Hopes, Worries for US Health Care in Wake of COVID-19: A Q&A With Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPPJune 15th 2020
To mark the 25th anniversary of the journal, each issue in 2020 will include an interview with a healthcare thought leader. For the June issue, we turned to Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former administrator of CMS.
General Medical Claims for Behavioral Health Patients in JapanJune 15th 2020
This Japanese cohort shows that behavioral health service users had health care costs higher than those of individuals who did not use behavioral health services, yet lower than the costs demonstrated by studies in US populations.
Claims Identification of Patients With Severe Cancer-Related SymptomsJune 11th 2020
The authors established a claims-based mechanism for identifying patients with lung cancer with more severe patient-reported cancer-related symptoms who could benefit from engagement with health care programs.
Value-Based Insurance Design in Louisiana: Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Zero Dollar Co-pay ProgramJune 11th 2020
Enrollment in a value-based insurance design program that eliminated pharmacy co-pays for 4 chronic disease drug classes was associated with a large decline in health care spending.
FASStR: A Framework for Ensuring High-Quality Operational Metrics in Health CareJune 11th 2020
Through literature review and collaborative design, we propose the Focus, Activity, Statistic, Scale type, and Reference (FASStR) framework to provide a systematic approach to health care operation metric definition and use.
Health Care Resource Utilization Among Patients With T2D and Cardiovascular-, Heart Failure–, or Renal-Related HospitalizationsJune 10th 2020
Among patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), concurrent cardiovascular-, heart failure–, or renal-related hospitalization presents significant disease burden leading to poor quality of life.
Tests, Surgical Masks, Hospital Beds, and Ventilators: Add Big Data to the List of Tools to Fight the Coronavirus That Are in Short SupplyApril 30th 2020
Big data could help identify potential clues about the immediate (and future) impact of coronavirus disease 2019, but it is in short supply.