Variations in Ambulance Use in the United States: the Role of Health Insurance

Articles of Interest: November 25, 2011

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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Meisel ZF, Pines JM, Polsky D, Metlay JP, Neuman MD, Branas CC. Variations in ambulance use in the United States: the role of health insurance. Acad Emerg Med 2011 Oct; 18(10):1036-44. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18362 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Anesthesia and Analgesia
Memtsoudis SG, Ma Y, Chiu YL, et al. Bilateral total knee arthroplasty: risk factors for major morbidity and mortality. Anesth Analg 2011 Oct; 113(4):784-90. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) grant RFA HS00514; uses 1998-2007 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, HCUP Comorbidity Software, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, Introduction to the HCUP National Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, Publications from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases, and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.7, 2009, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites several AHRQ-funded articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Devoe JE, Tillotson CJ, Wallace LS, et al. Parent and child usual source of care and children's receipt of health care services. Ann Fam Med 2011 Nov; 9(6):504-13. [Supported in part by grants 1 K08 HS16181 and 1 R01 HS18569; uses 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, AHRQ publications Access to Health Care: Source and Barriers, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 3, 1997, and Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 2, 1997, and AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Weinick (Health Serv Res, 1999) and 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, 1996-1997), both of which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Solberg LI, Asche SE, Fontaine P, et al. Trends in quality during medical home transformation. Ann Fam Med 2011 Nov; 9(6):515-21. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10010, task order 4.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis Care and Research
Kawai VK, Grijalva CG, Arbogast PG, Curtis JR, et al. Changes in cotherapies after initiation of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 2011 Oct; 63(10):1415-24. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS18517 (to fourth author) and U18 HS17919-01.] Select to access the abstract.

North Carolina Medical Journal
McWilliams A, Tapp H, Barker J, et al. Cost analysis of the use of emergency departments for primary care services in Charlotte, North Carolina. N C Med J 2011 Jul-Aug; 72(4):265-71. [Supported by grant R03 HS16023-01; presented in part at the 2008 AHRQ National Practice-Based Research Networks Research Conference.] Select to access the abstract.

Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Zhang J, Saag KG, Curtis JR. Long-term safety concerns of antiresorptive therapy. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 2011 Aug; 37(3):387-400. [Supported in part by grants T32 HS13852 (to first author) and R01 HS18517 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Iverson RE Jr, Heffner LJ. Obstetric safety improvement and its reflection in reserved claims. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):398-401. [Cites article by Pratt et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007), which is a John M. Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) Patient Safety and Quality Award recipient.] Select to access the abstract.

Roland KB, Soman A, Benard VB, et al. Human papillomavirus and Papanicolaou tests screening interval recommendations in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):447.e1-447.e8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Saraiya et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010), Yabroff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and Saint et al. (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Murthy K, Holl JL, Lee TA, et al. National trends and racial differences in late preterm induction. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):458.e1-458.e7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Russell, Green, Steiner, and Meikle (third and fourth authors are current and former researchers, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Pediatrics, 2007), which uses HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Venkat R, Puhan MA, Schulick RD, et al. Predicting the risk of perioperative mortality in patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy: a novel scoring system. Arch Surg 2011 Nov; 146(11):1277-84. [Cites articles by Hill et al. (Ann Surg Oncol, 2010), which uses 1998-2003 HCUP NIS data, and Are et al. (J Gastrointest Surg, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Levinson W, Shojania KG. Bad experiences in the hospital: the stories keep coming. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Nov; 20(11):911-13. [Discusses use of AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) surveys, citing AHRQ publication, CAHPS® Clinician and Group Survey and Reporting Kit, 2008, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS® Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Levtzion-Korach et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010), Weissman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), Taylor et al. (Med Care, 2008), and Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).]

