The December issue of Health Services Research (HSR)  explores a variety of research areas, including quality, children's care, Medicare, hospital care, and financial incentive. The issue leads with an editorial by AcademyHealth member Michael Chernew on the benefits of bundled payments from a physician perspective. Chernew discusses the disadvantages created by complexities and lack of financial incentives associated with fee-for-services payments, and shares his thoughts on why bundled payments can be more effective and efficient. HSR also released a companion theme issue on health services research and global health. The theme issue features work on racial gaps in child health insurance coverage, population health preferences in Liberia, and a study on HIV services in Cameroon. The following AcademyHealth members have published their work in the journal this month: Why Physicians Should Like Bundled Payment Michael Chernew Comparing Patient Outcomes across Payer Types: Implications for Using Hospital Discharge Records to Assess Quality Grant Martsolf Abandonment of High-Dose Chemotherapy/Hematopoietic Cell Transplants for Breast Cancer Following Negative Trial Results David Howard and Navneet Majhail Examining Multiple Sources of Differential Item Functioning on the Clinician & Group CAHPS® Survey Hector Rodriguez Medicaid Personal Care Services and Caregivers' Reports of Children's Health: The Dynamics of a Relationship Thomas R. Miller and Catherine Hawes Provision of Fluoride Varnish to Medicaid-Enrolled Children by Physicians: The Massachusetts Experience James Perrin, Judith Savageau, and Karen Donelan The Relationship between Physician Compensation Strategies and the Intensity of Care Delivered to Medicare Beneficiaries Bruce Landon, James Reschovsky, James O’Malley, and Jack Hadley Depression and the Health Care Experiences of Medicare Beneficiaries Marc Elliott and David Kanouse Managed Care and the Diffusion of Endoscopy in Fee-for-Service Medicare H.E. Frech Variation in Hospital Costs, Payments, and Profitability for Cardiac Valve Replacement Surgery James C. Robinson The Accuracy of Present-on-Admission Reporting in Administrative Data L. Elizabeth Goldman Does Medication Adherence Following a Copayment Increase Differ by Disease Burden? Virginia Wang, Chuan-fen Liu, and Matthew Maciejewski Assessment of a Novel Hybrid Delphi and Nominal Groups Technique to Evaluate Quality Indicators Sheryl Davies and Patrick Romano   Theme Issue Health Services Research and Global Health Elizabeth Bradley, Mary Fennell, Stephen Shortell, and Leslie Curry A Proposed Framework for Understanding the Forces behind Legislation of Universal Health Insurance—Lessons from Ten Countries Jason Wang Organizational Culture and Its Relationship with Hospital Performance in Public Hospitals in China Kate Bundorf   HSR is an official journal of AcademyHealth.

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