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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431672/corrigendum-to-trends-in-opioid-prescriptions-among-part-d-medicare-recipients-from-2007-to-2012-the-american-journal-of-medicine-2016-129-221-e21-221-e30
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Yong-Fang Kuo, Mukaila A Raji, Nai-Wei Chen, Hunaid Hasan, James S Goodwin
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May 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429891/comparison-of-immunization-rates-of-adults-ages-65-years-and-older-managed-within-two-nurse-practitioner-owned-clinics-with-national-immunization-rates
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Wendy L Wright, Elise Morrell, Jennie Lee, Norma Graciela Cuellar, Patricia White
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adults ages ≥65 years are at increased risk for infectious diseases. Ensuring these individuals are fully vaccinated is imperative. The purpose of this study was to assess the immunization rates of adults ages ≥65 years managed by nurse practitioners (NPs) and compare the results with national immunization rates and Healthy People 2020 goals. METHODS: A convenience sample of adults ages ≥65 years was obtained from two NP-managed clinics...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428922/the-cost-benefit-balance-of-statins-in-hawai-i-a-moving-target
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Corey J Lum, Kazuma Nakagawa, Ralph V Shohet, Todd B Seto, Deborah A Taira
Statins are lipid-lowering medications used for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic disease and represent a substantial portion of drug costs in the United States. A better understanding of prescribing patterns and drug costs should lead to more rational utilization and help constrain health care expenditures in the United States. The 2013 Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber Public Use File for the State of Hawai'i was analyzed. The number of prescriptions for statins, total annual cost, and daily cost were calculated by prescriber specialty and drug...
April 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426189/issues-confronting-rural-pharmacies-after-a-decade-of-medicare-part-d
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Fred Ullrich, Abiodun Salako, Keith Mueller
Purpose. The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis has been monitoring the status of rural independent pharmacies since the implementation of Medicare Part D in 2005. After a decade of Part D, we reassess in this brief the issues that concern rural pharmacies and may ultimately challenge their provision of services. This reassessment is based on survey responses from rural pharmacists. Key Findings: (1) Rural pharmacists indicated that two challenges--direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, and delayed maximum allowable cost (MAC) adjustment--ranked highest on scales of both magnitude and immediacy...
April 2017: Rural Policy Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419189/propensity-scores-with-misclassified-treatment-assignment-a-likelihood-based-adjustment
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Danielle Braun, Malka Gorfine, Giovanni Parmigiani, Nils D Arvold, Francesca Dominici, Corwin Zigler
Propensity score methods are widely used in comparative effectiveness research using claims data. In this context, the inaccuracy of procedural or billing codes in claims data frequently misclassifies patients into treatment groups, that is, the treatment assignment ($T$) is often measured with error. In the context of a validation data where treatment assignment is accurate, we show that misclassification of treatment assignment can impact three distinct stages of a propensity score analysis: (i) propensity score estimation; (ii) propensity score implementation; and (iii) outcome analysis conducted conditional on the estimated propensity score and its implementation...
April 17, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412154/quality-indicator-for-epilepsy-treatment-15-quiet-15-intervening-after-recurrent-seizures-in-the-elderly
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Jerzy P Szaflarski, Roy C Martin, Edward Faught, Ellen Funkhouser, Joshua Richman, Kendra Piper, Lucia Juarez, Chen Dai, Maria Pisu
In this study, we examined the provision of care to older adults with epilepsy and compliance with the "Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 15" (QUIET-15) measure. We analyzed 2008-2010, 5% random sample of Medicare beneficiaries augmented with data from all beneficiaries who identified as a minority with claims related to seizures (780.3x) or epilepsy (345.xx). Of 36,912 identified epilepsy cases, 12.6% had ≥1 emergency room (ER) visit for seizure(s). For those who presented to ER, among those taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), AED was changed in 15...
