Becky Briesacher

Summary

Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc A critical review of methods to evaluate the impact of FDA regulatory actions
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 22:986-94. 2013
  2. pmc Adherence with tobramycin inhaled solution and health care utilization
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School and Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA, USA
    BMC Pulm Med 11:5. 2011
  3. pmc Adherence with urate-lowering therapies for the treatment of gout
    Leslie R Harrold
    Department of Medicine, The Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 11:R46. 2009
  4. ncbi request reprint New-user persistence with antihypertensives and prescription drug cost-sharing
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 9:831-6. 2007
  5. pmc Medication adherence and use of generic drug therapies
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Am J Manag Care 15:450-6. 2009
  6. pmc Comparison of drug adherence rates among patients with seven different medical conditions
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Pharmacotherapy 28:437-43. 2008
  7. pmc Adherence and occurrence of fractures after switching to once-monthly oral bisphophonates
    Becky A Briesacher
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Fallon Clinic and the Fallon Community Health Plan Worcester, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 19:1233-40. 2010
  8. pmc Out-of-pocket burden of health care spending and the adequacy of the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 377 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Med Care 48:503-9. 2010
  9. pmc Medicare part D's exclusion of benzodiazepines and fracture risk in nursing homes
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 377 Plantation St, Biotech Four, Ste 315, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Arch Intern Med 170:693-8. 2010
  10. pmc Adoption of once-monthly oral bisphosphonates and the impact on adherence
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Meyers Primary Care Institute, and Fallon Clinic, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Am J Med 123:275-80. 2010

