Beth A Virnig

Summary

Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Country: USA

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Ductal carcinoma in situ: risk factors and impact of screening
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, A365 Mayo MMC 729, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010:113-6. 2010
  2. ncbi request reprint Do rural elders have limited access to Medicare hospice services?
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:731-5. 2004
  3. ncbi request reprint Access to home-based hospice care for rural populations: Identification of areas lacking service
    Beth A Virnig
    School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    J Palliat Med 9:1292-9. 2006
  4. doi request reprint Ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: a systematic review of incidence, treatment, and outcomes
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, A365 Mayo MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 102:170-8. 2010
  5. ncbi request reprint Efforts to reduce racial disparities in Medicare managed care must consider the disproportionate effects of geography
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 729 A365 Mayo, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Manag Care 13:51-6. 2007
  6. pmc A matter of race: early-versus late-stage cancer diagnosis
    Beth A Virnig
    Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 28:160-8. 2009
  7. pmc Linking the Iowa Women's Health Study cohort to Medicare data: linkage results and application to hip fracture
    Beth Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 172:327-33. 2010
  8. doi request reprint Surgical treatment of lung cancer: predicting postoperative morbidity in the elderly population
    Natasha M Rueth
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 143:1314-23. 2012
  9. doi request reprint Ninety-day mortality after intertrochanteric hip fracture: does provider volume matter?
    Mary L Forte
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    J Bone Joint Surg Am 92:799-806. 2010
  10. doi request reprint The long-term impact of surgical complications after resection of stage I nonsmall cell lung cancer: a population-based survival analysis
    Natasha M Rueth
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Ann Surg 254:368-74. 2011

Detail Information

Publications84

  1. doi request reprint Ductal carcinoma in situ: risk factors and impact of screening
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, A365 Mayo MMC 729, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010:113-6. 2010
    ....
  2. ncbi request reprint Do rural elders have limited access to Medicare hospice services?
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:731-5. 2004
    ..To examine whether there are urban-rural differences in use of the Medicare hospice benefit before death and whether those differences suggest that there is a problem with access to hospice care for rural Medicare beneficiaries...
  3. ncbi request reprint Access to home-based hospice care for rural populations: Identification of areas lacking service
    Beth A Virnig
    School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    J Palliat Med 9:1292-9. 2006
    ..It is established in the literature that persons in rural settings are less likely to use hospice than persons living in urban areas. We examine whether this is due, in part, to a lack of hospice providers serving rural areas...
  4. doi request reprint Ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: a systematic review of incidence, treatment, and outcomes
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, A365 Mayo MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 102:170-8. 2010
    ....
  5. ncbi request reprint Efforts to reduce racial disparities in Medicare managed care must consider the disproportionate effects of geography
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 729 A365 Mayo, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Manag Care 13:51-6. 2007
    ..To examine the impact of geographic variation on racial differences in 7 of 15 Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures that assess the quality of the Medicare managed care program (also known as Medicare+Choice)...
  6. pmc A matter of race: early-versus late-stage cancer diagnosis
    Beth A Virnig
    Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 28:160-8. 2009
    ..These differences cannot be explained by screening behavior or risk factors; they point instead to the need for broad-based strategies to remedy racial inequality in cancer survival...
  7. pmc Linking the Iowa Women's Health Study cohort to Medicare data: linkage results and application to hip fracture
    Beth Virnig
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 172:327-33. 2010
    ..These data are useful for studying clinically unambiguous and high morbidity and mortality conditions. They enable less-biased collection of health data...
  8. doi request reprint Surgical treatment of lung cancer: predicting postoperative morbidity in the elderly population
    Natasha M Rueth
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 143:1314-23. 2012
    ..With population data, we analyzed postoperative complications and morbidity predictors for older patients undergoing lobectomy for stage I non-small cell lung cancer...
  9. doi request reprint Ninety-day mortality after intertrochanteric hip fracture: does provider volume matter?
    Mary L Forte
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    J Bone Joint Surg Am 92:799-806. 2010
    ..This study examined the association between surgeon and hospital volumes of procedures performed for the treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures in Medicare beneficiaries and inpatient through ninety-day postoperative mortality...
  10. doi request reprint The long-term impact of surgical complications after resection of stage I nonsmall cell lung cancer: a population-based survival analysis
    Natasha M Rueth
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Ann Surg 254:368-74. 2011
    ..Because resection of early stage nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is primary therapy, we sought to determine the survival impact of surgical complications for elderly patients undergoing resection of stage I NSCLC...
