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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214047/assessing-decentralisation-is-a-challenging-but-necessary-task-if-it-should-continue-as-a-reform-strategy-reflections-from-the-systematic-review-by-sumah-baatiema-and-abimbola
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LETTER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189271/implementing-hospital-pay-for-performance-lessons-learned-from-the-french-pilot-program
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Anne Girault, Martine Bellanger, Benoît Lalloué, Philippe Loirat, Jean-Claude Moisdon, Etienne Minvielle
Despite a wide implementation of pay-for-performance (P4P) programs, evidence on their impact in hospitals is still limited. Our objective was to assess the implementation of the French P4P pilot program (IFAQ1) across 222 hospitals. The study consisted of a questionnaire among four leaders in each enrolled hospital, combined with a qualitative analysis based on 33 semi-structured interviews conducted with staff in four participating hospitals. For the questionnaire results, descriptive statistics were performed and responses were analyzed by job title...
February 1, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214046/productivity-growth-case-mix-and-optimal-size-of-hospitals-a-16-year-study-of-the-norwegian-hospital-sector
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Kjartan Sarheim Anthun, Sverre Andreas Campbell Kittelsen, Jon Magnussen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This paper analyses productivity growth in the Norwegian hospital sector over a period of 16 years, 1999-2014. This period was characterized by a large ownership reform with subsequent hospital reorganizations and mergers. We describe how technological change, technical productivity, scale efficiency and the estimated optimal size of hospitals have evolved during this period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hospital admissions were grouped into diagnosis-related groups using a fixed-grouper logic...
January 30, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162814/eu-accession-a-policy-window-opportunity-for-nursing
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REVIEW
Paul De Raeve, Anne-Marie Rafferty, Louise Bariball, Ruth Young, Olga Boiko
European enlargement has been studied in a wide range of policy areas within and beyond health. Yet the impact of EU enlargement upon one of the largest health professions, nursing, has been largely neglected. This paper aims to explore nurse leadership using a comparative case study method in two former Communist countries, Romania and Croatia. Specifically, it considers the extent to which engagement in the EU accession policy-making process provided a policy window for the leaders to formulate and implement a professional agenda while negotiating EU accession...
January 25, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162813/the-determinants-of-medical-technology-adoption-in-different-decisional-systems-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Yauheniya Varabyova, Carl Rudolf Blankart, Ann Lennarson Greer, Jonas Schreyögg
Studies of determinants of adoption of new medical technology have failed to coalesce into coherent knowledge. A flaw obscuring strong patterns may be a common habit of treating a wide range of health care innovations as a generic technology. We postulate three decisional systems that apply to different medical technologies with distinctive expertise, interest, and authority: medical-individualistic, fiscal-managerial, and strategic-institutional decisional systems. This review aims to examine the determinants of the adoption of medical technologies based on the corresponding decision-making system...
January 24, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139253/determinants-of-evidence-use-in-public-health-policy-making-results-from-a-study-across-six-eu-countries
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Ien van de Goor, Riitta-Maija Hämäläinen, Ahmed Syed, Cathrine Juel Lau, Petru Sandu, Hilde Spitters, Leena Eklund Karlsson, Diana Dulf, Adriana Valente, Tommaso Castellani, Arja R Aro
The knowledge-practice gap in public health is widely known. The importance of using different types of evidence for the development of effective health promotion has also been emphasized. Nevertheless, in practice, intervention decisions are often based on perceived short-term opportunities, lacking the most effective approaches, thus limiting the impact of health promotion strategies. This article focuses on facilitators and barriers in the use of evidence in developing health enhancing physical activity policies...
January 20, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117075/eliciting-preferences-for-medical-devices-in-south-korea-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Hye-Jae Lee, Eun-Young Bae
This study aims to identify the attributes that contribute to the value of medical devices and quantify the relative importance of them using a discrete choice experiment. Based on a literature review and expert consultation, seven attributes and their levels were identified-severity of disease (2), availability of substitutes (2), improvement in procedure (3), improvement in clinical outcomes (2), increase in survival (2), improvement in quality of life (3), and cost (4). Among 576 hypothetical profiles, optimal choice sets with 20 choices were developed and experts experienced in health technology assessment and reimbursement decision making in South Korea were surveyed...
