Operating Room Efficiency of Orthopedic Surgery During the COVID-19 Era
The authors analyzed the impacts of COVID-19 on orthopedic operating room efficiency via comparison of 14,856 surgeries performed before, during, and after the pandemic.
Therapists’ Perspectives on Access to Telemental Health Among Medicaid-Enrolled Youth
This qualitative study elucidates therapists’ perspectives on barriers to and facilitators of access to telemental health among Medicaid-enrolled youth served by a large safety-net organization.
Incidence and Cost of Potentially Avoidable Emergency Department Visits for Urolithiasis
This study characterizes the incidence and associated factors of urolithiasis-related emergency department visits that are potentially preventable with appropriate ambulatory care and calculates their cumulative costs.
Rituximab Reference vs Biosimilar Utilization for Oncology vs Nononcology Indications
Reporting on the real-world utilization of reference rituximab and its biosimilars can help show prescribing habits and reveal cost-saving opportunities.
All-Payer Value-Based Contracting in Organizations With Medicare ACOs
This 2022 survey of Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) shows significant growth in non-Medicare value-based contracts and in contracts with downside risk.
A Square Peg in a Round Hole: Treating Hepatitis C
The authors propose an investment in patient-centered care strategies to initiate and engage vulnerable populations with curative hepatitis C treatment.
Journey to Anticoagulant Access Following Payer Rejection of Apixaban
Formulary restrictions can create treatment barriers for patients with atrial fibrillation, including unnecessary delays in treatment and prescription abandonment, with vulnerable populations at greater risk.
Impact of Including Drug Spending in Oncology Alternative Payment Models
This study demonstrates a method for understanding the effects of drug spending in the design of alternative payment models.
Medicare Advantage in Rural Areas: Implications for Hospital Sustainability
This retrospective cohort study of rural hospitals found that Medicare Advantage penetration increased substantially from 2008 to 2019 and was associated with greater hospital sustainability.
Charitable Medication Distribution Improves Care for Uninsured Patients With Diabetes
This report illustrates how providing vital diabetes medications to uninsured patients through a charitable medication distributor improves clinical outcomes.
Long-Term Health Care Costs Following COVID-19: Implications for Pandemic Preparedness
A difference-in-differences analysis of health care claims data evaluated excess health care costs in the 12 months following COVID-19 diagnosis among the general and older adult populations.
Characterizing Obesity in a Large Health Care Delivery System
The prevalence of obesity in the Sutter Health system between 2015 and 2020 was 35%. Differences by race/ethnicity, health insurance, smoking status, and comorbidities were examined.
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