Abstoss KM, Shaw BE, Owens TA, et al. Increasing medication error reporting rates while reducing harm through simultaneous cultural and system-level interventions in an intensive care unit. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Nov; 20(11):914-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sexton et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006), Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2005), Taylor et al. (Pediatrics, 2004), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Rozenblum R, Lisby M, Hockey PM, et al. Uncovering the blind spot of patient satisfaction: an international survey. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Nov; 20(11):959-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Isaac et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Grillo-López AJ. The USA's healthcare reform: the cost of prescription medicines. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2010 Nov; 10(11):1679-81. [Lists under "Websites" AHRQ publication, Prescription Medicines—Mean and Median Expenses per Person With Expense and Distribution of Expenses by Source of Payment: USA, 2007, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

Family Medicine
Evans L, Whitham JA, Trotter DR, et al. An evaluation of family medicine residents' attitudes before and after a PCMH innovation for patients with chronic pain. Fam Med 2011 Nov; 43(10):702-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Upshur, Luckmann, and Savageau (Pain Med, 2010, and J Gen Intern Med, 2006), and Cherkin, Deyo, and Berg (Spine, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Braunstein S, Lavizzo-Mourey R. How the health and community development sectors are combining forces to improve health and well-being. Health Aff 2011 Nov; 30(11):2042-51. [Second author was a former AHRQ deputy administrator from 1992-1994.] Select to access the abstract.

Watkins KE, Pincus HA, Paddock S, et al. Care for veterans with mental and substance use disorders: good performance, but room to improve on many measures. Health Aff 2011 Nov; 30(11):2194-203. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Harding et al. (J Clin Psychiatry, 2011) and Hermann, Rollins, and Chan (Harv Rev Psychiatry, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Clinics of North America
Nair GB, Niederman MS. Community-acquired pneumonia: an unfinished battle. Med Clin North Am 2011 Nov; 95(6):1143-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997, and JAMA, 1996) and Aujesky et al. (Clin Infect Dis, 2009, and Am J Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Budnitz DS, Lovegrove MC, Shehab N, et al. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):2002-12. [Cites HCUP data on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Anderson C, Talsma A. Characterizing the structure of operating room staffing using social network analysis. Nurs Res 2011 Nov; 60(6):378-85. [Cites AHRQ press release, Studies Show Lower Nurse Staffing Levels Contribute to Poor Patient Outcomes, 2004, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Physical Therapy
Sullivan KJ, Wallace JG Jr, O'Neil ME, et al. A vision for society: physical therapy as partners in the national health agenda. Phys Ther 2011 Nov; 91(11):1664-72. [Cites AHRQ's Health Care Innovation Exchange Web site as an indicator of the priority being given opportunities for innovation in the U.S. health delivery system as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthy People 2020.]

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Zenios S, Denend L. Investing for the safety net. Stanford Soc Innovat Rev 2011 Fall; Online:4-9. [Cites Innovation Profile Daily Patient-Provider Communication and Data Transfer Using Mobile Phones Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs for Teens with Chronic Asthma, 2008, as published on AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site.]

Suennen L. Perspectives from the field: Two investors and an entrepreneur take on the challenges facing innovators. Stanford Soc Innovat Rev 2011 Fall; Online: 10. [Mentions that AHRQ and other federal agencies "have all launched high-profile innovation initiatives."]

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

American Journal of Health Promotion
Levesque DA, Van Marter DF, Schneider RJ, et al. Randomized trial of a computer-tailored intervention for patients with depression. Am J Health Promot 2011 Nov; 26(2):77-89. [Cites USPTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Taylor TN, Farkouh RA, Graham JB, et al. Potential reduction in neural tube defects associated with use of Metafolin-fortified oral contraceptives in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):460.e1-460.e8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

McAllum B, Sykes PH, Sadler L, et al. Is the treatment of CIN 2 always necessary in women under 25 years old? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):478.e1-478.e7. [Cites National Cancer Institute press release Task Force Announces New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: US Preventive Services Task Force, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Gotzsche PC. Time to stop mammography screening? CMAJ 2011 Nov 22; 183(17):1957-8. [Mentions USPSTF updated 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening; comments on Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommendations on screening for breast cancer cited below in this section.]

