Setting Performance Targets in Pay for Performance Programmes: What Can We Learn from QOF?

Articles of Interest, April 18, 2014

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

BMJ
Doran T, Kontopantelis E, Reeves D, Sutton M, Ryan AM. Setting performance targets in pay for performance programmes: what can we learn from QOF? BMJ 2014 Mar 4; 348:g1595. [Supported by Career Development Award grant 1 K01 HS18546-01A1 (to last author).]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Brady PW, Goldenhar LM. A qualitative study examining the influences on situation awareness and the identification, mitigation and escalation of recognised patient risk. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Feb; 23(2):153-61. [Supported by grant U19 HS21114.] Select to access the abstract.

 Carayon P, Xie A, Kianfar S. Human factors and ergonomics as a patient safety practice. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Mar; 23(3):196-205. [Supported by contract HHSA-290-2007-10062-I; cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013.] Select to access the abstract.

Singh H, Meyer AN, Thomas EJ. The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: estimations from three large observational studies involving US adult populations. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grants R18 HS17820 and R18 HS17244-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Hatch BA, DeVoe JE, Lapidus JA, Carlson MJ, Wright BJ. Citizenship documentation requirement for Medicaid eligibility: effects on Oregon children. Fam Med 2014 Apr; 46(4):267-75. [Supported by grant T32 HS17583.]

 Forum for Health Economics and Policy
Nicholas LH. Better quality of care or healthier patients? Hospital utilization by Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service enrollees. Forum Health Econ Policy 2013 May 15; 16(1):137-61. [Supported by grant R36 HS16836; uses 1999-2005 HCUP SID data for Arizona, Florida, and New York, and 2003-2005 HCUP SID data for New Jersey; cites AHRQ publications, Tools for Monitoring the Safety Net, 2003, and AHRQ technical report, Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001, prepared by the UCSF-Stanford EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Informatics Journal
Salinas-Miranda AA, Nash MC, Salemi JL, Mbah AK, Salihu HM. Cutting-edge technology for public health workforce training in comparative effectiveness research. Health Informatics J 2013 Jun; 19(2):101-15. [Supported by grant 1 R01 11 HS19997, Clinically Enhanced Multi-Purpose Administrative Dataset for Comparative Effectiveness Research.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Ryan A, Sutton M, Doran T. Does winning a pay-for-performance bonus improve subsequent quality performance? Evidence from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):568-87. [Supported by Career Development Award grant 1 K01 HS18546-01A1 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Tai-Seale M, Wilson CJ, Panattoni L, Kohli N, Stone A, Hung DY, Chung S. Leveraging electronic health records to develop measurements for processes of care. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):628-44. [Supported by grants R18 HS19167 (first author is principal investigator) and K01 HS19815 (last author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM. Health care utilization and costs associated with adherence to clinical practice guidelines for early magnetic resonance imaging among workers with acute occupational low back pain. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):645-65. [Supported by grant R01 HS19222-01 (third author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Neurology
Lima FO, Furie KL, Silva GS, Lev MH, Camargo EC, Singhal AB, Harris GJ, Halpern EF, Koroshetz WJ, Smith WS, et al.  Prognosis of untreated strokes due to anterior circulation proximal intracranial arterial occlusions detected by use of computed tomography angiography. JAMA Neurol 2014 Feb; 71(2):151-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

JAAPA
Everett CM, Thorpe CT, Palta M, Carayon P, Gilchrist VJ, Smith MA. The roles of primary care PAs and NPs caring for older adults with diabetes. JAAPA 2014 Apr; 27(4):45-9. [Supported by grants R21 HS17464 and R01 HS18368.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Maddox TM, Chan PS, Spertus JA, Tang F, Jones P, Ho PM, Bradley SM, Tsai TT, Bhatt DL, Peterson PN. Variations in coronary artery disease secondary prevention prescriptions among outpatient cardiology practices: insights from the NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry). J Am Coll Cardiol 2014 Feb 18; 63(6):539-46. [Supported by grant K08 HS19814-01 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

 Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Cohen SB. The influence of health care preferences on insurance enrollment and medical expenditure behaviors. J Econ Soc Meas 2013; 38:325-45. [Author is director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2009-2010 MEPS Household Component data, citing MEPS methodology reports, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997, and Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997; also cites several MEPS statistical briefs on health care and insurance utilization.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Boyd CM, Kent DM. Evidence-based medicine and the hard problem of multimorbidity. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4): 552-3. [Supported by grants R21 HS18597 and R21 HS17653.]

