Cost-effectiveness of Total State Coverage for Hepatitis C Medications
Expanded coverage under a Medicare-Medicaid partnership to treat all prevalent cases of hepatitis C appears to be cost-effective by saving money and improving patient outcomes.
Letter From the Editorial Board: Jan E. Berger, MD, MJ
Value-Based Management of Specialty Drugs: Practical Considerations and Implications for Pharmacy
Policy makers and health plans seek value-based management of specialty drugs. This study examines real-world factors that favor some approaches over others and their potential impact.
Influence of Health Care Systems on Mortality in Adult Patients With Cancer
Vertically integrated health care delivery systems may be well positioned to help reduce overall mortality and specifically mitigate racial/ethnic disparity gaps in cancer care outcomes.
US Cost-effectiveness and Budget Impact of Point-of-Care NAAT for Streptococcus
This study evaluates the cost-effectiveness and budget impact to US payers of point-of-care nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) for group A streptococcus.
Properties of the Overall Hospital Star Ratings and Consumer Choice
The CMS Star Ratings may be of limited value for patients choosing hospitals for specific care needs.
Variability of COPD Inhaler Coverage in Medicare Part D
Although most Medicare Part D plans cover guideline-recommended outpatient chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhalers, the utilization controls applied to these therapies vary by plan type.
Timely Preterm-Birth Prediction Among Pregnant Women in Medicaid Without Preterm-Birth History
A novel prediction model is developed that accurately predicts preterm birth in a timely manner among pregnant women in Medicaid without preterm-birth history.
Association Between Interhospital Care Fragmentation, Readmission Diagnosis, and Outcomes
In this analysis of the National Readmissions Database, the authors investigated the association between interhospital fragmentation of care, reason for readmission, and patient outcomes.
Standardized Total Knee Arthroplasty Pathway Improves Outcomes in Minority Patients
In a minority-predominant patient population, a standardized pathway for total knee arthroplasty was associated with improved outcomes with no change in postoperative complication rates.
When Does Nonadherence Indicate a Deviation From Patient-Centered Care?
The authors suggest that assessment of patient-centered care may be improved by flagging probable discordance between a patient’s preferences and their treatment care plan.
Stopping the Flood: Reducing Harmful Cascades of Care
Reducing cascades while maintaining our commitment to high-quality care requires equipping patients and clinicians with the information, tools, and support to embrace uncertainty.
The PANDEMIC Framework for Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccinations
This commentary offers 8 promising approaches forming a framework known as PANDEMIC to address COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy.
Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries and Inadequate Access to Primary Care Providers
States with the most restrictive scope-of-practice laws have an inadequate supply of primary care clinicians to serve a high concentration of dual-eligible beneficiaries.
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