September/October 2012 Vol 5, No 6
National Burden of Preventable Adverse Drug Events Associated with Inpatient Injectable Medications: Healthcare and Medical Professional Liability Costs
Betsy J. Lahue, MPH, Bruce S. Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, Kosuke Iwasaki, FIAJ, MAAA, Helen E. Blumen, MD, MBA, Susan Forray, FCAS, MAAA, Jeffrey M. Rothschild, MD, MPH
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
Assessment of Treatment Patterns and Patient Outcomes in Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesias (ASTROID): A US Chart Review Study
Barb 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.
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
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.
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