Massachusetts General Hospital: Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care, communication
January 14, 2019
A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital reports in The American Journal of Managed Care that virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at the hospital, can successfully replace office visits for many patients without compromising the quality of care and communication.
December 13, 2018
Amid public health concerns about the risks of opioid overuse, a recent study in The American Journal of Accountable Care® (AJAC) shows increased economic burden on patients and payers when opioid therapy for noncancer pain continues beyond the initial prescription.
Top-Down Demands on Primary Care Creating Medical Populism in Response to Burnout, AJMC® Commentary Says
December 06, 2018
The forces leading to detachment and depersonalization among burned-out primary care physicians are similar to the factors responsible for populist movements—the perception of a rigged system favoring a managerial elite, according to a commentary in the December issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.®
Focusing on Patients With Complex Medical Needs via Intense Care Management Shows Promise, AJMC® Researchers Say
November 19, 2018
“Super-utilizers,” meaning patients with complex health issues and frequent hospital visits, are becoming a focus of care management programs in an effort to improve patient outcomes. A study published in The American Journal of Managed Care®, and featured on our next Managed Care Cast podcast, found that Medicare fee-for-service patients in four states who fit this category and were enrolled in a high-intensity care management program had 37 percent fewer unplanned hospital readmissions.
The American Journal of Managed Care® Names Dr Erin Trish as the 2018 Recipient of the Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award
November 16, 2018
This award recognizes young professionals who are making strides in the field of managed care research.
Kaiser Permanente: Pharmacist-led intervention at Kaiser Permanente Northwest reduces opioid use among hip replacement surgery patients
November 15, 2018
A pharmacist-led intervention that targeted patients undergoing joint replacement surgery led to a significant reduction in post-surgical opioid use among hip replacement patients, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in The American Journal of Managed Care®.
AJMC® Researchers Have 3 Suggestions to Close the Gaps When Creating Value Frameworks for New Medical Therapies
November 14, 2018
Randomized controlled trials don’t capture real-world evidence regarding how patients will actually interact with, adhere to, or find value in a costly new medical therapy, and current value frameworks and assessments don’t include this “real world” element. In the current issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®, authors offer guidance on closing the gap between real-world and clinical trial data when formulating value frameworks.
Dementia Has a Substantial Impact on the Prevalence and Costs of Comorbid Conditions That Are Potentially Modifiable by Care Management
November 13, 2018
Study reveals the full impact of dementia on healthcare costs and highlights care management priorities for population health stakeholders.
Communication Patterns in EHRs Have Surprising Impact on Outcomes for Patients With Diabetes, AJMC® Researchers Say
October 16, 2018
Casting messages widely throughout an electronic health record instead of using more focused direct messaging in diabetes care leads to more hospital visits and higher medical costs, according to a study published in the current issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®.
What Drove Physician Practices to Join Early Medicare ACOs? AJMC® Researchers Find Differences in HIT, Care Management, Quality Improvement
October 11, 2018
What are the characteristics of physician practices that intended to join Medicare accountable care organizations in 2012? In the October issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®, researchers probe 1398 practices to examine the different capabilities and experience levels needed to manage risk in these healthcare models.