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Recommendations on screening for breast cancer in average-risk women aged 40-74 years. CMAJ 2011 Nov 22; 183(17):1991-2000. [Updates the literature search used for the USPSTF's 2009 evidence review on breast cancer screening, citing AHRQ publication, Screening for Breast Cancer: Systematic Evidence Review Update for the US Preventive Services Task Force, 2009; summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (in Ann Intern Med, 2009) in Table 4, Summary of evidence of the benefits associated with using mammography to screen for breast cancer; cites earlier USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Medicine and Research
Shires D, Vashi R, Stange K, et al. C-A4-04: The delivery of cancer and other preventive health services during periodic health examinations. Clin Med Res 2011 Nov; 9(3-4):147. [Examined the rate of discussion of and recommendation for 19 USPSTF-endorsed preventive services during periodic health examinations.] Select to access the abstract.

Flottemesch T; the Prevention Priorities Study Team. C-A5-02: Is tailored screening for colorectal cancer based on gender and race cost-effective? Clin Med Res 2011 Nov; 9(3-4):174. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer as study criteria.] Select to access the abstract.

Maciosek M; the Prevention Priorities Study Team. PS1-25: The impact of HPV vaccination upon optimal cervical cancer screening strategies. Clin Med Res 2011 Nov; 9(3-4):174. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer as study criteria.] Select to access the abstract.

Shah N, Pitcavage J, Pozniak A, et al. PS1-37: Preliminary findings of a shared decision-making exploratory study: improving rates of appropriate aspirin use. Clin Med Res 2011 Nov; 9(3-4):175. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease as study criteria.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Hegarty K, Glasziou P. Tackling domestic violence: is increasing referral enough? Lancet 2011 Nov 19; 378(9805):1760-2. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Brett AS, Ablin RJ. Prostate-cancer screening – what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force left out. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):1949-51. [Comments on 2009 updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing USPSTF publication, Screening for Prostate Cancer: Draft Recommendation Statement, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

McNaughton-Collins MF, Barry MJ. One man at a time – resolving the PSA controversy. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):1951-3. [Comments on 2009 updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing USPSTF draft recommendation statement Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Schroder FH. Stratifying risk – the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and prostate-cancer screening. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):1953-5. [Comments on 2009 updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Appel LJ, Clark JM, Yeh HC, et al. Comparative effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in clinical practice. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):1959-68. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003) and cites article by Finkelstein et al. (Health Aff, 2003) which used MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Hoffman RM. Clinical practice. Screening for prostate cancer. N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):2013-19. [Cites USPSTF draft recommendation statement Screening for Prostate Cancer, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Yanovski SZ. Obesity treatment in primary care – are we there yet? N Engl J Med 2011 Nov 24; 365(21):2030-1. [Cites USPSTF draft recommendation statement Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site; comments on article by Appel et al. cited above in this section.]

Thyroid
Imaizumi M, Sera N, Ueki I, et al. Risk for progression to overt hypothyroidism in an elderly Japanese population with subclinical hypothyroidism. Thyroid 2011 Nov; 21(11):1177-82. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for subclinical thyroid dysfunction in nonpregnant adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004). Also refer to article by Schuster et al. (Future Child, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles, and Ferket et al. (Am J Med, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

BMJ Quality and Safety
Stockdale SE, Sherin JE, Chan JA, et al. Barriers and strategies for improving communication between inpatient and outpatient mental health clinicians. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Nov; 20(11):941-46. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al. (JAMA, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Bagian JP, King BJ, Mills PD, et al. Improving RCA performance: the Cornerstone Award and the power of positive reinforcement. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Nov; 20(11):974-82. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Future of Children
Schuster MA, Chung PJ, Vestal KD. Children with health issues. Future Child 2011 Fall; 21(2):91-116. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, 2007; cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for speech and language delay in preschool children (Pediatrics, 2006); cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Zodet, Berdahl, Dougherty, McCormick, and Simpson (second, third, and fourth, and last authors are current and former AHRQ staff members) (Ambul Pediatr, 2008), which uses various AHRQ data.] Select to access the abstract.

