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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421638/renal-replacement-therapy-and-incremental-hemodialysis-for-veterans-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Susan T Crowley, Srinivasan Beddhu, Joline L T Chen, John T Daugirdas, David S Goldfarb, Anna Jin, Csaba P Kovesdy, David J Leehey, Hamid Moradi, Sankar D Navaneethan, Keith C Norris, Yoshitsugu Obi, Ann O'Hare, Tariq Shafi, Elani Streja, Mark L Unruh, Tushar J Vachharajani, Steven Weisbord, Connie M Rhee
Each year approximately 13,000 Veterans transition to maintenance dialysis, mostly in the traditional form of thrice-weekly hemodialysis from the start. Among >6000 dialysis units nationwide, there are currently approximately 70 Veterans Affairs (VA) dialysis centers. Given this number of VA dialysis centers and their limited capacity, only 10% of all incident dialysis Veterans initiate treatment in a VA center. Evidence suggests that, among Veterans, the receipt of care within the VA system is associated with favorable outcomes, potentially because of the enhanced access to healthcare resources...
April 18, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412054/community-pharmacy-transition-of-care-services-and-rural-hospital-readmissions-a-case-study
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Allison P Patton, Yifei Liu, D Matthew Hartwig, Justin R May, Jessica Moon, Steven C Stoner, Kendall D Guthrie
OBJECTIVES: To explore community pharmacist involvement in the transition of care (TOC) process for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). SETTING: Patients discharged from a 60-bed acute care hospital located in rural Missouri were seen by a community pharmacist in 2 independent community pharmacy chain locations...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396033/improving-transitions-of-care-across-the-spectrum-of-healthcare-delivery-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-understanding-variability-in-outcomes-across-hospitals-and-skilled-nursing-facilities
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Giana H Davidson, Elizabeth Austin, Lucas Thornblade, Louise Simpson, Thuan D Ong, Hanh Pan, David R Flum
INTRODUCTION: Improving coordination during transitions of care from the hospital to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)s is critical for improving healthcare quality. In 2014, we formed (Improving Nursing Facility Outcomes using Real-Time Metrics, INFORM) to improve transitions of care by identifying structural and process factors that lead to poor clinical outcomes and hospital readmission. METHODS: Stakeholders from 10 SNFs and 4 hospitals collaborated to assess the current hospital and system-level challenges to safe transitions of care and identify targets for interventions...
April 5, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385023/impact-of-a-pharmacy-based-transitional-care-program-on-hospital-readmissions
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Weiyi Ni, Danielle Colayco, Jonathan Hashimoto, Kevin Komoto, Chandrakala Gowda, Bruce Wearda, Jeffrey McCombs
OBJECTIVES: Avoidable readmissions of patients discharged from hospitals are a major concern. This study evaluates the impact of pharmacist-provided postdischarge services on hospital readmissions for members of a US managed Medicaid health plan. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Synergy Pharmacy Solutions (SPS) initiated a transition of care (TOC) service for high-risk members of the Kern Health Systems (KHS) managed Medicaid plan...
March 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375954/optimizing-the-care-coordinator-role-in-primary-care-a-qualitative-case-study
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Elizabeth C Clark, Jenna Howard, Jeanne Ferrante, Cathryn Heath, Kang Li, Susan Albin, Shawna V Hudson
BACKGROUND: Care coordinators (CCs) are increasingly employed in primary care as a means to improve health care quality, but little research examines the process by which CCs are integrated into practices. This case study provides an in-depth examination of this process and efforts to optimize the role. METHODS: Two CCs' work was observed and assessed, and attempts were made to optimize the role using workflow modeling and "Plan-Do-Study-Act" cycles. Rolling qualitative analyses of field notes from key informant interviews and team meetings were conducted using iterative cycles of "immersion/crystallization" to identify emerging themes...
April 2017: Quality Management in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364994/can-managed-care-manage-polypharmacy
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REVIEW
Richard G Stefanacci, Taha Khan
Polypharmacy has come to mean the inappropriate use of multiple medications. Polypharmacy can occur as a result of a range of situations, including the excessive application of clinical guidelines, lack of coordination among multiple prescribers, treating adverse drug events, misaligned medications across transitions of care, patient self-treatment, and inappropriate overtreatment. Polypharmacy is a problem because the benefits of a specific medication at the dose and frequency that an individual patient is taking are often outweighed by the costs...
