Medicare Advantage beneficiaries use less home health than do their Fee-for-Service counterparts, but there is marked regional variation in use by both groups.
Jan 25, 2017
Researchers linked data from a randomized controlled trial to Medicare claims to determine whether a fall-prevention intervention reduced health care costs or the frequency of emergency department visits for fall-related injuries.
Oct 26, 2016
Resources and Capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Provide Timely and Accessible Care to Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, with broad resources and capabilities, provides timely and high-quality care to most, but not all, patients. Meeting veterans' needs over the next five years will require additional capacity.
Dec 31, 2015
Many believe that fear of malpractice lawsuits drives physicians to order otherwise unnecessary care and that legal reforms could reduce such wasteful spending.
Oct 1, 2014
The Impact of Tort Reform, Medicare Plan Choice, and Geography on Health Care Processes, Outcomes, and Expenditures
Explores structural determinants of health care processes, outcomes, and expenditures.
Sep 30, 2014
We analyze published evidence on strategies to optimize the management and allocation of scarce resources across a wide range of mass casualty event contexts and study designs.
Can Quality-Adjusted Life-Years and Subgroups Help Us Decide Whether to Treat Late-Arriving Stroke Patients with Tissue Plasminogen Activator?
Treatment of stroke patients is highly time-sensitive. The risk of death or disability caused by intracranial hemorrhage may increase with both stroke size and time.
Fee-for-service vs limited-budget worlds. Efficient care isn't necessarily less expensive care.
Sep 1, 2012
Eliminating Discretionary Use of Anesthesia Providers During Gastroenterology Procedures Could Generate $1.1 Billion in Savings per Year
The use of dedicated anesthesia providers for routine gastroenterology (GI) procedures is seen as medically justifiable only for high-risk patients. Eliminating these services for low-risk patients could generate $1.1 billion in savings per year.
Mar 20, 2012
Utilization of Anesthesia Services During Outpatient Endoscopies and Colonoscopies and Associated Spending in 2003-2009
The use of dedicated anesthesia providers for routine gastroenterology (GI) procedures is seen as medically justifiable only for high-risk patients. Eliminating these services for low-risk patients could save Medicare $1.1 billion per year.
Mar 1, 2012
This report presents the results of an evaluation of health care performance measures, describes how performance measures are being used, summarizes key barriers and facilitators to their use, and identifies opportunities for easing that use.
Dec 9, 2011