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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...
October 26, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910177/comparison-of-pharmacy-based-and-diagnosis-based-comorbidity-measures-from-medical-administrative-data
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Sébastien Cortaredona, Elodie Pambrun, Hélène Verdoux, Pierre Verger
PURPOSE: Health status is sometimes quantified by chronic condition (CC) scores calculated from medical administrative data. We sought to modify two pharmacy-based comorbidity measures and compare their performance in predicting hospitalization and/or death. The reference was a diagnosis-based score. METHODS: One of the two measures applied an updated approach linking specific ATC codes of dispensed drugs to 22 CCs; the other used a list of 37 drug categories, without linking them to specific CCs...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893470/the-association-between-out-of-pocket-costs-and-adherence-to-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy-among-newly-diagnosed-breast-cancer-patients
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Albert J Farias, Ryan N Hansen, Steven B Zeliadt, India J Ornelas, Christopher I Li, Beti Thompson
OBJECTIVE: To determine how out-of-pocket costs for adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) medication affects adherence among newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors with private health insurance who initiate therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined medical and pharmacy claims for the 1-year period after initiating AET using the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan database. Adherence was defined as ≥80% proportion of days covered. Mean out-of-pocket costs for AET fill were measured as the sum of copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles and adjusted to 30-day amounts...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890557/anaphylaxis-in-a-health-maintenance-organization-international-classification-of-diseases-coding-and-epinephrine-auto-injector-prescribing
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Deena Pourang, Michael Batech, Javed Sheikh, Shefali Samant, Michael Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Accurate estimates of the incidence of anaphylaxis are limited. Current International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes complicate accurate diagnosis of anaphylaxis and assessment of appropriate epinephrine prescribing. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the incidence and demographic character of patients with anaphylaxis-related ICD-9 codes in a large health maintenance organization and analyze epinephrine prescribing and dispensing rates...
November 24, 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879417/factors-influencing-likelihood-of-voice-therapy-attendance-report-from-the-cheer-network
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Stephanie Misono, Schelomo Marmor, Nelson Roy, Ted Mau, Seth M Cohen
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors associated with the likelihood of attending voice therapy among patients referred for it in the CHEER (Creating Healthcare Excellence through Education and Research) practice-based research network infrastructure. STUDY DESIGN: Prospectively enrolled cross-sectional study. SETTING: CHEER network of community and academic sites. METHODS: Data were collected on patient-reported demographics, voice-related diagnoses, voice-related handicap (Voice Handicap Index-10), likelihood of attending voice therapy (VT), and opinions on factors influencing likelihood of attending VT...
November 22, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870805/minimum-clinically-important-difference-current-trends-in-the-spine-literature
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Andrew S Chung, Anne Copay, Neil Olmscheid, David Campbell, Brock Walker, Norman Chutkan
STUDY DESIGN: Review of the 2011-2015 minimum clinically important difference (MCID)-related publications in Spine, Spine Journal, Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine, and European Spine Journal. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the various determinations of MCID and to analyze its usage in the spine literature of the past 5 years in order to develop a basic reference to help practitioners interpret or utilize MCID. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: MCID represents the smallest change in a domain of interest that is considered beneficial to a patient or clinician...
November 18, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870662/introducing-copayments-in-the-emergency-department-would-deter-appropriate-visits-in-the-netherlands
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Nicole Kraaijvanger, Douwe Rijpsma, Henk van Leeuwen, Michael Edwards
OBJECTIVE: To determine what the effects of introduction of copayments for self-referred emergency department (ED) visits would be in the Netherlands and at what amount patients would turn to a GP before visiting an ED. METHODS: This questionnaire study was carried out in the ED of the Rijnstate Hospital, a community teaching hospital in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, a deductible excess system is in use and this study investigated the effects of a copayment for self-referred patients (SRPs) on top of the deductible excess...
