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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230459/estimated-cost-effectiveness-cost-benefit-and-risk-reduction-associated-with-an-endocrinologist-pharmacist-diabetes-intense-medical-management-tune-up-clinic
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Jan D Hirsch, Mark Bounthavong, Anisa Arjmand, David R Ha, Christine L Cadiz, Andrew Zimmerman, Heather Ourth, Anthony P Morreale, Steven V Edelman, Candis M Morello
BACKGROUND: In 2012 U.S. diabetes costs were estimated to be $245 billion, with $176 billion related to direct diabetes treatment and associated complications. Although a few studies have reported positive glycemic and economic benefits for diabetes patients treated under primary care physician (PCP)-pharmacist collaborative practice models, no studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of an endocrinologist-pharmacist collaborative practice model treating complex diabetes patients versus usual PCP care for similar patients...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230448/opioid-use-for-pain-management-after-implementation-of-a-medicaid-short-acting-opioid-quantity-limit
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Catherine S Riggs, Sarah J Billups, Samantha Flores, Rachana J Patel, Rachel M F Heilmann, Jessica L Milchak
BACKGROUND: The United States is currently experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic. Many policies and programs have been implemented at local, state, and national levels in an attempt to decrease prescription opioid addiction and overdose. On August 1, 2014, Colorado Medicaid implemented a policy change that limited the quantity of short-acting opioids (SAOs) that could be filled through the Medicaid benefit to no more than 4 tablets per day, or 120 tablets in 30 days. OBJECTIVE: To compare mean total daily dose (TDD) of opioids purchased by Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) Medicaid patients before and after implementation of the Medicaid SAO quantity limit...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230446/economic-impact-of-treatment-duration-and-persistence-with-basal-insulin-in-previously-insulin-naive-users
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Samaneh Kalirai, Ran Duan, Dongju Liu, Beverly L Reed
BACKGROUND: Although insulin is a well-established therapy that is associated with improved clinical outcomes, adherence and persistence with insulin regimens are poor in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Diabetes-related health care costs and the impact of insulin persistence patterns on these health care costs have been previously studied; however, these aspects of insulin therapy have limited data beyond the first year of use and have not been characterized among patients previously naive to basal insulin...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229485/osteoporosis-related-health-services-utilization-following-first-hip-fracture-among-a-cohort-of-privately-insured-women-in-the-united-states-2008-2014-an-observational-study
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Catherine W Gillespie, Pamela E Morin
Timely identification and treatment of osteoporosis following hip fracture is recommended to mitigate future fracture risk, yet prior work has demonstrated a disconnect between evidence-based recommendations and real-world implementation. We sought to describe contemporary patterns of osteoporosis screening and initiation of pharmacotherapy following hip fracture based on medical and pharmacy claims in the OptumLabs™ Data Warehouse. From a national sample, we identified 8349 women aged 50+ years enrolled in private commercial or Medicare Advantage plans with no prior history of osteoporosis diagnosis, osteoporosis pharmacotherapy, or hip fracture who experienced a hip fracture between 2008 and 2013...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229476/initial-medication-non-adherence-prevalence-and-predictive-factors-in-a-cohort-of-1-6-million-primary-care-patients
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I Aznar-Lou, A Fernández, M Gil-Girbau, M Fajó-Pascual, P Moreno-Peral, M T Peñarrubia-Maria, A Serrano-Blanco, A Sánchez-Niubó, M March-Pujol, A M Jové, M Rubio-Valera
INTRODUCTION: Adherence to medicines is vital in treating diseases. Initial medication non-adherence (IMNA) - defined as not obtaining a medication the first time it is prescribed - has been poorly explored. Previous studies show IMNA rates between 6 and 28% in Primary Care (PC). The aims of this study were to determine prevalence and predictive factors of IMNA in the most prescribed and expensive pharmacotherapeutic groups in the Catalan health system. METHODS: Retrospective, register-based cohort study which linked Catalan PC System (Spain) prescription and invoicing databases...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219367/effectiveness-of-a-pharmacist-delivered-smoking-cessation-program-in-the-state-of-qatar-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Maguy Saffouh El Hajj, Nadir Kheir, Ahmad Mohd Al Mulla, Rula Shami, Nadia Fanous, Ziyad R Mahfoud
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is one of the major preventable causes of death and diseases in Qatar. The study objective was to test the effect of a structured smoking cessation program delivered by trained pharmacists on smoking cessation rates in Qatar. METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial was conducted in eight ambulatory pharmacies in Qatar. Eligible participants were smokers 18 years and older who smoked one or more cigarettes daily for 7 days, were motivated to quit, able to communicate in Arabic or English, and attend the program sessions...