January 10, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109680/-why-do-generic-drugs-fail-to-achieve-an-adequate-market-share-in-greece-empirical-findings-and-policy-suggestions
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T Balasopoulos, A Charonis, K Athanasakis, J Kyriopoulos, E Pavi
OBJECTIVES: Since 2010, the memoranda of understanding were implemented in Greece as a measure of fiscal adjustment. Public pharmaceutical expenditure was one of the main focuses of this implementation. Numerous policies, targeted on pharma spending, reduced the pharmaceutical budget by 60.5%. Yet, generics' penetration in Greece remained among the lowest among OECD countries. This study aims to highlight the factors that affect the perceptions of the population on generic drugs and to suggest effective policy measures...
January 9, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104303/addressing-health-inequalities-by-using-structural-funds-a-question-of-opportunities
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Oana Maria Neagu, Kai Michelsen, Jonathan Watson, Barrie Dowdeswell, Helmut Brand
Making up a third of the EU budget, Structural and Investment Funds can provide important opportunities for investing in policies that tackle inequalities in health. This article looks back and forward at the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 financial periods in an attempt to inform the development of health equity as a strand of policy intervention under regional development. It combines evidence from health projects funded through Structural Funds and a document analyses that locates interventions for health equity under the new regulations...
January 7, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094050/corruption-and-use-of-antibiotics-in-regions-of-europe
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Björn Rönnerstrand, Victor Lapuente
The aim of this article is to investigate the association between corruption and antibiotic use at sub-national level. We explore the correlation between, on the one hand, two measures of corruption (prevalence of corruption in the health sector and prevalence of bribes in the society) at regional level from the European Quality of Government Index; and, on the other, the consumption of antibiotics in those European regions from a 2009 Special Euro Barometer. In a multivariate regression model, we control for potential confounders: purchasing power of standardized regional gross domestic product, inhabitants per medical doctor and age-standardized all-cause mortality rates...
January 7, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089280/financial-hardship-on-the-path-to-universal-health-coverage-in-the-gulf-states
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Riyadh Alshamsan, Hannah Leslie, Azeem Majeed, Margaret Kruk
BACKGROUND: Countries globally are pursuing universal health coverage to ensure better healthcare for their populations and prevent households from catastrophic expenditure. The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have and continue to implement reforms to strengthen their health systems. A common theme between the countries is their pursuit of universal health coverage to provide access to necessary health care without exposing people to financial hardship. METHODS: Using nationally representative data from the Global Findex study, we sought to analyze the hardship faced by individuals from four high-income countries in the GCC...
January 7, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108136/a-knowledge-translation-framework-on-ageing-and-health
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Moriah E Ellen, Ulysses Panisset, Islene Araujo de Carvalho, James Goodwin, John Beard
BACKGROUND: The world's population aged 60 and over will more than triple from 600 million to 2 billion between the years 2000 to 2050. This demographic change has significant impact on health, social, and economic sectors. The need to ensure that research into older peoples' health is effectively translated to policy is immediate. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to present a proposed framework to support evidence informed policymaking in ageing and health...
January 6, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089393/poverty-and-private-health-expenditures-in-italian-households-during-the-recent-crisis
#13
Simone Sarti, Marco Terraneo, Mara Tognetti Bordogna
The global financial crisis that began in 2008 had an overall effect on the health behaviours of Italian households. Aggregate private health expenditures have decreased while the citizens have increasingly been asked to share health costs. The reduction of households' health expenditure could have serious consequences for health, especially if it concerns the most vulnerable people. The aim of this paper is to analyse the relation between poverty and household health expenditure, considering regional and social group variations...
January 6, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089282/the-likely-effects-of-employer-mandated-complementary-health-insurance-on-health-coverage-in-france
#14
Aurélie Pierre, Florence Jusot
In France, access to health care greatly depends on having a complementary health insurance coverage (CHI). Thus, the generalisation of CHI became a core factor in the national health strategy created by the government in 2013. The first measure has been to compulsorily extend employer-sponsored CHI to all private sector employees on January 1st, 2016 and improve its portability coverage for unemployed former employees for up to 12 months. Based on data from the 2012 Health, Health Care and Insurance survey, this article provides a simulation of the likely effects of this mandate on CHI coverage and related inequalities in the general population by age, health status, socio-economic characteristics and time and risk preferences...
