Understanding and controlling costs

Peer-reviewed publications

Bland P, An LC, Foldes SS, Garrett N, Alesci NL. Modifiable health behaviors and short-term medical costs among health plan members. Am J Health Promotion. 2009 March/April:23(4):265-73.  Nominated by the journal editor for the 2009 National Institute of Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation Award. [See sidebar at left under FINANCIAL ANALYSIS.]

A novel analysis using medical claims data combined with other data sources to estimate the statewide health care costs of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Waters HR, Foldes SS, Alesci NL, Samet JM. The economic impact of exposure to secondhand smoke in Minnesota. Am J Pub Health. 2009 February:99(4):1-6.  [At right.]

Cleary M, Walters C, Bernhardt T, Foldes S, Ho SB. Power calculations for peptic disease utilization and expenditure studies. Clinical Therapeutics. 1996;19(Sup 1):52.

Foldes SS, Leland NL. Behind the numbers. MN Physician. 9(9):19, December, 1995.

Foldes SS. Medicaid payment to physicians: a national comparison with attention to Minnesota. MN Med. 1988 Jul;71:425-30.

Community, policy and technical reports

Obesity and future health care costs: a portrait of two Minnesotas. Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, MN Department of Health. January 2008.  Accessible at www.preventionminnesota.com/goal_detail.cfm?oid=5793. [See sidebar at right under FINANCIAL ANALYSIS.]

Health care costs and secondhand smoke: the bottom line. Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. February 2007.

Health care costs and smoking: the bottom line. Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN. March 2005.

Foldes SS. Regulation as a social process: a case study in the politics of planning in the health services industry (final report prepared under contract for the University of Minnesota Center for Health Services Research). March 1980.