Search All Research Studies
AHRQ Research Studies Date
AHRQ Research Studies
Sign up: AHRQ Research Studies Email updates
Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
Results1 to 3 of 3 Research Studies Displayed
Hill CE, Reynolds EL, Burke JF
Increasing out-of-pocket costs for neurologic care for privately insured patients.
This study examined out-of-pocket (OOP) costs of evaluation and management (E/M) services and common diagnostic testing for neurology patients. Patients with a neurologist visit or diagnostic test from 2001 to 2016 were identified from a large, privately insured health care claims database. Inflation-adjusted OOP costs were assessed. The database identified 3,724,342 patients. The most frequent services used were E/M (78.5%), EMG/nerve conduction studies (NCS) (7.7%), MRIs (5.3%), and EEGs (4.5%). Mean OOP cost increased over time, most substantially for EEG, MRI, and E/M. The range of OOP costs in 2016 varied considerably. For example, for an MRI, the 50th percentile paid $103.10 and the 95th percentile paid $875.40.
Citation: Hill CE, Reynolds EL, Burke JF . Increasing out-of-pocket costs for neurologic care for privately insured patients. Neurology 2021 Jan 19;96(3):e322-e32. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0000000000011278..
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance, Neurological Disorders
Roberts ET, McGarry BE, Glynn A
Cognition and take-up of the Medicare Savings Programs.
In this study, the investigators examined the association between cognition and Medicare Savings Program (MSP) enrollment among elderly Medicare beneficiaries who qualified for these programs. They also examined enrollment in the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), a separate program that provides premium and cost-sharing assistance in Medicare Part D that Medicare beneficiaries automatically received if they are enrolled in an MSP.
Citation: Roberts ET, McGarry BE, Glynn A . Cognition and take-up of the Medicare Savings Programs. JAMA Intern Med 2020 Nov;180(11):1529-31. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2783..
Keywords: Elderly, Medicare, Health Insurance, Healthcare Costs, Low-Income, Dementia, Neurological Disorders
Callaghan BC, Reynolds E, Banerjee M
Out-of-pocket costs are on the rise for commonly prescribed neurologic medications.
The purpose of this study was to determine out-of-pocket costs for neurologic medications in 5 common neurologic diseases. The investigators concluded that out-of-pocket costs for neurologic medications have increased considerably over the last 12 years, particularly for those in high-deductible health plans. Out-of-pocket costs vary widely both across and within conditions. They assert that to minimize patient financial burden, neurologists require access to precise cost information when making treatment decisions.
Citation: Callaghan BC, Reynolds E, Banerjee M . Out-of-pocket costs are on the rise for commonly prescribed neurologic medications. Neurology 2019 May 28;92(22):e2604-e13. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0000000000007564.
Keywords: Health Insurance, Healthcare Costs, Medication, Neurological Disorders