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Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy

Jessica A Walsh, Oluwakayode Adejoro, Benjamin Chastek, Jacqueline B Palmer, Peter Hur
BACKGROUND: In patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), limited data exist regarding patterns of biologic therapy use. OBJECTIVE: To examine treatment patterns and therapy modifications in U.S. patients with PsA receiving a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) or an anti-interleukin (IL)-12/23 inhibitor. METHODS: Adults with PsA who newly initiated a biologic therapy (index biologic) between January 1, 2013, and January 31, 2015, were included from the Optum Research Database...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Jesse Fishman, Linda Kalilani, Yan Song, Elyse Swallow, Imane Wild
BACKGROUND: Unexpected breakthrough seizures resulting from suboptimal antiepileptic drug (AED) dosing during the titration period, as well as adverse events resulting from rapid AED titration, may influence the titration schedule and significantly increase health care resource use (HRU) and health care costs. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between AEDs, HRU, and costs during AED titration and maintenance. METHODS: Practicing neurologists were recruited from a nationwide panel to provide up to 3 patient records each for this retrospective medical chart review...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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Patient-reported outcomes (PROs), which provide a direct measure of a patient's health status or treatment preferences, represent a key component of the shift toward patient-centered health care. PROs can measure the state of a patient's disease-specific and overall health throughout the care continuum, enabling them to have a variety of uses for key health care stakeholders. Currently, PROs are used in drug development, aligning patient and clinician goals in care, quality-of-care measures, and coverage and reimbursement decisions...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Bijal Shah-Manek, William Wong, Arliene Ravelo, Marco DiBonaventura
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of cancer coupled with approvals of new drugs and technologies used in therapy have brought increased scrutiny to the cost and value of treatments in oncology. To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, several organizations have developed value frameworks to help assess the value of oncology regimens. The objective of this study was to assess oncologists' perceptions, awareness, and knowledge of all oncology value frameworks in the United States and to understand oncologists' perceptions of affordability in the context of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Evidence Blocks...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Luis Hernandez, Tereza Lanitis, Clifford Cele, Hector Toro-Diaz, Andrea Gibson, Andreas Kuznik
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. The most severe vision loss occurs in patients with neovascular AMD, known as wet AMD (wAMD). The most commonly used antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies approved by the FDA to treat patients with wAMD are ranibizumab, 0.5 mg administered by intravitreal injection once a month (approximately every 28 days), and intravitreal aflibercept injection (IAI), 2 mg every 4 weeks (monthly) for the first 12 weeks (3 months), followed by IAI 2 mg once every 8 weeks (2 months)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Charles D Burger, A Burak Ozbay, Howard M Lazarus, Ellen Riehle, Leslie B Montejano, Gregory Lenhart, R James White
BACKGROUND: Despite multiple treatment options, the prognosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains poor. PAH patients experience a high economic burden due to comorbidities, hospitalizations, and medication costs. Although combination therapy has been shown to reduce hospitalizations, the relationship between treatment, health care utilization, and costs remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To provide a characterization of health care utilization and costs in real-world settings by comparing periods before and after initiating PAH-specific treatment...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Bartholomew J Tortella, José Alvir, Margaret McDonald, Dean Spurden, Patrick F Fogarty, Amit Chhabra, Andreas M Pleil
BACKGROUND: Hemophilia B requires replacement therapy with factor IX (FIX) coagulation products to treat and prevent bleeding episodes. A recently introduced extended half-life (EHL) recombinant FIX replacement product provided the opportunity to compare the amount of dispensed factor and expenditures for EHL treatment compared with a standard half-life (SHL) product. OBJECTIVE: To determine factor international units (IUs) dispensed and expenditures associated with switching from nonacog alfa, the most commonly used SHL replacement product, to eftrenonacog alfa, an EHL FIX replacement product...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Yuze Yang, Stacy Ward-Charlerie, Ajit A Dhavle, Michael T Rupp, James Green
BACKGROUND: The prescriber's directions to the patient (Sig) are one of the most quality-sensitive components of a prescription order. Owing to their free-text format, the Sig data that are transmitted in electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions) have the potential to produce interpretation challenges at receiving pharmacies that may threaten patient safety and also negatively affect medication labeling and patient counseling. Ensuring that all data transmitted in the e-prescription are complete and unambiguous is essential for minimizing disruptions in workflow at prescribers' offices and receiving pharmacies and optimizing the safety and effectiveness of patient care...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Sandhya Mehta, Sabyasachi Ghosh, Stephen Sander, Effie Kuti, William K Mountford
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have reported that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and presence of T2DM and CVD increases risk of death. There is growing interest in examining the effects of antidiabetic treatments on the reduction of cardiovascular events in T2DM adults with a history of CVD and thus at higher risk of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental all-cause health care utilization and costs among adults with T2DM and a history of CVD compared with adults without a history of CVD, using a national linked electronic medical records (EMR) and claims database...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Ahmed U Mishuk, Jingjing Qian, Jennifer N Howard, Ilene Harris, Gavriella Frank, Zippora Kiptanui, Richard Hansen
BACKGROUND: Generic drugs are bioequivalent and cost-effective alternatives to brand drugs. In 2014, $254 billion was saved because of the use of generic drugs in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To critically assess evidence on the association between patient characteristics and generic drug use in order to inform the development of educational outreach for improving generic drug use among patients. METHODS: We systematically searched the literature between January 2005 and December 2016 using PubMed, Web of Science, Ovid MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and EBSCO IPA-MEDLINE for potentially relevant studies...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Satya Surbhi, Ilana Graetz, Jim Y Wan, Justin Gatwood, James E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to essential chronic medications has been identified as a potential driver of high health care costs in superutilizers of inpatient services. Few studies, however, have documented the levels of nonadherence and factors associated with nonadherence in this high-cost, vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with nonadherence to essential chronic medications, with special emphasis on mental illness and use of opioid medications...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
