Jordana K. Schmier

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BACKGROUND Nearly five percent of Americans suffer from functional constipation, many of whom may benefit from increasing dietary fiber consumption. The annual constipation-related healthcare cost savings associated with increasing intakes may be considerable but have not been examined previously. The objective of the present study was to estimate the(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate first-year costs among new initiators of topical prostaglandin analogs in a managed care population. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We developed a model to estimate first-year direct medical costs. We derived treatment patterns from a claims database analysis. Published studies were used to estimate visit-related resource use. Costs(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about cost implications of anemia and its association with mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This claims analysis addresses these questions. METHODS Using the the US Medicare claims database (1997-2001), this study identified Medicare enrollees with an ICD-9 diagnosis of COPD. Concomitant anemia was(More)
PURPOSE The Daily Living Tasks Dependent on Vision questionnaire (DLTV) has been used to assess functional impairment among patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the DLTV using patient-reported rates of use of services and devices in an outpatient population. METHODS The DLTV was included(More)
Data were analyzed from the 1999-2001 Medicare Beneficiary Encrypted Files for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an ophthalmic condition characterized by central vision loss. Classifying AMD subtype by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modifications (ICD-9-CM) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,(More)
PURPOSE To analyze patterns of use of adjunctive therapies among new initiators of topical prostaglandin analogs (PGAs) in a managed care population. METHODS The study cohort included patients in a claims database who initiated PGA therapy between June 2007 and April 2011. Patients who had one or more adjunctive therapy prescriptions during 24 months of(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate first-year treatment costs among new initiators of topical prostaglandin analogs in a managed care population. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A model was developed to estimate first-year medical costs. Model inputs were based on weighted results from three previous studies. Treatment patterns were derived from a claims database(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine treatment patterns and costs over a two-year period among new initiators of topical prostaglandin analogs in a managed care population by retrospective cohort analysis of an insurance claims database. METHODS Patients who initiated therapy with a prostaglandin analog between September 2006 and March 2007 were identified. The use of(More)
BACKGROUND There is an increasing body of evidence strongly suggesting that glaucoma medications may contribute to ocular surface disease and development of dry eye. OBJECTIVE To identify glaucoma patients with dry eye, using a nationally representative sample, and to compare clinical and treatment characteristics with controls without dry eye. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Endophthalmitis, which can occur after ophthalmic surgery, is an inflammation of the intraocular cavity and causes temporary or permanent vision impairment. However, little is known about the cost of treatment. The objective of this analysis was to update and expand upon the results of a previously published report that estimated the direct(More)