April 2020

Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Challenges to Chronic Pain Management

April 08, 2020

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Healthcare professionals report pain management barriers across system, provider, and patient levels, highlighting the need to consider chronic pain as a chronic condition that warrants coordinated approaches.

Outcomes of Liver Transplantation by Insurance Type in the United States

April 07, 2020

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Patients with publicly sponsored insurance who were listed for liver transplantation have worse wait-list and posttransplant outcomes, as shown using the US Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (2001-2017).

In Uncertain Times, Public Service Leadership More Important Than Ever: A Q&A With Sherry Glied, PhD

April 03, 2020

INTERVIEW

To mark the 25th anniversary of the journal, each issue in 2020 will include an interview with a healthcare thought leader. For the April issue, we turned to Sherry Glied, PhD, dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Initiation of Triple Therapy Maintenance Treatment Among Patients With COPD

April 02, 2020

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Claims data analysis showed that 60% of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receiving triple therapy had no evidence of exacerbation or only 1 exacerbation not resulting in hospitalization.

Spending Variation Among ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

March 31, 2020

MANAGERIAL

Analysis of spending differences among accountable care organizations (ACOs) may help identify cost savings opportunities. We examined the magnitude and sources of spending variation among ACOs over 4 years.

Collaborative Care Plans Reduce Subspecialty Consults: The Experience From a Safety Net Hospital

March 30, 2020

TRENDS FROM THE FIELD

Collaborative care plans combined with provider education resulted in significant reductions in referrals to specialists without an apparent increase in the rate of emergency department visits or hospital admissions.

Solid-Organ Transplant Recipients With Hyperglycemia on Admission Face Worse Outcomes

March 27, 2020

CLINICAL

Elevated glucose levels are common in solid-organ transplant recipients and associated with short- and long-term mortality risks in hospitalized transplant recipients. This increased mortality risk was independent of age, gender, smoking, alcohol, or comorbidities.

Incorporating Telemedicine as Part of COVID-19 Outbreak Response Systems

March 20, 2020

COMMENTARY

Healthcare providers should revisit disaster response policies to incorporate telemedicine systems to address some of the unique challenges posed by infectious disease outbreaks such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).