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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154019/local-specialty-pharmacy-and-specialty-clinic-collaboration-assists-access-to-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antivirals
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Julia Zhu, Ronald J Hazen, Cara Joyce, Ambrose Delpino, Heather S Kirkham, Carson Dietrich Strickland, Shauna Markes-Wilson, Tomeka Kim, Meen Kang, Raymond A Rubin, Lance L Stein
OBJECTIVES: To measure prescribed time to therapy (TtT) and sustained virologic response (SVR). Secondary objectives were to assess insurance appeals and copay assistance amount facilitated by a local specialty pharmacy (LSP). METHODS: This descriptive, retrospective study used a joint clinical and pharmacy database of patients who were prescribed direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) at a single-center liver specialty clinic and received LSP services from December 2013 to December 2015...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151900/examining-factors-associated-with-nonadherence-and-identifying-providers-caring-for-nonadherent-subgroups
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Deborah A Taira, Brendan K Seto, James W Davis, Todd B Seto, Doug Landsittel, Wesley K Sumida
Objectives: To examine racial/ethnic and regional differences in medication adherence in patients with diabetes taking oral anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, and cholesterol lowering medications and to identify the pharmacies and prescribers who serve these communities. Methods: Administrative claims data was analyzed for members enrolled in a large health plan in Hawaii (2008-2010) with diabetes mellitus who were taking three types of medications: 1) oral anti-diabetic medications; 2) anti-hypertensive medications; 3) cholesterol lowering medications (n=5136)...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148258/influence-of-medical-insurance-schemes-and-charity-assistance-projects-on-regular-prophylaxis-treatment-of-the-boys-with-severe-haemophilia-a-in-china
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Z Li, J Wu, Y Zhao, R Liu, K Li, Y Zhou, R Wu, R Yang, X Zhang, S Lian, Q Hu, X Li, J Gu, R Zhou, J Sun, C Li, W Xu, M-C Poon, J Xiao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the influence of medical insurance policy and charity assistance projects on the uptake and discontinuation of regular prophylaxis treatment in Chinese severe haemophilia A children. METHODOLOGY: This retrospective study was conducted on children with severe haemophilia A, who received FVIII prophylaxis treatment at 12 haemophilia centres in China from 1 November 2007 to 31 May 2013. RESULTS: The average duration of prophylaxis treatment received by haemophilia children significantly increased from 16...
November 17, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137559/factors-influencing-receipt-of-mental-health-services-among-medicaid-beneficiaries-with-breast-cancer
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Michael T Halpern, Mallorie H Fiero
OBJECTIVE: This study examined associations of state-level Medicaid reimbursement and other policies and patient characteristics with receipt of mental health diagnostic and treatment services for beneficiaries with cancer. METHODS: Data (2006-2008) from Medicaid beneficiaries with breast cancer were analyzed to examine predictors of receiving mental health diagnostic services and mental health treatment services. Independent variables included state-level Medicaid policies for reimbursements for mental health services and consultations (requests from one health care provider to another for advice regarding evaluation or management of a specific problem), required patient copayments, and requirements governing the timing of Medicaid eligibility recertification (eligibility recertification period)...
November 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121177/out-of-pocket-and-health-care-spending-changes-for-patients-using-orally-administered-anticancer-therapy-after-adoption-of-state-parity-laws
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Stacie B Dusetzina, Haiden A Huskamp, Aaron N Winn, Ethan Basch, Nancy L Keating
Importance: Oral anticancer medications are increasingly important but costly treatment options for patients with cancer. By early 2017, 43 states and Washington, DC, had passed laws to ensure patients with private insurance enrolled in fully insured health plans pay no more for anticancer medications administered by mouth than anticancer medications administered by infusion. Federal legislation regarding this issue is currently pending. Despite their rapid acceptance, the changes associated with state adoption of oral chemotherapy parity laws have not been described...
November 9, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089247/factors-associated-with-non-adherence-among-type-2-diabetic-patients-in-primary-care-setting-in-eastern-bosnia-and-herzegovina
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Olga Horvat, Jelena Popržen, Ana Tomas, Milica Paut Kusturica, Zdenko Tomić, Ana Sabo
AIMS: The aims of this study were to assess patients' non-adherence and associated factors to antidiabetic medication in the primary care setting in the eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 323 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) attending the primary health care center of the Foča municipality in eastern part of BiH and measured adherence to antidiabetic medication. Adherence was measured using a pill count method...
