This cohort study compares patient outcomes, health care utilization, and costs for patients receiving primary care in integrated team-based care (TBC) vs traditional practice management (TPM) practices (usual care).
This pharmacoepidemiology study estimates the rate of outpatient, oral antibiotic prescribing by age and diagnosis in the United States and the estimated portion of antibiotic use that may be inappropriate in adults and children.
Gray and coauthors measure associations between American Board of Internal Medicine’s original Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement and outcomes of care.
Friedberg and coauthors investigated the associations between participation in a large US multipayer medical home pilot and changes in the quality, utilization, and costs of care by surveying 32 volunteering primary care practices from 2008 to 2011. In an Editorial, Schwenk discusses the importance of strategic and targeted deployment of the patient-centered medical home model.
Cutler and Scott Morton present data on the growth of integrated health systems, discuss the potential benefits and harms of integration, and consider possible remedies.
McWilliams and coauthors examined whether a commercial accountable care organization (ACO) initiative associated with reduced spending and improved quality for private insurance plan enrollees was also associated with changes in spending and quality for Medicare beneficiaries, who were not covered by the initiative.
This Recommendation Statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force concludes that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents 20 years or younger.
This population epidemiology study used data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database to characterize rates of all-cause unplanned visits within 30 days of ambulatory surgery and the relationships between the cause for the revisit and the preceding operation.
This retrospective analysis reports that there were no significant differences between physicians with time-limited vs time-unlimited board certification on 10 primary care performance measures.