What We Are Reading

The Center for Health Services Research provides synopses of recent cutting edge studies in health services research. The What We Are Reading series will acquaint CHSR members and affiliates with highlights and key messages from recent studies. 

Articles-April 2017 Series

Innovative Home Visit Models Associated With Reductions In Costs, Hospitalizations, And Emergency Department Use
The Changing Roles of Community Health Care Workers
Effect of Collaborative Care vs Usual Care on Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults With Subthreshold Depression:                                             The CASPER Randomized Clinical Trial

Articles-March 2017 Series

Readmission Rates After Passage of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: A Pre-Post Analysis
Patient Hospital Experience Improved Modestly, But No Evidence Medicare Incentives Promoted Meaningful Gains
Identifyting Older Adults with Serious Illness: A Critical Step toward Improving the Value of Health Care

Articles-February 2017 Series

Effect of the Goals of Care Intervention for Advanced Dementia A Randomized Clinical Trial
After Medicaid Expansion In Kentucky, Use Of Hospital Emergency Departments For Dental Conditions Increased
Association Between Hospital Penalty Status Under The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Readmission Rates for Target and Nontarget Conditions

Articles-January 2017 Series

Using Length of Stay to Control for Unobserved Heterogeneity When Estimating Treatment Effect of Hospital Cost with Observational Data: Issues of Reliability, Robustness, and Usefulness
CommunityRx: A Population Health Improvement Innovation That Connects Clinics to Communities
Implementing an Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Intervention in Community Senior Centers

Articles-November 2016 Series

New Hepatitis C Drugs Are Very Costly And Unavailable To Many State Prisoners

Safety and Health Support for Home Care Workers: The COMPASS Randomized Control Trial

Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association With Reduced Cost and Improved Quality

Articles-October 2016 Series

Association of Integrated Team-Based Care with Health Care Quality, Utilization and Cost

Medicare’s New Bundled Payment For Joint Replacement May Penalize Hospitals That Treat Medically Complex Patients

Home-Based Care Program Reduces Disability And Promotes Aging In Place

Articles-September 2016 Series

Public Health Detailing—A Successful Strategy to Promote Judicious Opioid Analgesic Prescribing

Accounting For Patients’ Socioeconomic Status Does Not Change Hospital Readmission Rates

Saving Lives: A Meta-Analysis of Team Training in Healthcare

Articles-August 2016 Series

Evidence Suggests that the ACA’s Tobacco Surcharges Reduced Insurance Take-Up and Did Not Increase Smoking Cessation

Effect of Palliative Care-Led Meetings for Families of Patients with Chronic Critical Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Implementation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Associated With Reductions in Opioid- Related Death Rates

Articles-July 2016 Series

The Nursing Home Compare Report Card:  Perceptions of Residents and Caregivers Regarding Quality Ratings and Nursing Home Choice

Quality Measures for Mental Health and Substance Use: Gaps, Opportunities, and Challenges

Smoking Behavior and Healthcare Expenditure in the United States, 1992– 2009: Panel Data Estimates

Articles-June 2016 Series

Ten Years, Forty Decision Aids, and Thousands of Patient Uses:  Shared Decision Making at Massachusetts General Hospital

The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001- 2014

Effect of a Quality Improvement (QI) Intervention with Daily Round Checklists, Goal Setting, and Clinician Prompting on Mortality of Critically Ill Patients:  A Randomized Clinical Trial

Articles-April 2016 Series

Variation in Accountable Care Organization Spending and Sensitivity to Risk Adjustment:
Implications for Benchmarking

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Associations with Health Care Quality and Utilization: A 5-Year Cohort Study

Community-Level Quality Improvement and the Patient Experience for Chronic Illness Care

Articles-March 2016 Series

New Evidence on the Green House Model of Nursing Home Care: Synthesis of Findings and Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research 

Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion Showing Early Promise on Coverage and Access to Care

Collaborative Research and the Co-Production of Knowledge for Practice: An Illustrative Case Study

Articles-February 2016 Series

Comparison of Site Death, Health Care Utilization, and Hospital Expenditures for Patients Dying with Cancer in 7 Developed Countries 

Public Health and Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Partnerships in a Changing Health Care Environment

Community Factors and Hospital Readmission Rates

Articles-January 2016 Series

Outcomes of Patients Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities after Acute Care Hospitalizations

Primary Care Physicians in Ten Countries Report Challenges Caring for Patients with Complex Health Needs

Aligning Complex Processes and Electronic Health Record Templates: A Quality Improvement Intervention on Inpatient Interdisciplinary Rounds

Articles-December 2015 Series

So Many Options, Where Do We Start? An Overview of the Care Transitions Literature

Real-world Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trial of Practice Facilitation to Improve Care

Connecticut’s ‘Money Follows the Person’ Yields Positive Results for Transitioning People with Disabilities out of Institutions

Articles-November 2015 Series

Early Results of Medicare's Bundled Payment Initiative for a 90-Day Total Joint Arthroplasty Episode of Care

The Disproportionate Impact of Dementia on Family and Unpaid Caregiving to Older Adults

Improving Caregivers’ Perceptions Regarding Patient Goals of Care/End of life Issues for the Multidisciplinary Critical Care

Articles-October 2015 Series

The Financial Effect of Value-Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program on Safety-Net Hospitals in 2014

Relationships Between Clinician-Level Attributes and Fidelity-Consistent and Fidelity-Inconsistent Modifications to an Evidence 

For Many Patients Who Use Large Amounts Of Health Care Services, The Need Is Intense Yet Temporary

Articles-September 2015 Series

Transformative Use of an Improved All-Payer Hospital Discharge Data Infrastructure for Community-Based Participatory Research

Hospital Characteristics Associated With Penalties in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital-Acquired Condition

A Longitudinal Study of State Strategies and Policies to Accelerate Evidence-Based Practices in the Context of Systems