Margarita Dolgitser

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BACKGROUND Anemia in chronic illness is associated with increased healthcare resource utilization (HRU) and costs. In COPD, it occurs frequently and influences both clinical and economic outcomes. Because no data studies have been performed either in a single center or a subpopulation of COPD patients, anemia's influence on the outcomes is not fully(More)
PURPOSE Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) poses a large burden on eye care resources in the United States. We evaluated the total health care and POAG-specific charges (both pharmacy and nonpharmacy) incurred by patients with POAG using a longitudinal U.S. commercial insurance claims database to determine the relative magnitude of glaucoma care charges to(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate total and condition-related charges incurred by blind patients in a managed care population in the United States and compare total charges with those of a matched nonblind cohort. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Patients with blindness (N = 10 796) and a 1:1 matched cohort of nonblind patients were selected from a(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether the practices of switching between classes of medications and prescription of concomitant medications differed between black and non-black patients with bipolar disorders. METHODS In a retrospective cohort design, data from 1998 to 2004 for patients with diagnoses of bipolar disorders were obtained from a large claims(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to compare rates of pharmacotherapy coverage in patients with ocular hypertension (OH) and patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). METHODS Retrospective cohort study analysis of a nationally representative, multimanaged health plan database (PharMetrics; 1998-2005) which included 4818 medicated OH patients and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the total and condition-related direct health care charges of patients with ocular hypertension (OH) or primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and identify factors that affect these charges. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS Patients with OH (n = 36 767) and POAG (n = 72 412) with > or =1 year of continuous enrollment(More)
As the number of individuals working in high biocontain-<lb>ment laboratories (BSL-3 and -4) increases over time, human error remains one of the most important factors in the origin of hazardous incidents in laboratories. With support from<lb>the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to assess the impact of laser trabeculoplasty (LTP) on healthcare charges in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). METHODS Using a managed care database (PharMetrics; Watertown, MA, USA), we formed a case-control group nested within a POAG cohort (n=72,412) formed using International Classification(More)
This study examines the use of bisphosphonates for treating Paget's disease of the bone through an analysis of drug, dose, and therapy-duration data. Data were obtained from a national, multi-managed care plan claims database (based on claims filed from 1996-2004). Patient eligibility criteria included at least one claim with Paget's disease International(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this research was to assess the impact of transition from ocular hypertension (OHT) to primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) on healthcare charges. METHODS A case-control group was identified using PharMetrics claims database (1998-2005). Cases (n=1055) had a transition from OHT to POAG based on International Classification of(More)