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Health Serv Res. 2012 Apr;47(2):783-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01327.x. Epub 2011 Sep 23.

Location of cancer surgery for older veterans with cancer.

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Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, 180 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Many veterans undergo cancer surgery outside of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). We assessed to what extent these patients obtained care in the VHA before surgery.

DATA SOURCES:

VHA-Medicare data, VHA administrative data, and Veterans Affairs Central Cancer Registry data.

STUDY DESIGN:

We identified patients aged ≥65 years in the VHA-Medicare cohort who underwent lung or colon cancer resection outside the VHA and assessed VHA visits in the year before surgery.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

Over 60% of patients in the VHA-Medicare cohort who received lung or colon cancer surgeries outside the VHA did not receive any care in VHA before surgery.

CONCLUSIONS:

Veterans' receipt of major cancer surgery outside the VHA probably reflects usual private sector care among veterans who are infrequent VHA users.

PMID:
22092115
PMCID:
PMC3419889
DOI:
10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01327.x
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