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Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012

CHIP Reporting in the CPS

Assesses the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data and finds that the quality of the CPS CHIP information renders it effectively unusable for health policy analysis. Analysts should consider using a Medicaid–CHIP composite for CPS-based analyses.

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The Effects of Premium Changes on ALL Kids, Alabama’s CHIP Program

Describes the trends in enrollment and renewal in the Alabama Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), ALL Kids, since its creation in 1998, and estimates the effect that an annual premium increase, along with coincident increases in service copays, had on the decision to renew participation.

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Linkages Between Utilization of Prostate Surgical Pathology Services and Physician Self-Referral

This study evaluates the effects of self-referral on use rates of surgical pathology services performed in conjunction with prostate biopsies and whether such changes are linked to urologist self-referral arrangements.

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Volume of Home- and Community-Based Services and Time to Nursing-Home Placement

The purpose of this study was to determine whether the volume of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) that target Activities of Daily Living disabilities, such as attendant care, homemaking services, and home-delivered meals, increases recipients’ risk of transitioning from long-term care provided through HCBS to long-term care provided in a nursing home.

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Medication Days’ Supply, Adherence, Wastage, and Cost Among Chronic Patients in Medicaid

This retrospective observational study used California Medicaid claims, from the Walgreens pharmacy chain dated January 2010, to identify 52,898 patients prescribed statin, antihypertensive, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), or oral hypoglycemic medications. Across four drug categories and compared to 30-day refills, patients with 90-day refills had greater medication adherence, greater persistency, nominal wastage, and greater savings.

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Meredith L. Kilgore, Wilson Smith, Jeffrey R. Curtis, Michael A. Morrisey, David J. Becker, Kenneth G. Saag, Elizabeth Delzell
Jennifer Humensky, Henry Carretta, Kristin de Groot, Melissa M. Brown, Elizabeth Tarlov, Denise M. Hynes