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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...
January 1, 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...
January 31, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000499/tiered-pharmacy-copayments-for-medications-final-rule
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(no author information available yet)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule, with changes, a proposal to amend its regulations concerning copayments charged to certain veterans for medication required on an outpatient basis to treat nonservice-connected conditions. Prior to this final rule, VA charged non-exempt veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of medication, and that amount may have changed in future years. This rulemaking replaces those rates and establishes three classes of medications for copayment purposes, identified as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3...
12, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994712/examining-the-value-of-subsidies-of-health-plans-and-cost-sharing-for-prescription-drugs-in-the-health-insurance-marketplace
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Surachat Ngorsuraches, Jane R Mort
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) initiated federally and state-run health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, with health plans offering subsidies for plan members as well as coverage for essential health benefits, to help individuals, families, and small businesses find health plans that fit their specific needs. A recent study found that the value of these healthcare subsidies varied with the number of health plans in the different geographic rating areas, but that study only examined the premiums and the deductibles of those health plans...
October 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992156/extension-of-pharmacy-copayments-for-medications-interim-final-rule
#14
(no author information available yet)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its medical regulations concerning the copayment required for certain medications. This rulemaking freezes copayments at the current rate for veterans in priority groups 2 through 8 through February 26, 2017.
7, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991418/medical-resource-utilization-by-taiwanese-psychiatric-inpatients-under-the-national-health-insurance-system
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Chiachi Bonnie Lee, Chung-Yi Li, Chih-Ming Lin
BACKGROUND: The length of stay in Taiwan's psychiatric facilities is unusually long compared with that of other countries. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To identify factors associated with the high length of stay in the acute and chronic psychiatric wards of a public psychiatric hospital. METHODS: The present study consisted of 912 inpatients discharged from a public psychiatric hospital in Northern Taiwan in 2005. Demographic characteristics, discharge diagnoses, and medical resource utilization were retrieved from the inpatient claim data of the National Health Insurance Database...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27971857/association-between-copayment-medication-adherence-and-outcomes-in-the-management-of-patients-with-diabetes-and-heart-failure
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G Gourzoulidis, G Kourlaba, P Stafylas, G Giamouzis, J Parisis, N Maniadakis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943277/the-mental-health-parity-and-addiction-equity-act-evaluation-study-impact-on-mental-health-financial-requirements-among-commercial-carve-in-plans
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Sarah A Friedman, Amber G Thalmayer, Francisca Azocar, Haiyong Xu, Jessica M Harwood, Michael K Ong, Laura Lambert Johnson, Susan L Ettner
OBJECTIVE: Did mental health cost-sharing decrease following implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)? DATA SOURCE: Specialty mental health copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles, 2008-2013, were obtained from benefits databases for "carve-in" plans from a national commercial managed behavioral health organization. STUDY DESIGN: Bivariate and regression-adjusted analyses compare the probability of use and (conditional) level of cost-sharing pre- and postparity...
December 12, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932786/state-medicaid-expansion-tobacco-cessation-coverage-and-number-of-adult-smokers-enrolled-in-expansion-coverage-united-states-2016
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Anne DiGiulio, Meredith Haddix, Zach Jump, Stephen Babb, Anna Schecter, Kisha-Ann S Williams, Kat Asman, Brian S Armour
In 2015, 27.8% of adult Medicaid enrollees were current cigarette smokers, compared with 11.1% of adults with private health insurance, placing Medicaid enrollees at increased risk for smoking-related disease and death (1). In addition, smoking-related diseases are a major contributor to Medicaid costs, accounting for about 15% (>$39 billion) of annual Medicaid spending during 2006-2010 (2). Individual, group, and telephone counseling and seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications are effective treatments for helping tobacco users quit (3)...
December 9, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922797/potential-obstacles-in-the-acquisition-of-oral-anticancer-medications
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Jennifer L Niccolai, Danielle L Roman, Justin M Julius, Rachelle W Nadour
PURPOSE: To determine the amount of time elapsed between prescriber order and patient receiving oral anticancer medication. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Adult patients with a diagnosis of cancer were prospectively identified in three outpatient oncology clinics when oral anticancer agents were prescribed during a 4-month observation period. For each patient, time to obtain medication was analyzed by the following time points: date of prescription, date of submission to insurance, date prior authorization was obtained, date financial assistance was received, date prescription was processed by pharmacy, and date patient received medication...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916432/the-international-generalisability-of-evidence-for-health-policy-a-cross-country-comparison-of-medication-adherence-following-policy-change
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Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Helen Whelton, Jessica Myers Franklin, Jennifer Milan Polinski
Copayments for prescriptions may increase morbidity and mortality via reductions in adherence to medications. Relevant data can inform policy to minimise such unintended effects. We explored the generalisability of evidence for copayments by comparing two international copayment polices, one in Massachusetts and one in Ireland, to assess whether effects on medication adherence were comparable. We used national prescription data for public health insurance programmes in Ireland and Medicaid data in the U.S. New users of oral anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidaemic and diabetic drugs were included (total n=14,259 in U...
January 2017: Health Policy
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