The American Journal of Managed Care | May 2014

CLINICAL

Hospice care is associated with improved median survival time for the patients diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, accompanied by decreased end-of-life costs.

COMMENTARY

The pandemic of type 2 diabetes mellitus requires implementation of multifactorial interventions by clinicians for individual patients and policy makers for the health of the general public.

MANAGERIAL

Analysis of the impact of individual features of the patient-centered medical home care model on future healthcare expenditures among Medicare beneficiaries.
Clinic wait times do not just affect overall patient satisfaction, but also specifically affect the perception of providers and the quality of care.

POLICY

Among nonelderly adults receiving hypertension treatment, 13.1% had high burdens, meaning that healthcare expenditures accounted for more than 20% of their income.

TRENDS FROM THE FIELD

We describe the conceptual underpinnings of an EHR-related selfassessment strategy to provide institutions a foundation upon which they can build their safety efforts.

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Antiretroviral drugs have replaced hospitalization and other services as the most costly component of HIV care, except in patients with especially advanced HIV.
This analysis of antiosteoporosis therapy shows that 75% of patients have inadequate drug coverage and that adherence is strongly associated with age and administration regimen.
Pharmacy and medical claims data showed that patients whose clinicians had access to pharmacogenetic test results had increased adherence and overall cost savings.
Patients with an insomnia diagnosis have higher healthcare utilization and costs than a matched control group, both before and after the diagnosis.
This study examines the feasibility and utility of using administrative claims from commercial health plans to identify children with chronic conditions in a statewide registry.
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