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.
New Approaches to Improving Population Health Featured in The American Journal of Accountable Care®, an AJMC® Publication
September 27, 2018
A new population health care model, how team functioning affects the health of patients, the factors that contribute to patient complexity, and how multistakeholder partnerships can come together to improve care are highlighted in the September issue of The American Journal of Accountable Care®.
September 20, 2018
Significant investments are needed in new comprehensive data networks that connect and integrate clinical factors, social determinants of health, and genomic information from multiple health systems in order to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients, according to a commentary in The American Journal of Managed Care®. AJMC® interviewed one of the authors for additional details about this issue for a recent episode of Managed Care Cast, our podcast about managed care.
September 14, 2018
With the US population aging rapidly, payers, providers, and public policy makers are seeking ways to both improve quality of care and reduce rising costs. A new study in The American Journal of Managed Care® found that giving Medicare Advantage patients more frequent contact with their primary care doctors kept them healthier and cost 28 percent less than usual care.
After-Hours Telemedicine Helps Skilled Nursing Facilities Avoid Unnecessary Hospitalizations, AJMC® Study Finds
August 20, 2018
As skilled nursing facilities handle more complex care, the need arises for physician input before sending patients to the hospital. Study findings reported this month in The American Journal of Managed Care® show that using telemedicine for this purpose can lead to fewer hospitalizations and savings for Medicare.
August 15, 2018
Healthcare savings foreseen with adoption of electronic health records have fallen short of expectations but adding clinical decision support tools could change that. A new study in The American Journal of Managed Care® shows how Cedars-Sinai Health System achieved better care and savings by following Choosing Wisely recommendations.