The American Journal of Managed Care > October 2008

The American Journal of Managed Care - October 2008

October 15, 2008 – Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH; Hangsheng Liu, PhD; and Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, MPH
This study of financial implications of risk adjustment for Medicare payments to individuals with comorbidities and functional impairment demonstrates the importance of controlling for disability.
October 15, 2008 – Roger T. Anderson, PhD; Gretchen G. Kimmick, MD, MS; Fabian Camacho, MS; J. Timothy Whitmire, PhD; Carol Dickinson, CTR; Edward A. Levine, MD; Frank M. Torti, MD, MPH; and Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD
Omission of radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery leads to poor outcomes. Geographic isolation and scarcity of healthcare specialists correlate with low adjuvant radiation therapy use.
October 15, 2008 – Lawrence Baruch, MD; Bhanu Gupta, MD; Sharon S. Lieberman-Blum, PharmD; Sanjay Agarwal, MD; and Calvin Eng, MD
This retrospective study strongly suggests that splitting a 10-mg ezetimibe tablet yields a 5-mg dose that is clinically equivalent to the 10-mg dose.
October 15, 2008 – Meredith B. Rosenthal, PhD; Francois S. de Brantes, MBA; Anna D. Sinaiko, MPP; Matthew Frankel, MBA; Russell D. Robbins, MD, MBA; and Sara Young, MBA
Physicians recognized as high quality by Bridges to Excellence performed better than their peers on claimsbased quality measures and, in some cases, on resource use measures.
October 15, 2008 – Hai Fang, PhD; and John A. Rizzo, PhD
The effect of managed care on physician financial incentives to reduce services declined substantially from 2000-2001 to 2004-2005.
October 15, 2008 – Gerald F. Riley, MSPH
Out-of-pocket healthcare costs rose significantly between 2000 and 2004; these data provide a baseline for evaluating Medicare reform proposals that affect beneficiary spending.
October 15, 2008 – Lawrence Baruch, MD; Bhanu Gupta, MD; Sharon S. Lieberman-Blum, PharmD; Sanjay Agarwal, MD; and Calvin Eng, MD
This retrospective study strongly suggests that splitting a 10-mg ezetimibe tablet yields a 5-mg dose that is clinically equivalent to the 10-mg dose.
October 15, 2008 – Giridhar Mallya, MD; Craig Evan Pollack, MD, MHS; and Daniel Polsky, PhD
National survey reveals primary care physicians have low knowledge of consumer-directed health plans and limited readiness to engage patients on issues of cost and quality.
October 15, 2008 – Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH; Hangsheng Liu, PhD; and Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, MPH
This study of financial implications of risk adjustment for Medicare payments to individuals with comorbidities and functional impairment demonstrates the importance of controlling for disability.
October 15, 2008 – Meredith B. Rosenthal, PhD; Francois S. de Brantes, MBA; Anna D. Sinaiko, MPP; Matthew Frankel, MBA; Russell D. Robbins, MD, MBA; and Sara Young, MBA
Physicians recognized as high quality by Bridges to Excellence performed better than their peers on claimsbased quality measures and, in some cases, on resource use measures.
October 15, 2008 – Roger T. Anderson, PhD; Gretchen G. Kimmick, MD, MS; Fabian Camacho, MS; J. Timothy Whitmire, PhD; Carol Dickinson, CTR; Edward A. Levine, MD; Frank M. Torti, MD, MPH; and Rajesh Balkrishnan, PhD
Omission of radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery leads to poor outcomes. Geographic isolation and scarcity of healthcare specialists correlate with low adjuvant radiation therapy use.
October 15, 2008 – Hai Fang, PhD; and John A. Rizzo, PhD
The effect of managed care on physician financial incentives to reduce services declined substantially from 2000-2001 to 2004-2005.
October 15, 2008 – Giridhar Mallya, MD; Craig Evan Pollack, MD, MHS; and Daniel Polsky, PhD
National survey reveals primary care physicians have low knowledge of consumer-directed health plans and limited readiness to engage patients on issues of cost and quality.
October 15, 2008 – Gerald F. Riley, MSPH
Out-of-pocket healthcare costs rose significantly between 2000 and 2004; these data provide a baseline for evaluating Medicare reform proposals that affect beneficiary spending.
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