Collaborative and Convenient Care: Reevaluating Approaches to Diabetes Management
Coverage from Patient-Centered Diabetes Care, April 7-8, 2016. Presented by The American Journal of Managed Care and Joslin Diabetes Center.
The Importance of Translating Information for Informed Decision Making
Providing Convenient, Accessible, and Affordable Care With Retail Clinics
Lowering Blood Pressure Among Older Patients Reduces Risk of Heart Failure
A new trial from the National Institutes of Health found that a lower systolic blood pressure goal of 120 mm Hg reduces risk of cardiovascular events in geriatric populations.
Physical Activity Reduces Risk of 13 Types of Cancer
High levels of physical activity are associated with lower rates of cancer, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers Discover New Mechanism Related to Heart Failure
Discovery of a previously unknown heart muscle protein and how it affects mechanisms related to heart failure may lead to further treatments for cardiovascular disease.
High Rates of Heart Failure Among Hispanics/Latinos Go Unrecognized
Despite a high prevalence, rates of cardiac dysfunction and diastolic dysfunction are overwhelmingly unrecognized among the Latino/Hispanic population in the United States.
Neutropenia and Avoiding Infection in Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Patients with acute myeloid leukemia are extremely susceptible to infection, especially due to the prevalence of neutropenia.
Access, Affordability for Low- and Moderate-Income Adults Under the ACA
A survey compares healthcare access and affordability among different types of coverage for low-and moderate-income adults.
Fewer Drugs on Specialty Tiers
Insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act are placing fewer drugs on the specialty tier of formularies than they were 2 years prior, according to a new study from Avalere.
Studies Review Methods of Alerting to Potential Opioid Overuse
Two posters presented at the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting evaluated opioid misuse and healthcare utilization and cost, as well as a program to flag potential misuse early.
Most Americans Do Not Believe Price Is Linked to Quality in Healthcare
Many Americans do not believe there is an association between price and quality in healthcare, according to a study published in Health Affairs.
Aerobic Exercise Could Help Obese Men With Chronic Insomnia, Study Finds
The most important benefit of exercise was the improved ability of the men to fall asleep, the study found.
CMS Finalized 2017 Payment and Policy Updates for MA, Part D
Updates to Medicare Advantage and the Part D Prescription Drug program will improve programs for health plans that provide care for vulnerable enrollees.
Ofirmev Decreases Length of Stay, Costs Compared With Traditional Opioids After Surgery
The intravenous acetaminophen Ofirmev has been shown to decrease hospital length of stay, opioid-related complications, and overall costs compared with traditional opioid analgesics.
VBID Concepts in the Context of Connecticut's Health Enhancement Plan
In order to combat a projected budget gap of $3.8 billion, Connecticut state employees were provided the opportunity to enroll in a program using value-based insurance benefit design concepts.
Medicare Advantage Plans Have Lower Hospitalizations Than Medicare FFS Plans
Individuals with Medicare Advantage plans have lower hospitalization rates than those with traditional fee-for-service Medicare plans.
Discharge Timing for Children With Cancer and Neutropenia
Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia is a common adverse effect in children with cancer, yet there are less serious causes of febrile neutropenia for which extended in-hospital treatment might be unnecessary.
Majority of ICUs Have Too Many Infections
US hospitals continue to have high healthcare-associated infection rates according to a joint report by the Leapfrog Group and Castlight Health.
Improved Communication Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions
More than one-fourth of readmissions are potentially preventable and may be avoided with improved communication among healthcare teams and with patients.
Telehealth Reimbursement Remains Low Despite Interest
In spite of a surge in telehealth-related policies, telehealth claims numbers remain low, according to an analysis of private payer reimbursements to primary care providers for telehealth services from 2009 to 2013.
Task Force Report Suggests Implementing Team-Based Care
A new report from the interprofessional Task Force on Collaborative Practice recommended team-based care as a way to offer care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable
Medicare Needs to Encourage Broader Coverage of Vaccines
Despite various attempts to increase the vaccination rate among adults, Medicare beneficiaries are still susceptible to extensive cost-sharing for recommended vaccines, according to a study by Avalere.
Why Marketplace Enrollment Rates Are Lower Than Initially Estimated
There are a number of reasons why enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance plans is lower than initially estimated, according to a new report.
Becoming a More Educated e-Patient
After being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, Jack Whelan has used his electronic connections to be more involved in his care.
Reference-Based Payments Program Reduced Colonoscopy Payments by $7 Million in 2 Years
The implementation of a reference-based payments program by the California Public Employee's Retirement System reduced payments for colonoscopies by $7 million over 2 years.
Best Practices for Care Management of High-Need, High-Cost Patients
A new white paper from the Health Care Transformation Task Force evaluated essential criteria for care management services to incorporate in order to improve the type of care they provide patients.
New Triage System Reduces ER Visits of Oncology Patients
Emergency room overutilization is a significant issue in oncology care and may increase healthcare expenditures while lowering the quality of patient care.
Physicians Weigh in on Key Policies to Prevent Opioid Misuse
A national survey of physicians found strong support for key policies that could help prevent opioid misuse, but report encountering barriers.
Access to Price Estimates for Hospital Procedures Still Lacking
A survey of 54 hospitals from 6 major metropolitan areas found that consumers are still encountering difficulties when trying to obtain price estimates for routine hospital procedures.
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