September/October 2012 Vol 5, No 6

Preventable medication errors have emerged as a prominent cost and quality issue in the United States, and are estimated to impact more than 7 million patients, contribute to 7000 deaths, and cost almost $21 billion in direct medical costs across all care settings annually.1,2 Adverse drug events (ADEs) are harms that result from medication use; when these harms result from a medication error, they are known as “preventable ADEs.”3 The inpatient hospital setting is particularly resource-intensive in terms of care delivered and exposure to potential harms a

Several new posters focusing on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) were presented at the 2012 Educational Conference of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), October 3-5, 2012, Cincinnati, OH.

Payer trends in drug utilization and molecular testing have been the focus of several posters presented at the 2012 Educational Conference of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, October 3-5, Cincinnati, OH.

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

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.

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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