The American Journal of Managed Care > September 2010

The American Journal of Managed Care - September 2010

September 21, 2010 – Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD; Bevanne Bean-Mayberry, MD, MHS; Patricia A. Findley, DrPH, MSW, LCSW; Elizabeth M. Yano, PhD, MSPH; and Ranjana Banerjea, PhD

This analysis studies effects of practice structures, primary care and mental health integration, and sex-specific primary care services on diagnosis of depression among women veterans.

September 21, 2010 – Mayer B. Davidson, MD; Maria Blanco-Castellanos, RN; and Petra Duran, BS

A nurse following treatment alogrithms with prescription authority in a primary care setting markedly improved diabetes outcomes; 47% met ADA A1C, LDL-C, and BP goals.

September 22, 2010 – David Margolius, BA; and Thomas Bodenheimer, MD

Blood pressure control can be improved through a "Treat to Target" approach including home blood pressure monitoring, health coaching, and home titration of antihypertensive medications.

September 22, 2010 – Feng Zeng, PhD; Chieh-I Chen, MPH; Vera Mastey, MS, BPharm; Kelly H. Zou, PhD; James Harnett, PharmD, MS; and Bimal V. Patel, PharmD, MS

About half of the patients in this study did not fill any smoking cessation medication following a rejected claim for varenicline.

September 21, 2010 – Jeffrey M. Allen, PharmD, BCOP

Costly new breast cancer therapies augment the significant burden this disease places on healthcare resources, but in context they may still provide value to society.

September 21, 2010 – Scott D. Ramsey, MD, PhD; Jeannine S. McCune, PharmD; David K. Blough, PhD; Cara L. McDermott, BA; Lauren Clarke, MS; Jennifer L. Malin, MD, PhD; and Sean D. Sullivan, PhD
We linked health insurance records to cancer registry data to analyze colony-stimulating factor use, finding wide divergence from that recommended by practice guidelines.
September 22, 2010 – Jasvinder A. Singh, MD, MPH; Jeff A. Sloan, PhD; Pamela J. Atherton, MS; Tenbroeck Smith, MS; Thomas F. Hack, PhD; Mashele M. Huschka, BS, RN; Teresa A. Rummans, MD; Matthew M. Clark, PhD; Brent Diekmann, BS; and Lesley F. Degner, RN, PhD

This pooled analysis assesses preferred roles in treatment decision making, actual roles, and preferred versus actual discordance among 6 studies of patients with cancer.

September 13, 2010 – Gerry Oster, PhD; Derek Weycker, PhD; John Edelsberg, MD, MPH; Kristin L. Nichol, MD, MPH; Jerome O. Klein, MD; and Robert B. Belshe, MD

Use of live attenuated influenza vaccine in young children has a favorable benefit-risk profile.

September 14, 2010 – Alan H. B. Wu, PhD; Kent Lewandrowski, MD; Ann M. Gronowski, PhD; David G. Grenache, PhD; Lori J. Sokoll, PhD; and Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD

Physicians and laboratorians must work to reduce use of antiquated clinical laboratory tests.

September 14, 2010 – Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD; Kathleen L. Goldberg, PharmD; and John M. Inadomi, MD

Proton pump inhibitors are often overused without documented valid indications. Their inappropriate use is associated with substantial cost expenditure and the potential for adverse events.

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