The American Journal of Managed Care > January 2015

The American Journal of Managed Care - January 2015

January 20, 2015 – Fadia T. Shaya, PhD, MPH; Ian M. Breunig, PhD; and Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, FACC, FACP, FRCP
Substantive outcome improvement and savings to Medicaid may be achieved with small changes in prescribing rates or comorbidity prevalence among patients with heart failure.
January 20, 2015 – R. Neal Axon, MD, MSCR; Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD; Janet Craig, PhD, RN; Jingwen Zhang, MS; Patrick Mauldin, PhD; and William P. Moran, MD, MS
This article outlines the frequency of transfers of patients with ambulatory care-sensitive conditions from nursing homes to emergency departments or hospitals, and provides reliable estimates of associated costs.
January 20, 2015 – Teresa B. Gibson, PhD; J. Ross Maclean, MD; Michael E. Chernew, PhD; A. Mark Fendrick, MD; and Colin Baigel, MBChB
The authors provide a framework to capture additional benefits that may result from VBID programs, extending beyond utilization and outcomes to productivity, engagement, and talent.
January 20, 2015 – A. Mark Fendrick, MD, and Michael E. Chernew, PhD Co-Editors-in-Chief, The American Journal of Managed Care
The founding mission of AJMC was to bring the best available and most relevant evidence regarding efficient clinical and managerial practice to a broad spectrum of healthcare stakeholders-a mission that remains unchanged to this day.
January 20, 2015 – Fargol Mostofian, BHSc; Cynthiya Ruban, BSc; Nicole Simunovic, MSc; and Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, FRCSC
The authors evaluate methods for implementing clinical research and guidelines, in order to change physician practice patterns, in surgical and general practice.
January 16, 2015 – Raina M. Merchant, MD, MSHP; Kristen Finne, BA; Barbara Lardy, MPH; German Veselovskiy, MPP; Casey Korba, MS; Gregg S. Margolis, NREMT-P, PhD; and Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Health insurance plans serve a critical role in public health emergencies. The authors queried plans about issues related to emergency preparedness: infrastructure, adaptability, connectedness, and best practices.
February 13, 2015 – Leslie Hazel-Fernandez, PhD, MPH; Yong Li, PhD; Damion Nero, PhD; Chad Moretz, ScD; S. Lane Slabaugh, PharmD, MBA; Yunus Meah, PharmD; Jean Baltz, MMSc, MSW; Nick C. Patel, PharmD, PhD; and Jonathan R. Bouchard, MS, RPh
This retrospective cohort study in a Medicare Advantage population posits that type 2 diabetes mellitus complications pose an excess burden on healthcare resource use and related costs.
February 18, 2015 – Mollie Shulan, MD; and Kelly Gao
Over 50% of inpatients are unmarried and experience 22% longer LOS. Racial/income disparities are not unavoidable; how care is paid for and delivered may make a difference.
February 24, 2015 – Jason Neal, MA; Ravi Chawla, MBA; Christine M. Colombo, MBA; Richard L. Snyder, MD; and Somesh Nigam, PhD
A longitudinal case-control design was used to evaluate the effects of the patient-centered medical home model on medical costs and utilization among chronically ill patients.
February 25, 2015 – Kevin A. Look, PharmD, PhD
Improving the quality of studies evaluating the impact of value-based insurance design programs on medication adherence will serve to better inform healthcare system change.
February 25, 2015 – Rashid Kazerooni, PharmD, BCPS; Joseph B. Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS; Mark Bounthavong, PharmD, MPH; Michael H. Tran, PharmD, BCPS; and Nermeen Madkour, PharmD, CSP
New starts on aripiprazole were less adherent than continuing users. Prescriptions for 90-day supplies should be reserved for patients who have established effectiveness and tolerance.
February 27, 2015 – Pei-Jung Lin, PhD; David M. Kent, MD, MSc; Aaron Winn, MPP; Joshua T. Cohen, PhD; and Peter J. Neumann, ScD
This study's findings showed that diabetes care remained suboptimal among many patients with multiple chronic conditions and that patient outcomes varied by multimorbidity profile.
February 27, 2015 – Ya-Wun Guo, MD; Tzu-En Wu, MD, MS; and Harn-Shen Chen, MD, PhD
Sepsis, renal impairment with electrolyte imbalance, and low blood pressure were independent prognostic factors of mortality among patients with severe hyperglycemia in the emergency department.
February 27, 2015 – Cheng-Yi Lee, MS; Mei-Ju Chi, PhD; Shiang-Lin Yang, MS; Hsiu-Yun Lo, PhD; and Shou-Hsia Cheng, PhD
Patients enrolled in the tuberculosis pay-for-performance program received more comprehensive ambulatory care with slightly lower costs and a higher treatment success rate.
February 27, 2015 – Seppo T. Rinne, MD, PhD; Edwin S. Wong, PhD; Jaclyn M. Lemon, BS; Mark Perkins, PharmD; Christopher L. Bryson, MD; and Chuan-Fen Liu, PhD
In a retrospective cohort analysis, diabetic nonresponders to a patient satisfaction survey had higher healthcare costs, clinic visits, and hospitalizations, but lower medication adherence.
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