May/June 2011, Vol 4, No 3
Health plans seeking to improve their care management programs and reduce costs may wish to add a clinical pharmacist to their care management team, according to results of a study presented at the meeting by a group of pharmacy residents at OptumHealth Care Solutions Pharmaceutical Solutions Pharmacy Residency program at OptumHealth, in Golden Valley, MN.
Impact of Value-Based Insurance Design on Medication Utilization and Costs in a Large Retail Employer
Value-based insurance design (VBID) has been a driving force in lowering patients’ cost-sharing for evidence- based interventions that improve clinical outcomes. Yoona A. Kim, PharmD, and colleagues from the University of California San Francisco, the University of Texas at Austin, and Mercer Health & Benefits in San Francisco measured the impact of implementing a VBID program in a large retail employer on medication utilization and cost among employees taking medications for diabetes, asthma, coronary artery disease, or heart failure.
One successful strategy for employers and health plans wishing to cut spending on their employees or members with chronic diseases is to implement ways of encouraging strong medication adherence. In a poster presentation led by Patty M. Fong, PharmD, researchers from American Health Care plan, Rocklin, CA, have demonstrated that the degree of a patient’s medication adherence inversely correlates with the amount of total healthcare dollars spent on that patient.
Utilization, Spending, and Price Trends for Short- and Long-Acting Beta-Agonists and Inhaled Corticosteroids in the Medicaid Program, 1991-2010
Shih-Feng Chiu, MPH, Christina M. L. Kelton, PhD, Jeff Jianfei Guo, MS, BPharm, PhD, Patricia R. Wigle, PharmD, Alex C. Lin, PhD, Sheryl L. Szeinbach, PhD, RPh
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects anywhere from 1% to 18% of the world population.1-4 In the United States, the prevalence rate is estimated at 11%, which represents approximately 36 million individuals.5 Because asthma is known to occur concomitantly with allergic rhinitis and is often associated with other comorbidities and risk factors,6-9 symptoms reported by patients are multifaceted and have consequences that are inimical to work productivity and health.10-12
Medicaid Spending on Asthma Medications
The Economic Impact of Delaying 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitor Therapy in Men Receiving Treatment for Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Michael Naslund, MD, MBA, Michael Eaddy, PharmD, PhD, Susan L. Hogue, PharmD, MPH, Eric J. Kruep, PharmD, MS, Manan B. Shah, PharmD, PhD
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, is a significant health problem among aging men.1 It affects approximately 50% of American men aged 51 to 60 years, 70% of men aged 61 to 70 years, and 90% of men aged 81 to 90 years.2 The burden of BPH on the US healthcare system is expected to grow even further as the population of men aged ≥65 years increases from 17 million in 2010 to approximately 30 million by 2030.3
Benefit Management Considerations for BPH Medications: Single Agent or Combination Therapy?
Andrea Henry, PharmD, MBA, Goldina Ikezuagu Erowele, PharmD, Uche Anadu Ndefo, PharmD, BCPS, Jackie Milton-Brown, PharmD, Enock Anassi, PharmD, MD, Wendy Green, PharmD, MPA, Adriana Alvidrez, PharmD, BCPS, Alphonsus U. Okpara, PharmD
The Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) is an integrated public healthcare system for Harris County, TX, the nation’s third most populous county.1 More than 27% of Harris County residents are uninsured, and Texas state law requires counties to serve the indigent; therefore, most of these uninsured patients receive care at HCHD.2 HCHD is comprised of 3 hospitals, 13 community health centers, 13 satellite homeless shelter clinics, 8 school-based clinics, 4 mobile health clinics, and a free-standing dental center.
A Collaborative Approach to Drug Selection, Driven by Clinical Outcomes Excellence
The statistics and statements about how the current US healthcare system is failing patients and consumers continue like a beating drum. Examples of overutilization, underutilization, and misutilization of care are so common that many have become numb to their significance.
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