This study examines the healthcare cost outcomes from an automated educational intervention delivered by Care Management Technologies (CMT) to the State of Missouri in 2003. The intervention was delivered in the form of automated alerts to physicians whose patient data indicated a deviation from best practices (16,962 patients). Compared to a control group of 42,960 patients whose physicians did not receive alerts, the outcomes of patients whose physicians received alerts had lower pharmacy and hospital costs. There were also significant inpatient and outpatient cost reductions, hospital admissions, and bed days for a subgroup of schizophrenic patients. With the voluminous medical literature and ongoing medical advances, individual practitioners alone cannot keep abreast of and implement all the relevant best practices. This study indicates that a tool such as CMT’s Behavioral Pharmacy Management can help improve physician prescribing, leading to better patient outcomes and lower costs.
For more information, you can find the full study in the journal, Technology & Innovation.
CITATION: Docherty, J. P., Veach, J., Carmel, H., Oestreich, G. L., Gorman, J. M., & Parks, J. J., 2013. Transforming physician prescribing: The reduction of pharmacy and hospital costs in a population of state Medicaid patients through an automated educational intervention.Technology & Innovation, 15(1), 43-51.)