This Issue Brief summarizes the implications of childhood autism for parental employment and earnings, and analyzes whether community-based services can reduce costly, psychiatric hospitalizations of children with ASDs.
Abstract: Dually eligible individuals, who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, are among the poorest and most vulnerable patients in the American health care system (1). As a result, these patients are particularly vulnerable to socioeconomic factors which can impede the successful transition from hospital to ambulatory care (2). They are more likely than other patients to lack timely primary care provider (PCP) follow-up, to return to the ED following hospital discharge, and to be readmitted to the hospital (3, 4).
This Issue Brief summarizes research that directly measures the willingness of dental and medical providers to see publicly-insured children, using research assistants posing as mothers calling for an urgent appointment for their child.
This Issue Brief summarizes a new study that tracks adults with moderate to severe asthma and explores the association between exposure to community violence and subsequent asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations.
Health care spending represents a growing share of our national income, and based on current projections, will increase from 16% of the gross domestic product today to 20% by 2018. What does this mean for typical working families with private health insurance, who shoulder the financial burden of maintaining the current system? In this Issue Brief, Polsky and Grande construct a typical health care budget for working families of various income levels, calculate the percentage of total compensation devoted to health care over time, and project how rising health care costs will affect standards of living in the future.
This Issue Brief describes the first national study of population access to emergency care, taking into account the locations of emergency departments (EDs), people, and transportation.
This Issue Brief summarizes clinical outcomes and costs from the largest study to date of children hospitalized with the flu. These findings should help inform clinicians and policymakers in prioritizing their efforts to implement the new recommendations.
This Issue Brief summarizes a series of studies that systematically explore African American women’s beliefs and intentions about BRCA1/2 testing. The findings have been used to tailor genetic counseling programs to better serve this population.
This Issue Brief reviews current knowledge about the genetic basis of prostate cancer and summarizes ongoing research at Penn that investigates the role of genetics in prostate cancer treatment and outcomes.
This Issue Brief summarizes research that evaluates the relationship between CAM use and perceived access to conventional health care.
This Issue Brief examines racial disparities in the use of life-saving cardiac procedures and mortality after cardiac arrest, and considers how geographic differences in health care affect these disparities.