The American Journal of Managed Care - January 2011
Overuse of rescue medication among asthma patients is associated with increased exacerbations and higher total and asthma-related healthcare costs.
Healthcare costs are elevated for patients on chronic opioid therapy; nonadherence to the opioid regimen, based on urine drug monitoring results, further increases costs.
Higher overall patient satisfaction with inpatient care and discharge planning is associated with lower 30-day readmission rates after adjusting for clinical quality.
This cross-sectional retrospective study found comparable blood pressure control rates among patients with hypertension receiving primary care from a nurse practitioner versus a physician.
Using an electronic health record to identify and implement colorectal cancer screening in a population of eligible patients achieved higher uptake than a visit-based approach.
The health savings account-eligible design may decrease costs and utilization, but it also may decrease use of preventive services.
There is a critical need for comparative information about plan resource use to support value-based purchasing efforts.
The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of intravenous neuraminidase inhibitors for patients with 2009 influenza A (H1N1), creating a need for economic studies.
To generate cost savings, plan sponsors should implement transitional care programs and disease management programs that consider risk, actionability, treatment and program effectiveness, and costs.
High-deductible benefit design was associated with increased out-of-pocket costs for maternity care, but had no adverse impacts on receipt of recommended prenatal and postpartum care.