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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740375/clinical-and-economic-burden-of-dyspnea-and-other-copd-symptoms-in-a-managed-care-setting
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Judith J Stephenson, Debra Wertz, Tao Gu, Jeetvan Patel, Anand A Dalal
PURPOSE: The degree to which symptoms such as dyspnea affect patients with COPD is individualized. To address the gap between clinical symptom measures and self-perceived disease burden, we investigated the symptom status of adult patients with COPD and followed with an administrative claims analysis of health care resource utilization and costs. METHODS: This was a hybrid US observational study consisting of a cross-sectional patient survey followed by a retrospective analysis of administrative claims data...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738686/disparities-in-diabetes-and-hypertension-care-for-individuals-with-serious-mental-illness
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Junqing Liu, Jonathan Brown, Suzanne Morton, D E B Potter, Lisa Patton, Milesh Patel, Rita Lewis, Sarah Hudson Scholle
OBJECTIVES: People with serious mental illnesses (SMI), including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, experience early mortality, partly due to comorbid physical health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. This study examined the quality of diabetes and hypertension care for Medicaid and Medicare enrollees with SMI. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective analysis of medical records and claims data from 3 health plans: a Medicaid plan for disabled adults, a Medicaid plan for low-income adults, and a Special Needs Plan for individuals dually enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737994/impact-of-a-patient-support-program-on-patient-adherence-to-adalimumab-and-direct-medical-costs-in-crohn-s-disease-ulcerative-colitis-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
#3
David T Rubin, Manish Mittal, Matthew Davis, Scott Johnson, Jingdong Chao, Martha Skup
BACKGROUND: AbbVie provides a free-to-patient patient support program (PSP) to assist adalimumab-treated patients with medication costs, nurse support, injection training, pen disposal, and medication reminders. The impact of these services on patient adherence to adalimumab and direct medical costs associated with autoimmune disease has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between participation in a PSP and outcomes (adalimumab adherence, persistence, and direct medical costs) in patients initiating adalimumab treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737984/evaluating-the-training-responsibilities-and-practices-of-p-t-committee-members-and-nonmember-contributors
#4
Ryan Rodriguez, Brett J Kelly, Mary Moody
BACKGROUND: Pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committees are responsible for managing drug formularies in numerous health care settings. Although pharmacy practice and health care organizations provide general recommendations of responsibilities and skills for members and nonmember contributors of P&T committees, the study investigators hypothesized that there is diversity in the training, responsibilities, and practices of these members and contributors. OBJECTIVE: To describe the training, responsibilities, and practices of members and nonmember contributors of P&T committees in a variety of health care settings, using an online survey...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732518/impact-of-the-change-of-copay-policy-in-medicare-part-d-on-zoster-vaccine-uptake-among-medicare-beneficiaries-in-a-managed-care-organization
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Rulin C Hechter, Lei Qian, Songkai Yan, Yi Luo, Girishanthy Krishnarajah, Hung-Fu Tseng
BACKGROUND: Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) adopted the Medicare Part D Tier-6 with zero patient copay for zoster vaccination in 2012. We assessed the impact of the implementation on zoster vaccination rate (GSK study identifier: HO-13-14,182). METHODS: Zoster vaccination rate was examined among an open cohort of ≥65-year-old Medicare Part D beneficiaries during 01/01/2008-06/30/2014, compared to ≥65-year-old commercial health plan members and 60-64-year-old members...
July 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729904/impact-of-a-sepsis-bundle-in-wards-of-a-tertiary-hospital
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F Teles, W G Rodrigues, M G T C Alves, C F T Albuquerque, S M O Bastos, M F A Mota, E S Mota, F J L Silva
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a prevalent disease worldwide and still exhibits high rates of mortality. In the last years, many interventions aiming a positive impact on sepsis evolution have been studied. One of the main is the use of managed care protocols (sepsis bundles), which consist in systematization of diagnosis and treatment, such as standardization of antibiotics, collection of specific tests (cultures, lactate), and fluid replacement. Some studies have shown a reduction in hospital costs and lower mortality with the use of these tools...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719222/how-drug-life-cycle-management-patent-strategies-may-impact-formulary-management
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Jan Berger, Jeffrey D Dunn, Margaret M Johnson, Kurt R Karst, W Chad Shear
Drug manufacturers may employ various life-cycle management patent strategies, which may impact managed care decision making regarding formulary planning and management strategies when single-source, branded oral pharmaceutical products move to generic status. Passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act enabled more rapid access to generic medications through the abbreviated new drug application process. Patent expirations of small-molecule medications and approvals of generic versions have led to substantial cost savings for health plans, government programs, insurers, pharmacy benefits managers, and their customers...
