The American Journal of Managed Care > October 2010

The American Journal of Managed Care - October 2010

October 15, 2010 – Ameena T. Ahmed, MD, MPH; and Brigid R. McCaw, MD, MPH

Among women diagnosed as having intimate partner violence, odds of mental health utilization were lower among those diagnosed in emergency departments versus primary care clinics.

October 15, 2010 – Robert A. Berenson, MD

The Shared Savings Program design is at risk of not providing a sufficiently strong business case to convince provider organizations to change their practice cultures.

October 15, 2010 – Hongsoo Kim, PhD, MPH; Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS; Gail D. Melkus, EdD, C-NP; Zhonglin Zhao, MD, MPH; and Kenneth Boockvar, MD, MS

This population-based study examines socioeconomic and clinical factors associated with scheduled and unscheduled readmissions after discharge among older patients with diabetes.

October 15, 2010 – Osman I. Ahmed, MD, DrPH; and David J. Rak, MPH

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.

October 19, 2010 – Guijing Wang, PhD; Zefeng Zhang, MD, PhD; Carma Ayala, MPH, PhD; Hilary K. Wall, MPH; and Jing Fang, MD

Hospitalization costs associated with heart failure averaged $23,077 and were higher when heart failure was a secondary rather than the primary diagnosis.

October 19, 2010 – Amy R. Wilson, PhD; Xingzhou T. Zhou, MS; Wei Shi, MA; Holly Rodin, PhD; Eric P. Bargman, PhD; Nancy A. Garrett, PhD; and Thomas J. Sandberg, MGIS

Care episodes treated in retail clinics appeared to be less complex than those treated in office settings.

October 15, 2010 – Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH; Chester B. Good, MD, MPH; John C. Lowe, RPh, MBA; and Julie M. Donohue, PhD

Substantial variation in prescription spending and use of brand-name drugs exists across the VA healthcare system, with no apparent relationship to quality of care.

October 05, 2010 – Adrianne C. Feldstein, MD, MS; Nancy A. Perrin, PhD; Robert Unitan, MD; A. Gabriela Rosales, MS; Gregory A. Nichols, PhD; David H. Smith, RPh, MHA, PhD; Jennifer Schneider, MPH; Carrie M. Davino, MD;

A panel-support tool in a managed care setting improved the percentage of care recommendations met for patients with diabetes mellitus or cardiovascular disease.

October 05, 2010 – Brett Platte, MHPA; Fevzi Akinci, PhD; and Yunus Guc, MA

A medication reconciliation program is associated with a high rate of perfectly accurate drug profiles and may assist in reducing adverse drug events.

October 05, 2010 – Douglas R. Woll, MD; and David R. Nelson, FSA, MAAA

A new insurance product based on principles of member and purchaser accountability was adopted rapidly and resulted in several health improvements.

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