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International Journal of Health Planning and Management

Mohammad Alyahya, Heba Hijazi, Heather Harvey
BACKGROUND: While the main focus of accreditation initiatives has been on hospitals, the implementation of these programs is a relatively new notion among other types of healthcare facilities. Correspondingly, this study aims to understand how accreditation is perceived among primary public healthcare centers using an isomorphic institutional theory. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 56 healthcare professionals and administrative staff from seven non-profit healthcare centers in Jordan using an explanatory case-study approach...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Yen-Han Lee, Ting Fang Alvin Ang, Timothy C Chiang, Warren A Kaplan
It has been over 20 years since Taiwan's implementation of its National Health Insurance (NHI) program. Under this program, the health insurance coverage rate has reached approximately 99% of the population. Despite guaranteeing the residents of Taiwan equal access regardless of socioeconomic status and background, critical problems and controversies persist, and they continue to challenge the NHI. We analyze the primary issues facing the NHI program with emphasis on financial and consumer behavioral aspects...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Marcin Kautsch, Mateusz Lichoń, Natalia Matuszak
E-health has experienced a dynamic development across the European Union in the recent years and enjoys support from the European Commission that seeks to achieve interoperability of national healthcare systems in order to facilitate free movement. Differences that can be observed between the member states in legal regulations, cultural approaches and technological solutions may hinder this process. This study compares the legal standing of e-health in Denmark, Poland, Spain and the UK, along with key legal acts and their implications...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Annemarie de Vos, Jane-Murray Cramm, Jeroen D H van Wijngaarden, Ton J E M Bakker, Johan P Mackenbach, Anna P Nieboer
BACKGROUND: The Prevention and Reactivation Care Program (PReCaP) provides a novel approach targeting hospital-related functional decline among elderly patients. Despite the high expectations, the PReCaP was not effective in preventing functional decline (ADL and iADL) among older patients. Although elderly PReCaP patients demonstrated slightly better cognitive functioning (Mini Mental State Examination; 0.4 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.2-0.6]), lower depression (Geriatric Depression Scale 15; -0...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Fiona M Campbell, Dina Balabanova, Natasha Howard
INTRODUCTION: The paper presents a case study that critically assesses the role of global strategy 'Public Health on the Frontline 2014-2015' ('the Strategy') in supporting Merlin and Save the Children's organisational change and future programme of the combined organisation in Myanmar. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Research was undertaken in 2014 in Myanmar. Twenty-six individual and three group interviews were conducted with stakeholders, and 10 meetings relevant to the country organisational transition process were observed...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
H Christiaan Schakel, Patrick Jeurissen, Sherry Glied
Governments use fiscal rules to put a framework and limits on how budgetary challenges are addressed, but the rules themselves are still an understudied area among health policy scholars. For a long time, healthcare held a somewhat separate status because of the reliance on entitlements and dedicated revenue streams. However, the combined forces of advocates for integral decision-making, central budget control and the increasing costs might shift healthcare towards budgetary frameworks that currently apply to other spending categories...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Daniel J Merenstein, Frank J D'Amico, Shlomo Vinker, Stephen Petterson, Amnon Lahad
BACKGROUND: There is pressure in the U.S. system to move away from fee-for-service models to a more pre-paid system, which may result in decreased costs, but the impact on evidence-based care is unclear. We examined a large pre-paid Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) in Israel to see if evidence-based guidelines are followed for prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of ambulatory visits from 2002 to 2011 of patients age >75 receiving care from Clalit Health Services was conducted...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Mylaine Breton, Lara Maillet, Isabelle Paré, Sabina Abou Malham, Nassera Touati
In Quebec, several primary care physicians have made the transition to the advanced access model to address the crisis of limited access to primary care. The objectives are to describe the implementation of the advanced access model, as perceived by the first family physicians; to analyze the factors influencing the implementation of its principles; and to document the physicians' perceptions of its effects on their practice, colleagues and patients. Qualitative methods were used to explore, through semi-structured interviews, the experiences of 21 family physicians who had made the transition to advanced access...
September 8, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Yusuf Çelik, Mahmud Khan, Neşet Hikmet
OBJECTIVE: To measure efficiency gains in health sector over the years 1995 to 2013 in OECD, EU, non-member European countries. METHODS: An output-oriented DEA model with variable return to scale, and residuals estimated by regression equations were used to estimate efficiencies of health systems. Slacks for health care outputs and inputs were calculated by using DEA multistage method of estimating country efficiency scores. RESULTS: Better health outcomes of countries were related with higher efficiency...
