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Reductions in Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries Following the Implementation of Medicare Part D

Am J Manag Care, 16 July 2015 Medicare Part D is a prescription drug program that provides seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in Medicare with outpatient drug coverage benefits. Part D has been shown to increase access to medicines and improve medication adherence; however, the effect of Part D on health outcomes has not yet […]

The Rising Cost of Living Longer: Analysis of Medicare Spending by Age for Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 14 January 2015 In the context of ongoing discussions about the federal budget and national debt, policymakers, experts, and the media have called attention to the nation’s growing aging population and the implications for Medicare and the federal budget. At the same time, geriatricians and other providers who care […]

Sex Disparities in Stroke: Women Have More Severe Strokes but Better Survival Than Men

J Am Heart Assoc, 6 July 2015

Meta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies Identifies Genetic Risk Factors for Stroke in African Americans

Stroke, 18 June 2015 Background and Purpose—The majority of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of stroke have focused on European-ancestry populations; however, none has been conducted in African Americans, despite the disproportionately high burden of stroke in this population. The Consortium of Minority Population Genome-Wide Association Studies of Stroke (COMPASS) was established to identify stroke susceptibility […]

Marked Regional Variation in Acute Stroke Treatment Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Stroke, 2 June 2015 Background and Purpose—Little is known about how regions vary in their use of thrombolysis (intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator and intra-arterial treatment) for acute stroke. We sought to determine regional variation in thrombolysis treatment and investigate the extent to which regional variation is accounted for by patient demographics, regional factors, and elements […]

Underrepresentation of Women, Elderly Patients, and Racial Minorities in the Randomized Trials Used for Cardiovascular Guidelines

JAMA Intern Med, November 2014 The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines are frequently used to guide cardiovascular care. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered to be the highest level of evidence and are cited in these guidelines whenever available. However, RCTs can have limited external validity. To examine their generalizability, we examined […]

Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Stroke, 28 October 2014 The aim of this updated statement is to provide comprehensive and timely evidence-based recommendations on the prevention of stroke among individuals who have not previously experienced a stroke or transient ischemic attack. Evidence-based recommendations are included for the control of risk factors, interventional approaches to atherosclerotic disease of the cervicocephalic circulation, […]

CMS Competitive Bidding Hurts Medicare Beneficiaries With Diabetes

EndocrinologyAdvisor, 18 June 2015 BOSTON — The competitive bidding program implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced beneficiaries’ access to self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) supplies, resulting in increased mortality rates, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 75th Scientific Sessions in Boston. CMS implemented a competitive […]

Diabetes Self-management Education and Support in Type 2 Diabetes: A Joint Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Diabetes Care, July 2015 Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires a person with diabetes to make a multitude of daily self-management decisions and to perform complex care activities. Diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) provides the foundation to help people with diabetes to navigate these decisions and activities and has been shown to improve […]