September/October 2012 Vol 5, No 6
Assessment of Treatment Patterns and Patient Outcomes in Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesias (ASTROID): A US Chart Review Study
Barbara Lennert, RN, BSN, MAOM, Wendy Bibeau, PhD, Eileen Farrelly, MPH, Patricia Sacco, MPH, RPh, Tessa Schoor, MD
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremors, and motor impairment that often results in progressive disability and severe complications that seriously affect a patient’s health-related quality of life (QOL) and physical functioning.
Parkinson’s Disease: A Complicated but Underappreciated and Undertreated Condition
Cost Management through Care Management, Part 2: The Importance of Managing Specialty Drug Utilization in the Medical Benefit
In our previous article, we outlined the importance of choosing a specialty pharmacy that is able to implement clinical and utilization management programs to maximize patient outcomes and minimize the waste associated with specialty pharmaceuticals.1 Those crucial capabilities prevent unnecessary plan expenditures on specialty medications. Each specialty medication covered by a payer is a substantial investment in a patient’s healthcare, often costing $20,000 to $200,000 or more annually.
Medical Care Costs and Hospitalization in Patients with Bipolar Disorder Treated with Atypical Antipsychotics
Joette Gdovin Bergeson, PhD, MPA, Iftekhar Kalsekar, PhD, Yonghua Jing, PhD, Min You, MS, Robert A. Forbes, PhD, Tony Hebden, PhD
Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring disorder associated with frequent episodes of mania and depression.
The Potential Value of Benefit Design and Medication Selection for a Total-Cost-of-Care Strategy in Bipolar Disease
Virtually every American hospital has a Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) committee that works hard to create and maintain the hospital formulary and track the quality and safety of medication therapy. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH), the P&T committee is a critically important medical staff committee with multiple subcommittees.
The eighteenth-century essayist and satirist Jonathan Swift made the observation that “vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” So, too, is “the art of seeing things invisible” a key for the ongoing sustainability of health information exchange (HIE). HIEs have long been theorized to provide a number of tangible benefits.
Significant Potential for Health Information Exchange in Enhancing Quality of Care and Reducing Hospital Admissions in the United States
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