AJMC
Issue:
November 2013
Volume:
19
Number:
11
CLINICAL
Joseph Tkacz, MS; Jacqueline Pesa, PhD, MPH; Lien Vo, PharmD, MPH; Peter G. Kardel, MA; Hyong Un, MD; Joseph R. Volpicelli, MD, PhD; and Charles Ruetsch, PhD
A large proportion of opioid analgesic–treated chronic pain patients exhibited behaviors indicative of potentially problematic opioid use, which significantly affected healthcare costs.
Julie A. Schmittdiel, PhD; Andrew J. Karter, PhD; Wendy T. Dyer, MS; James Chan, PharmD, PhD; and O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS
Patients using mail order pharmacies have lower healthcare utilization, but somewhat less laboratory monitoring of persistent medications and slightly higher contraindicated medication use.
MANAGERIAL
John D. Piette, MSc, PhD; James E. Aikens, PhD; Ranak Trivedi, PhD; Diana Parrish, MSW; Connie Standiford, MD; Nicolle S. Marinec, MPH; Dana Striplin, MHSA; and Steven J. Bernstein, MD, MPH
Automated patient support calls with feedback to informal caregivers and clinicians represent a viable strategy for increasing access to depression monitoring and self-management assistance.
METHODS
Margaret M. Byrne, PhD; Christina Daw, PhD; Ken Pietz, PhD; Brian Reis, BE; and Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH
A methodologically sound, empirically based approach to creating peer groupings can and should be adapted to fit the setting of nursing homes.
POLICY
Zachary Pruitt, MHA; and Etienne Pracht, PhD
For-profit status was found to influence the probability of upcoding for inpatient cases involving non–life-threatening injuries with implications for Medicaid and other insurers.
WEB EXCLUSIVE
Dan P. Ly, MD, MPP; and Sherry A. Glied, PhD
Service quality (appointment lags and wait times) of primary care physician practices varies tremendously across the country and is associated with the organization of practices.
Julia C. Prentice, PhD; Michael L. Davies, MD; and Steven D. Pizer, PhD
Medicare payment reforms require valid measures of high-quality healthcare. Different types of administrative wait time measures predicted glycated hemoglobin levels for new and returning patients.
Brian K. Ahmedani, PhD; M. Justin Coffey, MD; and C. Edward Coffey, MD
The Perfect Depression Care initiative serves as an example of how suicide prevention programs can collect real-time mortality data internally to drive rapid quality improvement.