The American Journal of Managed Care > February 2015

The American Journal of Managed Care - February 2015

February 19, 2015 – Paul M. Stranges, PharmD; Vincent D. Marshall, MS; Paul C. Walker, PharmD; Karen E. Hall, MD, PhD; Diane K. Griffith, LMSW, ACSW; and Tami Remington, PharmD
A collaborative practice model to reduce hospital readmissions from an outpatient environment.
February 19, 2015 – Margaret E. O'Kane, MHA, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance
Measurement and accountability are now part of the DNA of our entire healthcare system, and cost and quality are both improving.
February 19, 2015 – Amresh D. Hanchate, PhD; Arlene S. Ash, PhD; Ann Borzecki, MD, MPH; Hassen Abdulkerim, MS; Kelly L. Stolzmann, MS; Amy K. Rosen, PhD; Aaron S. Fink, MD; Mary Jo V. Pugh, PhD; Priti Shokeen, MS; and Michael Shwartz, PhD
Incomplete records of patient history can bias hospital profiling. Completing health records for Medicare-covered patients in VA hospitals resulted in modest changes in hospital performance.
February 19, 2015 – Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD; Geoffrey F. Joyce, PhD; Lauren M. Scarpati, MA; and Dana P. Goldman, PhD
This study examined the impact of the Medicare Part D coverage gap on medication use by Hispanics, blacks, and whites with diabetes.
February 19, 2015 – Anil Aranha, PhD; Pragnesh Patel, MD; Sidakpal Panaich, MD; and Lavoisier Cardozo, MD
A study to determine the health literacy of elderly patients and establish whether an association exists between health literacy and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
February 18, 2015 – Alfred Lewis, JD; Vikram Khanna, MHS; and Shana Montrose, MPH
No corporate weight control program has ever reported savings or even sustained weight loss using valid metrics across a sizable population for 2 years or more, accounting for dropouts and nonparticipants. Further, these programs can harm morale and even the health of the employees themselves.
February 27, 2015 – Reena L. Pande, MD, MSc; Michael Morris; Aimee Peters, LCSW; Claire M. Spettell, PhD; Richard Feifer, MD, MPH; William Gillis, PsyD
Successful patient engagement in a nationally available, remotely delivered behavioral health intervention can significantly improve medical outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
March 20, 2015 – David Arterburn, MD, MPH; Robert Wellman, MS; Emily O. Westbrook, MHA; Tyler R. Ross, MA; David McCulloch, MD; Matt Handley, MD; Marc Lowe, MD; Chris Cable, MD; Steven B. Zeliadt, PhD; and Richard M. Hoffman, MD, MPH
Implementing patient decision aids was associated with lower rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia and of active treatment for localized prostate cancer.
March 20, 2015 – Natalie D. Erb, MPH; Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH; and Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI
The authors identify a 4-step plan to accelerate the spread of evidence-based practices.
March 23, 2015 – Roger G. Kathol, MD; Kavita Patel, MD, MS; Lee Sacks, MD; Susan Sargent, MBA; and Stephen P. Melek, FSA, MAAA
Data suggest that behavioral health providers and services must be included as core components of accountable care organizations to achieve desired health and cost outcomes.
March 23, 2015 – Cathy J. Bradley, PhD; Bassam Dahman, PhD; and Lindsay M. Sabik, PhD
Safety net hospitals reduce emergency surgeries among Medicaid and uninsured patients, and provide a benefit to these populations relative to other providers.
March 25, 2015 – Richard W. Grant, MD, MPH; Elbert S. Huang, MD, MPH; Deborah J. Wexler, MD, MSc; Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS; E. Margaret Warton, MPH; Howard H. Moffet, MPH; and Andrew J. Karter, PhD
This article identifies patient-, provider-, and system-level factors associated with the problem of self-monitoring blood glucose without use of the results.
March 25, 2015 – Leonardo Tamariz, MD, MPH; Ana Palacio, MD, MPH; Jennifer Denizard, RN; Yvonne Schulman, MD; and Gabriel Contreras, MD, MPH
Using an ICD-9-CM code algorithm, the authors effectively identified potentially difficult-to-reach populations for a hypertension clinical trial.
March 26, 2015 – Maria B. Ospina, PhD; Liz Dennett, MLIS; Arianna Waye, PhD; Philip Jacobs, DPhil; and Angus H. Thompson, PhD
A systematic review of presenteeism instruments found that most have been validated to some extent, but evidence for criterion validity is virtually absent.
March 30, 2015 – Terhilda Garrido, MPH; Michael Kanter, MD; Di Meng, PhD; Marianne Turley, PhD; Jian Wang, MS; Valerie Sue, PhD; Luther Scott, MS
Quality benefits were equal across racial/ethnic groups with equal personal health record (PHR) use, but nonwhite status and a preference for Spanish language predicted lower PHR registration.
March 30, 2015 – Daniel Weisz, MD, MPA; Michael K. Gusmano, PhD; Grace Wong, MBA, MPH; and John Trombley II, MPP
An original emergency department patient survey, insurance claims data, and administrative records are used to examine the characteristics of nonurgent users.
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