May 2017: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364993/medication-reconciliation-in-long-term-care-and-assisted-living-facilities-opportunity-for-pharmacists-to-minimize-risks-associated-with-transitions-of-care
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REVIEW
Linda G Gooen
The transitions of care process involves pharmacists and other members of the health care team who are in a position to collect, review, and analyze medications lists to help improve health care outcomes. Medication reconciliation is a complex process, especially when providing care to elderly population due to increased medication use, the movement of the patient from one health care setting to another, the number of acute and chronic illnesses, and the intervention of multiple health care providers in different facilities...
May 2017: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351063/from-communication-skills-to-skillful-communication-a-longitudinal-integrated-curriculum-for-critical-care-medicine-fellows
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Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Christopher J Doig, Philippe Couillard, Jason Lord
PROBLEM: Communication with patients and families in critical care medicine (CCM) can be complex and challenging. A longitudinal curricular model integrating multiple techniques within classroom and clinical milieus may facilitate skillful communication across diverse settings. APPROACH: In 2014-2015, the authors developed and implemented a curriculum for CCM fellows at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, to promote the longitudinal development of skillful communication...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344147/evaluation-of-deprescribing-amiodarone-after-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-critical-illness
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Areerut Leelathanalerk, Wannisa Dongtai, Yvonne Huckleberry, Brian Kopp, John Bloom, Joseph Alpert
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shed light on the continued prescription of inpatient medications upon hospital discharge despite the original intent of short-term inpatient therapy. Amiodarone, an antiarrhythmic associated with significant adverse effects with long-term use, is commonly used for new-onset atrial fibrillation in critical illness (NAFCI). While it is often preferred in this setting of hemodynamic instability, a prescription for long-term use should be carefully considered, preferably by a cardiologist...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343444/a-pilot-study-for-antimicrobial-stewardship-post-discharge
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Justin M Jones, Nathan D Leedahl, Ashley Losing, Paul J Carson, David D Leedahl
PURPOSE: Lack of patient follow-up is a major concern during care transitions, and the role of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) in assessing antimicrobial regimens after hospital discharge is not well described. We implemented an expanded ASP to include patients recently discharged from the hospital and measured its impact on inappropriate antimicrobial therapy 72 hours after inpatient culture data were finalized. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted at a 583-bed tertiary care center in the Upper Midwest of America...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334591/crossing-the-communication-chasm-challenges-and-opportunities-in-transitions-of-care-from-the-hospital-to-the-primary-care-clinic
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Nicholas A Rattray, Jason J Sico, LeeAnn M Cox, Alissa L Russ, Marianne S Matthias, Richard M Frankel
BACKGROUND: Transitions of care from specialty and acute settings to primary care abound. Compared to the continuity in end-of-shift handoffs, care transitions involve provider communication between practices and facilities with their own cultures and bureaucracies. Using the transition from acute care to outpatient primary care for stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients as a case study, this qualitative research explored communication practices and institutional arrangements among clinical providers responsible for longitudinal management of hypertension...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334559/design-and-hospitalwide-implementation-of-a-standardized-discharge-summary-in-an-electronic-health-record
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Shannon M Dean, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Joel Buchanan, Brad Ehlenfeldt, Amy J H Kind
BACKGROUND: The hospital discharge summary is the primary method used to communicate a patient's plan of care to the next provider(s). Despite the existence of regulations and guidelines outlining the optimal content for the discharge summary and its importance in facilitating an effective transition to posthospital care, incomplete discharge summaries remain a common problem that may contribute to poor posthospital outcomes. Electronic health records (EHRs) are regularly used as a platform on which standardization of content and format can be implemented...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325798/management-of-inpatient-hyperglycemia-and-diabetes-in-older-adults
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Guillermo E Umpierrez, Francisco J Pasquel
Adults aged 65 years and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and their number is expected to double to 89 million between 2010 and 2050. The prevalence of diabetes in hospitalized adults aged 65-75 years and over 80 years of age has been estimated to be 20% and 40%, respectively. Similar to general populations, the presence of hyperglycemia and diabetes in elderly patients is associated with increased risk of hospital complications, longer length of stay, and increased mortality compared with subjects with normoglycemia...
