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Growth in Use of Lipid-Lowering Therapies: Are We Targeting the Right Patients?

Within the context of concerns over growing prescription drug spending, the authors of this article look at the appropriateness of statin use in 1997 (pre-Direct-to-Consumer Advertising guidance) and in 1999 (post-DTCA guidance). The authors reviewed an administrative database of medical and pharmaceutical claims and applied cardiovascular risk criteria to prescribing decisions. Authors found that although the number of people being treated with statins rose considerably from 1997 to 1999, there did not appear to be any shift toward less appropriate treatment.

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#TBT: Health Care Quality Has Long Been an Important Issue

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Consumer-Directed Health Plans

A unique survey of large employers sheds light on the strategies and best practices that they follow when designing and implementing consumer-...
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#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

The current health care delivery system is evolving from a fee-for-service system to one that is performance-based. How does this shift impact...
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Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012)–The costs to employers of chronic health conditions on employee productivity are well documented, but few studies...
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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012–As health care providers set up accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care programs,...
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New Survey Shows Employers Eyeing CER, PCORI for Health Information

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011--Employers are aware of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and its potential to answer critical questions about...
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Study Sheds New Light on the Impact of Medication Adherence, Multiple Chronic Diseases and Health Risks in the Workplace

(Chicago -- June 16, 2011) A new study suggests that while medication adherence is a critical element in reducing the impact of illness, employers...
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Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

Anyone who has ever received bad news from his or her health care provider or held a loved one’s hand when a diagnosis was delivered can understand...
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High Stakes for Setting Research Standards

What is the cost of poorly designed research? In the comparative effectiveness arena, faulty studies could mean that consumers may make important...
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Framework Helps ACOs Leverage Pharmaceuticals to Realize Quality, Cost Goals

Medications are more than an item on the balance sheet for health care providers. Pharmaceuticals offer a route to manage costs while achieving...
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Asymmetry in the Ability to Communicate CER Findings: Ethics and Issues for Informed Decision Making

The number of voices in the comparative effectiveness research (CER) conversation is continuing to grow, but not all stakeholders have the same...
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Consumer-Directed Health Plans

A unique survey of large employers sheds light on the strategies and best practices that they follow when designing and implementing consumer-...
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Engaging Consumers in Today's Changing Health Care Payment and Delivery Environment

The current health care delivery system is evolving from a fee-for-service system to one that is performance-based. How does this shift impact...
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Shifting the Focus From "How Much" to "How Well" We Spend Our Health Care Dollars

A. Mark Fendrick, MD, director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance design at the University of Michigan, highlights the key findings from a...
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Rapid-Learning Health Care Systems, Explained

Dr. Lucy Savitz, director of research and education, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare, explains rapid learning...
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#TBT: Health Care Quality Has Long Been an Important Issue

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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#TBT: Consumer-Directed Health Plans & Employers’ Decision-Making

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Catch These Upcoming Events and Publications

September was a particularly busy month, featuring a variety of health care conferences, meetings, publications, and ongoing debates about the...
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Medication Adherence: Americans Earn Poor Marks in Recent Report

We know that optimizing the use of medicine plays an important role in lowering costs and improving health outcomes. So how are our nation’s patients...

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The Myth of Average: Why Individual Patient Differences Matter

Within today’s health care environment, so much of t

Imputing Productivity Gains From Clinical Trials

Researchers developed a new method to capture the impact that medicines may have on reducing the...
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