The American Journal of Managed Care > June 2008

The American Journal of Managed Care - June 2008

June 07, 2008 – Soeren Mattke, MD, DSc
Recent events have cast doubt on the ability of disease management to reduce medical cost and to affect the quality of care.
June 07, 2008 – Louise B. Russell, PhD; and Monika M. Safford, MD. Author reply by Sandra L. Tunis, PhD; and Michael E. Minshall, MPH
June 07, 2008 – Sherrie L. Aspinall, PharmD, MSc; and Peter A. Glassman, MBBS, MSc. Author reply by Sandra L. Tunis, PhD; and Michael E. Minshall, MPH
June 07, 2008 – Vicky Chan, PharmD; and Catherine E. Cooke, PharmD
This retrospective study found no benefit of a disease management program compared with usual care on utilization of secondary prevention pharmacotherapies in postmyocardial infarction patients.
June 07, 2008 – Francois de Brantes, MBA; Paula S. Wickland, FSA; and John P. Williams, MD
This review suggests that only a few primary care quality measures, which usually are not found in claims data, have significant clinical and financial impact.
June 07, 2008 – Jessica Greene, PhD; Ellen Peters, PhD; C. K. Mertz; and Judith H. Hibbard, DrPH
This study highlights the difficulty many consumers have in understanding comparative plan information. It also suggests that presentation strategies may help consumers understand choices better.
June 07, 2008 – Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA; Meredith B. Rosenthal, PhD; Sharon-Lise T. Normand, PhD; Richard G. Frank, PhD; and Arnold M. Epstein, MD, MA
This survey of 252 HMOs found that almost all measure their performance on multiple indicators of quality and most use these data in quality improvement activities.
June 07, 2008 – Shlomo Vinker, MD; Michal Shani, MD; Tuvia Baevsky, MD; and Asher Elhayany, MD
Adherence with statins over 8 years among members of Israel's largest HMO was found to be poor, especially among new immigrants.
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