1. Pediatric inpatient hospital resource use for congenital heart defects.

    Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Mol... 100(12):934 (2014) PMID 24975483 PMCID PMC4422978

    Congenital heart defects (CHDs) occur in approximately 8 per 1000 live births. Improvements in detection and treatment have increased survival. Few national estimates of the healthcare costs for infants, children and adolescents with CHDs are available. We estimated hospital costs for hospitaliz...
  2. Racial variation in the quality of surgical care for bladder cancer.

    Cancer 120(7):1018 (2014) PMID 24339051 PMCID PMC3961490

    Differences in quality of care may contribute to racial variation in outcomes of bladder cancer (BCa). Quality indicators in patients undergoing surgery for BCa include the use of high-volume surgeons and high-volume hospitals, and, when clinically indicated, receipt of pelvic lymphadenectomy, r...
  3. Child and adolescent health care quality and disparities: are we making progress?

    Academic Pediatrics 14(2):137 (2014) PMID 24602576

    Children and adolescents are known to experience poor health care quality; some groups of children have poorer health care than others. We sought to examine trends over time in health care quality and disparities by race, Hispanic ethnicity, income, insurance, gender, rurality, and special healt...
  4. 2013 ACCF/AHA key data elements and definitions for measuring the clinical management and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes and coronary artery disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards (Writing Committee to Develop Acute Coronary Syndromes and Coronary Artery Disease Clinical Data Standards).

    Critical Pathways in Cardiology A Journal of Ev... 12(2):65 (2013) PMID 23680811

  5. 2013 ACCF/AHA key data elements and definitions for measuring the clinical management and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes and coronary artery disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on clinical data standards (writing committee to develop acute coronary syndromes and coronary artery disease clinical data standards).

    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 61(9):992 (2013) PMID 23369353

  6. 2013 ACCF/AHA key data elements and definitions for measuring the clinical management and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes and coronary artery disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards (Writing Committee to Develop Acute Coronary Syndromes and Coronary Artery Disease Clinical Data Standards).

    Circulation 127(9):1052 (2013) PMID 23357718

  7. Racial variation in the quality of surgical care for prostate cancer.

    The Journal of Urology 188(4):1279 (2012) PMID 22902011 PMCID PMC3770766

    Difference in the quality of care may contribute to the less optimal prostate cancer treatment outcomes among black men compared with white men. We determined whether a racial quality of care gap exists in surgical care for prostate cancer, as evidenced by racial variation in the use of high vol...
  8. Costs and state-specific rates of thoracic and lumbar vertebroplasty, 2001-2005.

    Spine 33(17):1905 (2008) PMID 18622357 PMCID PMC4871167

    Sequential cross-sectional analysis. To document vertebroplasty rates and costs. Little is known about interstate variation in rates or about nation-wide costs associated with the growing use of percutaneous vertebroplasty. Using specific CPT-4 billing codes, we reviewed aggregate Medicare Part ...
  9. Thoracic and lumbar vertebroplasties performed in US Medicare enrollees, 2001-2005.

    JAMA 298(15):1760 (2007) PMID 17940230

  10. Are lumbar spine reoperation rates falling with greater use of fusion surgery and new surgical technology?

    Spine 32(19):2119 (2007) PMID 17762814

    A retrospective analysis of population-based hospital discharge registry from all nonfederal acute care hospitals in Washington State. We examined the cumulative incidence of second lumbar spine operation following an initial lumbar operation for degenerative conditions. We aimed to determine if...
  11. Reoperation rates following lumbar spine surgery and the influence of spinal fusion procedures.

    Spine 32(3):382 (2007) PMID 17268274

    Retrospective cohort study using a hospital discharge registry of all nonfederal acute care hospitals in Washington state. To determine the cumulative incidence of reoperation following lumbar surgery for degenerative disease and, for specific diagnoses, to compare the frequency of reoperation f...
  12. Population-based trends in volumes and rates of ambulatory lumbar spine surgery.

    Spine 31(17):1957 (2006) PMID 16924213

    Sequential cross-sectional study. To quantify patterns of outpatient lumbar spine surgery. Outpatient lumbar spine surgery patterns are undocumented. We used CPT-4 and ICD-9-CM diagnosis/procedure codes to identify lumbar spine operations in 20+ year olds. We combined sample volume estimates fro...
  13. Coming together to achieve quality cardiovascular care.

    Circulation 113(5):607 (2006) PMID 16391152

  14. Coming together to achieve quality cardiovascular care.

    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 47(1):266 (2006) PMID 16386698

  15. United States trends in lumbar fusion surgery for degenerative conditions.

    Spine 30(12):1441 (2005) PMID 15959375

    Retrospective cohort study using national sample administrative data. To determine if lumbar fusion rates increased in the 1990s and to compare lumbar fusion rates with those of other major musculoskeletal procedures. Previous studies found that lumbar fusion rates rose more rapidly during the 1...
  16. Neonatal circumcision: cost-effective preventive measure or "the unkindest cut of all"?

    Medical Decision Making 24(6):688 (2004) PMID 15534350

  17. Rapid magnetic resonance imaging vs radiographs for patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.

    JAMA 289(21):2810 (2003) PMID 12783911

    Faster magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning has made MRI a potential cost-effective replacement for radiographs for patients with low back pain. However, whether rapid MRI scanning results in better patient outcomes than radiographic evaluation or a cost-effective alternative is unknown. To...
  18. Conventional radiography, rapid MR imaging, and conventional MR imaging for low back pain: activity-based costs and reimbursement.

    Radiology 227(3):669 (2003) PMID 12773674

    To incorporate personnel and equipment use time in an activity-based cost comparison of conventional radiography and conventional and rapid magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for low back pain (LBP). At each of four Seattle Lumbar Imaging Project (SLIP) sites, patients were randomized to undergo co...
  19. Rapid magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosing cancer-related low back pain.

    Journal of General Internal Medicine 18(4):303 (2003) PMID 12709099 PMCID PMC1494841

    This study compared the relative efficiency of lumbar x-ray and rapid magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for diagnosing cancer-related low back pain (LBP) in primary care patients. We developed a decision model with Markov state transitions to calculate the cost per case detected and cost per quali...
  20. Comparative economic analyses of minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery.

    Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 125(3):618 (2003) PMID 12658204

    This study was undertaken to assess the degree to which published cost comparisons of minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass through a thoracotomy versus conventional coronary artery bypass grafting, off-pump bypass surgery through a sternotomy, or angioplasty with or without stenting ...