The American Journal of Managed Care > December 2010

The American Journal of Managed Care - December 2010

December 16, 2010 – Tami L. Mark, PhD; Leslie B. Montejano, MA; Henry R. Kranzler, MD; Mady Chalk, PhD; and David R. Gastfriend, MD

Treatment of alcohol dependence with medications offered advantages in reduced healthcare utilization and costs compared with usual treatment without medications.

December 16, 2010 – Robert S. Zeiger, MD, PhD; Michael Schatz, MD, MS; Qiaowu Li, MS; Feng Zhang, MS; Anna S. Purdum, PharmD, MS; and Wansu Chen, MS

Significant clinically meaningful improvements in asthma impairment are documented by administrative data for 1 year after initiation of step-up care in patients with uncontrolled asthma.

December 21, 2010 – Peter M. Lynch, MPH; Aylin Altan Riedel, PhD; Navendu Samant, MS; Ying Fan, MS; Tim Peoples, MA; Jenifer Levinson; and Scott W. Lee, MD

A retrospective claims analysis of managed care enrollees with type 2 diabetes mellitus showed that insulin pump therapy reduced antidiabetic drug and healthcare resource use.

December 21, 2010 – Justin Gatwood, MPH; and Steven R. Erickson, PharmD

Current interventions to improve medication adherence lack a clear, uniform approach by which patient compliance can be universally improved.

December 21, 2010 – Qian Gu, PhD; Feng Zeng, PhD; Bimal V. Patel, PharmD, MS; and Louis C. Tripoli, MD

The coverage gap in the Medicare Part D program has a significant negative impact on adherence to diabetes medications.

December 16, 2010 – Sarah L. Cutrona, MD, MPH; Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD; Michael A. Fischer, MD, MPH; Amber Servi, BA; Joshua N. Liberman, PhD; Troyen A. Brennan, MD, JD; and William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS

In this review of randomized controlled trials designed to improve adherence to cardiovascular medications, electronic interventions and in-person, pharmacy-based interventions showed the highest success rates.

December 16, 2010 – Jennifer R. Webb, MA; Joseph Feinglass, PhD; Gregory Makoul, PhD; Cheryl L. Wilkes, MD; Daniel P. Dunham, MD, MPH; David W. Baker, MD, MPH; and Michael S. Wolf, PhD, MPH

Patients' problems in understanding of new and existing medications were evaluated to design a primary care electronic health record quality improvement study.

December 21, 2010 – Er Chen, MPP; Kuo Bianchini Tong, MS; and Jennifer L. Malin, MD, PhD

Targeting chemotherapy with 70-gene MammaPrint signature in patients 60 years or younger with node-negative breast cancer is likely to be cost-effective.

December 21, 2010 – David A. Ganz, MD, PhD; Brandon K. Koretz, MD; Julia K. Bail, RN, MSN, GNP-C; Heather E. McCreath, PhD; Neil S. Wenger, MD, MPH; Carol P. Roth, RN, MPH; and David B. Reuben, MD

Nurse practitioner comanagment improved quality of care for 5 chronic conditions in an academic geriatrics practice.

December 21, 2010 – Elissa C. Ladd, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Diane Feeney Mahoney, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN; and Srinivas Emani, PhD

Nurse practitioner prescribers exhibited a high rate of contact with pharmaceutical industry promotional activities.

December 21, 2010 – Roderick S. Hooker, PhD

We have insufficient understanding of what influences our prescribing behavior, particularly with respect to pharmaceutical marketing strategies.

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