Earle A, Mokomane Z, Heymann J. International perspectives on work-family policies: lessons from the world's most competitive economies. Future Child 2011 Fall; 21(2):191-210. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Freudenberg N, Tsui E. Training new community health, food service, and environmental protection workers could boost health, jobs, and growth. Health Aff 2011 Nov; 30(11):2098-106. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Viswanathan et al. (Med Care, 2010) on outcomes and costs of community health worker interventions, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-2007-10056-I.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Wolff J, Gitlin LN. Chapter 3: Family involvement in care transitions of older adults: what do we know and where do we go from here? Annu Rev Gerontol Geriatr 2011; 31:31-64. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2007.]

Archives of Surgery
Schneider EB, Haider A, Sheer AJ, et al. Differential association of race with treatment and outcomes in Medicare patients undergoing diverticulitis surgery. Arch Surg 2011 Nov; 146(11):1272-6. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Social Work Education
Marsiglia FF, Williams JH. Guest editorial. Behavioral health equity: a call to action for social work education. J Soc Work Educ 2011 Fall; 47(3):385-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2009. Also refer to article by Squitieri et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Medicine
Ferket BS, Spronk S, Colkesen EB, et al. Systematic review of guidelines on peripheral artery disease screening. Am J Med 2011 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ for to identify relevant guidelines and lists search strategy in the Appendix; cites USPSTF recommendations on using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and recommendation statement Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease, 2005; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on USPSTF methodologies; lists the USPSTF Web site under "Websites Searched 2003-20 January 2011" in the Appendix.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wechter ME, Stewart EA, Myers ER, et al. Leiomyoma-related hospitalization and surgery: prevalence and predicted growth based on population trends. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):492.e1-492.e5. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

McElligott KA, Havrilesky LJ, Myers ER. Preoperative screening strategies for bacterial vaginosis prior to elective hysterectomy: a cost comparison study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Nov; 205(5):500.e1-500.e7. [Estimates the cost of a vaginal cuff infection using 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ's HCUPnet, 2008, and HCUP NIS, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Surgery
Alexander R, Traverso P, Bolorunduro OB, et al. Profiling adult intussusception patients: comparing colonic versus enteric intussusception. Am J Surg 2011 Oct; 202(4):487-91. [Uses 1998-2006 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Abdollah F, Sun M, Thuret R, et al. Mortality and morbidity after cytoreductive nephrectomy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a population-based study. Ann Surg Oncol 2011 Oct; 18(10):2988-96. [Uses AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Studnicki J, Fisher JW, Tsulukidze MM, et al. Career phase of board-certified general surgeons: workload composition and outcomes. Arch Surg 2011 Nov; 146(11):1307-13. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators , HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), HCUP Comorbidity Software, version 3.5, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Clinical Classification Software, 2010, and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites articles by King et al. (Ann Surg, 2009) and Cook et al. (Endocr Pract, 2006), both of which use AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), Kourtis et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), which uses 2000 Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) data, and articles by Dimick, Birkmeyer, and Upchurch (World J Surg, 2005) and Hannan et al. (Med Care, 1991), both of which use AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators; cites AHRQ-authored article by Houchens, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Romano (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008) and AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Turrentine FE, Hanks JB, Schirmer BD, et al. The relationship between body mass index and 30-day mortality risk, by principal surgical procedure. Arch Surg 2011 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print. Uses HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Center for Studying Health System Change
Cunningham P. High medical cost burdens among nonelderly adults with chronic conditions. Cent Stud Health Syst Change 2011 Sep 8; Online. [Uses 2008 MEPS data.]

