The American Journal of Managed Care > March 2015
The American Journal of Managed Care - March 2015
March 18, 2015 – Sarit Polsky, MD, MPH; William T. Donahoo, MD; Ella E. Lyons, MS; Kristine L. Funk, MS, RD; Thomas E. Elliott, MD; Rebecca Williams, DrPh, MPH; David Arterburn, MD, MPH; Jennifer D. Portz, PhD, MSW; and Elizabeth Bayliss, MD, MSPH
This study examines the effect of pre- and postoperative care management intensity on weight loss outcomes after bariatric surgery in 9 US centers.
Potential Savings From Increasing Adherence to Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy in Medicaid-Enrolled Children
March 20, 2015 – George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM; Shun Zhang, MD, MPH; Luceta McRoy, PhD; and Maria Pisu, PhD
Increasing adherence to inhaled corticosteroids for Medicaid-enrolled children with asthma could cost-effectively decrease both Medicaid spending and adverse clinical outcomes.
March 20, 2015 – Karen Ignagni, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, America's Health Insurance Plans
Innovations are powering the evolution of patient-centered care, and health plans are at the center of this innovation story.
March 20, 2015 – Jean Yoon, PhD, MHS; Chuan-Fen Liu, PhD, MPH; Jeanie Lo, MPH; Gordon Schectman, MD; Richard Stark, MD; Lisa V. Rubenstein, MD, MSPH; and Elizabeth M. Yano, PhD, MSPH
Significant changes were found in patients' utilization of healthcare related to early implementation of medical home components in VA primary care clinics.
Are Healthcare Quality "Report Cards" Reaching Consumers? Awareness in the Chronically Ill Population
March 17, 2015 – Dennis P. Scanlon, PhD; Yunfeng Shi, PhD; Neeraj Bhandari, MD; and Jon B. Christianson, PhD
Using longitudinal data, this paper examines to what extent comparative quality information in the form of healthcare "report cards" is reaching chronically ill adults.
Developing a Composite Weighted Quality Metric to Reflect the Total Benefit Conferred by a Health Plan
March 18, 2015 – Glen B. Taksler, PhD; and R. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc, FACP
The authors developed a weighted quality measure to reflect the total health benefit conferred by a health plan annually to its members.
March 18, 2015 – Weiwei Chen, PhD; Teresa M. Waters, PhD; and Cyril F. Chang, PhD
The authors analyzed the association of insurance coverage and likelihood of an ED visit being nonurgent or primary care—sensitive based on an ED classification algorithm.
March 31, 2015 – Jad Hayes, MS, ASA, MAAA; J. Russell Hoverman, MD, PhD; Matthew E. Brow, BA; Dana C. Dilbeck, BA; Diana K. Verrilli, MS; Jody Garey, PharmD; Janet L. Espirito, PharmD; Jorge Cardona, BS; and Roy Beveridge, MD
The cost of care for patients receiving chemotherapy in community oncology clinics is lower than for comparable patients receiving chemotherapy in the hospital outpatient setting.
April 13, 2015 – Jinhyung Lee, PhD; Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD; Yu-Li Lin, MS; and James S. Goodwin, MD
No national studies have examined the interaction effect of the electronic health record (EHR) and hospitalist care on length of stay (LOS). Thus, we examine the combined effect of the EHR and hospitalist care on LOS.
Treatment Patterns, Healthcare Utilization, and Costs of Chronic Opioid Treatment for Non-Cancer Pain in the United States
April 13, 2015 – David M. Kern, MS; Siting Zhou, PhD; Soheil Chavoshi, MS; Ozgur Tunceli, PhD; Mark Sostek, MD; Joseph Singer, MD; and Robert J. LoCasale, PhD
Healthcare utilization and costs increased in the 6 months after patients started opioid therapy for chronic pain; they then decreased but never reverted to baseline levels.
April 13, 2015 – Robin Gelburd, JD, BA
This article describes the formation, operation, and strategy for sustaining an independent national claims database that is available to the entire healthcare sector, including researchers.
April 15, 2015 – Julia C. Prentice, PhD; Paul R. Conlin, MD; Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH; David Edelman, MD; Todd A. Lee, PharmD, PhD; and Steven D. Pizer, PhD
There were no significant differences in the risk of ambulatory care—sensitive condition hospitalization or mortality between patients who initiated analogue insulin compared with the neutral protamine Hagedorn.
April 15, 2015 – Joan C. Lo, MD; Sowmya Srinivasan, MD; Malini Chandra, MS, MBA; Mary Patton, MD; Amer Budayr, MD; Lucy H. Liu, MD; Gene Lau, MD; and Christopher D. Grimsrud, MD, PhD
Within an integrated healthcare setting, temporal trends demonstrate reductions in mortality risk after hip fracture in older women, with mortality risk lower for Asians and Hispanics.
April 15, 2015 – Deborah Taira Juarez, ScD; Andrew E. Williams, PhD; Chuhe Chen, PhD; Yihe Goh Daida, MS; Sara K. Tanaka, MPH; Connie Mah Trinacty, PhD; and Thomas M. Vogt, MD, MPH
Nonwhite race, smoking, and increasing body mass index were associated with the lowest adherence trajectories for patients with heart failure, with adherence dropping off within the first year.