Here are 5 interesting findings from the November 2019 issue of AJMC®.
1. Few patients receiving more than 1 treatment modality for colorectal, lung, or breast cancer received all of their care from the same practice. This creates a challenge when seeking to attribute patients to oncology providers in alternative payment models.
2. A program that integrated pharmacists into family medicine clinics to optimize medication use resulted in a relative decrease in emergency department visits and a cost savings of $2.10 to $2.60 for every $1.00 spent on the medication management program.
3. By using laboratory test results to stratify primary care patients by their risk of chronic kidney disease, an intervention was able to increase kidney testing rates and reduce some types of utilization while lowering selected expenditures.
4. Medicare Advantage plan representatives are interested in learning more about the alternative financing model Pay for Success, which presents an opportunity to target plan members’ social risk factors, but some expressed potential concerns.
5. In an employee population, annual health screenings involving laboratory testing can help identify prediabetes before it progresses to diabetes, detect chronic kidney disease before worsening to end-stage kidney disease, and catch colorectal cancer in earlier stages.
To read all of these studies and more, visit AJMC.com.