August 11, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Chantal Bouchard, Olivier Jean
OBJECTIVES: Tracer methodology has been used by Accreditation Canada since 2008 to collect evidence on the quality and safety of care and services, and to assess compliance with accreditation standards. Given the importance of this methodology in the accreditation program, the objective of this study is to assess the quality of the methodology and identify its strengths and weaknesses. METHOD: A mixed quantitative and qualitative approach was adopted to evaluate consistency, appropriateness, effectiveness and stakeholder synergy in applying the methodology...
August 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
W Dominika Wranik, Liesl Gambold, Natasha Hanson, Adrian Levy
Public reimbursement of drugs is a costly proposition for health care systems. Decisions to add drugs to the public formulary are often guided by review processes and committees. The evolution of the formulary review process in Canada's publicly funded health system is characterized by increased centralization and systematization. In the past, the review of evidence and recommendation was conducted at the regional level, but was replaced with the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review in 2011. We assess the extent to which centralization and systematization of the review process have responded to past challenges, focusing on the use of economic evaluation in the process...
July 29, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Reshmi Bhageerathy, Sreekumaran Nair, Unnikrishnan Bhaskaran
BACKGROUND: Community-based health insurance (CBHI) has been evolving as an effective means of healthcare financing in many countries of South Asia. A systematic review in this context would give a comprehensive report of the performance of these schemes in terms of improving the health-seeking behaviour of the beneficiaries enrolled for the schemes. METHODS: Important databases like PubMed, Elsevier, SocINDEX (EBSCO), Cochrane Reviews, Medline and Scopus were reviewed along with relevant portals-Google Scholar, www...
July 22, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Mohammed Almasabi, Shane Thomas
In 2005, the Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) was launched in Saudi Arabia in order to improve the quality of care. By 2010, the first hospital was accredited by CBAHI, followed by many hospitals in following years. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of CBAHI on quality of care. In this study we used a mixed methods approach involving surveys, documentary analyses and semi-structure interviews. Surveys data were collected from 669 staff. Documentary analyses included mortality, infection and length of stay...
July 19, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Peter Littlejohns, Alec Knight, Anna Littlejohns, Tara-Lynn Poole, Katharina Kieslich
2013 saw the National Health Service (NHS) in England severely criticized for providing poor quality despite successive governments in the previous 15 years, establishing a range of new institutions to improve NHS quality. This study seeks to understand the contributions of political and organizational influences in enabling the NHS to deliver high-quality care through exploring the experiences of two of the major new organizations established to set standards and monitor NHS quality. We used a mixed method approach: first a cross-sectional, in-depth qualitative interview study and then the application of principal agent modeling (Waterman and Meier broader framework)...
July 19, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
J Y Shin, S J Yoon, H S Ahn, Y H Yun
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the impacts of a government-directed palliative care demonstration (PCD) project, Per-diem Payment System (PDPS), on length of stay (LOS), hospital costs, resource usage and healthcare quality during the searched period from January in 2009 to December in 2010. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective claim data review. METHODS: Individuals who had been eligible for the palliative care payment policy, PDPS, during 2 years (from 2009 to 2010) were assigned to the case group including seven hospitals (n = 3117)...
July 13, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Claudio A Méndez
In the 1980s, Chile adopted a mixed (public and private) model for health insurance coverage similar to the one recently outlined by the Affordable Care Act in the United States (US). In such a system, a mix of public and private health plans offer nearly universal coverage using a combined approach of managed competition and subsidies for low-income individuals. This paper uses a "most different" case study design to compare policies implemented in Chile and the US to address self-selection into private insurance...
July 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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July 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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July 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Thomas P Weil
Numerous papers have been written comparing the Canadian and US healthcare systems, and a number of health policy experts have recommended that the Americans implement their single-payer system to save 12-20% of its healthcare expenditures. This paper is different in that it assumes that neither country will undertake a significant philosophic or structural change in their healthcare system, but there are lessons to be learned that are inherent in one that could be a major breakthrough for the other. Following the model in Canada and in Western Europe, the USA could implement universal health insurance so that the 32...
July 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Moses Galukande, Achilles Katamba, Noeline Nakasujja, Rhona Baingana, Moses Bateganya, Amy Hagopian, Paula Tavrow, Scott Barnhart, Sam Luboga
BACKGROUND: Whereas accreditation is widely used as a tool to improve quality of healthcare in the developed world, it is a concept not well adapted in most developing countries for a host of reasons, including insufficient incentives, insufficient training and a shortage of human and material resources. The purpose of this paper is to describe refining use and outcomes of a self-assessment hospital accreditation tool developed for a resource-limited context. METHODS: We invited 60 stakeholders to review a set of standards (from which a self-assessment tool was developed), and subsequently refined them to include 485 standards in 7 domains...
July 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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