Jessica Allegretti, MD, MPH


Looking Toward the Future: Management of C. Diff Infection

Closing out their discussion on recurrent clostridium difficile infection management, experts share closing thoughts and hopes for the future.

Elliot B. Tapper, 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.

Jennifer L. Bright, MPA


Patient Value Is the Root of a Learning Health System

A renewed commitment to patient-centered decision-making and evidence generation, combined with a focus on value, can accelerate our progress toward a true and sustained learning health system.

Meena Venkatachalam, MSc


Contributor: Steps Health Professionals Can Take to Reduce Inequality in Health Outcomes

Jason Shafrin, PhD, serves as the vice president of Health Economics at PRECISIONheor, and Meena Venkatachalam, MSc, is the senior director of Health Economics at PRECISIONheor.

Areeba Kara, MD


Inpatient Opioid Receipt and Care Experiences for Vaginal Delivery

The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between inpatient opioid receipt and care experiences of women hospitalized for vaginal delivery.

Claudia Uribe, 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.

Jonathan Arnold, MD, MS, MSE


Empiric Segmentation of High-risk Patients: A Structured Literature Review

Data-driven segmentation of high-risk patient populations may inform health system interventions, but results are dependent on the data sources and methods applied.

Megan Peter, PhD


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.

Crystal Harris, MPH


Considerations to Increase Rates of Breast Cancer Screening Across Populations

Authors from the Community Oncology Alliance and Avalere Health present data that show breast cancer screening rates recovered more slowly among some racial/ethnic groups following on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osayande Osagiede, MBBS, MPH


Impact of Travel Distance on Quality Outcomes in Colorectal Cancer

This study identified characteristics of patients with colorectal cancer who traveled farther for surgery and found that those who traveled tended to stay longer at the hospital.

Chad Stecher, PhD


Associations Between Physician Practice Models and Health Information Exchange

A survey of all Arizona physicians found that accountable care organization, clinically integrated network, or integrated delivery network participation was associated with higher use of health information exchange. However, there are exceptions and important barriers noted.

H. Shelton Brown, PhD


Reimbursement for Genetic Variant Reinterpretation: Five Questions Payers Should Ask

Periodic reinterpretation of genetic sequencing results presents a challenge for developing transparent and systematic coverage and reimbursement policies.

Andrei Racila, BS


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.

Zahoor Elahi, MS


Machine Intelligence for Early Targeted Precision Management and Response to Outbreaks of Respiratory Infections

This paper evaluates novel machine intelligence to predict patients at risk of severe respiratory infections and recommend postacute care providers likely to reduce infection risk.

Ahmed Shelbaya, MD


Real-world Usage of Bevacizumab-bvzr Biosimilar in US Oncology Practice

Real-world adoption of bevacizumab-bvzr biosimilar was retrospectively assessed, revealing switching between biosimilars and the reference product and utilization in extrapolated indications and combination regimens.

Aaron Kofner, MS


Differences in Telehealth During COVID-19 Between Commercial and Medicaid Enrollees

Differences in use of telehealth between commercial and Medicaid populations during the COVID-19 pandemic are associated with managed care enrollment.

Jeffrey Skolnick, MD


How DNA Medicines Could Transform Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme

Better technology is rekindling the promise of DNA medicines in oncology, including the treatment of glioblastoma.

Mio Nakamura, MD, MS


Association of Dermatology Wait Times With Insurance Coverage in Michigan

Disparities in dermatologic care for patients with Medicaid exist, and delays in medical dermatologic care among Medicaid patients must be addressed.

David J. Slotwiner, MD


Coverage With Evidence Development: Where Are We Now?

Review of CMS’ coverage with evidence development program exposes a need to improve program transparency and clarify requirements and timetables for reporting to improve access to novel therapies.

Lucas C. Carlson, MD, MPH


Improving Care Coordination and Reducing ED Utilization Through Patient Navigation

A navigation program demonstrated decreased odds of repeat emergency department (ED) visits in patients with low baseline ED utilization and increased odds of follow-up primary care appointments.

Miranda Ritterman Weintraub, PhD, MPH


Variation in Fracture Risk Estimation Among East Asian Women

Fracture prediction tools for East Asian individuals vary by country. In the United States, the US-Asian Fracture Risk Assessment Tool provides hip fracture probabilities that correspond to observed estimates.

Brian Benneyworth, MD


Activation, Physical Activity, and Outcomes Among Individuals With T2D

This study presents an integrated, exploratory assessment of physical activity, patient activation, health-related quality of life, and clinical outcomes among older adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) using survey, wellness, and claims data.

Grace Hsiao-Hsuan Jen, PhD


Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Accessibility of Taiwanese Medical Care

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted access to routine medical care in community populations in Taiwan. The unmet needs should be emphasized as normal life resumes.

Kjel A. Johnson II, BS


Provider and Patient Insights Into the Cancer Care Journey

A survey was conducted to determine opportunities to aid primary care providers and patients in the difficult journey of an oncology patient.

Shahjehan Ahmad, MD, MPH


Implementation of Early Follow-up Care After Heart Failure Hospitalization

An early heart failure follow-up intervention succeeded in increasing referral to and completion of cardiology appointments within 7 days of discharge. The intervention was associated with lower risk of 30-day all-cause emergency department visits, all-cause hospitalizations, or death.

Juliette Cubanski, PhD


Trends in Medicare Part D Coverage of Generics With Equivalent Brand-Name Drugs

High-tier generic drug placement in Medicare Part D has increased over time, but it may be related to a drug’s clinical profile and availability of substitutes rather than preferred brand-name drug coverage.

Stephen Murphy, PhD


Projected US Savings From Biosimilars, 2021-2025

Projected savings from biosimilars from 2021 to 2025 were $38.4 billion vs conditions as of quarter 4 of 2020 and were driven by new biosimilar entry. Savings were $124.5 billion under an upper-bound scenario.

Leah Tuzzio, MPH


A Value Proposition for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

The authors examine the origin, benefits, and challenges of pragmatic clinical trials to assess the ultimate value of this research design.

Mathilde Faller, MA


US Cost-effectiveness and Budget Impact of Point-of-Care NAAT for Streptococcus

This study evaluates the cost-effectiveness and budget impact to US payers of point-of-care nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) for group A streptococcus.

Wanzhen Gao, PhD, MD, MPH


Predicting Opioid Use Disorder and Associated Risk Factors in a Medicaid Managed Care Population

A Medicaid managed care organization developed a machine learning model to identify opioid use disorder (OUD) risk factors and predict OUD incidence in its multistate population.

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