The American Journal of Managed Care

Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care: Utilization and Electronic Medical Record Capture
Most patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain use acupuncture or chiropractic care. A substantial percentage of this utilization, however, is not captured by the electronic medical record.
No Longer a Unicorn: Improving Health Through Accountable Care Organizations
Accountable care organizations can play a key role in building a Culture of Health in which every person in America can have the healthiest life possible.
Determinants of Medicare Plan Choices: Are Beneficiaries More Influenced by Premiums or Benefits?
Using new data, the authors found that consumers in the Medicare Advantage market are fairly insensitive to premiums, but respond more strongly to reduced medical cost sharing.

The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits

Rethinking Pharmacy Employee Engagement
While often overlooked, employee engagement is a key element in determining whether a hospital, health system, or pharmacy service can effectively meet its patient access, patient quality, and organizational financial demands.
Impact of Co-Payment Discounts on  Antidepressant Medication Adherence and Costs
A unique co-payment discount program for antidepressants was associated with higher antidepressant medication adherence, lower likelihood of discontinuation, and lower healthcare costs.

The American Journal of Accountable Care

The Healthcare Revolution Will Be Digitized
The data-fueled healthcare revolution requires us to share data and share risk to ultimately share rewards andachieve Triple Aim goals.
Patient-Centered Teamwork in Care Transitions
Physician-led patient care teams have the potential to impact care transitions to prevent fragmentation of care, and ensure seamless care delivery.

Evidence-Based Series

Caution in PCSK9 Inhibitor Votes Reflects Sentiment of Earlier Reviews
A review published before FDA's vote on alirocumab outlines how editorials in 2 major journals were reflected in subsequent votes by advisory panels.
Can mHealth Revolutionize Evidence-Based Practice in Diabetes Care?
Data from mHealth can inform, assess, anticipate, and aid in interventions while monitoring and coordinating patient health status and care.
Oncologists Inspect the Costs and Quality of Cancer Care
During the session “Health Services Research and Quality of Care” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, oncologists discussed factors that influence clinical trial participation and the cost of cancer care.
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In 2017, the review of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund will determine the adequacy and the use of funding and there are 3 ways to measure performance in patient-centered outcomes research.
The announced price for alirocumab, the first PCSK9 inhibitor approved for use in the US, was the top story in managed care this week. Also, HHS announced $100 million available to combat substance abuse, and Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old.
Measure definitions to estimate the effects of cost sharing on adherence to medications prescribed together (ie, concurrent adherence) are lacking.
The study found that the geriatric population in the United States receives prescriptions for mental health drugs at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, but they present a lower rate of seeking psychiatric care.

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