Patient Medical Group Continuity and Healthcare Utilization

Articles of Interest, August 24, 2012

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

American Journal of Managed Care
Anderson LH, Flottemesch TJ, Fontaine P, et al. Patient medical group continuity and healthcare utilization. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):450-7. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10010 task order 4.] Select to access the abstract. 

Basu J. Preventable hospitalizations and Medicare managed care: a small area analysis. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):e280-e290. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses 1995 and 2005 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Database (SID) data for Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York, citing SID Database Documentation, and AHRQ publication, Potentially Preventable Hospitalization Rates Declined for Older Adults, 2003-2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 83, 2009, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Archives of Surgery
Glance LG, Osler TM, Mukamel DB, et al. Outcomes of adult trauma patients admitted to trauma centers in Pennsylvania, 2000-2009. Arch Surg 2012 Aug; 147(8):732-7. [Supported by grant HS16737.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Toxicology
Cummins MR, Crouch BI, Gesteland P, et al. Electronic information exchange between emergency departments and poison control centers: a Delphi study. Clin Toxicol 2012 Jul; 50(6):503-13. [Supported by grant 1 R21 HS18773-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Spindler KP, Parker RD, Andrish JT, Kaeding CC, Wright RW, Marx RG, et al. Prognosis and predictors of ACL reconstructions using the MOON cohort: a model for comparative effectiveness studies. J Orthop Res 2012 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant 5 U18 HS16075 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract. 

Journal of Women's Health
Bhanegaonkar A, Madhavan SS, Khanna R, et al. Declining mammography screening in a state Medicaid fee-for-service program: 1999-2008. J Womens Health 2012 Aug; 21(8):821-9. [Partially supported by grant R24 HS18622; cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and related USPSTF-sponsored evidence review Screening for Breast Cancer: An Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2009, both published on the USPSTF Web site; cites previous USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Price RC, Huth D, Smith J, et al. Federated queries for comparative effectiveness research: performance analysis. Stud Health Technol Inform 2012; 175:9-18. [Supported by grant R01 HS19908.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Lewis A. Questioning the widely publicized savings reported for North Carolina Medicaid. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):e277-e279. [Discusses HCUP data relevant to a Milliman USA evaluation report on cost savings in the North Carolina Medicaid program, citing data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.]

Kolbasovsky A, Zeitlin J, Gillespie W. Impact of point-of-care case management on readmissions and costs. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):e300-e306. [Cites "Medicare Hospital 30-Day Readmission Rates and Associated Costs, by Hospital Referral Regions, 2003," from the Commonwealth Fund National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2006, in slide presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference, as published on the AHRQ Archive Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Hermes ED, Sernyak M, Rosenheck R. Impact of a program encouraging the use of generic antipsychotics. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):e307-e314. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Comer, Mojtabai, and Olfson (Am J Psychiatry, 2011) and Soumerai and Avorn (JAMA, 1990).]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Dyrbye LN, West CP, Burriss TC, et al. Providing primary care in the United States: the work no one sees. Arch Intern Med 2012 Aug 20. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded article by Chen et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011).] 

Archives of Surgery
McCoy KL, Carty SE. There is no "I" in "TEAM". Arch Surg 2012 Aug; 147(8):766-7. [Comments on article by Meier et al. (Arch Surg, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products and mentions several examples of successful use and implementation of AHRQ's Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) tool, citing articles by Armour Forse, Bramble, and McQuillan (Surgery, 2011), Weaver et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010), and Robertson et al. (Simul Healthc, 2010).]

JAMA
Koh HK, Sebelius KG. Ending the tobacco epidemic. JAMA 2012 Aug 22; 308(8):767-8. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Pronovost PJ, Bo-Linn GW. Preventing patient harms through systems of care. JAMA 2012 Aug 22; 308(8):769-70. [Acknowledges receipt by first author of previous AHRQ funding "for research related to measuring and improving patient safety."]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Polinski JM, Shrank WH, Glynn RJ, Huskamp HA, Christopher Roebuck M, Schneeweiss S. Association between the Part D coverage gap and adverse health outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Aug; 60(8):1408-17. [Notes that last author is principal investigator of the AHRQ-funded Brigham and Women's Hospital Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Center on Comparative Effectiveness Research and the DEcIDE Methods Center; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ho et al. (Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2010), Schmittdiel et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2009), Raebel et al. (Med Care, 2008), and Soumerai et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Tinetti ME, Charpentier P, Gottschalk M, et al. Effect of a restorative model of posthospital home care on hospital readmissions. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Aug; 60(8):1521-6. [Cites data from AHRQ publication, All-Cause Readmissions by Payer and Age, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 115, 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Boult et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2011) and Meredith et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Tazbir J. Early recognition and treatment of sepsis in the medical-surgical setting. MedSurg Nurs 2012 Jul; 21(4):205-9. [Mentions statistics on hospital stays for sepsis and septicemia for 1997-2006, 1997-2008, and 2009, citing AHRQ publications, Septicemia in U.S. Hospitals, 2009, HCUP Statistical Brief 122, 2011, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2008, 2010 and HCUP Facts and Figures, 2006: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2008, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Warren N. Involving patient and family advisors in the patient and family-centered care model. MedSurg Nurs 2012 Jul; 21(4):232-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Guide for Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council, 2008.]

