August 2016

Association of Part D Coverage Gap With COPD Medication Adherence

August 01, 2016

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Using longitudinal Medicare claims data, this study quantified the association of the Medicare Part D coverage gap with medication adherence among beneficiaries with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Choosing Wisely: Spine Imaging

August 16, 2016

WEB EXCLUSIVE

A letter on reducing unnecessary spinal imaging through the introduction of an a priori threshold before an MRI, CT, or bone scan would be considered in patients with spinal pain, with a reply from Dr Gidwani, of the original February 2016 article.

Association Among Change in Medical Costs, Level of Comorbidity, and Change in Adherence Behavior

August 22, 2016

WEB EXCLUSIVE

The authors found that comorbidity burden and the direction of behavioral change influence the relationship between adherence and medical spend. This could affect the cost-benefit considerations of medication adherence programs.