The Economic Impact of an Urban Asthma Management Program
An asthma disease management program reduced medical services utilization for urban children and had a potentially positive return on investment for Medicaid managed care plans.
Treatment Decisions for Complex Patients: Differences Between Primary Care Physicians and Midlevel Providers
Midlevel providers were significantly less likely than physicians to change blood pressure (BP) treatment for complex diabetic patients presenting with elevated BP at a single visit.
Value Based Insurance Design: Maintaining a Focus on Health in an Era of Cost Containment
In this commentary, our Co-Editors-in-Chief advocate valuebased principles that align incentives to encourage use of high value services as an important tool in healthcare reform.
Does a Personalized Approach Improve Patient Satisfaction in Thoracic Oncology?
Evaluation of cancer patients’ quality of life at admission enabled improvement of their satisfaction with received care at discharge.
Improving the Outcomes of Disease Management by Tailoring Care to the Patient's Level of Activation
Tailoring coaching to each patient’s activation level may improve clinical indicators and reduce utilization more than the usual disease management coaching.
Interactive Voice Response Systems for Improving Delivery of Ambulatory Care
A systematic review of interactive voice response system studies showed that these interventions significantly benefit adherence to various processes of care.
Managed Care and Physicians' Perceptions of Drug Formulary Use
This article examines the changing effects of managed care on prescription drug formulary use in the United States.
Effect of Medication Dosing Frequency on Adherence in Chronic Diseases
Medication adherence is important in chronic disease management. This systematic review demonstrates that dosing frequency has important effects on medication adherence.
Is Integration in Large Medical Groups Associated With Quality?
Integrated care systems allegedly provide better care. This study of 97 large medical groups nationally provides suggestive evidence that this may be true.
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