February 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218937/academic-detailing-pilot-for-naloxone-prescribing-among-primary-care-providers-in-san-francisco
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Emily Behar, Christopher Rowe, Glenn-Milo Santos, Nina Santos, Phillip O Coffin
BACKGROUND: Improving the safety of prescribed opioids in clinical settings is a national priority. While co-prescribing naloxone is increasingly recommended, there is little understanding of the optimal way to implement this practice. METHODS: We developed and delivered an academic detailing intervention to 40 randomly selected opioid-prescribing primary care providers in San Francisco from February to May 2015. Process outcomes were tracked and included provider demographics, number and type of contact attempts, reason for refusal (if applicable), name of detailer, duration of intervention, topics covered, provider concerns, and follow-up plan...
February 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213493/development-of-the-critical-care-pharmacotherapy-trials-network
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Seth R Bauer, Prasad E Abraham, Jeffrey F Barletta, Gretchen M Brophy, Brian L Erstad, Jeffrey P Gonzales, Curtis E Haas, Robert MacLaren, Eric W Mueller, Keith M Olsen, Ishaq Lat
PURPOSE: The development of the Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network (CCPTN) as a model for practice-based pharmacotherapy research is described. SUMMARY: The CCPTN was formed in 2010 as a collaborative research network dedicated to scientific investigation in the field of critical care pharmacotherapy. The CCPTN organizational structure is consistent with many professional pharmacy and interdisciplinary organizations and organized into 3 primary domains: executive committee, working committees, and network membership...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213382/pharmacist-involvement-on-a-rapid-response-team
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Joel Feih, William J Peppard, Michael Katz
PURPOSE: The effect of a pharmacist on a rapid response team (RRT) was investigated. METHODS: This study evaluated 234 patients before and 157 patients after pharmacist involvement on an RRT. The primary outcome was time to medication administration, with a goal turnaround time of less than 30 minutes. Secondary outcomes included most frequently used medications, readmissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) within 48 hours, number of rapid responses that resulted in ICU admission, length of hospital stay, and survival to hospital discharge...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213342/virtual-visits-for-acute-nonurgent-care-a-claims-analysis-of-episode-level-utilization
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Aliza S Gordon, Wallace C Adamson, Andrea R DeVries
BACKGROUND: Expansion of virtual health care-real-time video consultation with a physician via the Internet-will continue as use of mobile devices and patient demand for immediate, convenient access to care grow. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to analyze the care provided and the cost of virtual visits over a 3-week episode compared with in-person visits to retail health clinics (RHC), urgent care centers (UCC), emergency departments (ED), or primary care physicians (PCP) for acute, nonurgent conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211595/pharmacy-education-in-jordan-updates
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Qais Alefan, Mo'tasem M Alsmadi
OBJECTIVE: To describe the increasing number of pharmacy schools in Jordan. METHOD: A review for numbers of schools and their curricula was conducted. KEY FINDINGS: To date, there are 18 pharmacy schools in Jordan. PharmD program is offered by two public schools. PhD program is offered by one school; while MSc program is offered by seven schools. Public pharmacy schools have two similar programs in terms of curricula, 'regular' and 'parallel'...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210883/can-demographic-clinical-and-treatment-related-factors-available-at-hormonal-therapy-initiation-predict-non-persistence-in-women-with-stage-i-iii-breast-cancer
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Caitriona Cahir, Thomas I Barron, Linda Sharp, Kathleen Bennett
PURPOSE: To investigate whether demographic, clinical and treatment-related risk factors known at treatment initiation can be used to reliably predict future hormonal therapy non-persistence in women with breast cancer, and to inform intervention development. METHODS: Women with stage I-III breast cancer diagnosed 2000-2012 and prescribed hormonal therapy were identified from the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) and linked to pharmacy claims data from Ireland's Primary Care Reimbursement Services (PCRS)...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183322/impact-of-a-pharmacist-led-medication-review-on-hospital-readmission-in-a-pediatric-and-elderly-population-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-open-label-controlled-trial
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Pierre Renaudin, Karine Baumstarck, Aurélie Daumas, Marie-Anne Esteve, Stéphane Gayet, Pascal Auquier, Michel Tsimaratos, Patrick Villani, Stéphane Honore
BACKGROUND: Early hospital readmission of patients after discharge is a public health problem. One major cause of hospital readmission is dysfunctions in integrated pathways between community and hospital care that can cause adverse drug events. Furthermore, the French ENEIS 2 study showed that 1.3% of hospital stays originated from serious adverse drug events in 2009. Pharmacy-led medication reviews at hospital transitions are an effective means of decreasing medication discrepancies when conducted at admission or discharge...
