The American Journal of Managed Care > June 2011

The American Journal of Managed Care - June 2011

June 13, 2011 – Chureen T. Carter, PharmD, MS; Henry Leher, PhD; Paula Smith, MS; Daniel B. Smith, MA; and Heidi C. Waters, MBA
Therapeutic persistence with infliximab was associated with signifi cantly fewer ulcerative colitis patients requiring hospitalization; once hospitalized, patients with therapeutic persistence had significantly decreased inpatient costs.
June 14, 2011 – Heiner K. Berthold, MD, PhD; Kurt P. Bestehorn, MD; Christina Jannowitz, MD; Wilhelm Krone, MD; and Ioanna Gouni-Berthold, MD
Disease management programs for diabetes can improve some processes of care, but they do not improve intermediate outcomes beyond doubt.
June 15, 2011 – Rahul Shenolikar, PhD; Xue Song, PhD; Julie A. Anderson, MPH; Bong Chul Chu, PhD; and C. Ron Cantrell, PhD
Among a working population, patients with asthma experienced significantly higher direct medical costs and modestly higher work loss than patients without asthma.
June 17, 2011 – R. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MS; and Sherry M. Mentor, MPH
Health improvements are usually expensive. If healthcare does not encourage high-value care and discourage low-value care, insurance premiums will continue to outpace inflation.
June 16, 2011 – Chi-Chen Chen, PhD; and Shou-Hsia Cheng, PhD
This longitudinal analysis of diabetes patients found that better continuity of care was associated with reduced healthcare utilization and decreased pharmaceutical and total healthcare expenses.
June 22, 2011 – Natalia Gutierrez, MD; Nora E. Gimpel, MD; Florence J. Dallo, PhD, MPH; Barbara M. Foster, PhD; and Emeka J. Ohagi, PhD, MPH
This article evaluates and compares the effectiveness of shared medical appointments versus regular office visits among Hispanic patients with diabetes.
June 22, 2011 – Natalia Gutierrez, MD; Nora E. Gimpel, MD; Florence J. Dallo, PhD, MPH; Barbara M. Foster, PhD; and Emeka J. Ohagi, PhD, MPH
This article evaluates and compares the effectiveness of shared medical appointments versus regular office visits among Hispanic patients with diabetes.
June 22, 2011 – S. Nicole Hastings, MD, MHSc; Valerie A. Smith, MS; Morris Weinberger, PhD; Kenneth E. Schmader, MD; Maren K. Olsen, PhD; and Eugene Z. Oddone, MD, MHSc
This study examines the frequency of, and risk factors for, unscheduled health service use after an emergency department visit in a national sample of veterans.
June 23, 2011 – Hsueh-Fen Chen, PhD; M. Christine Kalish, MBA, CMPE; and Jose A. Pagan, PhD
An integrated, clinician-focused telehealth monitoring system significantly reduced hospitalizations in Medicare home healthcare patients.
June 23, 2011 – Joseph P. Newhouse, PhD; Jie Huang, PhD; Richard J. Brand, PhD; Vicki Fung, PhD; and John Hsu, MD, MBA, MSCE
Health plan accounting data are used to test how well the CMSHCC risk adjustment system tracks relative costs of treating various diagnoses: not very well.
June 24, 2011 – James C. Robinson, PhD
Hospitals in concentrated markets charge significantly higher prices to private insurers than do otherwise-similar hospitals in competitive markets.
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