The American Journal of Managed Care > February 2017
The American Journal of Managed Care – February 2017
February 16, 2017 – Jalpa A. Doshi, PhD; Raymond Lim, MA; Pengxiang Li, PhD; Peinie P. Young, PharmD, BCACP; Victor F. Lawnicki, PhD; Andrea B. Troxel, ScD; and Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD
A retrospective claims analysis showed that synchronized refill schedules were associated with better medication adherence among Medicare Advantage patients taking multiple maintenance medications.
FROM THE EDITORS
February 15, 2017 – Michael E. Chernew, PhD, Co-Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Managed Care
Finding ways to improve outcomes and reduce the cost of care is imperative for patients with chronic conditions. A combination of health information technology use, patient and provider engagement, and attention to the clinical services can promote success in this area.
February 15, 2017 – Vivian Fonseca, MD; Engels Chou, MS; Hsing-Wen Chung, PhD; and Charles Gerrits, PhD, PharmD
Hypoglycemia after basal insulin initiation is associated with high clinical and economic burden that precedes insulin initiation and persists during 1 to 2 years of follow-up.
February 16, 2017 – Zobair Younossi, MD; Stuart C. Gordon, MD; Aijaz Ahmed, MD; Douglas Dieterich, MD; Sammy Saab, MD; and Rachel Beckerman, PhD
Hepatitis C virus treatment is often restricted in Medicaid patients. This analysis evaluates the clinical and cost impacts of treating all Medicaid patients versus the current status quo.
TRENDS FROM THE FIELD
An Examination of the Relationship Between Care Management With Coaching for Activation and Patient Outcomes
February 16, 2017 – Cindy Reistroffer, DSc; Larry R. Hearld, PhD; and Jeff M. Szychowski, PhD
A health plan—sponsored care management program that included a coaching for activation intervention was associated with reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions, and better clinical outcomes.
December 21, 2016 – Dori A. Cross, BSPH; Genna R. Cohen, PhD; Christy Harris Lemak, PhD; and Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD
Among Michigan primary care practices, sustained participation in a pay-for-value program appears to contribute to improved utilization outcomes for high-need patients.
January 10, 2017 – Aloke K. Mandal, MD, PhD; Gene K. Tagomori, BSc; Randell V. Felix, BSc; and Scott C. Howell, DO, MPH&TM
Elderly Medicare Advantage members with multiple chronic conditions attained a survival benefit from more cost-effective care when a private plan developed gainshare and monetary risk-bearing arrangements with its contracted providers.
February 11, 2017 – Rohini Rau-Murthy, BA; Leslie Bristol, RRT, AE-C; and David Pratt, MD, MPH
A retrospective look at the impact of a community asthma education program reveals significant improvements in asthma management and knowledge and decreased healthcare utilization.
February 15, 2017 – Emily B. Vander Schaaf, MD, MPH; Elisabeth P. Dellon, MD, MPH; Rachael A. Carr, BA; Neal A. deJong, MD; Asheley C. Skinner, PhD; and Michael J. Steiner, MD, MPH
This article compares how parents of children seeking specialty care perceive National Committee for Quality Assurance—based patient-centered medical home elements in the primary and specialty care settings.
Patient Characteristics and Healthcare Utilization of a Chronic Pain Population Within an Integrated Healthcare System
February 10, 2017 – Robert J. Romanelli, PhD; Sonali N. Shah, RPh, MBA, MPH; Laurence Ikeda, MD; Braden Lynch, PharmD, MS, CPEHR; Terri L. Craig, PharmD, CPEHR; Joseph C. Cappelleri, PhD, MPH, MS; Trevor Jukes, MS; and Denis Ishisaka, PharmD, MS
This study describes the patient characteristics and healthcare utilization of a chronic pain population within an integrated healthcare system in northern California.
Patients With Diabetes in Pay-for-Performance Programs Have Better Physician Continuity of Care and Survival
February 10, 2017 – Chien-Chou Pan, MD, PhD; Pei-Tseng Kung, ScD; Li-Ting Chiu, MHA; Yu Pei Liao, MHA; and Wen-Chen Tsai, DrPH
Patients with diabetes who participate in a pay-for-performance program had higher continuity of care index (COCI) scores, and those with high COCI scores had higher survival rates.