April 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323335/surgical-guidelines-for-perioperative-management-of-older-adults-what-geriatricians-need-to-know
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Jessica L Colburn, Sanjay Mohanty, John R Burton
A multidisciplinary panel of experts representing surgery, anesthesia, and geriatrics recently published guidelines for surgeons on the optimal perioperative management of older adults, including recommendations on postoperative recovery and posthospital transitions of care. Geriatricians have an important role in the care for older adults in the preoperative period as older adults consider surgical options and prepare for surgical procedures, during the perioperative period as inpatient consultants, and in the postoperative period as older adults transition to rehabilitation facilities or to home...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318659/cardiovascular-and-general-health-status-of-adults-with-trisomy-21
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Samuel A Hayes, Shelby Kutty, Joshua Thomas, Joyce T Johnson, Anji T Yetman
BACKGROUND: Patients with Trisomy 21 are now living well into adulthood. Little data exists to assist the cardiologist in the care of these patients. We sought to examine the cardiac and general health status of adults with Trisomy 21 undergoing cardiac evaluation. METHODS & RESULTS: A retrospective review of all affected adults >21years followed at 2 tertiary care institutions was performed. Of 193 patients identified, median age was 31 (range 21.1-60.5) years...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292507/opioid-exit-plan-a-pharmacist-s-role-in-managing-acute-postoperative-pain
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Cheryl Genord, Timothy Frost, Deeb Eid
OBJECTIVES: The benefits of a pharmacist's involvement in medication reconciliation and discharge counseling are well documented in the literature as improving patient outcomes. In contrast, no studies have focused on the initiation of a pharmacist-led opioid exit plan (OEP) for acute postoperative pain management. This paper summarizes a pharmacist-led OEP practice model and the potential role that pharmacists and student pharmacists can have at the point of admission, during postoperative recovery, and on discharge in acute pain management patients...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277408/hospital-standards-to-promote-optimal-surgical-care-of-the-older-adult-a-report-from-the-coalition-for-quality-in-geriatric-surgery
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Julia R Berian, Ronnie A Rosenthal, Tracey L Baker, JoAnn Coleman, Emily Finlayson, Mark R Katlic, Sandhya A Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Victoria L Tang, Thomas N Robinson, Clifford Y Ko, Marcia M Russell
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish high-quality, valid standards to improve surgical care of the older adult. BACKGROUND: The aging population increases demand for high-quality surgical care. Building upon prior guidelines, quality indicators, and pilot projects, the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery (CQGS) includes 58 diverse stakeholder organizations committed to improving geriatric surgery. METHODS: Using a modified RAND-UCLA Appropriateness Methodology, 44 of 58 CQGS Stakeholders twice rated validity (primary outcome) and feasibility for 308 standards, ranging from goals and decision-making, pre-operative assessment and optimization, perioperative and postoperative care, to transitions of care beyond the acute care hospital...
March 8, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273373/acute-care-management-of-the-hiv-infected-patient-a-report-from-the-hiv-practice-and-research-network-of-the-american-college-of-clinical-pharmacy
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Spencer H Durham, Melissa E Badowski, Michelle D Liedtke, R Chris Rathbun, Patricia Pecora Fulco
OBJECTIVE: HIV-infected patients admitted to the hospital have complex antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens with an increased medication error rate upon admission. This report is intended to provide a resource for clinicians managing HIV-infected patients and ART in the inpatient setting. METHODS: A survey of the authors was conducted to evaluate common issues that arise during an acute hospitalization for HIV-infected patients. After a group consensus, a review of the medical literature was performed to determine the supporting evidence for the following HIV associated hospital queries: admission/discharge orders, antiretroviral hospital formularies, laboratory monitoring, altered hepatic/renal function, drug-drug interactions (DDIs), enteral administration, and therapeutic drug monitoring...
March 8, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271120/code-status-reconciliation-to-improve-identification-and-documentation-of-code-status-in-electronic-health-records
#19
Viral G Jain, Peter J Greco, David C Kaelber
BACKGROUND: Code status (CS) of a patient (part of their end-of-life wishes) can be critical information in healthcare delivery, which can change over time, especially at transitions of care. Although electronic health record (EHR) tools exist for medication reconciliation across transitions of care, much less attention is given to CS, and standard EHR tools have not been implemented for CS reconciliation (CSR). Lack of CSR creates significant potential patient safety and quality of life issues...
March 8, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265330/u-s-vs-canadian-perspective-on-transition-of-care-for-spina-bifida-patients
#20
Hadley M Wood
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January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
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