Pediatric Nursing
Ahmann E, Dokken D. Strategies for encouraging patient/family partnerships with the health care team. Pediatr Nurs 2012 Jul-Aug; 38(4);232-5. [Discusses "teach back" methods given in AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010, AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS, and AHRQ's Questions are the Answer campaign as described in sessions from the 5th International Conference of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care.]

Physician Executive
Edwards MT. Engaging physicians in patient safety through self-reporting of adverse events. Physician Exec 2012 Jul; 38(4):48-52. [Discusses AHRQ's Patient Safety Organization (PSO) program, citing Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act): An Overview, and Alphabetical Directory of Listed Patient Safety Organizations, both published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Farley, Haviland, Champagne, Jain, Battles, Munier (five and sixth authors are researcher in and director of, respectively, AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009) and Bates et al. (Med Care, 1995).]

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

American Family Physician
Salzman B, Fleegle S, Tully AS. Common breast problems. Am Fam Physician 2012 Aug 15; 86(4):343-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Brenner H, Chang-Claude J, Jansen L, et al. Role of colonoscopy and polyp characteristics in colorectal cancer after colonoscopic polyp detection: a population-based case-control study. Ann Intern Med 2012 Aug 21; 157(4):225-32. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Kahn MJ, Ma AD, Shulman LN. Update in hematology and medical oncology: evidence published in 2011. Ann Intern Med 2012 Aug 21; 157(4):276-83. [Includes review/summary of USPSTF-sponsored review of the evidence on screening for prostate cancer by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011); cites articles by Brett and Ablin (N Engl J Med, 2011), McNaughton-Collins and  Barry (N Engl J Med, 2011), Volk and Wolf (JAMA, 2011), Chou and LeFevre (JAMA, 2011), and Miller and Hollenbeck (JAMA, 2011) discussing these updated recommendations.]

Current Oncology Reports
Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Chen SC, Swetter SM; on behalf of the Melanoma Prevention Working Group-Pigmented Skin Lesion Sub-Committee. Screening and prevention measures for melanoma: is there a survival advantage? Curr Oncol Rep 2012 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions USPSTF updated 2009 and previous (Am Fam Physician, 2004) recommendations on counseling to prevent skin cancer.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Mitka M. Experts question recommendations for universal lipid screenings in children. JAMA 2012 Aug 22; 308(8):750-1. [Notes the USPSTF's finding of insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for lipid disorders for those aged up to 20 years.]

Journal of Women's Health
Payne JL. Depression: is pregnancy protective? J Womens Health 2012 Aug; 21(8):809-10. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009); comments on article by Ko et al. cited below in this section.]

Tebb K. The intersection of progress and missed opportunities: provider group variations in chlamydia screening practices within California's Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment program. J Womens Health  2012 Aug; 21(8):811-12. [Cites USPTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007); comments on article by Chow et al. cited below in this section.]

