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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203071/long-acting-bronchodilators-with-or-without-inhaled-corticosteroids-and-30-day-readmission-in-patients-hospitalized-for-copd
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Raju Bishwakarma, Wei Zhang, Yong-Fang Kuo, Gulshan Sharma
BACKGROUND: The ability of a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and long-acting beta 2 agonists (LABAs; long-acting bronchodilators, LABDs) with or without inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) to reduce early readmission in hospitalized patients with COPD is unknown. METHODS: We studied a 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare parts A, B and D and hospitalized for COPD in 2011. We examined prescriptions filled for LABDs with or without ICSs (LABDs±ICSs) within 90 days prior to and 30 days after hospitalization...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198563/frequency-and-predictors-of-analgesic-prescribing-in-u-s-nursing-home-residents-with-persistent-pain
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Kevin M Fain, G Caleb Alexander, David D Dore, Jodi B Segal, Andrew R Zullo, Carlos Castillo-Salgado
OBJECTIVES: To quantify prescription analgesic use of elderly nursing home (NH) residents with persistent noncancer pain and to identify individual and facility traits associated with no treatment. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Linked Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments; Online Survey, Certification and Reporting (OSCAR) records; and Medicare Part D claims. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older with persistent noncancer pain were identified from a cross-section of all long-stay U...
February 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181871/the-impact-of-medicare-part-d-on-self-employment
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Jeremy G Moulton, Jeffrey C Diebold, John C Scott
We explore the relationship between access to affordable health insurance and self-employment using exogenous variation from the introduction of Medicare Part D that reduced the out-of-pocket cost of prescription drugs and improved health outcomes in a difference-in-differences model using the American Community Survey. We find that our treatment group of individuals aged 65-69 were 0.5 percentage points (or 5%) more likely to be self-employed in relation to a control group aged 60-64.
January 2017: Research on Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176298/what-does-the-u-s-medicare-administrative-claims-database-tell-us-about-initial-antiepileptic-drug-treatment-for-older-adults-with-new-onset-epilepsy
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Roy C Martin, Edward Faught, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Joshua Richman, Ellen Funkhouser, Kendra Piper, Lucia Juarez, Chen Dai, Maria Pisu
OBJECTIVE: Disparities in epilepsy treatment are not uncommon; therefore, we examined population-based estimates of initial antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in new-onset epilepsy among racial/ethnic minority groups of older US Medicare beneficiaries. METHODS: We conducted retrospective analyses of 2008-2010 Medicare administrative claims for a 5% random sample of beneficiaries augmented for minority representation. New-onset epilepsy cases in 2009 had ≥1 International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) 345...
February 7, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173993/implementing-an-integrated-care-management-program-in-community-pharmacies-a-focus-on-medication-management-services
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Megan G Smith, Stefanie P Ferreri, Patrick Brown, Kristen Wines, Christopher M Shea, Trista M Pfeiffenberger
OBJECTIVES: To describe the initiation of a community pharmacy medication management service within a statewide integrated care management program. SETTING: One hundred twenty-three community and community health center pharmacies in 58 counties of North Carolina. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Independent and community health center pharmacies offering medication management as part of an integrated care management program to Medicaid, Medicare, dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid, and NC Health Choice beneficiaries in North Carolina...
February 4, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168448/the-impact-of-health-insurance-expansion-on-physician-treatment-choice-medicare-part-d-and-physician-prescribing
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Tianyan Hu, Sandra L Decker, Shin-Yi Chou
We test the effect of the introduction of Medicare Part D on physician prescribing behavior by using data on physician visits from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) 2002-2004 and 2006-2009 for patients aged 60-69. We use regression discontinuity designs to estimate the effect of part D around the age of 65 before and after 2006 and then compare the discrete jump in outcomes at age 65 before and after Part D. We find a 32% increase in the number of prescription drugs prescribed or continued per visit and a 46% increase in the number of generic drugs prescribed or continued for the elderly after the introduction of Medicare Part D...
