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Am J Public Health. 2007 Dec;97(12):2179-85. Epub 2007 Oct 30.

Use of preventive care by elderly male veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration, Medicare fee-for-service, and Medicare HMO plans.

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Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Targeted Research Enhancement Program, James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, New York, NY, USA. salomeh.keyhani@mountsinai.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We compared use of preventive care among veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) plans, and Medicare health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

METHODS:

Using both the Costs and Use, and Access to Care files of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2000-2003), we performed a cross-sectional analysis examining self-reported use of influenza vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination, serum cholesterol screening, and serum prostate-specific antigen measurement among male veterans 65 years or older. Veterans' care was categorized as received through VHA, Medicare FFS, Medicare HMOs, VHA and Medicare FFS, or VHA and Medicare HMOs.

RESULTS:

Veterans receiving care through VHA reported 10% greater use of influenza vaccination (P<.05), 14% greater use of pneumococcal vaccination (P<.01), a nonsignificant 6% greater use of serum cholesterol screening (P=.1), and 15% greater use of prostate cancer screening (P<.01) than did veterans receiving care through Medicare HMOs. Veterans receiving care through Medicare FFS reported less use of all 4 preventive measures (P<.01) than did veterans receiving care through Medicare HMOs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Receiving care through VHA was associated with greater use of preventive care.

PMID:
17971544
PMCID:
PMC2089117
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2007.114934
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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