The American Journal of Managed Care > August 2009

The American Journal of Managed Care - August 2009

August 07, 2009 – Ariel Berger, MPH; John Edelsberg, MD, MPH; Gary W. Inglese, RN, MBA; Samir K. Bhattacharyya, PhD; and Gerry Oster, PhD

Patients with end-stage renal disease who began peritoneal dialysis had lower 1-year hospitalization rates and lower total healthcare costs than those who began therapy with hemodialysis.

August 07, 2009 – Kari L. Olson, PharmD; Thomas Delate, PhD; Jon Rasmussen, PharmD; Tammy L. Humphries, PharmD; and John A. Merenich, MD; for the Clinical Pharmacy Cardiac Risk Service Study Group

Lipid levels can remain controlled with electronic laboratory reminder letters for most patients with coronary artery disease discharged from a cardiovascular disease management program.

August 07, 2009 – Stephen G. Jones, MS; Soyal R. Momin, MS, MBA; Matthew W. Good, MD; Terence K. Shea, PharmD; and Kenneth Patric, MD

This study demonstrates that patients with diabetes taking thiazolidinediones have higher proportions of distal upper and lower limb fractures than those not taking the drug.

August 07, 2009 – Daniel C. Malone, RPh, PhD; Trent P. McLaughlin, PhD; Peter M. Wahl, BA; Christopher Leibman, PharmD; H. Michael Arrighi, PhD; Mark J. Cziraky, PharmD; and Lisa M. Mucha, PhD

Community-based persons with Alzheimer’s disease have a higher risk of fractures, hospitalization, and various comorbidities than persons without the disease.

August 07, 2009 – Beatriz Hemo, MA; Naamah H. Shamir-Shtein, MA; Barbara G. Silverman, MD, MPH; Judith Tsamir, MA; Anthony D. Heymann, MB; Sharon Tsehori, MD, MHA; and Nurit L. Friedman, PhD

A nationwide media campaign aimed at parents was associated with reductions in the use of antibiotics for pediatric upper respiratory infections, otitis media, and pharyngitis.

August 07, 2009 – O. Kenrik Duru, MD, MSHS; Susan L. Ettner, PhD; Stefanie D. Vassar, MS; Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSPH; and Barbara G. Vickrey, MD, MPH
A dementia care management program proven to improve quality and outcomes showed a statistically nonsignificant cost offset (both payer and societal perspectives) over 18 months.
August 07, 2009 – Rajul A. Patel, PharmD, PhD; Helene Levens Lipton, PhD; Timothy W. Cutler, PharmD; Amanda R. Smith, MPH; Shirley M. Tsunoda, PharmD; and Marilyn R. Stebbins, PharmD

Study results indicate that outreach interventions performed by trained student pharmacists assist Medicare beneficiaries to effectively navigate their Part D benefit, thereby reducing out-of-pocket costs.

August 07, 2009 – Geoffrey F. Joyce, PhD; Dana P. Goldman, PhD; William B. Vogt, PhD; Eric Sun, PhD; and Anupam B. Jena, PhD

Coverage under Part D is comparable to that under non–Part D plans with respect to key features likely to be important to Medicare beneficiaries.

August 07, 2009 – Bruce Leff, MD; Lisa Reider, MHS; Kevin D. Frick, PhD; Daniel O. Scharfstein, ScD; Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH; Katherine Frey, MPH; Lya Karm, MD; and Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA

The early months of a cluster-randomized trial suggest that Guided Care is associated with a trend toward a net reduction in total healthcare expenditures.

August 07, 2009 – Jill Waalen, MD, MPH; Amalia L. Bruning, PA; Mark Jason Peters, MD; and Eric M. Blau, MD

In this randomized controlled trial, women receiving monthly telephone calls had significantly higher use of osteoporosis medication at 1 year versus women receiving usual care.

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