Health Care Reform
Karin V. Rhodes, MD, MS; Genevieve M. Kenney, PhD; Ari B. Friedman, MS; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):861-869. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.20
Rhodes et al assess primary care appointment availability by state and insurance status. See also the invited commentary by Bindman and Coffman.
Health Insurance Is Not Health Care
Mitchell H. Katz, MD
Calling All Doctors: What Type of Insurance Do You Accept?
Andrew B. Bindman, MD; Janet M. Coffman, PhD
Renda Soylemez Wiener, MD, MPH; Michael K. Gould, MD, MS; Christopher G. Slatore, MD, MS; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):871-880. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.561
Wiener et al characterize pulmonary nodule evaluation and concordance with the Fleischner Society guidelines for management.
Eran Bendavid, MD; Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):881-887. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.292
Bendavid and Bhattacharya quantify the relationship between international health aid and changes in life expectancy and mortality in children younger than 5 years among aid recipient nations.
Smart Aid: A Catalytic Converter
Trevor Mundel, MD, PhD
Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc; Philippe Martin, BSc; Robyn Tamblyn, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):890-898. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.949
Tannenbaum and colleagues compare the effect of a direct-to-consumer educational intervention against usual care on benzodiazepine therapy discontinuation in community-dwelling older adults.
Matthew Miller, MD, ScD; Sonja A. Swanson, ScM; Deborah Azrael, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):899-909. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1053
Miller and coauthors assess the risk of deliberate self-harm by antidepressant dose, by age group. See the Invited Commentary by Article .
Laura Conklin, MD; James J. Sejvar, MD; Stephanie Kieszak, MA, MPH; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):912-917. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.344
Conklin et al characterize renal and neurologic outcomes among survivors of a 2006 diethylene glycol mass-poisoning event in Panama for 2 years after exposure. See also the invited commentary by Brent.
Health Care Reform
Chima D. Ndumele, PhD; Vincent Mor, PhD; Susan Allen, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):920-926. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.588
Ndumele et al assessed the effect of previous Medicaid expansions on self-reported access to care and the use of emergency department services by Medicaid enrollees. A quasi-experimental difference-in-differences design was used among 10 states that expanded Medicaid and 14 bordering control states that did not expand Medicaid. See the editorial by Katz.
Jeff C. Huffman, MD; Carol A. Mastromauro, LICSW; Scott R. Beach, MD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):927-935. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.739
Huffman et al determine the impact of a low-intensity collaborative care intervention for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder among patients hospitalized for an acute cardiac illness. Davidson et al provide an Invited Commentary.
Health Care Reform
J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD; Michael E. Chernew, PhD; Jesse B. Dalton, MA; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):938-945. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.1073
McWilliams and colleagues measure 3 related constructs relevant to Medicare Accountable Care Organization incentives and their capacity to manage care.
Bruce L. Davidson, MD, MPH; Sara Verheijen, BS; Anthonie W. A. Lensing, MD, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):947-953. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.946
Davidson et al estimate the bleeding risk of combined anticoagulant (rivaroxaban or enoxaparin–vitamin K antagonist) and NSAID or aspirin therapy in patients with venous thromboembolism.
Anna N. A. Tosteson, ScD; Dennis G. Fryback, PhD; Cristina S. Hammond, MPH; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):954-961. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.981
Tosteson et al measure the effect of false-positive mammograms on quality of life by measuring personal anxiety, health utility, and attitudes toward future screening. See also the invited commentary by Kroenke.
Wen-Qing Li, PhD; Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH; Kathleen C. Robinson, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):964-970. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.594
Li et al evaluate the association between sildenafil use and risk of incident melanoma among men in the United States. See also the invited commentary by Robinson.
Juliana C. N. Chan, MD; Yi Sui, PhD; Brian Oldenburg, PhD; et al.
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(6):972-981. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.655
Chan et al investigate if frequent contacts through a telephone-based peer support program would improve cardiometabolic risk and health outcomes by enhancing psychological well-being and self-care in patients receiving integrated care implemented through a web-based, multicomponent quality improvement program.