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Lauren Nicholas's Select Publications

Journal Articles

Kelley, A., Kenneth M. Langa, A. Smith, J. Cagle, K. Ornstein, M. Silveira, Lauren Nicholas, K. Covinsky, and C. Ritchie. 2014. "Leveraging the Health and Retirement Study To Advance Palliative Care Research." Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(5): 506-511. PMCID: PMC4012620. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, Julie P. W. Bynum, Theodore J. Iwashyna, David Weir, and Kenneth M. Langa. 2014. "Advance Directives And Nursing Home Stays Associated With Less Aggressive End-Of-Life Care For Patients With Severe Dementia." Health Affairs, 33(4): 667-674. PMCID: PMC4159465. DOI. Abstract.

Sakshaug, Joseph W., David Weir, and Lauren Nicholas. 2014. "Identifying diabetics in Medicare claims and survey data: implications for health services research." Bmc Health Services Research, 14: 150. PMCID: PMC3975984. DOI. Abstract.

Norton, Edward, Lauren Nicholas, and Sean Huang. 2014. "Informal Care and Inter-vivos Transfers:Results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women." B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 14(2): 377-400. PMCID: PMC4180599. DOI. Abstract.

McInerney, Melissa, Jennifer Mellor, and Lauren Nicholas. 2013. "Recession Depression: Mental Health Effects of the 2008 Stock Market Crash." Journal of Health Economics, 32(6): 1090-1104. PMCID: PMC3874451. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, and Justin Dimick. 2013. "Bariatric Surgery in Minority Patients Before and After Implementation of a Centers of Excellence Program." JAMA, 310(13): 1399-1400. PMCID: PMC3832290. DOI.

Nicholas, Lauren. 2013. "Better quality of care or healthier patients? Hospital utilization by Medicare advantage and fee-for-service enrollees." Forum for Health Economics and Policy, 16(1): 137-161. PMCID: PMC3923607. DOI. Abstract.

Dimick, J., Lauren Nicholas, A. Ryan, J. Thumma, and J. Birkmeyer. 2013. "Bariatric surgery complications before vs after implementation of a national policy restricting coverage to centers of excellence." JAMA, 309(8): 792-9. PMCID: PMC3785293. DOI. Abstract.

Dimick, J., D. Staiger, Nicholas Osborne, Lauren Nicholas, and J. Birkmeyer. 2012. "Composite measures for rating hospital quality with major surgery." Health Services Research, 47(5): 1861-79. PMCID: PMC3448279. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, and J. Dimick. 2011. "Too Much of a Good Thing? Multi-tasking and Distraction in Quality Improvement INVITED CRITIQUE." Archives of Surgery, 146(3): 270-270.

Nicholas, Lauren, Kenneth M. Langa, Theodore J. Iwashyna, and David Weir. 2011. "Regional Variation in the Association Between Advance Directives and End-of-Life Medicare Expenditures." JAMA, 306(13): 1447-1453. PMCID: PMC3332047. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren. 2011. "Modeling the Impact of Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts on Ambulatory Care Sensitive and Elective Hospitalizations." Health Services Research, 46(5): 1417-1435. PMCID: PMC3207185. DOI. Abstract.

Osborne, Nicholas H., Amir A. A. Ghaferi, Lauren Nicholas, and Justin B. Dimick. 2011. "Evaluating Popular Media and Internet-Based Hospital Quality Ratings for Cancer Surgery." Archives of Surgery, 146(5): 600-604. PMCID: PMC3332047. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren. 2011. "Can Food Stamps Help to Reduce Medicare Spending on Diabetes?" Economics and Human Biology, 9(1): 1-13. PMCID: PMC3032985. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, Justin B. Dimick, and Theodore J. Iwashyna. 2011. "Do Hospitals Alter Patient Care Effort Allocations Under Pay-for-Performance?" Health Services Research, 46(1 part I): 61–81. PMCID: PMC3034262. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, John Birkmeyer, Justin Dimick, and Nick Osborne. 2010. "Hospital process compliance and surgical outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries." Archives of Surgery, 145(10): 999-104. PMCID: PMC2959198. DOI. Abstract.

Osborne, Nicholas H., Lauren Nicholas, Amir A. Ghaferi, Gilbert R. Upchurch , and Justin B. Dimick. 2010. "Do Popular Media and Internet-Based Hospital Quality Ratings Identify Hospitals with Better Cardiovascular Surgery Outcomes?" Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 210(1): 87-92. DOI. Abstract.

Dimick, Justin B., Nicholas Osborne, Lauren Nicholas, and John D. Birkmeyer. 2009. "Identifying High-Quality Bariatric Surgery Centers: Hospital Volume or Risk-Adjusted Outcomes?" Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 209(6): 702-706. DOI. Abstract.

Biles, Brian, Geraldine Dallek, and Lauren Nicholas. 2004. "Medicare Advantage: Déjà Vu All Over Again?" Health Affairs, Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-586-97. DOI.

PSC Reports

Nicholas, Lauren. 2009. "Medicare Advantage? The Effects of Managed Care on Quality of Care." PSC Research Report No. 09-672. 2 2009. Abstract. PDF.

Nicholas, Lauren. 2009. "Who Joins Medicare Managed Care? Voluntary Enrollment and Positive Selection." PSC Research Report No. 09-670. 2 2009. Abstract. PDF.

Nicholas, Lauren. 2009. "Does Managed Care Reduce Federal Spending? Evidence from Medicare." PSC Research Report No. 09-671. 2 2009. Abstract. PDF.