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The AIM FARTHER program developed at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is a unique initiative designed to improve the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and reduce costs.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is implementing value-based care and payment models across the country to reward quality and improve outcomes, and these are amounting to billions of dollars in cost-savings and reduced hospitalizations.
Tampa, FL—Post-hoc analyses of the phase 3 trials, ORAL Standard and ORAL Step, revealed that tofacitinib––a novel oral Janus kinase inhibitor––and adalimumab led to lower monthly medical expenditures (MMEs) compared with placebo in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who did not respond to either methotrexate or tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, according to investigators Regina Rendas-Baum, MS, scientist at QualityMetric, and colleagues.
Montreal, QC—What is the impact of value-based pricing across indications on medical practices and their patients? That question is on the minds of healthcare professionals in all areas of medicine, including rheumatology.
Paris, France—Nonadherence to medications is widespread in rheumatologic diseases, but the literature is sparse as to how this impacts healthcare outcomes and costs, according to speakers at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism Congress.
Paris, France—Musculoskeletal conditions (MSKCs), which consist of approximately 150 different diseases, are the main driver of healthcare costs, according to a Dutch study presented at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress.
Philadelphia, PA—Neurologists are amidst a social transformation that threatens their professionalism, their ethical foundation, and their patients, said James L. Bernat, MD, Professor of Neurology and of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.
Philadelphia, PA—Changing from monotherapy to the early initiation of adjunctive therapy with a second antiepileptic drug in patients with partial-onset seizures may lead to a substantial reduction in healthcare utilization and costs, according to a retrospective claims database analysis presented in a poster at the 2014 American Academy of Neurology meeting.
Migraine prevalence increased significantly as household income declined in a retrospective analysis of a large migraine database, supporting a social-causation hypothesis in the etiology of migraine, investigators reported recently.
Patients with stroke often require extensive inpatient and outpatient care that is associated with high expenditures and very high morbidity and mortality rates. Neuroimaging is an important component of care in patients with acute ischemic stroke, especially for guiding the use of thrombolysis. Imaging is associated with high costs and is being used more often today.
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