Philip Chan, PhD, MS


Association of Physician Specialty With Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment and Costs

In this retrospective cohort study of patients with newly diagnosed psoriatic arthritis, the authors examine the association of treatment selection and costs with physician specialty.

Nilanjana Dwibedi, PhD, MBA


Initial Maintenance Therapy Adherence Among Older Adults With Asthma-COPD Overlap

Older adults with coexisting asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), known as asthma-COPD overlap, who take fixed-dose combinations of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β agonists may be less likely to have persistent low adherence to initial maintenance therapy.

Emaan S. Rashidi, MHS


The Price Paradox of Biosimilar-Like Long-Acting Insulin

Findings suggest that Basaglar was not less expensive for patients than Lantus. Empirical evaluation of biosimilar costs prior to automatic substitution is necessary.

Nancy J. Rollins, BA


Impact of Expanded Carrier Screening on Health Care Utilization

This study shows little evidence of harms or increased health care utilization for people receiving negative (normal) results of expanded carrier screening through genome sequencing.

Monica Berg, CRA


Preventive Care: Vaccines Matter

A database of information about more than 30,000 patients verified improved morbidity and mortality due to vaccines and preventive health care in prospective trials.

Navarra Rodriguez, MD


COVID-19 and Clinic Workflow Optimization Using Lean Six Sigma

The authors report an approach of outpatient clinic workflow reorganization utilizing simple, inexpensive measures to improve patient engagement and experience in addition to providing a safe setting for patients for clinic visits in the wake of COVID-19.

Martina Li, MPH


Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Management of Adolescent Behavioral Health

Personnel costs ($90,514) of a primary care–embedded adolescent behavioral health nurse practitioner over 2 years were 63% of the potential revenue generated ($144,449).

Katherine E. M. Miller, PhD, MSPH


Predictors of Discharge From the VA Caregiver Support Program

The year of application predicts discharge from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) caregiver program. Unexpected, disallowed criteria also predict discharge, with significant others facing higher discharge risk than spouses.

Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH


Imposing a Health Insurance Surcharge on the Unvaccinated

Imposing a surcharge on unvaccinated employees will require employers to think through legal and policy implications.

Lindsey Mulrooney


Reducing “Avoidable” ED Visits for Mental Health Could Cut Billions in Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes

The changing landscape of health care during COVID-19 placed focus on increasing accessibility to mental health resources other than the emergency department (ED), with potential savings of over $4 billion in annual costs and improvements in patient outcomes.

Chip A. Bowman, MD, MPH


COVID-19 Telehealth Expansion Can Help Solve the Health Care Underutilization Challenge

The telehealth policy changes enacted for short-term control of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic present an opportunity to address the fundamental gap in health care underutilization.

J. Thomas May


Contributor: Medicare Needs to Ensure People With ALS Have Access to Clinically Appropriate Respiratory Care

The pandemic has shown a spotlight on how critically important respiratory care is to Americans who struggle to breathe on their own. Yet, Medicare policy must be updated to ensure that access to lifesaving equipment will never be disrupted.

Farah Yehia, PhD


Predictors of Orphan Drug Coverage Restrictions in Medicare Part D

The majority of orphan drugs are subject to utilization controls in Medicare Part D plans. The use of utilization controls varies by certain drug characteristics.

Abigail Burman, JD


Provider Directory Inaccuracy and Timely Access for Mental Health Care

Some of the nation’s strictest provider network regulations have led to neither high rates of provider directory accuracy nor timely access to mental health care.

Yifan Xu, PhD


Variation in Generic Dispensing Rates in Medicare Part D

Generic use has increased over time in Medicare Part D, but substantial variation across plans persists in a number of common classes.

Leslie M. Greenwald, PhD


Medicaid ACOs and Managed Care: A Tale of 2 States

This article presents a detailed descriptive analysis of how Massachusetts and Minnesota implemented Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) models for their managed care population.

Jeffrey Wojtynek, PharmD


Cost of Home vs Clinic Administration of Paclitaxel in Metastatic Breast Cancer

Home administration of oral paclitaxel and encequidar is associated with potential cost savings for payers compared with clinic administration of intravenous chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer patients.

Hummy Song, PhD, MPP


Telemedicine Catches On: Changes in the Utilization of Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This analysis of health insurance claims data demonstrates rapid increase and sustained high utilization of telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melissa Estévez, MS


ACA Medicaid Expansion Association With Racial Disparity Reductions in Timely Cancer Treatment

Medicaid expansion was associated with a reduction in the racial disparity in timely treatment of patients with advanced cancer in the United States.

Yung Chun, PhD


Predictors of and Barriers to Receipt of Advance Premium Tax Credits

Few eligible individuals apply for the Advance Premium Tax Credit due to knowledge barriers. Additionally, specific sociodemographic characteristics appear to predict applying status.

Tu My To, PhD


Outcomes of Antiviral Treatment for Influenza in Type 2 Diabetes

Antiviral treatment was associated with lower health care resource utilization and costs in patients with type 2 diabetes and a diagnosis of influenza.

Kateryna Karimova, PhD, MSc


Clinical and Economic Outcomes of a Collaborative Cardiology Care Program

Patients with chronic cardiac conditions benefited from a health care program that strengthened collaboration between general practitioners and cardiology specialists in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

Andrew Liu, BS


Access to Consultative Dermatologic Care via Physician-to-Physician Asynchronous Outpatient Teledermatology

Direct access of primary care physicians to dermatologists via asynchronous teledermatology improves a health system’s ability to increase patient access to dermatologic care.

Lucas Stewart, BS


Risk Adjusting for Medicaid Participation in Medicare Advantage

When comparing risk-adjustment approaches based on Medicaid status of Medicare beneficiaries, this analysis found that predicted spending levels varied depending on states’ Medicaid eligibility criteria.

Junsheng Liu, MB


How Do Primary Community Hospitals Enact Early Response to COVID-19? The Experience From Chengdu, China

Our hospital is a primary hospital in Chengdu, China. Since February 5, our hospital has been listed as the primary designated medical unit for treating new patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Jinniu District. In this letter, we share our COVID-19 experience with readers.

Robert M. Cooper, 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.

Esteban A. Barreto, PhD


The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in Care Transitions

Diverse patients experience disparities in care transitions. A survey of 224 patients showed differences by race, ethnicity, and language in technology access and in patient worries post discharge.

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