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Do Reductions in Medicaid/SCHIP Enrollment Increase Emergency Department Use Among Low-Income Persons?

January 23, 2007

Outlines estimates of the impact on emergency department visits by the uninsured and the overall low-income population if Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program enrollment and physicians' acceptance rates of Medicaid patients were to fall.

Public Perceptions About the Effectiveness of Tobacco Cessation Products and Services

January 9, 2007

Summarizes findings from a February-March 2006 survey on the perceived effectiveness of products and services that help smokers quit. Compares views on evidence-based and non-evidenced based treatments and methods.

Is Less Better? Greater Efficiency With Fewer Resources Expended

January 1, 2007

Summarizes an analysis of Medicare spending to assess the relative efficiency of healthcare providers in managing patients with severe chronic illnesses in California. Highlights the need to redesign the payment system to improve healthcare efficiency.

Collaborative Models Improve Some Aspects of Quality for Patients With Chronic Heart Failure

October 30, 2006

Summarizes a study of how collaborative interventions in which healthcare providers share lessons learned affect the quality of care for chronic heart failure patients. Compares patient education, counseling, and quality indicators as well as treatments.

All Americans at Risk of Receiving Poor Quality Health Care

March 16, 2006

Summarizes a study of the health care Americans receive compared to the health care they should receive and of the links between the quality of care received and patient characteristics, including age, gender, race/ethnicity, income, and insurance status.

Health Behavior Assessments Lacking in Primary Care Settings

January 18, 2006

Outlines findings on existing health behavior questionnaires and the need to develop brief, broadly applicable, self-administrable, age- and culture-appropriate tools in order to deliver effective behavior change counseling in primary care settings.