Maciejewski ML, Powers BJ, Sanders LL, Farley JF, Hansen RA, Sleath B, Voils CI. The intersection of patient complexity, prescriber continuity and acute care utilization. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):594-601. [Supported by grant R21 HS19445, Multiple Chronic Conditions Research Network (MCC RN; acknowledges support by participants at the AHRQ 2012 MCC RN meeting.] Select to access the abstract.

 Zhang Y, Baik SH. Race/ethnicity, disability, and medication adherence among Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):602-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS18657 (to first author); cites AHRQ final report, Creation of New Race-Ethnicity Codes and Socioeconomic Status (SES) Indicators for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Weiss CO, Varadhan R, Puhan MA, Vickers A, Bandeen-Roche K, Boyd CM, Kent DM. Multimorbidity and evidence generation. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):653-60. [Supported by grants R21 HS18597 and R21 HS17653.] Select to access the abstract.

 Trikalinos TA, Segal JB, Boyd CM. Addressing multimorbidity in evidence integration and synthesis. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):661-9. [Supported by grants R21 HS18597 and R21 HS17653; builds upon systematic review guidelines presented in two AHRQ-funded Effective Health Care Program article series (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010 and 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

 Uhlig K, Leff B, Kent D, Dy S, Brunnhuber K, Burgers JS, Greenfield S, Guyatt G, High K, Leipzig R, et al. A framework for crafting clinical practice guidelines that are relevant to the care and management of people with multimorbidity. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):670-9. [Supported by grants R21 HS18597 and R21 HS17653; incorporates recommendations from several U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-sponsored methodology articles and publications and article by Owens et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) from the AHRQ-funded Effective Health Care Program article series.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Fain KM, Alexander GC. Mind the gap: understanding the effects of pharmaceutical direct-to-consumer advertising. Med Care 2014 Apr; 52(4):291-3. [Supported by grant R01 HS189960 (to second author).]

 Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Singleton RJ, Holman RC, Person MK, Steiner CA, Redd JT, Hennessy TW, Groom A, Holve S, Seward JF. Impact of varicella vaccination on varicella-related hospitalizations among American Indian/Alaska Native people. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2014 Mar; 33(3):276-9. [Fourth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2007-2010 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and associated methodology, citing HCUP NIS Database Documentation and HCUP Databases as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site, and Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Women's Health Issues
Schroeder EB, Bayliss EA, Daugherty SL, Steiner JF. Gender differences in cardiovascular risk factors in incident diabetes. Womens Health Issues 2014 Jan-Feb; 24(1):e61-e68. [Supported by grants 1 R21 HS17627-01 and 1 R01 HS19859-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Carvajal DN, Ghazarian SR, Shea Crowne S, Bohrer Brown P, Carter Pokras O, Duggan AK, Barnet B. Is depression associated with contraceptive motivations, intentions, and use among a sample of low-income Latinas? Womens Health Issues 2014 Jan-Feb; 24(1):e105-e113. Supported by grant T32 HS17596.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Lau and Haut (BMJ Qual Saf, 2014) and Buckley et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2014) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Hennen CR, Jorgensen JA. Importance of medication reconciliation in the continuum of care. Am J Pharm Benefits 2014 Mar-Apr; 6(2):71-5. [Cites findings from AHRQ press release Educating Patients Before They Leave the Hospital Reduces Readmission, Emergency Department Visits, and Saves Money, 2009.]

