As 2016 begins, Health Affairs has tallied its ten most-read articles for 2015, an annual tradition.
The most-read article, by Ge Bai of Washington and Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, contains a list of its own: the 50 US hospitals with the highest markup relative to Medicare-allowable costs. To celebrate the New Year, Health Affairs is making this piece and all the articles on the journal’s 2015 top-ten list freely available to all readers for one week.
Health Affairs’ 2015 list also includes: reports about US health spending for both 2013 and 2014 and projections for the decade ahead; life expectancy disparities as a result of hazardous workplace practices; and how different US hospital rating systems could generate consumer confusion. Two Narrative Matters essays, one about giving birth and the other addressing octogenarians’ desire to maintain independent living, round out the list.
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The full top-ten list is below.
- Extreme Markup: The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios, by Ge Bai and Gerard F. Anderson, June 2015
- National Health Expenditure Projections, 2014–24: Spending Growth Faster Than Recent Trends, by Sean Keehan and coauthors, WEB FIRST July 2015/August 2015
- National Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity, J. Matthew Austin and coauthors, March 2015
- National Health Spending In 2014: Faster Growth Driven By Coverage Expansion And Prescription Drug Spending, by Anne Martin and coauthors, WEB FIRST December2015/January 2016
- Exposure To Harmful Workplace Practices Could Account For Inequality In Life Spans Across Different Demographic Groups, by Joel Goh and coauthors, October 2015
- Trends In Health Insurance Enrollment, 2013–15, by Katherine Carman and coauthors; DATAWATCH and WEB FIRST May 2015/June 2015
- For Many Patients Who Use Large Amounts Of Health Care Services, The Need Is Intense Yet Temporary, by Tracy Johnson and coauthors, August 2015
- Necessary Steps: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better, by Louise Aronson, NARRATIVE MATTERS March 2015
- Watching The Clock: A Mother’s Hope For A Natural Birth In A Cesarean Culture, by Carla Keirns, NARRATIVE MATTERS January 2015
- National Health Spending In 2013: Growth Slows, Remains In Step With The Overall Economy, by Micah Hartman and coauthors, WEB FIRST December 2014/January 2015