Retrospective drug utilization review software systems: Perspectives of state Medicaid DUR directors

Edward P. Armstrong, Diane Proteau

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the desirability or perceived need of retrospective drag utilization review (DUR) software system characteristics. DESIGN: A 32-item questionnaire. SETTING: Ambulatory DUR directors covering more than 33 million patients. PARTICIPANTS: Medicaid DUR directors from 49 states and the District of Columbia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Five-point Liken scale measures of importance of system and vendor characteristics. RESULTS: A 100% response rate was achieved. Respondents rated the ability to change or modify criteria as very important and thought it was important to receive criteria sets from software vendors. Respondents believed cost-savings methodologies should be clearly defined and false positive DUR criteria should be minimized. CONCLUSIONS: Through the implementation of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, considerable experience in ambulatory DUR programs has been achieved. Respondents believed the ability to change DUR criteria was very important and they thought it was important to have a set of criteria supplied from software vendors. Critical issues of criteria development, cost-savings methodologies, minimizing false positive criteria, and outcomes assessment from DUR programs were important issues to DUR directors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1088-1091
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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