Study Findings from University of Pittsburgh Broaden Understanding of Insurance (A Scoping Review of Us Insurers’ Use of Patient-reported Outcomes’): Insurance – InsuranceNewsNet

2022 AUG 05 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Daily News — Investigators publish new report on Insurance. According to news reporting out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by NewsRx editors, research stated, “To complete a scoping review of US health insurers’ use of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). Literature review. A literature search was constructed for articles that contained an insurer-related term and an HRQOLrelated term between 1999 and 2019 using the MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EconLit, and Business Source Complete databases.”

Financial supporters for this research include the Wolff Center at UPMC, UPMC Insurance Services Division.

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pittsburgh, “The search identified 14,253 unduplicated records, of which 2,340 passed abstract screening and 350 were included in the review. The populations addressed in these studies included both populations with specific health conditions (eg, diabetes) and an entire member population. The most common purpose of the article was to evaluate a policy or program (n = 255; 72.9%); the range of interventions evaluated included federal policy, subgroup management strategies, and identification of individual patients. The most common insurance mechanism was Medicare (n = 205; 58.6%). The most common source of data was collected specifically for a research project (n = 172; 49.1%), and the least common source of data was collected by providers at the point of care (n = 34; 9.7%). The most commonly addressed age group was 65 years and older (n = 262; 74.9%), and the least commonly addressed was younger than 18 years (n = 36; 10.3%). The most commonly used PROMs were single-item self-rated health (n = 138; 47.1%) and activities of daily living (n = 88; 30.0%), with validated depression questionnaires (n = 56; 19.1%) being the most common disease-focused questionnaire. This review found a wide variety of articles across insurance providers, health conditions, and uses of PROMs.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “There is a noted paucity of data in pediatric populations and little information about the use of data collected within health care settings that is transmitted to health insurers.”

This research has been peer-reviewed.

For more information on this research see: A Scoping Review of Us Insurers Use of Patient-reported Outcomes’. The American Journal of Managed Care2022;28(6). The American Journal of Managed Care can be contacted at: Managed Care & Healthcare Communications Llc, 666 Plainsboro RdSte 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Janel Hanmer, University of PittsburghGen Internal Med, 230 McKee Pl, Ste 600, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States. Additional authors for this research include Amy M. CizikBernice G. Gulek, Polly McCracken, Rose Turner, Elizabeth CS Swart and Suzanne M. Kinsky.

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