  11. pmc Three-dimensional external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer increases the risk of hip fracture
    Sean P Elliott
    Department Urologic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Cancer 117:4557-65. 2011
    ..Hip fracture is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Pelvic external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) is known to increase the risk of hip fractures in women, but the effect in men is unknown...
  12. ncbi request reprint Managed care enrollment and chronically disabled women with breast cancer
    Elizabeth B Habermann
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Manag Care 14:514-20. 2008
    ..To assess whether managed care enrollment or healthcare utilization level among women enrolled in Medicare because of disability affects stage at diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer...
  13. pmc Correlates and consequences of venous thromboembolism: The Iowa Women's Health Study
    Pamela L Lutsey
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
    Am J Public Health 100:1506-13. 2010
    ..We sought to document incidence, case-fatality, and recurrence rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women and to explore the relationship of demographic, lifestyle, and anthropometric factors to VTE incidence...
  14. doi request reprint Association between patient and tumor characteristics with clinical outcomes in women with ductal carcinoma in situ
    Tatyana Shamliyan
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, D330 5 Mayo MMC 729, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010:121-9. 2010
    ..Future research should address composite prediction indices among race groups for all outcomes...
  15. doi request reprint Increasing rates of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ
    Todd M Tuttle
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    J Clin Oncol 27:1362-7. 2009
    ..The use and trends of CPM for DCIS in the United States have not previously been reported...
  16. doi request reprint Lymph node evaluation is associated with improved survival after surgery for early stage gallbladder cancer
    Eric H Jensen
    Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Surgery 146:706-11; discussion 711-3. 2009
    ..We sought to determine the survival benefit conferred by adequate LN evaluation...
  17. doi request reprint Conditional survival after surgical treatment of melanoma: an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database
    Natasha M Rueth
    Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Ann Surg Oncol 17:1662-8. 2010
    ..Therefore, survival estimates may be misleading for long-term cancer survivors. We examined whether conditional survival (CS) is more accurate in predicting long-term melanoma survival...
  18. pmc Reduction in physician reimbursement and use of hormone therapy in prostate cancer
    Sean P Elliott
    Department of Urologic Surgery, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St SE, MMC 394, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 102:1826-34. 2010
    ..The 2003 Medicare Modernization Act reduced reimbursements for AST by 64% between 2004 and 2005, but the effect of this large reduction on use of AST is unknown...
  19. doi request reprint The impact of surgery, radiation, and systemic treatment on outcomes in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ
    Robert L Kane
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, D351 Mayo MMC 729, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010:130-3. 2010
    ..Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is associated with low rates of mortality. Outcomes are generally assessed in terms of recurrence...
  20. ncbi request reprint Racial variation in the control of diabetes among elderly medicare managed care beneficiaries
    A Marshall McBean
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Diabetes Care 26:3250-6. 2003
    ..To examine racial variation in the poor control of GHb, a GHb value >9.5%, or GHb not tested in 1999 among Medicare beneficiaries aged 65-75 years enrolled in managed care plans...
  21. doi request reprint Bias due to missing SEER data in D'Amico risk stratification of prostate cancer
    Sean P Elliott
    Department of Urology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    J Urol 187:2026-31. 2012
    ..Exclusion bias may occur since D'Amico staging requires all 3 variables to be known and data may not be missing at random...
  22. doi request reprint Screening mammography rate and predictors following treatment for colorectal cancer
    A Marshall McBean
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Cancer Surviv 3:12-20. 2009
    ..Colorectal cancer survivors remain at risk for breast cancer. Thus, it is important to determine if screening mammography rates are reduced by the diagnosis and treatment of incident colorectal cancer...
  23. doi request reprint The use of preventive health services among elderly uterine cancer survivors
    A Marshall McBean
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Obstet Gynecol 198:86.e1-8. 2008
    ....
  24. doi request reprint Variations in gastric cancer care: a trend beyond racial disparities
    Waddah B Al-Refaie
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 420 Delaware Street SE, Mayo Mail Code 195, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Cancer 116:465-75. 2010
    ..By using current recommendations, the authors examined the association between race and guideline-recommended treatments and identified factors that are predictive of variations in gastric cancer care...
  25. ncbi request reprint Variability of preoperative breast MRI utilization among older women with newly diagnosed early-stage breast cancer
    Shi Yi Wang
    Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Breast J 19:627-36. 2013
    ..Future studies should evaluate whether routine use of preoperative breast MRI in newly diagnosed early-stage breast cancer improves clinical outcomes...