Detail Information

Publications37

  1. pmc A critical review of methods to evaluate the impact of FDA regulatory actions
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 22:986-94. 2013
    ..To conduct a synthesis of the literature on methods to evaluate the impacts of FDA regulatory actions and identify best practices for future evaluations...
  2. pmc Adherence with tobramycin inhaled solution and health care utilization
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School and Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA, USA
    BMC Pulm Med 11:5. 2011
    ..Adherence with tobramycin inhalation solution (TIS) during routine cystic fibrosis (CF) care may differ from recommended guidelines and affect health care utilization...
  3. pmc Adherence with urate-lowering therapies for the treatment of gout
    Leslie R Harrold
    Department of Medicine, The Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 11:R46. 2009
    ..Adherence to urate-lowering drugs (ULDs) has not been well evaluated among those with gout. Our aim was to assess the level and determinants of non-adherence with ULDs prescribed for gout...
  4. ncbi request reprint New-user persistence with antihypertensives and prescription drug cost-sharing
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 9:831-6. 2007
    ..05) in 4 of 5 antihypertensive drug classes compared with less generous drug coverage, controlling for the other measures. Less generous drug coverage is a risk factor for poor persistence among most new antihypertensive users...
  5. pmc Medication adherence and use of generic drug therapies
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Am J Manag Care 15:450-6. 2009
    ..To assess whether lower copayments charged for generic drugs explain the improved drug adherence associated with use of generics...
  6. pmc Comparison of drug adherence rates among patients with seven different medical conditions
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Pharmacotherapy 28:437-43. 2008
    ..To compare drug adherence rates among patients with gout, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, seizure disorders, and type 2 diabetes mellitus by using a standardized approach...
  7. pmc Adherence and occurrence of fractures after switching to once-monthly oral bisphophonates
    Becky A Briesacher
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Fallon Clinic and the Fallon Community Health Plan Worcester, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 19:1233-40. 2010
    ..The study aim is to test whether switching from once-weekly BPs to once-monthly BPs improves adherence and fracture risk...
  8. pmc Out-of-pocket burden of health care spending and the adequacy of the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 377 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Med Care 48:503-9. 2010
    ..Evaluating the adequacy of Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) and its low-income subsidy (LIS) requires a comprehensive understanding of drug spending in relation to household resources...
  9. pmc Medicare part D's exclusion of benzodiazepines and fracture risk in nursing homes
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 377 Plantation St, Biotech Four, Ste 315, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Arch Intern Med 170:693-8. 2010
    ..Medicare Part D excludes benzodiazepine medications from coverage, and some state Medicaid programs also limit coverage. We assessed whether such policies decrease the risk of fractures in elderly individuals living in nursing homes...
  10. pmc Adoption of once-monthly oral bisphosphonates and the impact on adherence
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Meyers Primary Care Institute, and Fallon Clinic, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Am J Med 123:275-80. 2010
    ..The extent of the adoption of once-monthly bisphosphonates into general clinical practice is not known, nor is it known if the novel formulation improves adherence...
  11. ncbi request reprint Consequences of poor compliance with bisphosphonates
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Biotech Four, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Bone 41:882-7. 2007
    ..This study was undertaken to assess rates of osteoporotic fractures and health care utilization as a function of bisphosphonate compliance in usual clinical practice...
  12. pmc Patients at-risk for cost-related medication nonadherence: a review of the literature
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine and Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Biotech Four, Suite 315, 377 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 22:864-71. 2007
    ..This review examined the empirical literature to identify patient-, medication-, and provider-level factors that influence the relationship between medication adherence and medication costs...
  13. pmc Nursing home residents and enrollment in Medicare Part D
    Becky A Briesacher
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:1902-7. 2009
    ..To assess the impact of Medicare Part D in the nursing home (NH) setting...
  14. doi request reprint Nationwide trends in the medical care costs of privately insured patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), 2001-2007
    Becky A Briesacher
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    Pediatr Pulmonol 46:770-6. 2011
    ..However, few studies have examined the economic impact of these medical advances on costs, and none have examined these costs longitudinally...
  15. ncbi request reprint Medical care costs of Paget's disease of bone in a privately insured population
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Biotech Four, Suite 315, 377 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    Bone 38:731-7. 2006
    ..Medical care costs are difficult to calculate in diseases such as Paget's disease because they have low detection rates and a wide range of clinical manifestations that commonly occur in aging patient populations...
  16. pmc Medicare part D and changes in prescription drug use and cost burden: national estimates for the Medicare population, 2000 to 2007
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine and Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Meyers Primary Care, Worcester, Boston, MA, USA
    Med Care 49:834-41. 2011
    ..The full effect of Medicare Part D, after the initial policy transition period and across the United States Medicare population, remains unclear...
  17. pmc A new measure of medication affordability
    Becky Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    Soc Work Public Health 24:600-12. 2009
    ..There is no great reservoir of discretionary funds to pay for increases in cost-sharing under Medicaid and Medicare Part D...
  18. ncbi request reprint The quality of antipsychotic drug prescribing in nursing homes
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester 01605, USA
    Arch Intern Med 165:1280-5. 2005
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  19. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of nationally mandated drug use reviews to improve patient safety in nursing homes: a natural experiment
    Becky Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 53:991-6. 2005
    ..To test whether nationally required drug use reviews reduce exposure to inappropriate medications in nursing homes...
  20. ncbi request reprint Three-tiered-copayment drug coverage and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    Becky Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester 01605, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:1679-84. 2004
