February 2009

Reporting Hospitals" Antibiotic Timing in Pneumonia: Adverse Consequences for Patients?

February 14, 2009

The American Journal of Managed Care

Nationwide data on hospital emergency department visits reveal little evidence of unintended adverse consequences associated with publicly reporting hospitals’ antibiotic timing in pneumonia.

Provider Organization Performance Assessment Utilizing Diabetes Physician Recognition Program

February 14, 2009

The American Journal of Managed Care

Retrospective chart review to assess the impact of the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program showed that most patients achieved control levels recommended by national treatment guidelines.

Cost-Effectiveness of Long-Term Oxygen Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

February 14, 2009

The American Journal of Managed Care

Continuous home oxygen therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease seems more cost-effective than other health technologies covered by Medicare, while nocturnal oxygen therapy is not.