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quality-icon Uplifting Those with Mental Health Illnesses Through Integrative Medicine


UPMC found that integrating behavioral and physical health care services is a sound strategy to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness.

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behavioral-icon Geographically-focused Population Health Strategy Delivers High-value Health Care


Operating as an integrated finance and delivery system drives population health management improvements — helping health systems achieve improved health, enhanced patient experience, and reduced cost.

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cost-quality-icon Pricing of Monoclonal Antibody Therapies: Higher If Used for Cancer?


The rising prices of specialty drugs have prompted a debate about how medications are priced. Researchers studied the pricing patterns of antibody therapies over the past 20 years.

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August 2017 Enhancing Clients’ Communication Regarding Goals for Using Psychiatric Medications by Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D., Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D., John A. Naslund, M.P.H., Alison Luciano, M.P.H., Ph.D., Shari L. Hutchison, M.S., P.M.P.
January 2017 Trends in Antipsychotic Prescribing in Medicaid-Eligible Youth by Gail A. Edelsohn, MD, MSPH, Irina Karpov, MS, Meghna Parthasarathy, MS,Shari L. Hutchison, MS, Kim Castelnovo, RPh,Jaswinder Ghuman, MD, James M. Schuster, MD, MBA
September 2017 The impact of a retail prescription synchronization program on medication adherence by Charmaine Girdish*, William Shrank, Sarah Freytag, David Chen, Doug Gebhard,Andrew Bunton, Niteesh Choudhry, Jennifer Polinski
June 2017 Value of psychiatric rehabilitation in a behavioral health medicaid managed care system by Hutchison, Shari L. MacDonald-Wilson, Kim L. Karpov, Irina Maise, Amanda M. Wasilchak, Deborah Schuster, James M.
September 2017 First-Person Perspectives on Prescriber-Service User Relationships in Community Mental Health Centers by Annalee Johnson-Kwochka, B.A., Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D., Ida Griesemer, B.A., Cara Nikolajski, M.P.H., Nancy Parrotta, M.A., L.P.C., Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson, Sc.D., C.R.C.
February 2017 Challenges encountered in the conduct of Optimal Health: A patient-centered comparative effectiveness study of interventions for adults with serious mental illness by Jane N Kogan, James Schuster, Cara Nikolajski,Patricia Schake, Tracy Carney, Sally C Morton, Chaeryon Kang, Charles F Reynolds, III
November 2017 UPMC Prescription for Wellness: A Quality Improvement Case Study for Supporting Patient Engagement and Health Behavior Change by Rebecca J. Maners, RD, LDN, Eric Bakow, MA, MPM, RRT, Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM, Gary S. Fischer, MD, FACP, Geoffrey R. Camp, MD
August 2017 Constructing an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient–Centered Medical Home by Miguel Regueiro, Benjamin Click, Diane Holder, William Shrank, Sandra McAnallen, Eva Szigethy
February 2017 Better Evidence to Guide Payment Reforms Recognizing the Importance of Perspective by William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS1; Robert S. Saunders, PhD2; Mark McClellan, MD, PhD2
April 2017 Primary Care Practice Transformation and the Rise of Consumerism by William H. Shrank
August 2017 Professional Athletes and Back Surgery: A Teachable Moment on Overuse in Health Care? by William Shrank, Donna Keyser, Anthony Delitto
May 2017 Diffusion of Innovations in Health Care—Obtaining Evidence to Move Faster by William Shrank, Donna Keyser
May 2017 Mandating Coverage of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Would Be a Costly Distraction from More Effective Solutions by Chronis Manolis, C. Bernie Good, William Shrank

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