The Patient’s Photograph in the Medical Record as a Diagnostic Tool
Two case reports are presented in which previous photographs of the patients appearing in their medical record were of considerable assistance in making the diagnosis.
Effects of Telephone Counseling on Antipsychotic Adherence and Emergency Department Utilization
A telehealth nursing program used psychological counseling techniques to improve antipsychotic medication adherence, leading to reduced emergency department utilization in a managed Medicaid population.
Benchmarking Physician Performance: Reliability of Individual and Composite Measures
At least 50 quality events per physician are needed to reach a minimum level of reliability for most quality measures calculated from administrative data.
Impact of Specialty Drugs on the Use of Other Medical Services
Biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis was associated with lower use of some types of medical services within 2 to 3 years of initiation.
Lowering Copayments: Impact of Simvastatin Patent Expiration on Patient Adherence
Decreasing statin copayments because of the patent
expiration of simvastatin has led to moderate increases in
Are Patent Expirations the Answer to Improving Patient Adherence?
In his Editorial, Dr. Klepser considers the effectiveness and the future of value-based insurance design.
Adherence to Inhaled Corticosteroid Use and Local Adverse Events in Persistent Asthma
This study evaluated the association between patient-reported and medical record–abstracted local adverse events and patient-reported and claims-based adherence to inhaled corticosteroid therapy.
Complications of Dysglycemia and Medical Costs Associated With Nondiabetic Hyperglycemia
This study showed that complications add significantly to
the cost of medical care when hyperglycemia levels were
below the threshold for diabetes, and impaired glucose
tolerance independently contributed to costs.
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