February 6, 2017: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152883/investigating-racial-disparities-in-use-of-nk1-receptor-antagonists-to-prevent-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-among-breast-cancer-patients
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Katherine Elizabeth Reeder-Hayes, Ethan M Basch, Leah L Zullig, Morris Weinberger, Stacie Dusetzina
: 292 Background: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a major concern for cancer patients and, if uncontrolled, it can have serious implications for patients' treatment outcomes, including quality of life. Guidelines recommend the use of an NK1 receptor antagonist to prevent CINV among patients beginning chemotherapy with a high risk of causing the side effect. However, barriers to use of oral NK1s (i.e., aprepitant) exist. In many cases, patients are required to fill a prescription for aprepitant at their home pharmacy...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152778/patterns-of-comorbidity-among-older-u-s-patients-with-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Steven I Park, Jennifer Leigh Lund
: 304 Background: Evidence suggests that the number and type ofcomorbidities at cancer diagnosis influences cancer treatment and mortality, especially among older patients.We sought to describe comorbidity patterns and identify how patterns predict all-cause mortality among older non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients. METHODS: Using the linked Surveillance, Epidemiologic, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare databases, we identified patients aged > 66 with a first diagnosis of stage I-IV NHL from 2007-2009...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152179/central-nervous-system-medication-burden-and-serious-falls-in-older-nursing-home-residents
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Joseph T Hanlon, Xinhua Zhao, Jennifer G Naples, Sherrie L Aspinall, Subashan Perera, David A Nace, Nicholas G Castle, Susan L Greenspan, Carolyn T Thorpe
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between CNS medication burden and serious falls in those with a recent fall history. DESIGN: Nested-case control study; cases matched to four controls by age, gender, and date. SETTING: US nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: 5,556 residents age ≥65 with a recent fall history admitted to a nursing home between 1/1-9/30/2010 and followed until discharge, death, or December 31, 2010. MEASUREMENTS: Outcome was serious falls as per Medicare Part A and B ICD/CPT codes...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151871/antihypertensive-medications-and-risk-of-death-and-hospitalizations-in-us-hemodialysis-patients-evidence-from-a-cohort-study-to-inform-hypertension-treatment-practices
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Tariq Shafi, Stephen M Sozio, Jason Luly, Karen J Bandeen-Roche, Wendy L St Peter, Patti L Ephraim, Aidan McDermott, Charles A Herzog, Deidra C Crews, Julia J Scialla, Navdeep Tangri, Dana C Miskulin, Wieneke M Michels, Bernard G Jaar, Philip G Zager, Klemens B Meyer, Albert W Wu, L Ebony Boulware
Antihypertensive medications are commonly prescribed to hemodialysis patients but the optimal regimens to prevent morbidity and mortality are unknown. The goal of our study was to compare the association of routinely prescribed antihypertensive regimens with outcomes in US hemodialysis patients.We used 2 datasets for our analysis. Our primary cohort (US Renal Data System [USRDS]) included adult patients initiating in-center hemodialysis from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008 (n = 33,005) with follow-up through December 31, 2009...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122756/medication-acquisition-by-veterans-dually-eligible-for-veterans-affairs-and-medicare-part-d-pharmacy-benefits
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Kevin T Stroupe, Bridget M Smith, Lauren Bailey, Jamal Adas, Walid F Gellad, Katie Suda, Zhiping Huo, Sean Tully, Muriel Burk, Francesca Cunningham
PURPOSE: The patterns of medication acquisition for veterans dually eligible for pharmacy benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Medicare Part D-reimbursed pharmacies were examined. METHODS: The characteristics of veterans who used pharmacies reimbursed by (1) VA only, (2) both VA and Part D-reimbursed, and (3) Part D-reimbursed only pharmacies in 2009 were compared and their medication types and sources examined. Pharmacy usage was measured as the number of 30-day medication supplies and the number of different drug classes that veterans received from VA and Part D-reimbursed pharmacies...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121584/why-different-health-systems-treat-the-same-kind-of-patient-differently
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Richard G Stefanacci, Donald Ohioma
Perhaps ACOs may be the answer to striking the right balance between utilization and clinical outcomes. But there's a problem. They are not responsible for the costs of drugs covered by Medicare Part D plans in their total cost of care, but they are responsible for the costs of negative outcomes if medical treatment is inadequate or goes awry.