BACKGROUND: With increasing health care costs that have outpaced those of other industries, payers of health care are moving from a fee-for-service payment model to one in which reimbursement is tied to outcomes. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease where this payment model has been implemented by some payers, and COPD exacerbations are a quality metric that is used. Under an outcomes-based payment model, it is important for health systems to be able to identify patients at risk for poor outcomes so that they can target interventions to improve outcomes...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Hilary Aroke, Ashley Buchanan, Xuerong Wen, Peter Ragosta, Jennifer Koziol, Stephen Kogut
BACKGROUND: Overuse and misuse of prescription opioids is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and places a significant cost burden on health systems. OBJECTIVE: To estimate annual statewide spending for prescription opioids in Rhode Island. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of opioids dispensed from retail pharmacies using data from the Rhode Island Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was performed. The study sample consisted of 651,227 opioid prescriptions dispensed to 197,062 patients between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Ghazala Khan, Patrick Karabon, Sarah Lerchenfeldt
BACKGROUND: Insurance coverage in the United States seems to be in a state of unrest. The 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) extended health insurance coverage to roughly 32 million people. An increase in the number of people with health insurance benefits raised the question of whether prescription assistance programs (PAPs) would still be used after ACA implementation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of PAPs following the implementation of the ACA insurance mandate...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Mark Olfson, Tony B Amos, Carmela Benson, Jacquelyn McRae, Steven C Marcus
BACKGROUND: Although the clinical and health economic characteristics of commercially insured adults with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) have been well characterized, little is known about TRD in the Medicaid population. OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical and health economic characteristics of adult Medicaid beneficiaries with TRD. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal cohort analyses were performed with Truven Health MarketScan Medicaid Database (2008-2014), focusing on adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) following an index antidepressant prescription...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Emily Leckman-Westin, Molly Finnerty, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Riti Pritam, Deborah Layman, Edith Kealey, Sepheen Byron, Emily Morden, Scott Bilder, Sheree Neese-Todd, Sarah Horwitz, Kimberly Hoagwood, Stephen Crystal
BACKGROUND: Concerns about antipsychotic prescribing for children, particularly those enrolled in Medicaid and with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), continue despite recent calls for selective use within established guidelines. OBJECTIVES: To (a) examine the application of 6 quality measures for antipsychotic medication prescribing in children and adolescents receiving Medicaid and (b) understand distinctive patterns across eligibility categories in order to inform ongoing quality management efforts to support judicious antipsychotic use...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Julia Page, Robin Traver, Sital Patel, Christopher Saliba
BACKGROUND: In 2016, the Oregon Health Authority and the Health Evidence Review Commission implemented guidance for Oregon Medicaid members who were taking opioids for chronic pain related to conditions of the back and spine. This guidance required that an individualized taper plan be developed and initiated by January 1, 2017, and a discontinuation date for all chronic opioid therapy of January 1, 2018. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This program evaluated the effect of a proactive and voluntary health plan-driven opioid tapering program on morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) before the implementation of governmental guidance...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Christina A Spivey, Junling Wang, Yanru Qiao, Ya-Chen Tina Shih, Jim Y Wan, Julie Kuhle, Samuel Dagogo-Jack, William C Cushman, Marie Chisholm-Burns
BACKGROUND: Previous research found racial and ethnic disparities in meeting medication therapy management (MTM) eligibility criteria implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in accordance with the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). OBJECTIVE: To examine whether alternative MTM eligibility criteria based on the CMS Part D star ratings quality evaluation system can reduce racial and ethnic disparities. METHODS: This study analyzed the Beneficiary Summary File and claims files for Medicare beneficiaries linked to the Area Health Resource File...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Kiraat D Munshi, Douglas Mager, Krista M Ward, Brian Mischel, Rochelle R Henderson
BACKGROUND: Formulary or preferred drug list (PDL) management is an effective strategy to ensure clinically efficient prescription drug management by managed care organizations (MCOs). Medicaid MCOs participating in Florida's Medicaid program were required to use a state-mandated PDL between May and August 2014. OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in prescription drug use and plan costs between a single Florida Medicaid managed care (MMC) health plan that implemented a state-mandated PDL policy on July 1, 2014, and a comparable MMC health plan in another state without a state-mandated PDL, controlling for sociodemographic confounders...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Amanda W Benedict, Michele M Spence, John L Sie, Helen A Chin, Chi D Ngo, Jennifer F Salmingo, Andrew T Vidaurreta, Nazia Rashid
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists have important roles in managing the therapy of patients with type 2 diabetes and improving patient care. Pharmacists titrate medications; reinforce patient education; and address care gaps, such as medication adherence, vaccinations, and overdue health screenings. Through these efforts and more, pharmacists help to improve patient care and achieve Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. Thus, it is important to demonstrate improved health outcomes through pharmacist contributions to diabetes management, which can then provide an opportunity to expand the role of clinical pharmacists in other medical centers and practice settings within an integrated health care system...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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