November 18, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868200/impact-of-copayment-changes-on-children-s-albuterol-inhaler-use-and-costs-after-the-clean-air-act-chlorofluorocarbon-ban
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Alison A Galbraith, Vicki Fung, Lingling Li, Melissa G Butler, James D Nordin, John Hsu, David Smith, William M Vollmer, Tracy A Lieu, Stephen B Soumerai, Ann Chen Wu
OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in children's albuterol use and out-of-pocket (OOP) costs in response to increased copayments after the Food and Drug Administration banned inhalers with chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants. SETTING: Four health maintenance organizations (HMOs), two that increased copayments for albuterol inhalers that went from generic CFC-containing to branded CFC-free versions, and two that retained generic copayments for CFC-free inhalers (controls)...
November 20, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851714/preexposure-prophylaxis-for-hiv-prevention-in-a-large-integrated-health-care-system-adherence-renal-safety-and-discontinuation
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Julia L Marcus, Leo B Hurley, Charles Bradley Hare, Dong Phuong Nguyen, Tony Phengrasamy, Michael J Silverberg, Juliet E Stoltey, Jonathan E Volk
BACKGROUND: Placebo-controlled and open-label studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of daily oral preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV infection, but data are limited on real-world PrEP use. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study from July 2012 through June 2015 of Kaiser Permanente Northern California members initiating PrEP. We assessed pharmacy refill adherence and discontinuation, decreases in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV incidence...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827407/the-aca%C3%A2-s-cost-sharing-reduction-plans-a-key-to-affordable-health-coverage-for-millions-of-u-s-workers
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Jon Gabel, Heidi Whitmore, Matthew Green, Adrienne Call, Sam Stromberg, Rebecca Oran
Issue: Without the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) made available by the Affordable Care Act, health plans sold in the marketplaces may be unaffordable for many lowincome people. CSRs are available to households earning between 100 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty level that choose a silver-level marketplace plan. In 2016, about 7 million people received cost-sharing reductions that substantially lowered their deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limits. Goal: To examine variations in consumer cost-sharing reductions between silver-level plans with CSRs to traditional marketplace plans and to employer-based insurance...
October 2016: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798778/hospitalizations-for-chronic-conditions-among-indigenous-australians-after-medication-copayment-reductions-the-closing-the-gap-copayment-incentive
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Amal N Trivedi, Ross Bailie, Jodie Bailie, Alex Brown, Margaret Kelaher
BACKGROUND: To close health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the Australian government in 2010 reduced medication copayments for Indigenous Australians living with, or at risk of, a chronic disease. Patients were registered for this incentive by their general practitioner. OBJECTIVE: To assess rates of hospitalizations for chronic conditions among Indigenous Australians before and after copayment reductions. DESIGN: Observational time-trend study of hospitalizations for chronic conditions sensitive to medication adherence...
October 31, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783552/examination-of-the-link-between-medication-adherence-and-use-of-mail-order-pharmacies-in-chronic-disease-states
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Elena V Fernandez, Jennifer A McDaniel, Norman V Carroll
BACKGROUND: Higher medication adherence is associated with positive health outcomes, including reduction in hospitalizations and costs, and many interventions have been implemented to increase patient adherence. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether patients experience higher medication adherence by using mail-order or retail pharmacies. METHODS: Articles pertaining to retail and mail-order pharmacies and medication adherence were collected from 3 literature databases: MEDLINE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA)...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783550/impact-of-a-combined-value-based-insurance-design-and-medication-therapy-management-program-on-diabetes-medication-adherence
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Alex Peaslee, Marleen Wickizer, Julie Olson, Robert Topp
BACKGROUND: Value-based insurance design (VBID) waives or reduces prescription copayments in order to decrease member cost barriers to refilling medications. Medication therapy management (MTM) is a member clinical intervention designed to reinforce members' knowledge of their medications, which addresses barriers to medication adherence. Both methods have been shown to increase adherence in members, particularly when used in combination. To date, studies of such combined programs have often been completed within integrated health systems but have rarely included control populations...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769877/clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-savings-in-diabetes-care-supported-by-pharmacist-counselling
