Utilization Review

Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

OBJECTIVE: There is concern about whether public services in Northern Ireland are equitably targeted across the religious divide. This study investigates whether use of acute hospital inpatient services differs by religious denomination, after adjusting for supply and for identified demographic, morbidity and socio-economic determinants of need for such services. METHODS: Hospital utilisation at small area level was modelled against a wide range of potential health and socioeconomic factors.

Author(s): 
Jamison, Jim
O'Reilly, Dermot
Carr-Hill, Roy
Stevenson, Mike
Publication Title: 
The Rand Journal of Economics

This article identifies the impact of managed-care reforms on the utilization of medical services within the military health-services system. The data come from a recent demonstration project that substituted an HMO and PPO for traditional FFS arrangements. Results from a semiparametric model indicate that the generosity of benefits in the HMO increased demand for ambulatory services. Unlike the private-sector experience with managed care, aggressive utilization review did not significantly curtail inpatient stays.

Author(s): 
Goldman, D. P.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics

BACKGROUND: Insurance benefits can have a large effect on whether one is able to access health care services. Mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) insurance coverage has typically been less generous than that of general health services. AIMS OF THE STUDY: This paper examines trends in the generosity of private insurance benefits for mental health (MH) services in the United States from 1987 to 1996.

Author(s): 
McKusick, David R.
Mark, Tami L.
King, Edward C.
Coffey, Rosanna M.
Genuardi, James
Publication Title: 
Inquiry: A Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing

Concerns about attracting disproportionate numbers of employees with alcohol problems limit employers' willingness to offer health plans with generous alcohol treatment benefits. This paper analyzes two potential avenues of adverse selection, namely biased enrollment into plans and biased exit from plans offered by 57 employers between 1991 and 1997.

Author(s): 
Harris, Katherine M.
Sturm, Roland
Publication Title: 
Health Affairs (Project Hope)

Affordable Care Act provisions implemented in 2010 required insurance plans to offer dependent coverage to people ages 19-25 and to provide targeted preventive services with zero cost sharing. These provisions both increased the percentage of young adults with any source of health insurance coverage and improved the generosity of coverage. We examined how these provisions affected use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which is among the most expensive of recommended vaccines, among young adult women.

Author(s): 
Lipton, Brandy J.
Decker, Sandra L.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplement�rmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: This nationwide study aimed to assess the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) methods in German departments of obstetrics. METHODS: All German departments of obstetrics were identified and were sent a questionnaire designed to assess which CAM methods, if any, they used during childbirth, how frequently, and why. SPSS software was used for statistical analyses (Spearman's bivariate correlation, cross-tabulation, and Pearson's chi-square test). RESULTS: The questionnaires were returned by 40.3% (381/946) of the identified departments.

Author(s): 
M�nstedt, Karsten
Schroter, Christian
Br�ggmann, D�rthe
Tinneberg, Hans-Rudolf
von Georgi, Richard
Publication Title: 
European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology: official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS): affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

There is growing interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) amongst the general population. Little information is available on CAM use in otolaryngology patients in the UK. Despite concerns over safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, CAM use is common amongst ENT patients. Patients perceive these medications as possible boosters to their immune system. It is becoming increasingly important that health care providers in all specialties ask their patients about CAM use and are aware of the implications it carries.

Author(s): 
Shakeel, Muhammad
Trinidade, Aaron
Ah-See, Kim W.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplement�rmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: This nationwide study assessed the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) methods in departments of obstetrics in Croatia and compared it with an identical assessment carried out in Germany. METHODS: All Croatian obstetrics departments were sent a questionnaire already tested in Germany which assessed the use of CAM methods: whether any were used during childbirth and if so how frequently, and the reasons behind their application. RESULTS: Questionnaires were returned by 100% (36/36) of departments identified.

Author(s): 
Hrgovic, Igor
Hrgovic, Zlatko
Habek, Dubravko
Oreskovic, Slavko
Hofmann, Johannes
M�nstedt, Karsten
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

OBJECTIVE: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is high among children and youth with chronic illnesses. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and patterns of CAM use in 10 subspecialty clinics in Canada and to compare CAM use between 2 geographically diverse locations. METHODS: This survey was carried out at 1 Children's Hospital in western Canada (Edmonton) and 1 Children's Hospital in central Canada (Ottawa). Questionnaires were completed by parents in either French or English.

Author(s): 
Adams, Denise
Dagenais, Simon
Clifford, Tammy
Baydala, Lola
King, W. James
Hervas-Malo, Marilou
Moher, David
Vohra, Sunita
Publication Title: 
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to provide a profile of young people attending alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services in Aotearoa, New Zealand. METHOD: Data were gathered from a clinical file search of 184 randomly selected young people aged 13-19 years who had attended one of eight youth AOD treatment services in New Zealand during 2003 or 2004. These services represented eight of the 11 youth-specific AOD services available to youth in New Zealand.

Author(s): 
Schroder, Ria
Sellman, Doug
Frampton, Chris
Deering, Daryle

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