Calabrese D, Minkoff NB, Rawlings K. Pharmacosynchrony: road map to transformation in pharmacy benefit management. Am J Pharm Benefits 2014 Mar-Apr; 6(2):76-80. [Cites Adverse Events after Hospital Discharge and Medication Reconciliation, both published on AHRQ's PSNet Web site; also cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

American Journal of preventive Medicine
Greene J, Sacks RM, McMenamin SB. The impact of tobacco dependence treatment coverage and copayments in Medicaid. Am J Prev Med 2014 Apr; 46(4):331-6. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and Smoking Cessation, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Ball JE, Murrells T, Rafferty AM, Morrow E, Griffiths P. 'Care left undone' during nursing shifts: associations with workload and perceived quality of care. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Feb; 23(2):116-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Maclean JC, Xu H, French MT, Ettner SL. Mental health and high-cost health care utilization: new evidence from Axis II disorders. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):683-704. [Cites MEPS data from Table 5: Hospital Inpatient Services—Median and Mean Expenses per Person with Expense and Distribution of Expenses by Source of payment: United States, 2009, Including Zero Night Stays—Facility and SBD Expenses, 2009; notes that response rates for the surveys used in the study were comparable to those for MEPS, citing MEPS-HC Response Rates by Panel, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Samal L, Wright A, Healey MJ, Linder JA, Bates DW. Meaningful use and quality of care. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Apr 14; [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007), Keyhani et al. (Med Care, 2008), and Poon et al. (Med Care, 2010).]

JAMA Pediatrics
Zatzick D, Russo J, Lord SP, Varley C, Wang J, Berliner L, Jurkovich G, Whiteside LK, O'Connor S, Rivara FP. Collaborative care intervention targeting violence risk behaviors, substance use, and posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms in injured adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatr 2014 Apr 14:1-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are a former center director and former AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Burden M, Mortensen EM. New ways to look at old patterns? Sequence analysis to analyze patterns of clinical stability in community-acquired pneumonia. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):554-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1997, and Med Care, 1993) and Halm et al. (JAMA, 1998, and Arch Intern Med, 2002).]

Heidenreich PA. Capsule commentary on Zhang et al., Race/ethnicity, disability, and medication adherence among Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):648. [Comments on article by Zhang and Baik (J Gen Intern Med, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Medical Care
Abraham JM, Karaca-Mandic P, Simon K. How has the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio regulation affected insurer behavior? Med Care 2014 Apr; 52(4):370-7. [Cites MEPS Insurance Component data on health insurance plan enrollment, citing MEPS Insurance Component: Technical Notes and Survey Documentation, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Kipnis P, Liu V, Escobar GJ. Accuracy of hospital standardized mortality rates: effects of model calibration. Med Care 2014 Apr; 52(4):378-84. [Cites AHRQ publication, Users of Public Reports of Hospital Quality: Who, What, Why, and How?, 2011.]

Modern Healthcare
McKinney M. Out by noon—a winning strategy to reduce crowding, shorten stays. Mod Healthc 2014 Apr 14; 44(15):29. [Mentions AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gee RE, Levy B, Reyes C, for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Health Policy Committee. Obstet Gynecol 2014 Apr; 123(4):869-73. [Cites data from HCUP fact book Care of Women in U.S. Hospitals, 2000, 2002.]

Surgery
Crompton JG, Oyetunji TA, Haut ER, Cornwell EE 3rd, Haider AH. Systematically Tabulated Outcomes Research Matrix (STORM): a methodology to generate research hypotheses. Surgery 2014 Mar; 155(3):541-4. [Notes that third author receives support for other work from grant 1 K08 HS17952-01, Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care?] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplements for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2014 Apr 15; 160(8):558-4. [Updates 2003 USPSTF recommendations on vitamin supplementation to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, based on findings from AHRQ evidence synthesis, Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013, and associated evidence review by Fortmann et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013).] Select to access the abstract.