October 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717641/information-and-communication-technology-use-in-asthmatic-patients-a-cross-sectional-study-in-latin-america
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Juan Calderón, Annia Cherrez, Germán Darío Ramón, Orlando Lopez Jove, Alan Baptist, Edgar Matos, Blanca Morfín Maciel, Erick Calero, Mario Sanchez-Borges, Sofia Cherrez, Daniel Simancas-Racines, Ivan Cherrez Ojeda
Rapid diffusion, low cost and broad availability of information and communication technologies (ICTs) make them an attractive platform for managing care, communication and interventions in asthma. There is little information in Latin America about usage frequency of ICTs in asthmatic patients. The analysis undertaken consisted of an observational, cross-sectional study that aimed to identify the frequency and type of ICTs most often used by asthmatics. The Spanish version of the Michigan questionnaire was employed in five Latin American countries...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715904/considerations-for-optimal-management-of-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-multi-stakeholder-roundtable-discussion
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Sean M Studer, Martha Kingman, Luis Calo, H Eric Cannon, Jeffrey D Dunn, Thomas James, Sonya J Lewis, Robert J Gilkin, Janis A Pruett
A roundtable panel of national and regional managed care decision makers and providers met to discuss pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and strategies for management. As a rare, complex disease with high economic costs and potentially devastating outcomes, PAH necessitates that managed care providers balance optimal care with efficient use of healthcare resources. PAH specialists are recognized by health plans as knowledgeable experts and integral partners in managing patients and resources. The diagnosis of PAH must be confirmed by a right heart catheterization...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704817/outcome-of-preterm-neonates-with-a-birth-weight-1-500-g-with-severe-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure-rescued-by-inhaled-nitric-oxide-therapy-and-high-frequency-oscillatory-ventilation
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Atoosa Golfar, Jagmeet Bhogal, Barbara Kamstra, Ann Hudson-Mason, Mosarrat Qureshi, Georg M Schmölzer, Po-Yin Cheung
BACKGROUND: Despite being an experimental therapy in preterm neonates, inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is used as a rescue therapy when high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) and other conventional therapies fail. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the outcomes of very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) neonates with hypoxemic respiratory failure (HRF) who had received iNO after maximal conventional therapies. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed preterm neonates (<33 weeks of gestation with a birth weight <1,500 g) who had all received HFOV and then iNO from March 1, 2009 to April 1, 2014 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital...
July 14, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695971/transfusion-requirements-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-patients-with-preexisting-blood-dyscrasia
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Martin Roche, Tsun Yee Law, Samuel Rosas, Augustus J Rush, Anton Khlopas, Morad Chughtai, Michael A Mont
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of studies investigating the incidence of transfusions in various blood dyscrasias after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study was: 1) to compare the incidence of transfusion post-TKA in patients with and without blood dyscrasia; 2) to compare the post-TKA transfusion incidence of patients with the various individual blood dyscrasias; and 3) to stratify the findings based on gender and age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of a Medicare database for patients with preexisting blood dyscrasia was conducted...
July 11, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693328/eliminating-disparities-in-asthma-care-identifying-broad-challenges-in-quality-improvement
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Joseph P Anarella, Victoria L Wagner, Susan G McCauley, Jennifer B Mane, Patricia A Waniewski
Racial disparities in asthma care persist in New York State's Medicaid Program. African Americans with asthma experience higher rates of emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations, coupled with lower rates of long-term control medication use compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Within this context, and with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health designed and implemented the Eliminating Disparities in Asthma Care (EDAC) Collaborative to improve the quality of asthma care delivered in 7 provider sites located in Central Brooklyn, New York...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687440/variation-in-coverage-for-progesterone-to-prevent-preterm-birth-a-survey-of-medicaid-managed-care-organizations
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Priya Batra, Ashley A Hernandez Gray, Jennifer E Moore
INTRODUCTION: Preterm birth is the leading cause of U.S. infant morbidity and mortality; Medicaid enrollees disproportionately experience preterm deliveries. Data suggest that progesterone-an evidence-based therapy for preventing preterm birth-is not accessible to all eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. This study aimed to identify variation in progesterone coverage guidelines in a sample of state Medicaid managed care organizations (MMCOs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using a cross-sectional design, participation in a web-based survey was offered to 20 MMCO members of the Medicaid Health Plans of America...