April 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412055/impact-of-an-open-enrollment-service-on-costs-for-medicare-part-d-beneficiaries
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Chelsea E Leonard, Frances V Cohenour, Lindsey A DeLoach, John A Galdo
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to determine total estimated cost savings based on a patient's current medication regimen after comparing available Medicare Part D plans for the upcoming year by using a plan comparison platform. The secondary objective was to determine patient-centered concerns when considering a change in Part D plans. DESIGN: Review of an Open Enrollment service that included a patient survey and a Part D plan comparison. SETTING: This study took place at a single independent community pharmacy in northwest Alabama...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410339/patterns-of-buprenorphine-naloxone-treatment-for-opioid-use-disorder-in-a-multistate-population
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Brendan Saloner, Matthew Daubresse, G Caleb Alexander
BACKGROUND: Buprenorphine-naloxone treatment for opioid use disorder has rapidly expanded, yet little is known about treatment outcomes among patients in the general population. OBJECTIVE: To examine predictors of treatment duration, dosage, and continuity in a diverse community setting. RESEARCH DESIGN: We examined QuintilesIMS Real World Data, an all-payer, pharmacy claims database, to conduct an analysis of individuals age 18 years and above initiating buprenorphine-naloxone treatment between January 2010 and July 2012 in 11 states...
April 13, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410338/multiple-sources-of-prescription-payment-and-risky-opioid-therapy-among-veterans
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William C Becker, Brenda T Fenton, Cynthia A Brandt, Erin L Doyle, Joseph Francis, Joseph L Goulet, Brent A Moore, Virginia Torrise, Robert D Kerns, Peter W Kreiner
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose and other related harms are a major source of morbidity and mortality among US Veterans, in part due to high-risk opioid prescribing. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine whether having multiple sources of payment for opioids-as a marker for out-of-system access-is associated with risky opioid therapy among veterans. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cross-sectional study examining the association between multiple sources of payment and risky opioid therapy among all individuals with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) payment for opioid analgesic prescriptions in Kentucky during fiscal year 2014-2015...
April 13, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408716/sex-specific-comparative-effectiveness-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-elderly-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation
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Ghanshyam Palamaner Subash Shantha, Prashant D Bhave, Saket Girotra, Denice Hodgson-Zingman, Alexander Mazur, Michael Giudici, Elizabeth Chrischilles, Mary S Vaughan Sarrazin
BACKGROUND: Sex-specific comparative effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation is not known. Via this retrospective cohort study, we assessed the sex-specific, comparative effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants (rivaroxaban and dabigatran), compared to each other and to warfarin among patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Elderly (aged ≥66 years) Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D benefit plan from November 2011 to October 2013 with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation formed the study cohort (65 734 [44...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408172/opioid-dispensing-and-overlap-in-veterans-with-non-cancer-pain-eligible-for-medicare-part-d
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Katie J Suda, Bridget M Smith, Lauren Bailey, Walid F Gellad, Zhiping Huo, Muriel Burk, Francesca Cunningham, Kevin T Stroupe
OBJECTIVES: Pain is the most prevalent problem among veterans, who receive pain diagnoses 5 times more frequently than the general population. Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain, but they have potential for misuse and serious adverse events. The study objective was to evaluate opioid dispensing patterns and predictors for overlap in veterans who are eligible for Medicare Part D benefits. METHODS: A sample of male and all female veterans aged 66 years and older without cancer in 2005-2009 was included...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408169/prescriber-acceptance-rate-of-pharmacists-recommendations
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Jonathan F Doellner, Rick W Dettloff, Susan DeVuyst-Miller, Katie L Wenstrom
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prescriber acceptance rates of pharmacists' recommendations, specifically related to 2 Medicare Part D Star ratings: appropriate use of high-risk medications (HRMs) in elderly patients and use of statins for primary prevention in patients with diabetes. The secondary objective was to assess factors associated with prescriber acceptance. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Medicare Part D beneficiaries at a regional grocery store chain pharmacy in Michigan from January 2014 to October 2015...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374489/improving-medical-record-retrieval-for-validation-studies-in-medicare-data
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Nicole C Wright, Elizabeth S Delzell, Wilson K Smith, Fei Xue, Tarun Auroa, Jeffrey R Curtis
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to describe medical record retrieval for a study validating claims-based algorithms used to identify seven adverse events of special interest (AESI) in a Medicare population. METHODS: We analyzed 2010-2011 Medicare claims of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis and men ≥65 years of age in the Medicare 5% national sample. The final cohorts included beneficiaries covered continuously for 12+ months by Medicare parts A, B, and D and not enrolled in Medicare Advantage before starting follow-up...