October 28, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083970/evaluating-patient-preferences-for-different-incentive-programs-to-optimize-pharmacist-provided-patient-care-program-enrollment
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Daniel Tomaszewski, Tim Cernohous, Rajiv Vaidyanathan
BACKGROUND: Employers have increased efforts to engage employees in health and wellness programs. Providing employees with incentives to participate in these programs has been shown to improve overall enrollment and engagement. One program that has had challenges with enrollment and engagement is medication therapy management (MTM). OBJECTIVES: To (a) determine how individuals evaluate different financial incentives to improve participation in an MTM program and (b) measure the effect of participant characteristics on incentive preference...
November 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075552/patient-copayments-provider-incentives-and-income-effects-theory-and-evidence-from-the-essential-medications-list-under-china-s-2009-healthcare-reform
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Brian K Chen, Y Tony Yang, Karen Eggleston
Expanding access through insurance expansion can increase healthcare utilization through moral hazard. Reforming provider incentives to introduce more supply-side cost sharing is increasingly viewed as crucial for affordable, sustainable access. Using both difference-in-differences and segmented regression analyses on a panel of 1,466 hypertensive and diabetic patients, we empirically examine Shandong province's initial implementation of China's 2009 Essential Medications List policy. The policy reduced drug sale markups to providers but also increased drug coverage benefits for patients...
March 2017: World Medical & Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074147/cost-savings-impact-of-a-pharmacist-initiated-teleservice-program-for-medicare-part-d-reviews
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Colleen Massey, Timothy Dy Aungst, Paula Evans, Donna Bartlett, Matthew A Silva
OBJECTIVES: To (a) determine potential cost savings of a pharmacy outreach teleservice program conducting Medicare Part D plan reviews for a large population of beneficiaries allowing for comparison of multiple preferences; and (b) explore client demographic comparisons, plan features, and stratification by cost and number of medications. METHODS: Retrospective cohort evaluation of a Medicare D review service during open enrollment period (October 15 to December 7, 2012)...
October 23, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992824/a-nationwide-study-of-pharmacists-perception-of-the-impact-of-medicare-part-d-on-the-pharmacist-patient-relationship
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Joshua J Spooner, Harlan Spotts, Shamima Khan
BACKGROUND: Medicare Part D was implemented in 2006, introducing change to the community pharmacy marketplace, with profound disruption to independent pharmacy operations across the United States. AIMS: To understand pharmacist perceptions about Part D and their perceived obligation to address Part D issues on behalf of their beneficiaries. METHODS: A nationwide, cross-sectional survey of pharmacists was conducted between April and July 2013...
October 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990452/do-medicare-beneficiaries-living-with-hiv-aids-choose-prescription-drug-plans-that-minimize-their-total-spending
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Katherine A Desmond, Thomas H Rice, Arleen A Leibowitz
This article examines whether California Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS choose Part D prescription drug plans that minimize their expenses. Among beneficiaries without low-income supplementation, we estimate the excess cost, and the insurance policy and beneficiary characteristics responsible, when the lowest cost plan is not chosen. We use a cost calculator developed for this study, and 2010 drug use data on 1453 California Medicare beneficiaries with HIV who were taking antiretroviral medications. Excess spending is defined as the difference between projected total spending (premium and cost sharing) for the beneficiary's current drug regimen in own plan vs spending for the lowest cost alternative plan...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973219/patients-attitudes-toward-copayments-as-a-steering-tool-results-from-a-qualitative-study-in-norway-and-germany
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Wolfram J Herrmann, Alexander Haarmann, Anders Bærheim
Background: Copayments are implemented in many health care systems. The effect of copayments differs between countries. Up to now, patients' attitudes regarding copayments are mainly unknown. Objectives: Thus, the goal of our analysis was to explore adult patients' attitudes in Germany and Norway towards copayments as a steering tool. Methods: We conducted a qualitative comparative study. Episodic interviews were conducted with 40 patients in Germany and Norway...
