AJMC® in the Press, December 16, 2016

A review of our peer-reviewed research in the healthcare and mainstream press.

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An article by RevCycle Intelligence discussed the findings of a study recently published by The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), “Achieving Value Through Palliative Care.” Researchers from the Center to Advance Palliative Care found that “incorporating palliative care early in a cancer patient’s treatment can boost value-based reimbursement,” according to the RevCycle article.

A study in AJMC®’s December special issue on health information technology (IT) was summarized by an EHR Intelligence article, “How Health Plans Drive EHR Adoption in Behavioral Healthcare.” The AJMC® research explored how “commercial health plans promote the use of health IT to support behavioral health care access and delivery.” It concluded that payers are using health IT approaches, including the use of electronic health records (EHRs), across multiple domains.

This Wednesday, Politico’s Morning eHealth newsletter mentioned the AJMC® special issue, highlighting in particular the above study on EHRs in behavioral health and another on the health IT capabilities of accountable care organizations (ACOs). “The American Journal of Managed Care® published a special issue on health IT. Articles include how to advance EHR adoption in behavioral health and how ACOs differ in health IT use,” the email wrote in its Research Review section.

EHR Data, Machine Learning Create Cost-Based Clinical Pathways,” an article published by Health IT Analytics, discussed another of AJMC®’s health IT studies. The authors of “Data-Driven Clinical and Cost Pathways for Chronic Care Delivery” used EHR data to delineate variations in costs for patients with chronic conditions.

An opinion piece published by Morning Consult called “A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way” cited an AJMC® study published in September. The authors of “Cost-Benefit of Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization in Community Pharmacies” concluded that “additional medication expenditures due to improved adherence associated with Appointment Based Medication Synchronization enrollment were offset by lower disease-specific medical costs.”