George Bakris, MD


Glucose-Lowering Treatment Patterns in Patients With Diabetic Kidney Disease

Real-world treatment of diabetic kidney disease in the United States, based on national-level health care claims and electronic health records data, is inconsistent with the current guidelines.

Christopher Tjoa, MD


The Implementation of Opioid Prescribing Report Cards in Medicaid Managed Care: A Community Quality Collaborative

This article describes the Philadelphia Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Initiative that was launched by a multidisciplinary team and mailed local Medicaid providers individualized prescribing report cards.

Giovanni Cucchiaro, MD


Preappointment Surveys and Reminder Calls to Improve Show Rate

Patients who completed a preappointment survey were significantly more likely to attend their clinic appointment than noncompleters and spent significantly less time in their appointment.

Terence S. Dermody, MD


Consumer-Centric Approach to Enhance Access to Pediatric Specialty Care

The authors’ organization optimized scheduling techniques that improved patient access to pediatric specialists to within 7 calendar days for new patients.

Allison Brennan, MPP


CMS Needs to Rethink How Medicare Assesses Quality

Late 2020 changes make accountable care organizations a canary in the coal mine.

Milam Ford, BS


Reduced Medical Spending Associated With Integrated Pharmacy Benefits

Members covered by an integrated pharmacy benefit (as opposed to a pharmacy carve-out) experienced slower growth in medical spending.

Khrista Achtermann, MHA


Managing Total Knee Replacement Under Value-Based Payments

This article describes the approach that a large primary care group at risk for value-based payments chose to deploy in managing clinical and financial outcomes of knee osteoarthritis jointly with orthopedic surgeons.

Shipra Singh, MBBS, PhD, MPH


Association of Social Risks With Avoiding or Delaying Health Care and With Emergency Department Visits: Evidence From 2017 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey

Social risks (food insecurity, housing instability, financial strain, health insurance type) are associated with patients’ decisions to avoid/delay health care and increased utilization of the emergency department.

Olga Anastasia Sawicki, MD, 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.

Veronique Michaud, BPharm, PhD


Revisiting Conclusions on the Empiric Segmentation of High-risk Patients

The authors provide feedback on generalizations made regarding interventions for high-risk populations in previous research.

Linda Highfield, PhD


The Association of Social Determinants of Health With Health Outcomes

This study explored the statistical association of key social determinants of health with specific health outcomes to validate impact and then created weighted categorical matrices.

Bhavesh Shah, PharmD


Impact of Switching Agents in Plaque Psoriasis

The panel details the clinical and economic burden when patients switch between agents in plaque psoriasis.

Azra Raza, MD


Novel Multicancer Early Detection Technology––Potential Value to Employers and the Workforce

Multicancer early detection technology could help reduce cancer mortality compared to the current strategy of single-cancer screening tests.

Bhupender Singh, MD


Covishield India: Demystifying Myths Through an Early Multicenter Safety Study

This was a multicenter study carried out in India to study the adverse and systemic effects of the indigenously developed Covishield vaccine.

Timothy Judson, MD, MPH


Reimagining the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult: Lessons From COVID-19

Digital innovations in palliative care during COVID-19 have changed how hospitalized patients receive palliative care. We propose an approach to implement new models at scale.

Genevieve Claverie, BA


Mental Health Service Utilization Review Patterns in a Medicaid Managed Care Program

Medicaid managed care utilization review data for mental health services were analyzed for the calendar years 2017 and 2018. These data indicate low rates of utilization review denials for both inpatient and outpatient mental health services.

Danielle Lee Tomson, MPhil


Community Health Workers’ Critical Role in Trust Building Between the Medical System and Communities of Color

The authors interrogate elements of routine medical practice in New York City to argue for reforms of hospital culture through relational trust-building capabilities of community health workers.

Jean O’Malley, MPH


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.

Katie M. White, EdD, MBA


Clinic Price Reductions in a Tiered Total Cost Benefit Design

Findings of this evaluation of primary care clinic responses in a tiered total cost of care benefit design suggest that clinics respond by reducing prices.

Rituparna Bhattacharya, PhD


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.

Cynthia Veronica Siego, MS


The Value of Virtual Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Care

This counterfactual simulation study on a nationally representative sample of the working population with musculoskeletal conditions estimated the value of patient-initiated virtual physical therapy.

Keith E. Kocher, MD, MPH


Older Adults’ Perspectives on Emergency Department Costs During COVID-19

Most older US adults have concerns about emergency department visit affordability. Lower income, being uninsured, poor or fair physical/mental health, and younger age were associated with increased concerns.

Christopher Kirwan, PhD


Addressing Virtual Care Disparities for Patients With Limited English Proficiency

With increased use of virtual care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following recommendations address disparities for patients with limited English proficiency.

Manxiang Li, PhD, 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.

Stephen Roll, 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.

Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH


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