September 16, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973087/association-of-prior-authorization-and-out-of-pocket-costs-with-patient-access-to-pcsk9-inhibitor-therapy
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Ann Marie Navar, Benjamin Taylor, Hillary Mulder, Eugene Fievitz, Keri L Monda, Anna Fievitz, Juan F Maya, J Antonio G López, Eric D Peterson
Importance: Although PCSK9 inhibitors (PCSK9i) were approved in 2015, their high cost has led to strict prior authorization practices and high copays, and use of PSCK9i in clinical practice has been low. Objective: To evaluate patient access to PCSK9i among those prescribed therapy. Design, Setting, and Participants: Using pharmacy transaction data, we evaluated 45 029 patients who were newly prescribed PCSK9i in the United States between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878668/analysis-of-regional-variation-in-the-scope-of-eligibility-defined-by-ages-in-children-s-medical-expense-subsidy-program-in-japan
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Takuma Sugahara
Children's medical expense subsidy programs are programs run by local governments that use public monies to reduce or eliminate the copayments for children's medical treatment including pharmaceutical cost (typically 20% for preschoolers and 30% thereafter). Currently, all prefectures and municipalities in Japan provide subsidies for infants' and children's medical expenses, but scope on ages of eligibility, income limits, and copayment requirements vary. The fact that these programs are run by local governments has given rise to differences in the costs borne by households with children, depending on the jurisdiction in which they live...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851435/first-dollar-cost-sharing-for-skilled-nursing-facility-care-in-medicare-advantage-plans
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Laura M Keohane, Regina C Grebla, Momotazur Rahman, Dana B Mukamel, Yoojin Lee, Vincent Mor, Amal Trivedi
BACKGROUND: The initial days of a Medicare-covered skilled nursing facility (SNF) stay may have no cost-sharing or daily copayments depending on beneficiaries' enrollment in traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Some policymakers have advocated imposing first-dollar cost-sharing to reduce post-acute expenditures. We examined the relationship between first-dollar cost-sharing for a SNF stay and use of inpatient and SNF services. METHODS: We identified seven Medicare Advantage plans that introduced daily SNF copayments of $25-$150 in 2009 or 2010...
August 29, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837516/inflammatory-bowel-diseases-in-children-and-young-adults-with-celiac-disease-a-multigroup-matched-comparison
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Cristina Canova, Gisella Pitter, Loris Zanier, Renzo Zanotti, Lorenzo Simonato, Jonas F Ludvigsson
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) but previous reports have been inconsistent and may have been affected by surveillance bias. METHODS: Matched birth cohort study in Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Italy. We identified 1294 individuals with CD aged 0 to 23 years at diagnosis using pathology reports, hospital discharge records, or copayment exemptions. Each CD individual was matched with up to 5 general population reference individuals from the regional Medical Birth Register in Friuli-Venezia Giulia (n = 5681)...
November 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834684/discussing-health-care-expenses-in-the-oncology-clinic-analysis-of-cost-conversations-in-outpatient-encounters
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Wynn G Hunter, S Yousuf Zafar, Ashley Hesson, J Kelly Davis, Christine Kirby, Jamison A Barnett, Peter A Ubel
PURPOSE: ASCO identified oncologist-patient conversations about cancer costs as an important component of high-quality care. However, limited data exist characterizing the content of these conversations. We sought to provide novel insight into oncologist-patient cost conversations by determining the content of cost conversations in breast cancer clinic visits. METHODS: We performed content analysis of transcribed dialogue from 677 outpatient appointments for breast cancer management...
November 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813219/association-of-reference-pricing-with-drug-selection-and-spending
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James C Robinson, Christopher M Whaley, Timothy T Brown
Background In the United States, prices for therapeutically similar drugs vary widely, which has prompted efforts by public and private insurers to steer patients toward the lower-priced options. Under reference pricing, the insurer or employer establishes a maximum contribution it will make toward the price of a drug or procedure, and the patient pays the remainder. Methods We used difference-in-differences multivariable regression methods to analyze changes in prescriptions and pricing for 1302 drugs in 78 therapeutic classes in the United States, before and after implementation of reference pricing by an alliance of private employers...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793067/farm%C3%A3-cia-popular-program-pharmaceutical-market-analysis-of-antihypertensive-acting-on-the-renin-angiotensin-system-medicines
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Rondineli Mendes da Silva, Gabriela Costa Chaves, Luisa Arueira Chaves, Mônica Rodrigues Campos, Vera Lucia Luiza, Andréa Dâmaso Bertoldi, Dennis Ross-Degnan, Isabel Cristina Martins Emmerick
This paper aims to analyse changes in the retail pharmaceutical market following policy changes in the Farmácia Popular Program (FP), a medicines subsidy program in Brazil. The retrospective longitudinal analyses focus on therapeutic class of agents acting on the renin-angiotensin system. Data obtained from QuintilesIMS (formerly IMS Health) included private retail pharmacy sales volume (pharmaceutical units) and sales values from 2002 to 2013. Analyses evaluated changes in market share following key FP policy changes...
August 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792299/impact-of-medicaid-prescription-copayments-on-use-of-antipsychotics-and-other-medications-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Jalpa A Doshi, Pengxiang Li, Sunita Desai, Steven C Marcus
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of Medicaid prescription copayment policies on antipsychotic and other medication use among patients with schizophrenia. METHOD: The study sample included fee-for-service adult Medicaid patients with schizophrenia. Medicaid claims records from 2003-2005 from 42 states and D.C. were linked with county-level data from the Area Resource File and findings from a state Medicaid policy survey. Patient-level fixed-effects regression models examined the impact of increases in generic copayments and generic/brand copayment differentials on monthly use of antipsychotic (overall and by generic/brand status) and other non-antipsychotic medications...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
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