Richa Bundy, MPH


Primary Care Referrals to Nephrology in Patients With Advanced Kidney Disease

Primary care physicians did not refer the majority of patients with severe nephropathy to specialists; nonreferred patients had fewer comorbidities and might be better kidney transplant candidates.

Lorean Muchnik, RPh


Evaluating Proactive Outreach for Prior Authorization Recertifications in Medicaid Patients

Implementing a proactive provider outreach program resulted in significantly more prior authorization recertifications and a reduction in time to submission.

Jeffrey Todd-Stenberg, BA


Cost Savings Associated With Electronic Specialty Consultations

This retrospective cohort evaluation found that patients receiving electronic, compared with face-to-face, specialty consultation had significantly lower health care costs for at least 3 months.

Tiffany Hogan, MD


Influence of Health Care Systems on Mortality in Adult Patients With Cancer

Vertically integrated health care delivery systems may be well positioned to help reduce overall mortality and specifically mitigate racial/ethnic disparity gaps in cancer care outcomes.

Spandana Alla, BS


Differences in Spending for Diabetes and Multiple Chronic Conditions in Michigan Medicare Beneficiaries

Diabetes and multiple chronic conditions increase overall Medicare spending, but spending increases even more in minority beneficiaries compared with White beneficiaries with similar comorbidity combinations.

Josh DeClercq, MS


Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication Adherence in a Health System Specialty Pharmacy

Integrated health system specialty pharmacies provide specialized services to patients, resulting in high rates of adherence to and financial assistance with specialty disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

Brett King, MD, PhD


Clinical Considerations in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

Neil Minkoff; Natasha Mesinkovska, MD; and Brett King, MD, PhD discuss the diagnosis and disease assessment in alopecia areata along with clinical considerations.

Greg Maislin, MS, MA


Cost-effectiveness of a 3-Year Tele-Messaging Intervention for Positive Airway Pressure Use

Long-term tele-messaging was more effective than no messaging and short-term messaging for positive airway pressure use, and it was highly likely to be cost-effective with an acceptable willingness-to-pay threshold.

Christina E. Ciaccio, MD, MSc


Guideline-Informed Care Among Medicaid-Enrolled Children With Food Allergy

This article describes food allergy–related service utilization and identifies factors associated with guideline-informed care among Medicaid-enrolled US children with food allergy.

Sarah Wiehe, MD


Assessment of Structured Data Elements for Social Risk Factors

An expert panel identified and assessed electronic health record and health information exchange structured data elements to support future development of social risk factor computable phenotyping.

Jodyn Platt, PhD, MPH


Integrating Predictive Models Into Care: Facilitating Informed Decision-Making and Communicating Equity Issues

As predictive models proliferate, providers and decision makers require accessible information to guide their use. Preventing and combating bias must also be priorities in model development and in communication with providers and decision makers.

Nathalie Huguet, PhD


Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions and Long-term Opioid Treatment

Little is known about opioid prescribing patterns in patients with chronic overlapping pain conditions. This study suggests target populations for interventions to manage chronic pain.

Timothy R. Huerta, PhD, MS


Assessment of Structured Data Elements for Social Risk Factors

An expert panel identified and assessed electronic health record and health information exchange structured data elements to support future development of social risk factor computable phenotyping.

G. Rhys Williams, PhD


Burden of EPS in Commercial Patients With Schizophrenia Initiating Atypical Antipsychotics

This study investigated the 1-year incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), as well as the incremental economic burden, in patients with schizophrenia initiating atypical antipsychotics.

Andrej Kolacevski, PhD


Service Line Care Delivery Model for COVID-19 Patient-Centric Care

The authors provide steps hospitals can take to align their care delivery model to effectively meet the demands of a public health crisis such as the current pandemic.

Tich Changamire, MD


Post-SNF Outcomes and Cost Comparison: Medicare Advantage vs Traditional Medicare

Patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage had better outcomes and lower cost following skilled nursing facility (SNF) discharge than patients enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare.

Jeffrey Berinstein, MD, MS


Distinct Health Care Use Patterns of Patients With Chronic Gastrointestinal Diseases

Patients with complex chronic disease can be grouped by varying propensity for health care continuity patterns, which could be harnessed to personalize health care utilization interventions.

Xi Cheng, MPH


Effect of Care Coordination on Patients With Alzheimer Disease and Their Caregivers

The authors investigated whether patient coordination and caregiver support for Alzheimer disease reduced health care utilization and expenditures among enrollees in the Memory Program in South Carolina.

Marilyn L. Moy, MD, MSc


Cost Savings Associated With a Web-Based Physical Activity Intervention for COPD

The authors modeled costs associated with a pedometer-based, web-mediated physical activity intervention compared with a pedometer alone for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) management. The intervention was cost-saving.

Brystana G. Kaufman, PhD, MSPH


Prospective or Retrospective ACO Attribution Matters for Seriously Ill Patients

This study compared beneficiary characteristics and Medicare per capita expenditures among seriously ill Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) populations defined using prospective and retrospective claims-based attribution methods.

Oluwasegun P. Akinyelure, MD, MPH


Diabetes, Gaps in Care Coordination, and Preventable Adverse Events

The authors examined the association of diabetes with self-reported gaps in care coordination and self-reported preventable adverse events using data from a national sample of older adults.

Shaojun Li, MD


Determinants of ICS Therapy Adherence in Patients With Asthma

This study describes determinants affecting disease control and inhaled glucocorticosteroid therapy adherence for patients with asthma in western China.

Evelyn Chang, MD, MS


Impact of Primary Care Intensive Management on Medication Adherence and Adjustments

The Veterans Health Administration implemented primary care intensive management for high-risk patients. Impacts of this program on patients’ medication adherence and adjustments were modest.

Chelsee J. Jensen, PharmD, BCPS


Neulasta Onpro: A Coup de Grâce?

With the rapid decline in average sales price of reference pegfilgrastim products due to biosimilar competition, health care institutions and payers may grapple with coverage of Neulasta Onpro.

Zheng Che, MD


Baffled by NAFLD: The Horse Might Be Out of the Barn but Should Not Take Us for a Ride

As awareness of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) rises, it is essential to develop and implement a rigorously determined approach to identify patients who will, or will not, benefit from diagnostic evaluation.

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