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September 13, 2017
Provider-owned insurers have the potential to reduce costs, but face challenges building competitive provider networks.
September 19, 2017
New statin prescriptions at the Veterans Health Administration were reviewed using a cross-sectional study design. Statins were frequently prescribed outside of guideline recommendations.
TRENDS FROM THE FIELD
Racial and ethnic differences in hip fracture incidence and mortality outcome were observed within a diverse population of older men, with lower rates of both among Asians.
September 18, 2017
This study examined the early impacts of closing the donut hole in Medicare Part D.
The authors examined the effect of narrow network plan selection on beneficiaries’ outpatient visits and outpatient out-of-pocket expenditures in the 2014 nongroup health insurance market.
September 27, 2017
Financial barriers to behavioral health integration in Oregon Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) limit opportunities to expand integrated care, but state and organizational opportunities exist.
A 7.6% improvement in 12-month cholesterol refill was observed among US military veterans randomized to an adherence blister packaging intervention versus an education-only intervention.
September 29, 2017
A conceptual framework was used to examine the influence of healthcare provider and psychosocial barriers on treatment utilization among younger and older socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers.
September 28, 2017
The authors investigated back-transfer: the transfer of patients near the end of an acute hospitalization to a local community hospital for completion of their medical care.
Medicare formularies were inconsistent in increasing restrictiveness to drugs that received FDA black box warnings for death and/or cardiovascular risk with safer available drug alternatives.