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Most-Read Articles From AJMC's Conference Coverage in 2015
December 30, 2015 – Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD
What We're Reading: Generic Drug Prices Declined in 2015
December 30, 2015 – AJMC Staff
Top Articles from Evidence-Based Diabetes Management for 2015
December 29, 2015 – Mary K. Caffrey
Puerto Rico's Federally Funded Community Health Centers in Crisis
December 29, 2015 – Jackie Syrop
Using Technology to Bring Palliative Care to the Patient's Doorstep
December 29, 2015 – Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD
The Future of Healthcare Delivery: Top 10 AJAC Articles
December 28, 2015 – Laura Joszt
Improving Cancer Trial Participation via Web-Based Interventions
December 28, 2015 – Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD
What We're Reading: Medicaid Enrollees Demand Hepatitis C Treatment
December 28, 2015 – AJMC Staff
Cancer's Toll Beyond the Disease: Medical Costs and Productivity
December 28, 2015 – Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD

Most-Read Articles From AJMC's Conference Coverage in 2015

Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD
Studies that provided updates on new drug trials, sessions on value-based care, and the cost of healthcare, were most popular among readers of The American Journal of Managed Care.
Studies that provided updates on new drug trials, sessions on value-based care, and the cost of healthcare, were most popular among readers of The American Journal of Managed Care.
 
10. Ketamine and More: What's the Status of Antidepressants?
According to Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, the antidepressant market has yet to find a good medication that is effective in all patients. Providing an overview of progress in the field of antidepressant therapy at the 28th US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in San Diego, he provided an update on the latest entrant to the list of drugs: ketamine. He warned the audience that although ketamine was shown to have dramatic improvements in patients with depression and bipolar disease, many unknowns remain.

9. Oncologist Highlights Primary Reasons for the High Cost of Cancer Care
At a meeting hosted by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), “Community Oncology 2.0, Moving Forward on Payment Reform,” COA’s past president David Eagle, MD, partner at Lake Norman Oncology, discussed the key drivers of cost in cancer care. According to Eagle, the growing aging population, intense treatment, rising drug prices, and shift in the site of care, all significantly contribute to the rising costs.
 
8. Telehealth Offers Effective Way to Treat Veterans for PTSD
Presenters at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in San Diego, emphasized the value of telemedicine in allowing the Veterans Administration provide quality care to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, without barriers of cost and geographic location. “There is some degree of a natural boundary created by doing telemedicine that may help some overcome an aversion to therapy,” said presenter Mark B. Hamner, MD, professor at the Medical University of South Carolina.
 
7. Two Diet Studies, Two Approaches to Finding Keys to Weight Loss, Reduced Risk Factors
During a session entitled, “Concepts in Nutrition and Diabetes Prevention and Treatment,” at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston, back-to-back presentations offered 2 very different studies, each asking the question: which type of diet will not only help at-risk patients lose weight, but keep impaired glucose tolerance at bay? While 1 study found that preserving lean body mass was more important than overall weight loss, the other emphasized long-term metabolic control in type 2 diabetes patients.
 
6. Moving to the Future of Healthcare: Value-Based Models
During his keynote presentation at the Fall Managed Care Forum 2015, Jacque Sokolov, MD, chairman and CEO of SSB Solutions, assured the audience that the government leading the charge toward value-based care, everyone else will be forced to follow suit. Discussing shared-savings models, accountable care organizations, and the Medicare Advantage program, Sokolov provided a flavor for all the dynamic changes that healthcare is witnessing today.
 


 
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