    ..This study was designed to determine whether 3-tier formularies influence the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in a population of patients with arthritis...
  21. pmc Pay-for-performance in nursing homes
    Becky A Briesacher
    University of Massachusetts Medical School and Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    Health Care Financ Rev 30:1-13. 2009
    ..The programs were mostly short-lived, varied considerably in the choice of performance measures and pay incentives, and evaluations of the impact were rare...
  22. pmc The dynamics of chronic gout treatment: medication gaps and return to therapy
    Leslie R Harrold
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, Mass, USA
    Am J Med 123:54-9. 2010
    ..To identify gaps in therapy with urate-lowering drugs for the treatment of gout as well as factors associated with resuming therapy...
  23. doi request reprint Antipsychotic use in nursing homes varies by psychiatric consultant
    Jennifer Tjia
    University of Massachusetts Medical School Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, MA Qualidigm, Wethersfield, CT Massachsuetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA
    Med Care 52:267-71. 2014
    ..The relationship between psychiatric consultation and antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes (NH) is unknown...
  24. ncbi request reprint Adverse drug events resulting from patient errors in older adults
    Terry S Field
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 55:271-6. 2007
    ..To characterize the types of patient-related errors that lead to adverse drug events (ADEs) and identify patients at high risk of such errors...
  25. pmc Self-reported colorectal cancer screening of Medicare beneficiaries in family medicine vs. internal medicine practices in the United States: a cross-sectional study
    Angela Y Higgins
    Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655, USA
    BMC Gastroenterol 12:23. 2012
    ..This study compared self-reported CRC screening rates and patient awareness of the need for CRC screening of patients receiving care from family medicine (FPs) vs. internal medicine (internists) physicians...
  26. pmc Disparities in combination drug therapy use in older adults with coronary heart disease: a cross-sectional time-series in a nationally representative US sample
    Jennifer Tjia
    Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    Drugs Aging 27:149-58. 2010
    ..Despite evidence of effective combination drug therapy for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD), older adults with this condition remain undertreated...
  27. pmc Medication discrepancies upon hospital to skilled nursing facility transitions
    Jennifer Tjia
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 377 Plantation Street, Suite 315, Biotech Four, Worcester, MA 01605, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:630-5. 2009
    ..Failure to reconcile medications across transitions in care is an important source of harm to patients. Little is known about medication discrepancies upon admission to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)...
  28. pmc Prescription drug benefits and use of guideline recommended medications by elderly Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes mellitus
    Jennifer Tjia
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:1879-86. 2008
    ..To determine whether prescription drug benefits are associated with the use of guideline recommended medications by older persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM)...
  29. pmc Medicare beneficiaries and free prescription drug samples: a national survey
    Jennifer Tjia
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, Fallon Clinic Foundation, Worcester, MA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:709-14. 2008
    ..Little is known about the prevalence of patient activity in requesting or receiving free prescription drug samples, or the characteristics of patients who access drug samples...
  30. pmc Unexplained variation across US nursing homes in antipsychotic prescribing rates
    Yong Chen
    Meyers Primary Care Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, 01605, USA
    Arch Intern Med 170:89-95. 2010
    ..We assessed the extent to which resident clinical characteristics and institutional prescribing practice were associated with antipsychotic prescribing...
  31. pmc Medicare beneficiaries and the impact of gaining prescription drug coverage on inpatient and physician spending
    Becky A Briesacher
    Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA 01605, USA
    Health Serv Res 40:1279-96. 2005
    ..To assess whether gaining prescription drug coverage produces cost offsets in Medicare spending on inpatient and physician services...
  32. ncbi request reprint National estimates of medication use in nursing homes: findings from the 1997 medicare current beneficiary survey and the 1996 medical expenditure survey
    Jalpa A Doshi
    School of Medicine, Universityof Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 53:438-43. 2005
    ..To provide the first nationwide estimates of medication use in nursing homes (NHs) and to introduce a new data set for examining drug use in long-term care facilities...
  33. ncbi request reprint Riding the rollercoaster: the ups and downs in out-of-pocket spending under the standard Medicare drug benefit
    Bruce Stuart
    University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 24:1022-31. 2005
    ..Because drug spending is highly persistent over time, beneficiaries who experience the biggest gaps in coverage are likely to do so year after year, with potentially serious financial consequences...
  34. ncbi request reprint Impact of second-generation antipsychotics on the use of antiparkinson agents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities
    Juliette Taylor Touré
    Health Services Research and Management Group, BearingPoint, Inc, McLean, Virginia, USA
    Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 4:25-35. 2006
    ..It is not known whether the reduced risk of motor adverse effects with second-generation antipsychotics (SGAPs) translates into less use of antiparkinson drugs (APDs)...
  35. ncbi request reprint Exploring racial and ethnic disparities in prescription drug spending and use among Medicare beneficiaries
    Darrell J Gaskin
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
    Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 4:96-111. 2006
    ..Little is known about why minority Medicare beneficiaries spend less on and use fewer prescription drugs than white Medicare beneficiaries...
  36. pmc Cost-related medication nonadherence and spending on basic needs following implementation of Medicare Part D
    Jeanne M Madden
    Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 133 Brookline Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    JAMA 299:1922-8. 2008
    ..Cost-related medication nonadherence (CRN) has been a persistent problem for individuals who are elderly and disabled in the United States. The impact of Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) on CRN is unknown...
  37. ncbi request reprint Propoxyphene use by community-dwelling and institutionalized elderly Medicare beneficiaries
    Sachin J Kamal-Bahl
    University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Pharmacy, Maryland 21201, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 51:1099-104. 2003
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