The American Journal of Managed Care > April 2020

The American Journal of Managed Care - April 2020

March 27, 2020 – Kimberly G. Blumenthal, MD, MSc; Nicolas M. Oreskovic, MD, MPH; Xiaoqing Fu, MS; Fatma M. Shebl, MD, PhD; Christian M. Mancini, BS; Jennifer M. Maniates, MA; and Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH
A reported penicillin allergy was common and was associated with suboptimal antibiotic choices and increased healthcare utilization in high-cost, high-need patients.
March 27, 2020 – Amit Akirov, MD; Tzipora Shochat, MSc; and Ilan Shimon, MD
Elevated glucose levels are common in solid-organ transplant recipients and associated with short- and long-term mortality risks in hospitalized transplant recipients. This increased mortality risk was independent of age, gender, smoking, alcohol, or comorbidities.
March 19, 2020 – Kimberly Lovett Rockwell, MD, JD; and Alexis S. Gilroy, JD
Healthcare providers should revisit disaster response policies to incorporate telemedicine systems to address some of the unique challenges posed by infectious disease outbreaks such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
March 30, 2020 – Mark Aaron Unruh, PhD; Dhruv Khullar, MD, MPP; and Hye-Young Jung, PhD
The Patient-Driven Payment Model addresses perverse incentives in Medicare’s previous payment system for skilled nursing facilities, but it includes new incentives that may be problematic.
April 03, 2020 – Interview by Allison Inserro
To mark the 25th anniversary of the journal, each issue in 2020 will include an interview with a healthcare thought leader. For the April issue, we turned to Sherry Glied, PhD, dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
March 31, 2020 – Michael Anne Kyle, MSN, MPH; J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD; Mary Beth Landrum, PhD; Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA; Paul Trompke, MPP; David J. Nyweide, PhD; and Michael E. Chernew, PhD
Analysis of spending differences among accountable care organizations (ACOs) may help identify cost savings opportunities. We examined the magnitude and sources of spending variation among ACOs over 4 years.
March 30, 2020 – Arshag D. Mooradian, MD; Ronald Stone, RD, MBA; Carlos Palacio, MD, MPH; and Eric Stewart, MD
Collaborative care plans combined with provider education resulted in significant reductions in referrals to specialists without an apparent increase in the rate of emergency department visits or hospital admissions.
April 02, 2020 – Melissa D. Sexton, PhD, MDiv, LMFT; LaToya K. Williams, EdD, LCSW; and Lillianne Lewis Debnam, MD, MPH
Partnering teams for delivery of continuity of care between primary care and community behavioral health systems can learn from e-consult implementation.
April 02, 2020 – Yong Li, PhD; Jonathan Lim, MSc; Stephen Stemkowski, PhD; Shuchita Kaila, PhD; Andrew Renda, MD; and Asif Shaikh, MD
Claims data analysis showed that 60% of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receiving triple therapy had no evidence of exacerbation or only 1 exacerbation not resulting in hospitalization.
April 07, 2020 – Maria Stepanova, PhD; Saleh Al Qahtani, MD; Alita Mishra, MD; Issah Younossi, MPH; Chapy Venkatesan, MD; and Zobair M. Younossi, MD, MPH
Patients with publicly sponsored insurance who were listed for liver transplantation have worse wait-list and posttransplant outcomes, as shown using the US Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (2001-2017).
April 08, 2020 – Cate Polacek, MLIS, MFA, ELS; Roni Christopher, DHSc; Michelle Mann, BS; Margarita Udall, MPH; Terri Craig, PharmD; Michael Deminski, MS, BSPharm; and Nila A. Sathe, MA, MLIS
Healthcare professionals report pain management barriers across system, provider, and patient levels, highlighting the need to consider chronic pain as a chronic condition that warrants coordinated approaches.
April 09, 2020 – Harold S. Luft, PhD; Su-Ying Liang, PhD; Laura J. Eaton, MD, MPH; and Sukyung Chung, PhD
Primary care physicians who address multiple problems during acute care visits achieve better clinical scores, comparable patient experience, and lower annual cost.
April 09, 2020 – Eric Winter, BS; Gregory Glauser, BS; Ian F. Caplan, BS; Stephen Goodrich, BS; Scott D. McClintock, PhD; Stephen J. Kovach III, MD; Joshua Fosnot, MD; Joseph M. Serletti, MD; and Neil R. Malhotra, MD
Patients with higher LACE+ index scores have significantly greater risk of unplanned readmission, emergency department visits, and reoperation after plastic surgery.
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