos SS, Baumann MH. Methods and definition of terms: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):17S-28S. [Supported by contract 290-02-0018 to the Johns Hopkins EPC (for salary support to first author); reviews methodologies used for and cites the Johns Hopkins EPC review cited in article by Moores et al. cited above; cites articles by Bordage et al. and Davis et al., cited above, and article by O'Neil et al. cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Bordage G, Carlin B, Mazmanian PE. Continuing medical education effect on physician knowledge: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):29S-36S. [Discusses methodologies used for, and recommendations from, Johns Hopkins EPC Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Marinopoulos et al. (Chest, 2009) cited above.] Select to access the abstract.

O'Neil KM, Addrizzo-Harris DJ. Continuing medical education effect on physician knowledge application and psychomotor skills: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):37S-41S. [Discusses methodologies used for, and recommendations from, Johns Hopkins EPC Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites articles by Marinopoulos et al. and Bordage et al. (Chest, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Davis D, Galbraith R. Continuing medical education effect on practice performance: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):42S-48S. [Discusses methodologies used for, and recommendations from, Johns Hopkins EPC Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites articles by Marinopoulos et al. and Bordage et al. (Chest, 2009) cited above.] Select to access the abstract.

Mazmanian PE, Davis DA, Galbraith R. Continuing medical education effect on clinical outcomes: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):49S-55S. [Discusses methodologies used for, and recommendations from, Johns Hopkins EPC Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites articles by Marinopoulos et al. and Bordage et al. (Chest, 2009) cited above.] Select to access the abstract.

Lowe MM, Bennett N, Aparicio A. The role of audience characteristics and external factors in continuing medical education and physician change: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):56S-61S. [Summarizes findings and recommendations from the AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

McGaghie WC, Siddall VJ, Mazmanian PE, et al. Lessons for continuing medical education from simulation research in undergraduate and graduate medical education: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):62S-68S. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Lowe MM, Aparicio A, Galbraith R, et al. The future of continuing medical education: effectiveness of continuing medical education: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based educational guidelines. Chest 2009 Mar; 135(3 Suppl):69S-75S. [Notes AHRQ's participation in the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement; cites AHRQ publication, Evaluating the Impact of Value-Based Purchasing: A Guide for Purchasers, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007; cites article summarizing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, 2007 by Lowe et al. (Chest, 2009) cited above.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Ting HH, Shojania KG, Montori VM, et al. Quality improvement: science and action. Circulation 2009 Apr 14; 119(14):1962-74. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, 2004; notes that "the [AHRQ] has been the leader... translational research"; Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (former director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), Clancy (director of AHRQ) (JAMA, 2003).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Jha AK, DesRoches CM, Campbell EG, et al. Use of electronic health records in U.S. hospitals. N Engl J Med 2009 Apr 16; 360(16):1628-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Coiera E, Braithwaite J. Market-based control mechanisms for patient safety. Qual Saf Health Care 2009 Apr; 18(2):99-103. [Cites NHQR, 2006; cites AHRQ patient safety indicators, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Longo et al. (JAMA, 2005) and Bates et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clarke JL. The accountability conundrum: staying focused, delivering results: a report on the UHC 2008 quality and safety fall forum. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2 suppl):30S. [Uses AHRQ's patient safety and quality indicators.]

Clarke JL. The accountability conundrum: staying focused, delivering results: a report on the UHC 2008 quality and safety fall forum. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2 suppl):31S-32S. [Notes use of AHRQ grant to develop software for study.]

Clarke JL. The accountability conundrum: staying focused, delivering results: a report on the UHC 2008 quality and safety fall forum. Am J Med Qual 2009 Mar-Apr; 24(2 suppl):38S. [Uses AHRQ quality indicators.]

American Journal of Surgery
Reuben BC, Manwaring J, Neumayer LA. Recent trends and predictors in immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy in the United States. Am J Surg 2009 Mar 21 (Epub):1-7. [Uses and cites 1999-2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Fry DE, Pine M, Jones BL, et al. Adverse outcomes in surgery: redefinition of postoperative complications. Am J Surg 2009 Apr; 197(4):479-84. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, and Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (JAMA, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Andaluz N, Zuccarello M. Recent trends in the treatment of spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage: analysis of a nationwide inpatient database. J Neurosurg 2009 Mar; 110(3):403-10. [Uses 1993-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Arthur M, Newgard CD, Mullins RJ, et al. A population-based survey assessment of categorizing level III and IV rural hospitals as trauma centers. J Rural Health 2009 Spring; 25(2):182-88. [Uses and cites 1997-1999 HCUP NIS data.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Bramlett MD, Read D, Bethell C, et al. Differentiating subgroups of children with special health care needs by health status and complexity of health care needs. Matern Child Health J 2009 Mar; 13(2):151-63. [Uses and cites 2001 and 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Urology
Davies BJ, Allareddy V, Konety BR. Effect of postcystectomy infectious complications on cost, length of stay, and mortality. Urology 2009 Mar; 73(3):598-602. [Uses 2000-2004 HCUP NIS; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Strope SA, Ye Z, Hollingsworth JM, et al. Weekend admission and treatment of patients with renal colic: a case of avoidable variation?. Urology 2009 Apr; 73(4):720-4; discussion 724. [Uses 2005 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data; uses and cites Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Med Care, 1998); cites HCUP publication, Introduction to the HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Database (SASD), 2007, and AHRQ's clinical classifications software, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of April 2009
Internet Citation: CMS's Hospital-acquired Condition Lists Link Hospital Payment, Patient Safety: Articles of Interest: April 17, 2009. April 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/041709.html

 

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