Middlebeek RJ, Abrahamson MJ. Diabetes, prediabetes, and glycemic control in the United States: challenges and opportunities. Ann Intern Med 2014 Apr 15; 160(8):572-3. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for and management of obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Avery AK, Del Toro M, Caron A. Increases in HIV screening in primary care clinics through an electronic reminder: an interrupted time series. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Mar; 23(3):250-6. [Cites USPSTF Screening for HIV topic page on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Zavras AI. "Teeth are always in style": but increasingly, not for all. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):453-9. [Mentions the “recent [USPSTF] head and neck cancer screening review” and comments on article by Vujicic and Nasseh (Health Serv Res, 2014) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Barry MJ. Incidentaloma fatigue. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Apr 14; [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review by Humphrey et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) on screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography.]

Redberg RF. When is it better not to know everything? JAMA Intern Med 2014 Apr 14; [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Barry cited above in this section and mentions USPSTF recommendations on chest computed tomography for lung cancer screening.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Olchanski N, Winn A, Cohen JT, Neumann PJ. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: how many life years lost from underuse of the Medicare screening benefit? J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr 9. [Epub ahead of print. Estimates abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) prevalence using findings from USPSTF-sponsored systematic review by Fleming et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005) on screening for AAA.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Jenks S. Downgrading cancer definitions: overdiagnosis fuels the discussion. J Natl Cancer Inst 2014 Mar 12; 106(3): dju070. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on screening for lung cancer.]

Wilt TJ, Scardino PT, Carlsson SV, Basch E. Prostate-specific antigen screening in prostate cancer: perspectives on the evidence. J Natl Cancer Inst 2014 Mar 12; 106(3):dju010. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2012); notes that first author is a former USPSTF member and chair of the VA/NCI/AHRQ Prostate Cancer Intervention Versus Observation Trial.]

Stattin P, Carlsson S, Holmström B, Vickers A, Hugosson J, Lilja H, Jonsson H. Prostate cancer mortality in areas with high and low prostate cancer incidence. J Natl Cancer Inst 2014 Mar 12;106(3):dju007. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pearlman MD. Separating the baby from the bath water: breast self-awareness and breast self-examination. Obstet Gynecol 2014 Apr; 123(4):731-3. [Discusses 2009 USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing updated USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Nelson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Mark K, Temkin SM, Terplan M. Breast self-awareness: the evidence behind the euphemism. Obstet Gynecol 2014 Apr; 123(4):734-6. [Discusses 2009 USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Also refer to article by Uhlig et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Buckley et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2014) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles, and articles by King et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2014) and Chen et al. (Health Serv Res, 2014) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

BMJ Quality and Safety
Ausserhofer D, Zander B, Busse R, Schubert M, De Geest S, Rafferty AM, Ball J, Scott A, Kinnunen J, Heinen M, et al. Prevalence, patterns and predictors of nursing care left undone in European hospitals: results from the multicountry cross-sectional RN4CAST study. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Feb; 23(2):126-35. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, performed by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), and cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2011).]  Select to access the abstract.

 Lau BD, Haut ER. Practices to prevent venous thromboembolism: a brief review. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Mar; 23(3):187-95. [Supported by contract HHSA-290-2007-10062-I to the Johns Hopkins EPC; reviews studies selected from the literature search used in AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC; notes AHRQ's emphasis on prevention of venous thromboembolism, citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ publication, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, 2008; notes that second author is the principal investigator for Mentored Clinician Scientist Development Award grant 1 K08 HS17952-01, Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care?] Select to access the abstract.

Disability and Health Journal
Rowland M, Peterson-Besse J, Dobbertin K, Walsh ES, Horner-Johnson W; The Expert Panel on Disability and Health Disparities. Health outcome disparities among subgroups of people with disabilities: a scoping review. Disabil Health J 2014 Apr; 7(2):136-50. [Notes that fourth author is affiliated with the Oregon EPC and AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Basic science, evidence, and clinical judgement. J Clin Epidemiol 2014 Apr; 67(4):359-60. [Comments on article by Buckley et al. cited below in this section.]