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Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, Viktor V Chirikov, Ian M Breunig, Roxanne W Zaghab, Fadia Tohme Shaya
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness and cost savings of a real-world, continuous, pharmacist-delivered service with an employed patient population with diabetes over a 5-year period. SETTING: The Patients, Pharmacists Partnerships (P(3) Program) was offered as an "opt-in" benefit to employees of 6 public and private self-insured employers in Maryland and Virginia. Care was provided in ZIP code-matched locations and at 2 employers' worksites. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Six hundred two enrolled patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes were studied between July 2006 and May 2012 with an average follow-up of 2...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769256/copayment-and-recommended-strategies-to-mitigate-its-impacts-on-access-to-emergency-medical-services-under-universal-health-coverage-a-case-study-from-thailand
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Paibul Suriyawongpaisal, Wichai Aekplakorn, Samrit Srithamrongsawat, Chaisit Srithongchai, Orawan Prasitsiriphon, Rassamee Tansirisithikul
BACKGROUND: Although bodies of evidence on copayment effects on access to care and quality of care in general have not been conclusive, allowing copayment in the case of emergency medical conditions might pose a high risk of delayed treatment leading to avoidable disability or death. METHODS: Using mixed-methods approach to draw evidence from multiple sources (over 40,000 records of administrative dataset of Thai emergency medical services, in-depth interviews, telephone survey of users and documentary review), we are were able to shed light on the existence of copayment and its related factors in the Thai healthcare system despite the presence of universal health coverage since 2001...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756795/socioeconomic-inequalities-in-statin-adherence-under-universal-coverage-does-sex-matter
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Emma Aarnio, Janne Martikainen, Aaron N Winn, Risto Huupponen, Jussi Vahtera, Maarit J Korhonen
BACKGROUND: Previous research shows that low socioeconomic position (SEP; especially low income) is associated with statin nonadherence. We investigated the relationship between SEP and statin adherence in a country with universal coverage using group-based trajectory modeling in addition to the proportion of days covered. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data from Finnish healthcare registers, we identified 116 846 individuals, aged 45 to 75 years, who initiated statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease...
October 18, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753522/are-health-plan-design-and-prior-use-of-long-acting-reversible-contraception-associated-with-pregnancy-intention
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Mary Anne Armstrong, Debbie A Postlethwaite, Jeanne A Darbinian, Mark McCoy, Amy Law
BACKGROUND: In 2007, high-deductible plans were added to the primarily nondeductible Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) integrated health plan, which had covered 100% of device and procedure costs of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) for members regardless of prescription/visit copay amount. We hypothesized that nondeductible plans and prior LARC use decreased unintended pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if health plan design (nondeductible vs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744030/a-healthcare-navigation-tool-assesses-asthma-self-management-and-health-literacy
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Luzmercy Perez, Knashawn H Morales, Heather Klusaritz, Xiaoyan Han, Jingru Huang, Marisa Rogers, Ian M Bennett, Cynthia S Rand, Grace Ndicu, Andrea J Apter
BACKGROUND: Self-management of moderate/severe asthma depends upon patients' ability to: 1) navigate (access health care to obtain diagnoses and treatment), 2) use inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) properly, and 3) understand ICS function. OBJECTIVE: To test whether navigation skills (medication recall, knowledge of copay requirements ability to provide information needed for a medical visit about a persistent cough unresponsive to medication), are related to other self-management skills and to health literacy...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738515/health-system-barriers-and-facilitators-to-medication-adherence-for-the-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-a-systematic-review
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Amitava Banerjee, Shweta Khandelwal, Lavanya Nambiar, Malvika Saxena, Victoria Peck, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Katherine Curi Quinto, Andrew Smyth, Darryl Leong, José Pablo Werba
BACKGROUND: Secondary prevention is cost-effective for cardiovascular disease (CVD), but uptake is suboptimal. Understanding barriers and facilitators to adherence to secondary prevention for CVD at multiple health system levels may inform policy. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of barriers and facilitators to adherence/persistence to secondary CVD prevention medications at health system level. METHODS: Included studies reported effects of health system level factors on adherence/persistence to secondary prevention medications for CVD (coronary artery or cerebrovascular disease)...
2016: Open Heart
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