Ko JY, Farr SL, Dietz PM, et al. Depression and treatment among U.S. pregnant and nonpregnant women of reproductive age, 2005-2009. J Womens Health 2012 Aug; 21(8):830-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Chow JM, Thiel de Bocanegra H, Hulett D, et al. Comparison of adherence to chlamydia screening guidelines among Title X providers and non-Title X providers in the California Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment program. J Womens Health 2012 Aug; 21(8):837-42. [Cites USPTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Baird CP. Review of the Institute of Medicine Report: long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. US Army Med Dep J 2012 Jul-Sep; Online:43-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry (Ann Intern Med, 2008). Also refer to article by Bhanegaonkar et al. (J Womens Health, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Kern LM, Wilcox A, Shapiro J, et al. Which components of health information technology will drive financial value? Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):438-45. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 7—Care Coordination, 2007, Structured Abstract, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficientcy, and costs of medical care, performed by the Sanford-University of California at San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC); cites AHRQ publication, Challenges and Barriers to Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Design and Implementation Experiences in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality CDS Demonstrations, 2010 (prepared for the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology under contract 290-04-0016.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Upadhyay A, Earley A, Lamont JL, et al. Lipid-lowering therapy in persons with chronic kidney disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2012 Aug 21; 157(4):251-62. [Uses AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program evidence grading system, citing AHRQ-authored articles by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) and Atkins et al. (BMJ, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Managed Care
Bulger JB, Shubrook JH, Snow R. Racial disparities in African Americans with diabetes: process and outcomes mismatch. Am J Manag Care 2012 Aug; 18(8):407-13. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006; cites AHRQ publications, Registries for Evaluating patient Outcomes: A User's Guide, 2007, and Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State, Research Activities, 2011; cites AHRQ-sponsored meta-regression analysis of the effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control (JAMA, 2006), performed by the Stanford-UCSF EPC; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Bierman, Lurie, Collins, and Eisenberg (first and last authors are former AHRQ researcher and AHRQ director, respectively) (Health Aff, 2002) and Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (Med Care, 2006).]

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Footracer KG, Essary AC, McNellis R, et al. Health care: the quality chasm 10 years later. JAAPA 2012 Mar; 25(3):20-1. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ's Patient Safety Initiative: Building Foundations, Reducing Risk. Interim Report to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences
Ochai S, Zhang L, Azevedo M. Behavioral and socio-demographic determinants and correlates of adult overweight/obesity and diabetes prevalence in Mississippi. J Miss Acad Sci 2012 Apr-Jul; 56(2-3):198-210. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2008.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Wilden JA, Cohen-Gadol AA. Evaluation of first nonfebrile seizures. Am Fam Physician 2012 Aug 15; 86(4):334-40. [Uses AHRQ online resources as a data source.]

Archives of Surgery
Kang CY, Halabi WJ, Luo R, et al. Laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a better look into the latest trends. Arch Surg 2012 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2007 and 2009 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract. 

Meier AH, Boehler ML, McDowell CM, et al. A surgical simulation curriculum for senior medical students based on TeamSTEPPS. Arch Surg 2012 Aug; 147(8):761-6. [Assesses the implementation of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS in a medical school curriculum, citing AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Web site, TeamSTEPPS® Essentials Course (as published on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Web site), and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008; also cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Tornberg (Am J Med Qual, 2007) and several AHRQ-funded and other articles on TeamSTEPPS; also go to invited critique by McCoy and Cart (Arch Surg, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles above.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Public Health
Xiang H, Shi J, Lu B, et al. Medical expenditures associated with nonfatal occupational injuries among immigrant and U.S.-born workers. BMC Public Health 2012 Aug 20; 12(1):678. [Uses 2004-2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC), MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS IC), and MEPS Medical Provider Component (MPES MPC) data, citing MEPS-HC Panel Design and Data Collection Process and AHRQ publications, Health Insurance Status of Full Time Workers by Demographic and Employer Characteristics, 2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 234, 2009, and Overview of Methodology for Imputing Missing Expenditure Data in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, MEPS Methodology Report 19, 2007, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Sing, Banthin, Selden (first and second authors are former AHRQ researchers and third author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Hamer M, Sabia S, Batty GD, et al. Physical activity and inflammatory markers over 10 years: follow-up in men and women from the Whitehall II cohort study. Circulation 2012 Aug 21; 126(8):928-33. [Updates and uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Tinetti ME, McAvay GJ, Murphy TE, et al. Contribution of individual diseases to death in older adults with multiple diseases. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Aug; 60(8):1448-56. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software, citing Clinical Classifications Software for ICD-9-CM, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Enyinnaya EI, Anderson JG, Merwin EI, et al. Chiropractic use, health care expenditures, and health outcomes for rural and nonrural individuals with arthritis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2012 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2007-2008 MEPS HC Panel 12 data (as accessed on AHRQ's MEPSnet Web site), citing Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; also uses 2008 HCUP data, as generated on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Statistical Modelling
Yue YR, Hong HG. Bayesian Tobit quantile regression model for Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data. Stat Modelling 2012 Aug; 12(4):323-46. [Uses 2007 MEPS HC data from the MEPS' Full-Year Consolidated Data file, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites several publications and articles using MEPS data. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Basu (Am J Manag Care, 2012), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Current as of August 2012
Internet Citation: Patient Medical Group Continuity and Healthcare Utilization: Articles of Interest, August 24, 2012. August 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/082412.html