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quality-icon The Link Between Prescription Drug Shortages and Price Increases

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Using the Food and Drug Administration website and a drug pricing database, we evaluated shortages for nearly 100 different drug products between December 2015 and December 2016. Our analysis looked at pricing in the months before and after shortages were announced.

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quality-icon Integrated Delivery and Finance Systems: Pittsburgh Is Blazing the Path


Pittsburgh has a model of health care delivery and financing that promotes higher quality of care at lower costs. Review the evidence behind this model's success here.

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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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February 2018 Geographically-focused Population Health Strategy Delivers High-value Health Care Marion McGowan, PhD; Donna J. Keyser, PhD, MBA; Suzanne Kinsky, MPH, PhD; Ellen Beckjord, PhD; Rosanne DeGrazia, MNEd, RN; and William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS
February 2018 Pricing of Monoclonal Antibody Therapies: Higher If Used for Cancer? Inmaculada Hernandez, PharmD, PhD; Samuel W. Bott, BS; Anish S. Patel, BS; Collin G. Wolf, BS; Alexa R. Hospodar, BS; Shivani Sampathkumar, BS; and William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS
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
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
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.
August 2017 Constructing an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient–Centered Medical Home by Miguel Regueiro, Benjamin Click, Diane Holder, William Shrank, Sandra McAnallen, Eva Szigethy
August 2017 Professional Athletes and Back Surgery: A Teachable Moment on Overuse in Health Care? by William Shrank, Donna Keyser, Anthony Delitto
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.
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.
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
April 2017 Primary Care Practice Transformation and the Rise of Consumerism by William H. Shrank
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
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
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

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