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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314467/association-between-copayment-medication-adherence-and-outcomes-in-the-management-of-patients-with-diabetes-and-heart-failure
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George Gourzoulidis, Georgia Kourlaba, Panagiotis Stafylas, Gregory Giamouzis, John Parissis, Nikolaos Maniadakis
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between copayment, medication adherence and outcomes in patients with Heart failure (HF) and Diabetes Mellitus (DM). METHODS: PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane databases were searched using combinations of four sets of key words for: drug cost sharing; resource use, health and economic outcomes; medication adherence; and chronic disease. RESULTS: Thirty eight studies were included in the review. Concerning the direct effect of copayment changes on outcomes, the scarcity and diversity of data, does not allow us to reach a clear conclusion, although there is some evidence indicating that higher copayments may result in poorer health and economic outcomes...
February 28, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304237/cervical-disc-arthroplasty-with-the-prestige-lp-disc-versus-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-at-2-levels-results-of-a-prospective-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-at-24-months
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Matthew F Gornet, Todd H Lanman, J Kenneth Burkus, Scott D Hodges, Jeffrey R McConnell, Randall F Dryer, Anne G Copay, Hui Nian, Frank E Harrell
OBJECTIVE The authors compared the efficacy and safety of arthroplasty using the Prestige LP cervical disc with those of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at 2 adjacent levels. METHODS Patients from 30 investigational sites were randomized to 1 of 2 groups: investigational patients (209) underwent arthroplasty using a Prestige LP artificial disc, and control patients (188) underwent ACDF with a cortical ring allograft and anterior cervical plate...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296574/high-initiation-of-adjuvant-hormonal-therapy-among-uninsured-stages-i-iii-breast-cancer-patients-treated-in-a-safety-net-healthcare-system
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Caitlin C Murphy, Jasmin A Tiro, Gary W Jean, Bijal A Balasubramian, Carlos A Alvarez
OBJECTIVE: Despite benefits of adjuvant hormonal therapy (AHT), many eligible breast cancer patients do not complete therapy as recommended. Patterns of AHT use have not been well studied among uninsured breast cancer patients who fall into coverage gaps or are ineligible for public insurance programs. METHODS: We identified 291 patients newly diagnosed with stages I-III hormone receptor-positive breast cancer from January 2008 to December 2012. All patients were treated at a safety-net healthcare system and enrolled in an income-based medical assistance program that fills AHT prescriptions at low cost...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282021/utilization-of-clinical-preventive-services-for-cancer-and-heart-disease-among-insured-adults-united-states-2015
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Anjel Vahratian, Stephen J Blumberg
Data from the National Health Interview Survey •Two-thirds of insured adults aged 50-75 were screened for colorectal cancer within the recommended intervals. •Insured women aged 30-39 (90.5%) were more likely than their older peers to be screened for cervical cancer within the recommended intervals. •Seventy-three percent of insured women aged 50-74 had a mammogram in the past 2 years. •The percentage of insured adults who had a cardiovascular risk screening (blood pressure, blood sugar) within the recommended intervals significantly increased with advancing age for both men and women...
March 2017: NCHS Data Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272310/the-cost-of-cost-sharing-the-impact-of-medicaid-benefit-design-on-influenza-vaccination-uptake
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Charles Stoecker, Alexandra M Stewart, Megan C Lindley
Prior research indicates that cost-sharing and lack of insurance coverage reduce preventive services use among low-income persons. State Medicaid policy may affect the uptake of recommended adult vaccinations. We examined the impact of three aspects of Medicaid benefit design (coverage for vaccines, prohibiting cost-sharing, and copayment amounts) on vaccine uptake in the fee-for-service Medicaid population 19-64 years old. We combined previously published reports to obtain state Medicaid policy information from 2003 and 2012...
March 6, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264955/reference-pricing-changes-the-choice-architecture-of-health-care-for-consumers
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James C Robinson, Timothy T Brown, Christopher Whaley
Reference pricing in health insurance creates incentives for patients to select for nonemergency services providers that charge relatively low prices and still offer high quality of care. It changes the "choice architecture" by offering standard coverage if the patient chooses cost-effective providers but requires considerable consumer cost sharing if more expensive alternatives are selected. The short-term impact of reference pricing has been to shift patient volumes from hospital-based to freestanding surgical, diagnostic, imaging, and laboratory facilities...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264938/delivery-innovations
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(no author information available yet)
The need for innovations in care delivery is recognized by providers, payers, and patients alike. Hospitals, physicians, and other clinicians are experimenting with new models of care designed to better meet patients' needs, reduce administrative burdens, and lower costs. The Affordable Care Act placed the Medicare and Medicaid programs at the center of a national effort to experiment with delivery and payment models designed to improve care and contain costs. These public-sector efforts have often aligned with private initiatives, such as the use of reference pricing-in which an insurer will only pay for a service at the price available from the lowest-cost provider...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248070/medicaid-copayments
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Melissa D Berry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 27, 2016: Issue Brief of the Health Policy Tracking Service
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230447/effect-of-medicaid-policy-changes-on-medication-adherence-differences-by-baseline-adherence
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Krutika Amin, Joel F Farley, Matthew L Maciejewski, Marisa E Domino
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the North Carolina (NC) Medicaid program reduced the number of days prescription supply that enrollees could fill from 100 days to 34 days and increased copayments for brand-name medications. Previous work has shown that a change in these policies led to a decrease in medication adherence from 2.9 to 8.0 percentage points in specific populations with chronic conditions. Studies have also shown that days supply limits and copayment increases have heterogeneous effects based on enrollees' baseline characteristics, including baseline adherence...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203554/the-13-year-experience-of-performing-pancreaticoduodenectomy-in-a-mid-volume-municipal-hospital
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Hongbeom Kim, Jung Kee Chung, Young Joon Ahn, Hae Won Lee, In Mok Jung
PURPOSE: Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is a complex surgery associated with high morbidity, mortality, and cost. Municipal hospitals have their important role in the public health and welfare system. The purpose of this study was to identify the feasibility as well as the cost-effectiveness of performing PD in a mid-volume municipal hospital based on 13 years of experience with PD. METHODS: From March 2003 to November 2015, 183 patients underwent PD at Seoul Metropolitan Government - Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center...