January 5, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073580/drug-information-by-public-health-and-regulatory-institutions-results-of-an-8-country-survey-in-europe
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Giulio Formoso, Maria Font-Pous, Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, David Phizackerley, Dick Bijl, Juan Erviti, Blanka Pospíšilová, Jean Louis Montastruc
PURPOSE: To evaluate the framework of drug information produced by public health and regulatory institutions in Europe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a short survey asking editors of ISDB bulletins of the European region to indicate the main sources of drug information provided by public health and regulatory authorities in their countries, the specific kind of information produced and their opinions about strengths and weaknesses of such information. The availability of evaluations about the added therapeutic value of drugs and of tools facilitating the implementation of such information were particularly addressed and checked on the websites of those institutions...
December 29, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089281/features-of-public-healthcare-services-provided-to-migrant-patients-in-the-eastern-macedonia-and-thrace-region-greece
#16
Christos A Tsitsakis, Anastasios Karasavvoglou, Efstathios Tsaridis, Georgia Ramantani, Giannoula Florou, Persefoni Polychronidou, Stamatios Stamatakis
BACKGROUND: The influx of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers into European Union (EU) countries, especially into Greece, in the last 20 years is an issue of growing concern and requires a rational approach. The aim of this study is to chart the use of public health services by the migrants of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Region, which forms the northeastern border of Greece. METHODS: We collected data from five of the six public hospitals in the specified region, and we carried out a per clinic cross tabulation analysis of admission diagnosis and citizenship variables in order to establish the frequency at which the various diagnoses emerge per distinct group of migrant and non-migrant patients in each clinic...
December 27, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094051/competition-policy-for-health-care-provision-in-portugal
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Pedro Pita Barros
We review the role of competition among healthcare providers in Portugal, which has a public National Health Service (NHS) at the core of the health system. There is little competition among healthcare providers within the NHS. Competition among NHS primary care providers is hindered by excess demand (many residents in Portugal do not have a designated family doctor). Competition among NHS hospitals has been traditionally limited to cases of maximum guaranteed waiting time for surgery being exceeded. The Portuguese Competition Authority enforces competition law...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062091/effects-of-person-centred-care-on-health-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Laura Pirhonen, Elisabeth Hansson Olofsson, Andreas Fors, Inger Ekman, Kristian Bolin
OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of person-centred care provided to patients with acute coronary syndrome, using four different health-related outcome measures. Also, to examine the performance of these outcomes when measuring person-centred care. DATA AND METHOD: The data used in this study consists of primary data from a multicentre randomized parallel group, controlled intervention study for patients with acute coronary syndrome at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041774/the-effects-of-expanded-nurse-practitioner-and-physician-assistant-scope-of-practice-on-the-cost-of-medicaid-patient-care
#19
Edward Joseph Timmons
The provision of health care to low-income Americans remains an ongoing policy challenge. In this paper, I examine how important changes to occupational licensing laws for nurse practitioners and physician assistants have affected cost and intensity of health care for Medicaid patients. The results suggest that allowing physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances is associated with a substantial (more than 11%) reduction in the dollar amount of outpatient claims per Medicaid recipient. I find little evidence that expanded scope of practice has affected proxies for care intensity such as total claims and total care days...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993434/competition-policy-for-health-care-provision-in-france
#20
Philippe Choné
There are more than two thousand hospitals in France, about equally divided between government-owned and privately-owned hospitals. Activity-based payment, which has been generalized in 2008 for acute care hospitals, has raised competition issues as DRG tariffs differ according to ownership status. Furthermore, the payment rule has been criticized for preventing the realization of potential hospital synergies, and as a result a recent reform has mandated close cooperation between public hospitals. The physician market is dual, with most GPs being subject to fee regulation and many self-employed, private-practice, specialist doctors being allowed to set their prices freely...
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