  26. doi request reprint Factors associated with reduction in use of neoadjuvant androgen suppression therapy before radical prostatectomy
    Matthew J O'Shaughnessy
    Department of Urology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Urology 81:745-51. 2013
    ....
  27. doi request reprint Omission of radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery in the United States: a population-based analysis of clinicopathologic factors
    Todd M Tuttle
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Cancer 118:2004-13. 2012
    ..The authors of this report sought to determine which patients with breast cancer do not receive RT after BCS in the United States...
  28. doi request reprint Patient and surgeon characteristics associated with increased use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in patients with breast cancer
    Amanda K Arrington
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Ann Surg Oncol 16:2697-704. 2009
    ..The current study evaluated patients who underwent breast cancer surgery in a metropolitan-based hospital system to determine factors associated with CPM...
  29. ncbi request reprint Risk of pelvic fractures in older women following pelvic irradiation
    Nancy N Baxter
    Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    JAMA 294:2587-93. 2005
    ..Pelvic fractures, including hip fractures, are a major source of morbidity and mortality in older women. Although therapeutic pelvic irradiation could increase the risk of such fractures, this effect has not been studied...
  30. ncbi request reprint The impact of a change in Medicare reimbursement policy and HEDIS measures on stage at diagnosis among Medicare HMO and fee-for-service female breast cancer patients
    Elizabeth B Habermann
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Med Care 45:761-6. 2007
    ....
  31. doi request reprint Appendiceal carcinoid tumors: Predictors of lymph node metastasis and the impact of right hemicolectomy on survival
    Shawn S Groth
    Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA
    J Surg Oncol 103:39-45. 2011
    ....
  32. ncbi request reprint Trends in the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast
    Nancy N Baxter
    Division of Surgical Oncology and School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 96:443-8. 2004
    ..This study was designed to evaluate the use of surgery and radiation therapy in treating DCIS...
  33. doi request reprint Body mass index and major cancer surgery outcomes: lack of association or need for alternative measurements of obesity?
    Waddah B Al-Refaie
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VAMC, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Ann Surg Oncol 17:2264-73. 2010
    ..Simultaneously, BMI has known comorbidities, which may mediate the effect of BMI if included in multivariable models. We sought to examine the effect of BMI on operative outcomes after adjusting for preoperative factors...
  34. doi request reprint Provider factors associated with intramedullary nail use for intertrochanteric hip fractures
    Mary L Forte
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Bone Joint Surg Am 92:1105-14. 2010
    ....
  35. doi request reprint The impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy and magnetic resonance imaging on important outcomes among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ
    Todd M Tuttle
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2010:117-20. 2010
    ..Although MRI may identify occult multicentric or contralateral breast cancer in some patients, it may also lead to unnecessary biopsies and overtreatment...
  36. doi request reprint Are mastectomy rates really increasing in the United States?
    Elizabeth B Habermann
    University of Minnesota andVeterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    J Clin Oncol 28:3437-41. 2010
    ..We conducted a population-based study to evaluate national trends in the surgical treatment of breast cancer from 2000 through 2006...
  37. doi request reprint Physician visits, patient comorbidities, and mammography use among elderly colorectal cancer survivors
    Xinhua Yu
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, MMC 97, 420 Delaware St, S E, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Cancer Surviv 1:275-82. 2007
    ..Over a million Americans have survived colorectal cancer. This study examined physician visit patterns, patient comorbidities, and mammography use among colorectal cancer survivors based on the competing demands model...
  38. pmc The impact of Medicare coverage policies on health care utilization
    Susan Bartlett Foote
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street, S E, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Health Serv Res 43:1285-301. 2008
    ..To determine whether Medicare coverage policies affect utilization of services in Medicare...
  39. doi request reprint Major cancer surgery in the elderly: results from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
    Waddah B Al-Refaie
    Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Ann Surg 251:311-8. 2010
    ..To examine the association between older age and short-term outcomes after major oncologic resections...
  40. ncbi request reprint The status of radical proctectomy and sphincter-sparing surgery in the United States
    Rocco Ricciardi
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Dis Colon Rectum 50:1119-27; discussion 1126-7. 2007
    ..The rate of sphincter-sparing surgery with reestablishment of intestinal continuity in the general population of the United Stares is unknown...
  41. pmc Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US hospitals; reducing variation may address quality and cost issues
    Katy Backes Kozhimannil
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 32:527-35. 2013
    ....
