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Health Affairs, vol. 31 no. 12

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 | Posted in Collections, Faculty, News, Resources, Students by Tomaro Taylor | No Comments »

The December 2012 edition of  Health Affairs is available at the FMHI Research Library.

Volume 31, number 12: “Topics in Public Health, Medicare Advantage, Health Reform Post Election”

From the Editor-in-Chief

  • ‘A pony in here somewhere’: Seeing hope in health care (Dentzer, 2602)

Entry Point

  • Post election, The Affordable Care Act leaves the intensive care unit for good (Jacobs & Ario, 2603)

Medicare Advantage

  • Analysis of Medicare Advantage HMOs compared with traditional Medicare shows lower use of many services during 2003-09 (Landon, Zaslavsky, Saunders, Pawlson, Newhouse, Ayanian, 2609)
  • Steps to reduce favorable risk selection in Medicare Advantage largely succeeded, boding well for health insurance exchanges (Newhouse, Price, Huang, McWilliams, Hsu, 2618)
  • New risk-adjustment system was associated with reduced favorable selection in Medicare Advantage (McWilliams, Hsu, Newhouse, 2630)

People and Places

  • Casting the light of the dismal science on health care (2629)

Consumer-Directed Plan

  • In consumer-directed health plans, a majority of patients were unaware of free or low-cost preventive care (Reed, Graetz, Fung, Newhouse, Hsu, 2641)


  • Hospital pay-for-performance programs in Maryland produced strong results, including reduced hospital-acquired conditions (Calikoglu, Murray, Feeney, 2649)

Transitional Care

  • Low-cost transitional care with nurse managers making mostly phone contact with patients cut rehospitalization at a VA hospital (Kind, Jensen, Barczi, Bridges, Kordahl, Smith, Asthana, 2659)

Interprofessional Education

  • Results of an effort to integrate quality and safety into medical and nursing school curricula and foster joint learning (Headrick, Barton, Ogrinc, Strang, Aboumatar, Aud, Haidet, Lindell, Madigosky, Patterson, 2669)


  • Disclosure-and-resolution programs that include generous compensation offers may prompt a complex patient response (Murtagh, Gallagher, Andrew, Mello, 2681)

The Care Span

  • Hospices’ enrollment policies may contribute to underuse of hospice care in the United States (Carlson, Barry, Cherlin, McCorkle, Bradley, 2690)

Reducing Tobacco Use

  • Smoking bans linked to lower hospitilizations for heart attacks and lung disease among Medicare beneficiaries (Vander Weg, Rosenthal, Vaughan Sarrazin, 2699)
  • Analysis of media campaign promoting smoking cessation suggests it was cost-effective in prompting quit attempts (Villanti, Curry, Richardson, Vallone, Holtgrave, 2708)
  • Simulation of quitting smoking in the military shows higher lifetime medical spending more than offset by productivity gains (Yang, Dall, Zhang, Zhang, Arday, Dorn, Jain, 2717)

Immigrant Health

  • Undiagnosed disease, especially Diabetes, casts doubt on some of reported ‘advantage’ of recent Mexican immigrants (Barcellos, Goldman, Smith, 2727)

Public Health Topics

  • Salt and public health: Contested science and the challenge of evidence-based decision making (Bayer, Johns, Galea, 2738)
  • Reducing racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening in likely to require more than access to care (Stimpson, Pagán, Chen, 2747)
  • Bioterrorism and biological threats dominate federal health security research; Other priorities get scan attention (Shelton, Connor, Uscher-Pines, Pillemer, Mullikin, Kellermann, 2755)

Global Health

  • China’s rapidly aging population creates policy challenges in shaping a viable long-term care system (Feng, Liu, Guan, Mor, 2764)
  • In urban and rural India, a standardized patient study showed low levels of provider training and huge quality gaps (Das, Holla, Fas, Mohanan, Tabak, Chan, 2774)

Young Leaders

  • Applying data analytics and information exchange to improve care for patients (Amarasingham, 2785)
  • Promoting health and development in Detroit rhrough gardens and urban agriculture (Atkinson, 2787)
  • Employing behavioral economics and decision science in crucial choices at end of life (Halpern, 2789)
  • Understanding the health impact of racism—and trying to reverse it (Kwate, 2791)
  • Using digital communications and social media to redraw rhe cardiac care map (Merchant, 2793)
  • Creating a new model to help health care providers write prescriptions for health (2795)
  • Bucking conventional wisdom and focusing on disparities to address kidney disease (Peralta, 2797)
  • Drawing on communityorganizing to advance public health in Minnesota and beyond (Schrantz, 2799)
  • Bringing the concepts of peer coaches and local health workers from Africa to Harlem (Singh, 2801)
  • Healing a community by innovating at a community health center (2803)

Web First

  • A survey of primary care doctors in ten countries shows progress in use of health information technology, less in other areas (Schoen, Osborn, Squires, Doty, Rasmussen, Pierson, Applebaum, 2805)

Narrative Matters

  • As she lay dying: How I fought to stop medical errors from killing my  mom (Welch, 2817)


  • The SCAN Foundation’s framework for advancing integrated person-centred care (Shugarman, 2821)

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