From the Editorial Board: Michael E. Chernew, PhD
Ease of Ordering High- and Low-Value Services in Various Electronic Health Records
This study evaluates the ease of ordering high- and low-value clinical services in a national sample of electronic health records.
Physician Clinical Knowledge, Practice Infrastructure, and Quality of Care
Patient-centered practice infrastructure was associated with better care quality only among physicians who scored well on their Maintenance of Certification exam.
Variation in US Private Health Plans’ Coverage of Orphan Drugs
Health plans restrict orphan drug coverage less often than nonorphan drug coverage. However, the frequency of restrictions varies considerably across plans.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Readmissions Are Associated With Utilization and Comorbidity
Thirty-day readmissions related to inflammatory bowel disease are common and associated with longer length of stay and a higher likelihood of having an associated comorbid condition compared with index hospitalizations.
The Long-term Social Value of Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors
Although currently underutilized, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor prophylaxis as supportive cancer care provides substantial value to society. Aligning utilization with clinical guidelines would increase this value considerably.
A Deep Learning Model for Pediatric Patient Risk Stratification
Artificial intelligence based on medical claims data outperforms traditional models in stratifying patient risk.
Low Screening and Follow-up for Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among Health Plan Beneficiaries
Screening and follow-up for unhealthy alcohol use are low among plan members. Use of standardized screening tools, documentation, and care for alcohol misuse need improvement.
Patients’ Expectations of Their Anesthesiologists
Understanding patients’ expectations, educating them about the role of an anesthesiologist, and involving them in decisions about their medical care can improve patient satisfaction.
Can Accountable Care Divert the Sources of Hospitalization?
Oregon’s Medicaid accountable care organizations led to reductions in preventable hospital admissions, especially unscheduled admissions, among female beneficiaries aged 15 to 44 years.
Real-World Outcomes Among Patients With Early Rapidly Progressive Rheumatoid Arthritis
This study suggests that lower healthcare resource use and achieving low disease activity are associated with first-line abatacept compared with a first-line tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitor for patients with early rapidly progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
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