AJMC® in the Press, June 15, 2018

Coverage of our peer-reviewed research and news reporting in the healthcare and mainstream press.

An article from US News & World Report centered around a study published in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®). The study, “Satisfaction With Care After Reducing Opioids for Chronic Pain,” found no significant association between unfavorable patient satisfaction and opioid reductions for chronic pain; however, encounters with unestablished providers may slightly impair satisfaction when reducing opioids, the authors concluded.

Citizen Tribune’s article on Medicare Part D plans highlighted a study published in AJMC®’s June issue. The study, “Placement of Selected New FDA-Approved Drugs in Medicare part D Formularies 2009-2013,” concluded that there is significant heterogeneity in formulary placement and restrictions on new drug approvals in the Part D marketplace.

America’s Health Insurance Plans’ Wednesday Accountable Care SmartBrief included a commentary published in The American Journal of Accountable Care®’s June issue. The study, “The Intersection of Health and Social Services: How to Leverage Community Partnerships to Deliver Whole-Person Care,” underscored the importance of healthcare organizations leveraging existing community partners to improve outcomes as the healthcare industry continues to move from volume to value.

An article in AJMC®, titled “Is There a Link Between Autism, Food Allergies? Study Offers Hint But No Answers,” covered a study that found an association between autism spectrum disorder and allergic conditions in children—especially food allergies—but noted more research is needed before fully understanding the link between the 2 conditions. The article, was cited in articles from The Kansas City Star, The Silver Telegram, Technostalls, Romper, and Big Think.

The AJMC® published study, “Value-Based Contracting Innovated Medicare Advantage Healthcare Delivery and Improved Survival,” was included in an article from RevCycle Intelligence. The study concluded that elderly Medicare Advantage members with multiple chronic conditions attained a survival benefit from more cost-effective care when a private plan developed gainshare and monetary risk-bearing arrangements with its contracted partners.