February 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192676/crossing-boundaries
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Leighton Ku, Erika Steinmetz, Tyler Bysshe, Brian K Bruen
OBJECTIVES: Previous state interagency collaborations have led to successful tobacco cessation initiatives. The objective of this study was to assess the roles and interaction of state Medicaid and public health agency efforts to support tobacco cessation for low-income Medicaid beneficiaries. METHODS: We interviewed Medicaid and state public health agency officials in 8 states in September and October 2015 about collaborations in policy development and implementation for Medicaid tobacco cessation, including Medicaid coverage policies, quitlines, and monitoring...
March 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186715/adoption-of-the-nova-scotia-canada-community-pharmacy-medication-management-program-1-year-post-initiation
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Heidi J Deal, Charmaine A Cooke, Ethel M Langille Ingram, Ingrid S Sketris
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists conduct medication reviews to optimize drug therapy. Each jurisdiction implements and funds these programs differently. OBJECTIVE: To describe the uptake of the first year of a community pharmacy medication review program reimbursed by the publically insured seniors' drug benefit program in Nova Scotia, Canada. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 294 pharmacies and 105,000 beneficiaries enrolled in the Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Program...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156677/insurer-pre-authorization-and-copayment-for-palliative-patients-with-cancer-receiving-opioids-other-than-morphine
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Akhila Sunkepally Reddy, Eden Mae Rodriguez, Eduardo Bruera
217 Background: Uncontrolled pain is one of the main fears for patients with cancer and their families. Opioid analgesics are highly effective agents, but the choice of type, route, and dose needs to be personalized. The highly cost of some of them can make it difficult for patients to received adequate pain control without appropriate insurance coverage. There is a lack of information regarding the frequency of denials or heavy copayments by insurers. METHODS: We evaluated 143 continuous opioid test claims for prescriptions by our palliative care providers for opioids other than morphine, including transdermal fentanyl, extended release oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140745/transparency-of-industry-sponsored-oncology-patient-financial-assistance-programs-using-a-patient-centered-approach
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S Yousuf Zafar, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Akwasi Asabere, Alex Bastian
OBJECTIVE: Pharmaceutical manufacturers sponsor drug-specific patient assistance programs that provide eligible patients with financial assistance, either in the form of providing the drug free of charge or copayment assistance. Describing these programs and determining who receives assistance is an important first step in understanding the impact and role of financial assistance in cancer care. Our objective was to describe eligibility criteria and benefits for cancer-specific, manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs...
March 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
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/28099664/costs-of-public-pharmaceutical-services-in-rio-de-janeiro-compared-to-farm%C3%A3-cia-popular-program
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Rondineli Mendes da Silva, Rosângela Caetano
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the costs of public pharmaceutical services compared to Farmácia Popular Program (Popular Pharmacy Program). METHODS: Comparison between prices paid by Aqui Tem Farmácia Popular Program (Farmácia Popular is available here) with the full costs of medicine provision by the Municipal Health Department of Rio de Janeiro. The comparison comprised 25 medicines supplied by both the municipal pharmaceutical service and Aqui Tem Farmácia Popular Program...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097713/pharmacist-industry-relationships
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Keene Saavedra, Bonnie O'Connor, Adriane Fugh-Berman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to document, in their own words, beliefs and attitudes that American pharmacists have towards the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacists' interactions with industry. METHODS: An ethnographic-style qualitative study was conducted utilizing open-ended interviews with four hospital pharmacists, two independent pharmacists, two retail pharmacists and one administrative pharmacist in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to elicit descriptions of and attitudes towards pharmacists' relationships with industry...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034069/association-between-out-of-pocket-costs-race-ethnicity-and-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy-adherence-among-medicare-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Albert J Farias, Xianglin L Du
Purpose Previous studies suggest that adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) for patients with breast cancer is suboptimal, especially among minorities, and is associated with out-of-pocket medication costs. This study aimed to determine whether there are racial/ethnic differences in 1-year adherence to AET and whether out-of-pocket costs explain the racial/ethnic disparities in adherence. Methods This retrospective cohort study used the SEER-Medicare linked database to identify patients ≥ 65 years of age with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who were enrolled in Medicare Part D from 2007 to 2009...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025919/amcp-partnership-forum-enabling-the-exchange-of-clinical-and-economic-information-pre-fda-approval
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(no author information available yet)
Current federal laws and FDA regulations have significantly restricted the sharing of clinical and health economic information on biopharmaceuticals that have yet to receive FDA approval. Over the past several years, organizations that make health care coverage decisions, including those that set copayments, premiums, and formulary placement, have expressed a need for receiving this information before approval, as long as appropriate safeguards exist to prevent this information from reaching unintended entities...
January 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005679/predictors-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-initiation-and-adherence-in-a-multiracial-urban-population
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Lili Zhang, Maria Sobolev, Ileana L Piña, David Z Prince, Cynthia C Taub
BACKGROUND: Lack of initiation and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) remains a persistent problem. We sought to examine predictors of initiation, adherence, and completion of CR in a unique, minority predominant, urban population. METHODS: We included all patients who were first-time referred to the outpatient CR program at Montefiore Medical Center between 1997 and 2010. The indications for referral included acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stable angina, and valvular heart disease...
January 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
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