April 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373332/after-nearly-a-decade-of-rapid-growth-use-and-complexity-of-imaging-declined-2008-14
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David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Charles D Palit, Vijay M Rao
Imaging is an important cost driver in health care, and its use grew rapidly in the early 2000s. Several studies toward the end of the decade suggested that a leveling off was beginning to occur. In this study we examined more recent data to determine whether the slowdown had continued. Our data sources were the nationwide Medicare Part B databases for the period 2001-14. We calculated utilization rates per 1,000 enrollees for all advanced imaging modalities. We also calculated professional component relative value unit (RVU) rates per 1,000 beneficiaries for all imaging modalities, as RVU values provide a measure of complexity of imaging services and may in some ways be a better reflection of the amount of work involved in imaging...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364988/centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-support-for-medication-therapy-management-enhanced-medication-therapy-management-testing-strategies-for-improving-medication-use-among-beneficiaries-enrolled-in-medicare-part-d
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Nicole J Brandt, Catherine E Cooke
In 2006, Medicare beneficiaries began receiving prescription coverage benefits through Part D of the Medicare benefit. Medicare Part D plans must provide medication therapy (MTM) services. MTM services aim to improve medication use and are targeted toward eligible beneficiaries, determined by morbidity, prescription use, and anticipated cost of prescription use. Now, 10 years after the start of Medicare Part D, several changes have been made to the program's design. This article focuses on changes related to MTM and the impact that these changes have and will continue to have on Medicare beneficiaries and medication use...
May 2017: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345444/budgetary-impact-of-cabazitaxel-use-after-docetaxel-treatment-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Kyle Flannery, Ed Drea, Louis Hudspeth, Shelby Corman, Xin Gao, Mei Xue, Raymond Miao
BACKGROUND: With the approval of several new treatments for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), budgetary impact is a concern for health plan decision makers. Budget impact models (BIMs) are becoming a requirement in many countries as part of formulary approval or reimbursement decisions. Cabazitaxel is a second-generation taxane developed to overcome resistance to docetaxel and is approved for the treatment of patients with mCRPC previously treated with a docetaxel-containing regimen...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341360/use-of-antiarrhythmic-medications-in-medicare-part-d-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-and-ventricular-tachycardia
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Sean D Pokorney, Xiaojuan Mi, Bradley G Hammill, Nancy M Allen LaPointe, Lesley H Curtis, Sana M Al-Khatib
Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is common in cardiomyopathy patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. This analysis evaluated antiarrhythmic medication use and change in use over time in patients with VT and structural heart disease. Query of Medicare claims identified patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and VT. Patients with atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia were excluded. Two cohorts were created of patients enrolled in Medicare Part D for the 12 months before 2007 and 2012...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339642/meaningful-use-of-health-information-technology-and-declines-in-in-hospital-adverse-drug-events
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Michael F Furukawa, William D Spector, M Rhona Limcangco, William E Encinosa
Objective: Nationwide initiatives have promoted greater adoption of health information technology as a means to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs). Hospital adoption of electronic health records with Meaningful Use (MU) capabilities expected to improve medication safety has grown rapidly. However, evidence that MU capabilities are associated with declines in in-hospital ADEs is lacking. Methods: Data came from the 2010-2013 Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System and the 2008-2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Database...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283281/trends-in-vitreoretinal-procedures-for-medicare-beneficiaries-2000-to-2014
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Michael D McLaughlin, John C Hwang
TOPIC: The purpose of this study was to identify changes in use for vitreoretinal procedures by measuring the number of allowed services using data from the US Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries and their providers. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: To analyze vitreoretinal procedural trends, which may indicate standard of care and importance of developing methods of treatments. METHODS: Medicare Part B National Summary Data Files for calendar years 2000 to 2014 were used to identify the number of allowed services for vitreoretinal procedures and commonly used pharmacologic agents...
March 7, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280310/impact-of-late-to-refill-reminder-calls-on-medication-adherence-in-the-medicare-part-d-population-evaluation-of-a-randomized-controlled-study
#20
Michael S Taitel, Ying Mu, Angshuman Gooptu, Youbei Lou
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates a nationwide pharmacy chain's late-to-refill (LTR) reminder program that entails local pharmacists placing reminder calls to Medicare Part D patients. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled study among 735,218 patients who exhibited nonadherent behavior by not refilling a maintenance medication 3 days from an expected refill date. Patients were randomly assigned to an intervention group who received LTR reminder calls or to a control group...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
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