This population-based study evaluates insurance coverage and rehabilitation use among young adult trauma patients since implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the Dependent Coverage Provision and Medicaid expansion/open enrollment.
This study examines the traumatic brain injury–related factors associated with accelerated change in health insurance coverage and the differences in time to coverage change among individuals with employer-provided private insurance.
This retrospective cohort study shows that health care reform in Massachusetts did not affect insurance coverage for trauma patients but was associated with a transient increase in adjusted mortality rates. See also the Invited Commentary by Lee.
Loehrer et al evaluate the impact of Massachusetts health care reform on racial disparities in minimally invasive surgery.
This cohort study investigates the associations between socioeconomic variables and surgical resection in patients with early-stage pancreatic cancer.
This retrospective review determined that the Center of Excellence certification requirement did not limit patients’ access to bariatric surgery based on demographic characteristics. See also the Invited Commentary by Dimick.
Ellimoottil et al estimate the differential effect of insurance expansion on discretionary vs nondiscretionary inpatient surgery rates, using health care reform in Massachusetts as a natural experimental condition.