CDC recognizes Humana ALS work

A Humana study, link opens new window of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a Medicare Advantage population is featured on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry, link opens new window site. The prevalence of ALS according to a previously validated claims-based algorithm was higher in this population than the previously published prevalence estimate for the general adult populations. The authors concluded that further work was needed to confirm the usefulness of the algorithm for identifying patients in a single plan population who may need end-of-life support.

Practicing smart with a high-value choice

Stress echo screening for patients at high risk of requiring an invasive cardiac procedure may spare patients a more intrusive and costly experience. Results recently presented at the American Academy of Family Physicians’ conference, Family Medical Experience, suggested patients who do not require invasive intervention could effectively and safely avoid further testing through the use of this technology.

Check out these other recent publications:

Humana researchers characterize toxicity associated with anti‐PD1/anti‐PD‐L1 therapy for advanced malignancy in older patients, a population underrepresented in clinical trial data., PDF opens in new window

Targeted medication reviews were shown to improve the effectiveness of Humana’s Medication Therapy Management program., link opens in new window

Humana pharmacists who felt they were practicing at “top of their licenses” (TOL) were more likely than non-TOL respondents to believe that their work improved health outcomes, and to a smaller degree, that it improved patient experience and led to reduced costs., PDF opens in new window

For patients with psoriatic arthritis, route of administration and cost were the 2 most important considerations for in making medication choices., link opens new window

The findings of this real-world investigation suggest sacubitril/valsartan is associated with symptom improvements and a reduction in hospitalizations for patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. , link opens new window

In collaboration with Hunger Alliance, older adult Humana members in Tampa Bay, Florida, completed a Healthy Days survey and were screened for food insecurity. The findings highlight food insecurity as a potentially important social determinant of health. View infographic here, PDF opens in new window

Health coaching resulted in a significant drop of unhealthy days for Humana members. , link opens new window

2018 conference presentations – see the widespread presence of Humana Researchers in 2018., PDF opens in new window

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Precision medicine in the real-world: the impact of the genetic testing evolution in metastatic colorectal cancer, PDF opens in new window

Characteristics of supplemental transportation benefit participation among a Medicare Advantage population , PDF opens in new window

Ways to connect: Have questions or want to share an idea for other research opportunities? Email Courtney Brown at cbrown37@humana.com

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