  42. doi request reprint Extremity soft tissue sarcoma care in the elderly: insights into the generalizability of NCI Cancer Trials
    Waddah B Al-Refaie
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Ann Surg Oncol 17:1732-8. 2010
    ..We explored the extent of older age (> or =65 years) on patterns of ESTS care in NCI-sponsored population-based dataset...
  43. ncbi request reprint Increasing use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy for breast cancer patients: a trend toward more aggressive surgical treatment
    Todd M Tuttle
    University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    J Clin Oncol 25:5203-9. 2007
    ..The purpose of our study was to determine the use and trends of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in the United States...
  44. ncbi request reprint Providing hospice care in rural areas: challenges and strategies
    Michelle M Casey
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, Division of Health Services Research and Policy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Am J Hosp Palliat Care 22:363-8. 2005
    ..National initiatives to improve end-of-life care need to consider the special challenges faced by rural hospices...
  45. doi request reprint Palliative radiotherapy in Medicare-certified freestanding hospices
    Stephanie L Jarosek
    Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 37:780-7. 2009
    ....
  46. doi request reprint National health care costs of peripheral arterial disease in the Medicare population
    Alan T Hirsch
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN 55454 1015, USA
    Vasc Med 13:209-15. 2008
    ..The potential impact of earlier PAD detection and use of outpatient preventive strategies on total national PAD health care costs is unknown...
  47. ncbi request reprint Trends in the incidence of invasive and in situ vulvar carcinoma
    Patricia L Judson
    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women s Health, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Obstet Gynecol 107:1018-22. 2006
    ..To characterize the incidence of vulvar carcinoma in situ and vulvar cancer over time...
  48. doi request reprint Intensity modulated radiation therapy replaces 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy as prostate cancer treatment
    Sean P Elliott
    Department of Urology, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416, USA
    J Urol 187:1253-8. 2012
    ..We describe trends in the use of intensity modulated radiotherapy vs 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy for prostate cancer and identified predictors of intensity modulated radiotherapy use...
  49. doi request reprint Network meta-analysis of margin threshold for women with ductal carcinoma in situ
    Shi Yi Wang
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Delaware St S E, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 104:507-16. 2012
    ..However, there is no consensus about the best minimum margin width...
  50. ncbi request reprint Increased risk of rectal cancer after prostate radiation: a population-based study
    Nancy N Baxter
    Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Gastroenterology 128:819-24. 2005
    ..Radiation therapy for prostate cancer has been associated with an increased rate of pelvic malignancies, particularly bladder cancer. The association between radiation therapy and colorectal cancer has not been established...
  51. ncbi request reprint Trends in the incidence and treatment of parathyroid cancer in the United States
    Peter K Lee
    Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Cancer 109:1736-41. 2007
    ..The objectives of this study were to determine the patterns of disease, treatment trends, and outcomes among patients with parathyroid cancer by using a population-based data source...
  52. ncbi request reprint Improved care and outcomes among elderly medicare managed care beneficiaries with diabetes
    A Marshall McBean
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Manag Care 11:213-22. 2005
    ..To examine individual- and plan-level factors related to improved diabetes care and outcomes between 1999 and 2001 among elderly Medicare managed care beneficiaries with diabetes...
  53. doi request reprint Trends in the local treatment of breast cancer: should we be worried?
    Todd M Tuttle
    Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    J Surg Oncol 103:313-6. 2011
    ..These trends have important potential untoward consequences. Strategies are being developed to ensure adequate local therapy for breast cancer patients...
  54. pmc Association between psoriasis and incident cancer: the Iowa's Women's Health Study
    Anna E Prizment
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 1300 2nd Street South, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Cancer Causes Control 22:1003-10. 2011
    ..Studies have reported higher cancer risk in individuals with psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease; however, adjustment for potential confounders was lacking...
  55. doi request reprint A critical analysis of the surgical management of early-stage gallbladder cancer in the United States
    Eric H Jensen
    Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical Center, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 195, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Gastrointest Surg 13:722-7. 2009
    ..We sought to determine whether radical resection improves survival for patients with early-stage cancer and to evaluate surgeon compliance with current treatment recommendations...
  56. ncbi request reprint Medicare-certified home health care: urban-rural differences in utilization
    Lacey Hartman
    University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Rural Health 23:254-7. 2007
    ..Availability of Medicare-certified home health care (HHC) to rural elders can prevent more expensive institutional care. To date, utilization of HHC by rural elders has not been studied in detail...
  57. ncbi request reprint Racial variation in quality of care among Medicare+Choice enrollees
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 21:224-30. 2002
    ..Asians received equal or better care for all measures. It is important that studies of health care quality include all racial subgroups since the black/white patterns may not apply...
