November 2019

Multimodality Cancer Care and Implications for Episode-Based Payments in Cancer

November 12, 2019

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Most patients receiving multimodality cancer care receive care from different practices. Therefore, episode-based payments in oncology must hold multiple providers accountable for costs and quality.

Cost Analysis of COPD Exacerbations and Cardiovascular Events in SUMMIT

November 18, 2019

WEB EXCLUSIVE

This cost analysis using data from the Study to Understand Mortality and Morbidity in COPD (SUMMIT) trial found that fluticasone furoate/vilanterol reduced the rates and costs of combined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and revascularization/cardiovascular events versus placebo.

CKD Quality Improvement Intervention With PCMH Integration: Health Plan Results

November 08, 2019

WEB EXCLUSIVE

A scalable chronic kidney disease (CKD) quality improvement intervention demonstrated feasibility, decreased hospitalization, and reduced costs. These preliminary results support innovation in CKD by commercial health plans.

Importance of Reasons for Stocking Adult Vaccines

November 20, 2019

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Economic factors associated with the purchase and maintenance of vaccine inventory and inadequate reimbursement for vaccination services were the most important to pharmacy and doctors’ office decision makers when considering whether to stock adult vaccines.

Prescribing Trend of Pioglitazone After Safety Warning Release in Korea

November 19, 2019

WEB EXCLUSIVE

The pioglitazone safety warning issued in South Korea, which recommended prescribing with careful attention among those with high risk of bladder cancer, led to a moderate decrease in pioglitazone users.