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July 14, 2011
A networked system designed to promote patient self-management appears to be safe and effective in capturing, integrating, and presenting medication adherence and physiologic information.
A formulary restriction policy in a Medicare population was associated with lower celecoxib utilization; however, higher gastrointestinal- and arthritis-related medical costs were observed.
This review article explores the Medicare data available for researchers and approaches that could be used to enhance the data%u2019s value for comparative effectiveness research.
Electronic kiosks were used to survey patients on their experience with care at the time of care delivery in an urban primary care practice.
Pharmacy benefit designs that mandate mail pharmacy use interfere with prescription drug access, particularly for individuals without previous mail pharmacy experience.
In this prospective cohort study, eliminating prescription drug copayments improved blood pressure and LDL cholesterol concentration for low-income patients; glycemic control did not improve.
July 13, 2011
Colorectal cancer screening use was similar in 2 divergent primary care populations. Colonoscopy was the most frequently used modality; FOBT was used inconsistently.
Systolic blood pressure control was not maintained in a large proportion of patients after the end of participation in a hypertension intervention study.
Educational outreach did not seem to be a promising strategy to promote preventive services use among patients who refused services recommended by their physician.
July 12, 2011
A decision-analytic model was used to estimate cost-effectiveness of adopting a 21-gene assay in treatment decisions for women with early-stage N (1-3)/ER HER2-negative breast cancer.