July 4, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682706/telehealth-support-of-managed-care-for-a-correctional-system-the-open-architecture-telehealth-model
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Ellen S Rappaport, H Neal Reynolds, Sharon Baucom, Thomas M Lehman
INTRODUCTION: The intent was to evaluate time to match initial investment of a new, statewide correctional system telehealth program based upon cumulative savings by avoidance of transportation and custody-related costs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The setting was a statewide correctional system where prisoners received medical care through enhanced telemedicine technology supported by newly recruited specialty providers delivered through an open architecture system...
July 6, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680700/ultrasonographic-and-clinicopathologic-features-of-segmental-dilatations-of-the-common-bile-duct-in-four-cats
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Heather N Spain, Dominique G Penninck, Cynthia Rl Webster, Evence Daure, Samuel H Jennings
CASE SERIES SUMMARY: This case series documents ultrasonographic and clinicopathologic features of four cats with marked segmental dilatations of the common bile duct (CBD). All cats had additional ultrasonographic changes to the hepatobiliary system, including hepatomegaly, tubular to saccular intra/extrahepatic biliary duct dilatation and biliary debris accumulation. Based on all available data the presence of extrahepatic biliary duct obstruction (EHBDO) was ruled out in 3/4 cases and was equivocal in one case...
January 2017: JFMS open reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679345/considerations-for-developing-chronic-care-system-for-traumatic-brain-injury-based-on-comparisons-of-cancer-survivorship-and-diabetes-management-care
#16
Siobhan M Heiden, Barrett S Caldwell
Experts in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation recently proposed the framing of TBI as a chronic disease rather than a discrete event. Within the framework of the Chronic Care Model (CCM), a systematic comparison of three diseases - cancer survivorship, diabetes management, and TBI chronic care - was conducted regarding chronic needs and the management of those needs. In addition, comparisons of these conditions require comparative evaluations of disease management characteristics and the survivor concept...
July 6, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676155/characteristics-and-spending-patterns-of-high-cost-non-elderly-adults-in-massachusetts
#17
Jose F Figueroa, Austin B Frakt, Zoe M Lyon, Xiner Zhou, Ashish K Jha
BACKGROUND: Given that health care costs in Massachusetts continue to grow despite great efforts to contain them, we seek to understand characteristics and spending patterns of the costliest non-elderly adults in Massachusetts based on type of insurance. METHODS: We used the Massachusetts All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) from 2012 and analyzed demographics, utilization patterns and spending patterns across payers (Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, and private insurers) for high cost patients (those in the top 10% of spending) and non-high cost patients (the remaining 90%)...
June 21, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672169/simulation-in-mental-health-nurse-education-the-development-implementation-and-evaluation-of-an-educational-innovation
#18
Anne Felton, Nicola Wright
Simulation is an important learning approach for the development of skills for healthcare practice. However, it remains under used in the education of mental health practitioners. This article examines the development, implementation and evaluation of a simulated learning experience for final year undergraduate BSc mental health nursing students in the UK. Scenarios involving managing care in an acute in patient ward and community older persons' team were designed to enable students to develop their complex decision making skills...
June 17, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661850/cancer-screening-gets-thumbs-up-from-readers
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Cancer screening may have its skeptics, but respondents to a Managed Care reader poll are not among them. Colorectal, cervical, breast, prostate, and lung care cancer screening were rated as highly beneficial by the 168 respondents to the online survey, although prostate and lung cancer screening were viewed somewhat less favorably than the other three.
May 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660550/clinical-and-economic-evaluation-of-repository-corticotropin-injection-a-narrative-literature-review-of-treatment-efficacy-and-healthcare-resource-utilization-for-seven-key-indications
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Michael Philbin, John Niewoehner, George J Wan
INTRODUCTION: Repository corticotropin injection (RCI; H.P. Acthar(®) Gel; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hampton, NJ) is a highly purified, prolonged-release porcine preparation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) analogue that is FDA-approved for treatment of 19 autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. The diverse physiological actions of RCI at the melanocortin receptors (MCRs) affect processes involved in inflammation, pigmentation, steroidogenesis, and immunomodulation. Although RCI has been approved to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases for more than 60 years, recent progress in understanding both MCRs and the effects of RCI in modulating immune responses has led to increased interest in RCI as a therapeutic choice...
June 28, 2017: Advances in Therapy
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