  58. doi request reprint Determination of the minimum number of lymph nodes to examine to maximize survival in patients with esophageal carcinoma: data from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database
    Shawn S Groth
    University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Foregut Surgery, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 139:612-20. 2010
    ..We used a population-based cancer registry to examine the association between lymph node counts and mortality to determine the minimum number of lymph nodes that should be examined as part of esophageal resection...
  59. doi request reprint Geographic variation in device use for intertrochanteric hip fractures
    Mary L Forte
    Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, MMC 197, D351 Mayo, 420 Delaware Street S E, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Bone Joint Surg Am 90:691-9. 2008
    ..We assessed the degree of geographic variation in use of intramedullary nailing for intertrochanteric femoral fractures among Medicare beneficiaries between 2000 and 2002...
  60. pmc Cost-effective diagnostic checklists for meningitis in resource-limited settings
    Kara N Durski
    School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 63:e101-8. 2013
    ..However, the cost effectiveness of such algorithms is unknown...
  61. doi request reprint National trends in health insurance coverage of pregnant and reproductive-age women, 2000 to 2009
    Katy Backes Kozhimannil
    Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Womens Health Issues 22:e135-41. 2012
    ..Health insurance facilitates financial access to health services, including prenatal and preconception care. This study characterized changes in health insurance coverage among reproductive-age women in the United States from 2000 to 2009...
  62. ncbi request reprint Studying radiation therapy using SEER-Medicare-linked data
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Med Care 40:IV-49-54. 2002
    ..Numerous studies have used the SEER or Medicare data to assess the use of radiation therapy. However, the completeness of these data has not been evaluated...
  63. doi request reprint Tumor characteristics as predictors of local recurrence after treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ: a meta-analysis
    Shi Yi Wang
    Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Delaware Street S E MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Breast Cancer Res Treat 127:1-14. 2011
    ..A variety of tumor characteristics are significant predictors for IBTR. These results are important for both clinicians and patients to interpret the risk of local recurrence and to decide on a course of treatment...
  64. doi request reprint Does poorer familiarity with Medicare translate into worse access to health care?
    Robert O Morgan
    Division of Management, Policy, and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:2053-60. 2008
    ..To examine the relationship between a global measure of Medicare program familiarity and a broad set of measures of actual and perceived healthcare access...
  65. ncbi request reprint Assessing capacity for clinical decisions and research for persons with low English proficiency: ethical and practical challenges
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 420 Deleware St SE MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    HEC Forum 14:235-40. 2002
  66. pmc Five-year rehospitalization outcomes in a cohort of patients with acute ischemic stroke: Medicare linkage study
    Kamakshi Lakshminarayan
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1300S Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454 1015, USA
    Stroke 42:1556-62. 2011
    ..The purposes of this study were to track mortality and rehospitalizations over 5 years poststroke in a stroke cohort (SC) and compare long-term risks of complications to a matched nonstroke cohort (NSC)...
  67. ncbi request reprint Lymph node evaluation in colorectal cancer patients: a population-based study
    Nancy N Baxter
    Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 97:219-25. 2005
    ..We used data from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program to determine the proportion of colorectal cancer patients in the United States who receive adequate lymph node evaluation...
  68. pmc Diet and incident venous thromboembolism: the Iowa Women's Health Study
    Pamela L Lutsey
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Am Heart J 157:1081-7. 2009
    ..Little is known about the role of diet in the development of venous thromboembolism (VTE). We explored the prospective relation of dietary patterns, food groups, and nutrients to incident VTE in older women...
  69. ncbi request reprint Hospice use before death: variability across cancer diagnoses
    Beth A Virnig
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Med Care 40:73-8. 2002
    ..There is little information available about patterns of hospice use before death for patients with a diagnosis of cancer...
  70. ncbi request reprint External review of health plan denials of mental health services: lessons from Minnesota
    Susan Bartlett Foote
    Division of Health Services Research and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 729, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 34:38-44. 2007
    ..The findings show that the panel reversed only 2.9% of denied claims, suggesting inappropriate denials were rare. However, the panel decisions have made important improvements in contract language and patient communications...
  71. ncbi request reprint Utility of the SEER-Medicare data to identify chemotherapy use
    Joan L Warren
    Applied Research Program, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 7344
    Med Care 40:IV-55-61. 2002
    ..However, the validity and completeness of these data as a source of information has not been established...