Clinical Cardiology
Movahed MR, John J, Hashemzadeh M, et al. Mortality Trends for Non-ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI) in the United States from 1988 to 2004. Clin Cardiol 2011 Nov; 34(11):689-92. [Uses 1988-2004 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mosko JD, Nguyen GC. Increased perioperative mortality following bariatric surgery among patients with cirrhosis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Oct; 9(10):897-901. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Stroke
Ovbiagele B, Markovic D, Towfighi A. Recent age- and gender-specific trends in mortality during stroke hospitalization in the United States. Int J Stroke 2011 Oct; 6(5):379-87. [Uses 1997-1998 and 2005-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Squitieri L, Reichert H, Kim HM, et al. Patterns of surgical care and health disparities of treating pediatric finger amputation injuries in the United States. J Am Coll Surg 2011 Oct; 213(4):475-85. [Uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006, Introduction to the HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, 2008, Calculating KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID) Variances, HCUP Methods Series Report, 2005-5, 2005, All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRGs) Methodology Overview, Version 20.0, 2003, HCUP Sample Design: National Databases, and HCUP National Estimates, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and article by Bowman et al. (JAMA, 2005), which uses HCUP KID data; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastroenterology Surgery
Balentine CJ, Hermosillo-Rodriguez J, Robinson CN, et al. Depression is associated with prolonged and complicated recovery following colorectal surgery. J Gastrointest Surg 2011 Oct; 15(10):1712-17. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Economics
Chiong JR, Kim S, Lin J, et al. Evaluation of costs associated with tolvaptan-mediated length of stay reduction among heart failure patients with hyponatremia in the US, based on the EVEREST Trial. J Med Econ 2011 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2007-2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Allareddy V, Allareddy V, Nalliah RP. Epidemiology of facial fracture injuries. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2011 Oct; 69(10):2613-18. [Uses 2007 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing NEDS Description of Data Elements, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Lautz TB, Raval MV, Barsness KA. Increasing national burden of hospitalizations for skin and soft tissue infections in children. J Pediatr Surg 2011 Oct; 46(10):1935-41. [Uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database (KID), 2000, 2003, and 2006, and Calculating Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) Variances, HCUP Method Series Report 2005-5, 2005, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites HCUPnet landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Poulose BK, Phillips S, Nealon W, et al. Choledocholithiasis management in rural America: health disparity or health opportunity? J Surg Res 2011 Oct; 170(2):214-19. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Cabacungan ET, Ngui EM, McGinley EL. Racial/ethnic disparities in maternal morbidities: a statewide study of labor and delivery hospitalizations in Wisconsin. Matern Child Health J 2011 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005-2006 HCUP SID data for Wisconsin, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

NBER Working Paper Series
Abraham JM, Beeson Royalty A, DeLeire T. Gauging the generosity of employer-sponsored insurance: differences between households with and without a chronic condition. NBER Work Pap 2011 Jul;(17232):1-33. [Uses 1997-2007 MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) and Medical Conditions file data, citing AHRQ publication, Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief 203, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Banthin, Cunningham, and Bernard (first and last authors are former and current researchers, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2008), Banthin and Bernard (JAMA, 2006), and Short and Banthin (JAMA, 1995), all of which use MEPS data.]

Neuromodulation. Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Lad SP, Kalanithi PS, Arrigo RT, et al. A socioeconomic survey of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) surgery. Neuromodulation 2010 Oct; 13(4):265-9. [Uses 1993-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publication, Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample Variances, 2002, and uses the HCUPnet online query tool on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Towfighi A, Tai W, Markovic D, et al. Sex-specific temporal trends in in-hospital mortality after stroke among middle-age individuals in the United States. Stroke 2011 Oct; 42(10):2740-5. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP NIS data on AHRQ's HCUP Web site and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

McDonald RJ, Cloft HJ, Kallmes DF. Intracranial hemorrhage is much more common after carotid stenting than after endarterectomy: evidence from the National Inpatient Sample. Stroke 2011 Oct; 42(10):2782-7. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP NIS data  on AHRQ's HCUP Web site and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Memtsoudis et al. (Anesth Analg, 2011) and DeVoe et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of November 2011
Internet Citation: Variations in Ambulance Use in the United States: the Role of Health Insurance: Articles of Interest: November 25, 2011. November 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/112511.html