The American Journal of Managed Care - June 2010
Fragmentation of care to specialists may be associated with higher rates of emergency department visits among patients with chronic illness.
Men in a VA rehabilitation unit who had osteoporosis were older and thinner, but otherwise similar (metabolic and functional status) to control subjects.
Rigorous scientific standards are needed to address the challenge of providing information on the real-world effects of treatments and procedures.
Findings from TRICARE's disease management programs for asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes patients suggest that the programs more than pay for themselves.
Prior authorization for pregabalin in commercial insurance plans accomplished the objective of lower pregabalin utilization; however, there was no significant decrease in disease-related healthcare costs.
Statin therapy compliance of 80% or higher during the first 2 years of treatment is associated with reduced healthcare resource utilization in the following year.
The GRACE principles lay out 3 questions to help healthcare providers, patients, and other decision makers evaluate the quality of noninterventional comparative effectiveness studies.
The same simulation methodology used in the aviation industry was able to uncover latent environmental threats to patient safety.
For the medical home concept to work, greater attention must be focused on primary care workforce needs and consumer preferences.
The pre-HPV vaccination burden of ambulatory care visits and procedures related to cervical cancer screening is assessed, with projected effects of HPV vaccination and testing.