  72. doi request reprint Associating insurance status with cancer stage at diagnosis
    Beth A Virnig
    Lancet Oncol 9:189-91. 2008
  73. ncbi request reprint Measuring breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer screening with medicare claims data
    Jean L Freeman
    Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555 0460, USA
    Med Care 40:IV-36-42. 2002
    ..Medicare claims may be a useful source of data when screening older populations, but they are limited in terms of completeness and the ability to distinguish screening tests from those provided for diagnosis or surveillance...
  74. doi request reprint Volume-outcome relationship for coronary artery bypass grafting in an era of decreasing volume
    Rocco Ricciardi
    Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Tufts University, 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805, USA
    Arch Surg 143:338-44; discussion 344. 2008
    ..We hypothesized that the recent reduction in procedure volume for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has led to an increase in the in-hospital mortality rate...
  75. ncbi request reprint Medicaid, Medicare, and the Michigan Tumor Registry: a linkage strategy
    Cathy J Bradley
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Health Administration and Massey Cancer Center, Grant House, Richmond, VA, USA
    Med Decis Making 27:352-63. 2007
    ..This data set serves as a cornerstone of a health outcomes data infrastructure. The methodology described may serve as a model for other researchers seeking to create a similar data set in their state...
  76. ncbi request reprint Diagnosis of advanced cancer among elderly Medicare and Medicaid patients
    Cathy J Bradley
    Department of Health Administration and Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298 0203, USA
    Med Care 45:410-9. 2007
    ..Medicaid is implicated in late-stage cancer diagnoses, which is the primary indicator of a poor prognosis...
  77. ncbi request reprint Toward a better understanding of the role of geography in intensity of end-of-life care: must we first come to an understanding of end-of-life care?
    Beth A Virnig
    Med Care 45:374-6. 2007
  78. ncbi request reprint Prevention of perinatal group B streptococcal disease in Minnesota: results from a retrospective cohort study and new prevention guidelines
    Folashade Ogunmodede
    Acute Disease Investigation and Control Section, MDH, USA
    Minn Med 86:40-5. 2003
    ..In August 2002, the CDC published new guidelines that recommend adoption of a universal screening approach to management of perinatal GBS infections...
  79. pmc Postoperative irradiation for rectal cancer increases the risk of small bowel obstruction after surgery
    Nancy N Baxter
    Department of Surgery, St Michael s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Ann Surg 245:553-9. 2007
    ..To determine the risk of small bowel obstruction (SBO) after irradiation (RT) for rectal cancer..
  80. ncbi request reprint Improving identification of Hispanic males in Medicare: use of surname matching
    Robert O Morgan
    Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
    Med Care 42:810-6. 2004
    ..This article reports on 2 studies assessing the effectiveness of a Hispanic surname match for improving the accuracy of race/ethnicity codes for elderly males in the Medicare data sets...
  81. ncbi request reprint Functional limitations in elderly female cancer survivors
    Carol Sweeney
    Health Research Center, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
    J Natl Cancer Inst 98:521-9. 2006
    ..The elderly population, including many who are long-term cancer survivors, is increasing. Aspects of quality of life in elderly cancer survivors are not well understood...
  82. pmc Using a Spanish surname match to improve identification of Hispanic women in Medicare administrative data
    Iris I Wei
    Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, Michael E DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center 152, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030, USA
    Health Serv Res 41:1469-81. 2006
    ..To assess the effectiveness of a Spanish surname match for improving the identification of Hispanic women in Medicare administrative data in which Hispanics are historically underrepresented...
  83. ncbi request reprint Low-intensity exercise and reduction of the risk for falls among at-risk elders
    Robert O Morgan
    Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, VA Medical Center, Texas 77030, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 59:1062-7. 2004
    ..This study evaluated the effect of an easily implemented, low-intensity exercise program on the incidence of falls and the time to first fall among a clinically defined population of elderly men and women...
  84. ncbi request reprint A self-assessment tool was reliable in identifying hazards in the homes of elders
    Robert O Morgan
    The Houston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center VAMC, Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, TX 77030, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 58:1252-9. 2005
    ..A reliable instrument for self-assessment of home falls hazards would facilitate screening for falls risk. This study examined the reliability of self-assessment of home falls hazards by elderly women...

Research Grants1

  1. An Epidemiologic Study of Lymph Node Evaluation in Colorectal Cancer Patients
    Beth Virnig; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Most CRC patient in the U.S. do not have an adequate node evaluation. This research will identify factors that affect the adequacy of lymph node staging in CRC so that improvements can be made. ..