February 9, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169976/the-impact-of-alternative-payment-in-chronically-ill-and-older-patients-in-the-patient-centered-medical-home
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Claudia A Salzberg, Asaf Bitton, Stuart R Lipsitz, Cal Franz, Shimon Shaykevich, Lisa P Newmark, Japneet Kwatra, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has gained prominence as a promising model to encourage improved primary care delivery. There is a paucity of studies that evaluate the impact of payment models in the PCMH. OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine whether coupling coordinated, team-based care transformation plan with a novel reimbursement model affects outcomes related to expenditures and utilization. RESEARCH DESIGN: Interrupted time-series model with a difference-in-differences approach to assess differences between intervention and control groups, across time periods attributable to PCMH transformation and/or payment change...
February 6, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153704/pharmacy-accessibility-and-cost-related-underuse-of-prescription-medications-in-low-income-black-and-hispanic-urban-communities
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Dima Mazen Qato, Jocelyn Wilder, Shannon Zenk, Andrew Davis, Jennifer Makelarski, Stacy Tessler Lindau
OBJECTIVES: Policy efforts to reduce the cost of prescription medications in the US have failed to reduce disparities in cost-related underuse. Little is known about the relationships between pharmacy accessibility, utilization, and cost-related underuse of prescription medications among residents of low-income minority communities. The aim of this work was to examine the association between pharmacy accessibility, utilization, and cost-related underuse of prescription medications among residents of predominantly low-income Black and Hispanic urban communities...
January 30, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152949/improving-screening-and-prophylaxis-of-hepatitis-b-in-immunosuppressed-patients
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Violeta Rabrenovich, David M Baer, Joanne E Schottinger
: 139 Background: Kaiser Permanente (KP) is an integrated health care delivery system that provides clinical services to over 10 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Since 2007, KP oncology community collaborates at the national level to systematically improve safety and quality of care. Our improvements are accelerated by rapid adoption of evidence based protocols, leveraging of EMR and integration of quality improvement methods into clinical operations. METHODS: KP created a team that included oncologists, hepatologists, rheumatologist, pharmacy, and quality improvement experts to evaluate safety of existing practice...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152927/reducing-wait-time-wt-in-the-infusion-center-ic
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Lianne Lopez, Angela Aschian, Betty Chan, Martha Inofuentes, Zoraida Truax, Sally Golingay, Gwendoyn Lynch, Peggy Matsuura, Afsaneh Barzi
: 249 Background: Lengthy WT is the primary source of dis-satisfaction with IC services. We created a patient (PT) flow diagram outlining each step beginning from PT check-in to discharge and plotted the impact of multiple disciplines on the WT. A team of nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and administrators, analyzed the flow and identified ways to improve efficiencies. METHODS: First attempt was to improve communications between pharmacy and nursing, coordinating the preparation of medications with patient's check-in time; use of a simple clipboard facilitated this task and improved the efficiency of the system...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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/28125699/uptake-and-acceptability-of-oral-hiv-self-testing-among-community-pharmacy-clients-in-kenya-a-feasibility-study
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Peter M Mugo, Murugi Micheni, Jimmy Shangala, Mohamed H Hussein, Susan M Graham, Tobias F Rinke de Wit, Eduard J Sanders
BACKGROUND: While HIV testing and counselling is a key entry point for treatment as prevention, over half of HIV-infected adults in Kenya are unaware they are infected. Offering HIV self-testing (HST) at community pharmacies may enhance detection of undiagnosed infections. We assessed the feasibility of pharmacy-based HST in Coastal Kenya. METHODS: Staff at five pharmacies, supported by on-site research assistants, recruited adult clients (≥18 years) seeking services indicative of HIV risk...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125364/improving-oncology-quality-measurement-in-accountable-care-filling-gaps-with-cross-cutting-measures
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Tom Valuck, David Blaisdell, Donna P Dugan, Kimberly Westrich, Robert W Dubois, Robert S Miller, Mark McClellan
: Payment for health care services, including oncology services, is shifting from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based accountable care. The objective of accountable care is to support providers with flexibility and resources to reform care delivery, accompanied by accountability for maintaining or improving outcomes while lowering costs. These changes depend on health care payers, systems, physicians, and patients having meaningful measures to assess care delivery and outcomes and to balance financial incentives for lowering costs while providing greater value...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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