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March 01, 2008
TRENDS FROM THE FIELD
This study examines racial/ethnic differences in utilization of inpatient days and ED and outpatient visits before and after implementation of a Medicaid disease management program.
Using laboratory and administrative data, large managed care organizations can assign severity of illness scores to patients with pneumonia for risk adjustment and reporting.
Two case studies examine the benefits of manufacturers and managed care organizations partnering in pragmatic or practical clinical trials to generate real-world evidence.
An intervention to increase tobacco treatment rates through care coordination for telephone counseling was effective in raising referral rates and in achieving excellent long-term abstinence.
For patients with type 2 diabetes taking oral antidiabetics, self-monitoring of blood glucose cost-effectiveness (1 and 3 times per day) was modeled. Both strategies represented good value in the US payer setting.
Patients with major depression had faster transitions to both early and later stages of cardiovascular disease than patients without major depression.