 Buckley DI, Ansari MT, Butler M, Soh C, Chang CS. The refinement of topics for systematic reviews: lessons and recommendations from the Effective Health Care Program. J Clin Epidemiol 2014 Apr; 67(4):425-32. [Supported by contract HHSA-290-2007-10057-I and based on AHRQ methods research report, The Refinement of Topics for Systematic Reviews: Lessons and Recommendations from the Effective Health Care Program, 2013, prepared by the Oregon EPC; last author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses methodologies used in AHRQ's EPC and Effective Health Care Programs, citing Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2009, Methods Guide for Medical Test Reviews, 2012, The Facilitation Primer: Strategies, Tools & Considerations to Get You Started, 2012, AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Pressure Ulcer Treatment Strategies: Comparative Effectiveness, 2013, AHRQ methods research report, Identifying and Managing Nonfinancial Conflicts of Interest for Systematic Reviews, 2013, and articles by Helfand and Balshem and Whitlock et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) from the AHRQ-funded Effective Health Care Program article series; also cites article by USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001, on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Carayon et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2014), Trikalinos et al. and Uhlig et al. (both in J Gen Intern Med, 2014), and Nicholas (Forum Health Econ Policy, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

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

Health Services Research
Markossian TW, Hines RB, Bayakly R. Geographic and racial disparities in breast cancer-related outcomes in Georgia. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):481-501. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Horner-Johnson et al. (Womens Health Issues, 2014) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Luthra R, Quimbo R, Iyer R, Luo M. An analysis of intravenous immunoglobulin site of care: home versus outpatient hospital. Am J Pharm Benefits 2014 Mar-Apr; 6(2):e41-e49. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]

 American Journal of Preventive Medicine
King CJ, Chen J, Garza MA, Thomas SB. Breast and cervical screening by race/ethnicity: comparative analyses before and during the great recession. Am J Prev Med 2014 Apr; 46(4):359-367. [Uses 2004-2005 and 2009-2010 MEPS data to examine rates of mammography receipt based on USPSTF recommendations, citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Background as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, AHRQ publication, Usual Sources of Medical Care and Their Characteristics, 1991, and A-Z Topic Guide on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine
Zaloshnja E, Miller TR, Blincoe LJ. Costs of alcohol-involved crashes, United States, 2010. Ann Adv Automot Med 2013; 57:3-12. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data and 2003 HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) data.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Smeds Alenius L, Tishelman C, Runesdotter S, Lindqvist R. Staffing and resource adequacy strongly related to RNs' assessment of patient safety: a national study of RNs working in acute-care hospitals in Sweden. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Mar; 23(3):242-9. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004, and AHRQ-funded article by Sorra and Dyer (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Mohan AV, Fazel R, Huang PH, Shen YC, Howard D. Changes in geographic variation in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention for stable ischemic heart disease after publication of the Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2014 Jan; 7(1):125-30. [Uses 2006-2009 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for seven states, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Gaceta Sanitaria
Allué N, Chiarello P, Bernal Delgado E, Castells X, Giraldo P, Martínez N, Sarsanedas E, Cots F. [Assessing the economic impact of adverse events in Spanish hospitals by using administrative data]. Gac Sanit 2014 Jan-Feb; 28(1):48-54. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, validated in the Spanish Health System and accessed on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Vujicic M, Nasseh K. A decade in dental care utilization among adults and children (2001-2010). Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):460-80. [Uses 2001-2010 MEPS data, citing MEPS-HC Sample Sizes, 2009, and Survey Background, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Mahmoudi E, Jensen GA. Has Medicare Part D reduced racial/ethnic disparities in prescription drug use and spending? Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):502-25. [Uses 2002-2009 MEPS data, citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen et al. (Inquiry, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Weinick R, Haviland A, Hambarsoomian K, Elliott MN. Does the racial/ethnic composition of Medicare Advantage plans reflect their areas of operation? Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):526-45. [Uses 2009 Medicare CAHPS® (MCAHPS) survey and administrative data.] Select to access the abstract.

Romley JA, Chen AY, Goldman DP, Williams R. Hospital costs and inpatient mortality among children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):588-608. [Uses 2003, 2006, and 2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data and AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators, citing Introduction to the HCP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2009, Pediatric Quality Indicators, Version 4.2, and Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001. Select to access the abstract.

 Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Mortensen K, Thomas SB. Using quantile regression to examine health care expenditures during the Great Recession. Health Serv Res 2014 Apr; 49(2):705-30. [Uses 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 MEPS data, citing MEPS statistical brief, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2006-2007, 2010, and AHRQ-authored article by Cohen et al. (Med Care, 2009); notes Affordable Care Act provisions for coverage of preventive services rated A or B by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Adolescent Health
Lau JS, Adams SH, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE Jr. Young adults' health care utilization and expenditures Prior to the Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health 2014 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2009 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-129 2009 Full Year Consolidate Data File Documentation, 2011, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and MEPS statistical brief, Trends I Health Care Expenditure for Adults 18-44: 2006 Versus 1996, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Hougham GW, Ham SA, Ruhnke GW, Schulwolf E, Auerbach AD, Schnipper JL, Kaboli PJ, Wetterneck TB, Gonzalez D, Arora VM, et al. Sequence patterns in the resolution of clinical instabilities in community-acquired pneumonia and association with outcomes. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):563-71. [Uses study data from the Multicenter Hospitalist Study, previously supported by grant R01 HS10597; cites several articles from the AHRQ-funded Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) project.] Select to access the abstract.

Singh S, Lin YL, Kuo YF, Nattinger AB, Goodwin JS. Variation in the risk of readmission among hospitals: the relative contribution of patient, hospital and inpatient provider characteristics. J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr; 29(4):572-8. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Bauer AM, Parker MM, Schillinger D, Katon W, Adler N, Adams AS, Moffet HH, Karter AJ. Associations between antidepressant adherence and shared decision-making, patient-provider trust, and communication among adults with diabetes: Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med 2014 Apr 5; [Epub ahead of print. Uses items based on the CAHPS communications composite measure, citing CAHPS Health Plan Survey 4.0 Supplemental Items for the Adult Questionnaires, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; also cites AHRQ's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Kimball MM, Neal D, Waters MF, Hoh BL. Race and income disparity in ischemic stroke care: Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, 2002 to 2008. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2014 Jan; 23(1):17-24. [Uses 2002-2008 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Bielinski SJ, Olson JE, Pathak J, Weinshilboum RM, Wang L, Lyke KJ, Ryu E, Targonski PV, Van Norstrand MD, Hathcock MA, et al. Preemptive genotyping for personalized medicine: design of the right drug, right dose, right time-using genomic data to individualize treatment protocol. Mayo Clin Proc 2014 Jan; 89(1):25-33. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Hausmann LR, Gao S, Mor MK, Schaefer JH, Fine MJ. Patterns of sex and racial/ethnic differences in patient health care experiences in US Veterans Affairs hospitals. Med Care 2014 Apr; 52(4):328-35. [Uses HCAHPS Quality Assurance Guidelines and HCAHPS survey items, both as accessed on the HCAHPS Online Web site.]

Urologia Internationalis
Roghmann F, Sukumar S, Ravi P, Trinh VQ, Meskawi M, Ghani KR, Sammon JD, Friedman AA, Peabody JO, Menon M, et al. Radical cystectomy in the elderly: national trends and disparities in perioperative outcomes and quality of care. Urol Int 2014; 92(1):27-34. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site; also uses 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.

 Women's Health Issues
Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Andresen EM, Iezzoni LI. Breast and cervical cancer screening disparities associated with disability severity. Womens Health Issues 2014 Jan-Feb; 24(1):e147-53. [Uses 2002-2008 MEPS data to examine rates of mammography and Pap smear receipt based on USPSTF recommendations, citing MEPS methodology report, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008, several MEPS statistical briefs on use of mammography, Pap smear, and breast cancer detection exams, and USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2009) and screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2003 and 2012); cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2013.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Singleton et al. (Pediatr Infect Dis J, 2014), Nicholas (Forum Health Econ Policy, 2013), and Cohen (J Econ Soc Meas, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

Current as of April 2014
Internet Citation: Setting Performance Targets in Pay for Performance Programmes: What Can We Learn from QOF?: Articles of Interest, April 18, 2014. April 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20140418.html