August 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121550/a-return-to-the-dark-days-of-unaccountable-care
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Michael D Dalzell
The ACA forced the kind of accountability that had been mostly talk, with little action, for the better part of two decades. It set standards for the development of quality measures and, through more than a dozen programs, tied Medicare payments to performance on those measures and others related to readmission rates, safety standards, and patient satisfaction. What happens if it goes?
December 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121535/as-sales-for-autoimmune-disease-drugs-go-up-donut-hole-relief-is-on-the-way
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A study published last year in Arthritis & Rheumatology looked at 2,737 formularies for Medicare Part D plans in 50 states and Washington, D.C., from 2013. The researchers found that nearly all plans required coinsurance and that translated into an average out-of-pocket expense of about $2,700.
July 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111062/psychotropic-medication-use-among-medicare-beneficiaries-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Jennifer S Albrecht, Daniel C Mullins, Gordon S Smith, Vani Rao
OBJECTIVES: To characterize psychotropic medication use before and after traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalization among older adults. A secondary objective is to determine how receipt of indicated pharmacologic treatment for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differs following TBI. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: United States. PARTICIPANTS: Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥65 years hospitalized with TBI between 2006 and 2010 with continuous drug coverage for 12 months before and after TBI (N = 60,276)...
December 28, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101955/prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-produce-a-limited-impact-on-painkiller-prescribing-in-medicare-part-d
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Courtney R Yarbrough
OBJECTIVE: To measure the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on prescribing of opioid and nonopioid painkillers. DATA SOURCE: 2010-2013 physician-level Medicare Part D prescribing data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Propublica. STUDY DESIGN: Using difference-in-differences models with physician-level fixed effects, the study compares prescribing in states with and without PDMPs for opioid and nonopioid analgesics, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and opioids by controlled substances Schedules II-IV...
January 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095170/financial-burden-for-patients-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-enrolled-in-medicare-part-d-taking-targeted-oral-anticancer-medications
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Chan Shen, Bo Zhao, Lei Liu, Ya-Chen Tina Shih
PURPOSE: The number of targeted oral anticancer medications (TOAMs) has grown rapidly in the past decade. The high cost of TOAMs raises concerns about the financial aspect of treatment, especially for patients enrolled in Medicare Part D plans because of the coverage gap. METHODS: We identified patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who were new TOAM users from the SEER registry data linked with Medicare Part D data, from years 2007 to 2012. We followed these patients throughout the calendar year when they started taking the TOAMs and examined their out-of-pocket (OOP) payments and gross drug costs, taking into account their benefit phase, plan type, and cost share group...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079594/impact-of-concurrent-medication-use-on-pancreatic-cancer-survival-seer-medicare-analysis
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Muhammad S Beg, Arjun Gupta, David Sher, Sadia Ali, Saad Khan, Ang Gao, Tyler Stewart, Chul Ahn, Jarett Berry, Eric M Mortensen
OBJECTIVES: Preclinical studies have suggested that non-antineoplastic medication use may impact pancreatic cancer biology. We examined the association of several medication classes on pancreatic cancer survival in a large medical claims database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Histologically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma diagnosed between 2006 and 2009 were analyzed from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database with available part D data...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060052/evaluating-the-effects-of-pioneer-accountable-care-organizations-on-medicare-part-d-drug-spending-and-utilization
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Yuting Zhang, Kadin J Caines, Christopher A Powers
BACKGROUND: The improvement of medication use is a critical mechanism that accountable care organization (ACO) could use to save overall costs. Currently pharmaceutical spending is not part of the calculation for ACO-shared savings and risks. Thus, ACO providers may have strong incentives to prescribe more medications hoping to avoid expensive downstream medical costs. METHODS: We designed a quasinatural experiment study to evaluate the effects of Pioneer ACOs on Medicare Part D spending and utilization...
January 3, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060051/e-prescribing-and-adverse-drug-events-an-observational-study-of-the-medicare-part-d-population-with-diabetes
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Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Christopher Powers, William Encinosa, Julie P W Bynum
BACKGROUND: Although the adoption of e-prescriptions among physicians has increased substantially under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act and Meaningful Use programs, little is known of its impact on patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of e-prescribing on emergency visits or hospitalizations for diabetes-related adverse drug events (ADEs) including hypoglycemia. DESIGN: This is a prospective, observational cohort study with patient fixed effects...
January 3, 2017: Medical Care
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