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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644939/an-economic-analysis-of-mac-versus-walant-a-trigger-finger-release-surgery-case-study
#1
Jason L Codding, Suneel B Bhat, Asif M Ilyas
BACKGROUND: There has been recent interest in wide awake hand surgery, also referred to as "wide awake local anesthesia with no tourniquet" (WALANT) surgery. Using a model of single trigger finger release (TFR) surgery, a hypothesis was made that WALANT would result in decreased hospital time and cost than patients receiving sedation with monitored anesthetic care (MAC). METHODS: Consecutive cases of single TFR surgery with MAC were compared with WALANT. All surgeries were performed in the same manner, at the same facility, and by the same surgeon...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642108/investing-in-new-technology-in-pulmonary-medicine-navigating-the-tortuous-path-to-success
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REVIEW
Robert Kruklitis, Kim French, Michael Joseph Cangelosi, Kevin L Kovitz
The introduction of new technologies offer the promise to advance medicine. This occurs alongside improved efforts to control costs of healthcare by hospital administrators, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) pivot to value programs, and commercial payers' efforts to reduce reimbursement. These trends present a challenge for the pulmonologist, among others, who must navigate increasingly complex and highly scrutinized evaluation processes used to secure new technologies. Healthcare providers are turning toward value assessments, while simultaneously tasked with a mission of offering state-of-the art technologies and services...
June 19, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641586/access-education-and-policy-awareness-predictors-of-influenza-vaccine-acceptance-among-vha-healthcare-workers
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Jennifer Lipkowitz Eaton, David C Mohr, Kathleen M McPhaul, Richard A Kaslow, Richard A Martinello
OBJECTIVE To identify predictors of influenza vaccine acceptance among VHA healthcare workers (HCWs), with emphasis on modifiable factors related to promotion campaigns. DESIGN Survey. SETTING National single-payer healthcare system with 140 hospitals and 321,000 HCWs. PARTICIPANTS National voluntary sample of HCWs in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system. METHODS We invited a random sample of 5% of all VHA HCWs to participate. An 18-item intranet-based survey inquired about occupation, vaccination status, employer policy, and local campaign efforts...
June 23, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639740/declining-rates-of-hip-fracture-in-end-stage-renal-disease-analysis-from-the-2003-2011-nationwide-inpatient-sample
#4
Sun Moon Kim, Sai Liu, Jin Long, Maria E Montez-Rath, Mary B Leonard, Glenn M Chertow
The incidence of hip fracture in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is considerably higher than that in the general age- and sex-matched population. Although medical therapy for chronic kidney disease mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD) has changed considerably over the last decade, rates of hip fracture in the entire ESRD population have not been well-characterized. Herein, we evaluated temporal trends in rates of hip fracture, in-hospital mortality, and costs of associated hospital stay in ESRD. We identified hospitalizations for hip fracture from 2003 to 2011 using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a representative national database inclusive of all ages and payers...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625585/access-disparities-to-magnet-hospitals-for-ischemic-stroke-patients
#5
REVIEW
Kimon Bekelis, Symeon Missios, Todd A MacKenzie
Access disparities to centers of excellence can have detrimental consequences for population health. We investigated the presence of racial disparities in the access of stroke patients to hospitals recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). We performed a cohort study of all ischemic stroke patients who were registered in the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) database from 2009 to 2013. We examined the association of African-American race with Magnet status hospitalization after ischemic stroke...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612498/china-s-health-care-system-reform-progress-and-prospects
#6
Ling Li, Hongqiao Fu
This paper discusses the progress and prospects of China's complex health care reform beginning in 2009. The Chinese government's undertaking of systemic reform has achieved laudable achievements, including the expansion of social health insurance, the reform of public hospitals, and the strengthening of primary care. An innovative policy tool in China, policy experimentation under hierarchy, played an important role in facilitating these achievements. However, China still faces gaps and challenges in creating a single payer system, restructuring the public hospitals, and establishing an integrated delivery system...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609229/results-and-implications-of-routine-hiv-testing-in-the-inpatient-setting-a-descriptive-analysis
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Jamie L Mignano, Lucy Miner, Kristin Siedl, Travis Brown, Christina Cafeo, Lisa Rowen, Robert R Redfield, Mangla Gulati
Policy changes and scientific advances have guided new methods of diagnosing and managing HIV that reduce mortality, morbidity, and transmission. In a high HIV prevalence urban setting, a hospital initiative was implemented to routinely perform HIV testing and provide linkage to care for those with positive results and for individuals with a prior diagnosis of HIV. Maryland's unique all-payer model presents an opportunity to implement population health initiatives in health systems. The rationale, methodology, results and lessons learned from this approach will be discussed...
June 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554337/assessing-value-budget-impact-and-affordability-in-asia
#8
Grace Hampson, Chris Henshall, Adrian Towse
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore definitions of value and the use of budget impact and affordability considerations in health technology assessment (HTA) in the Asia region, particularly in relation to high cost technologies. METHODS: Issues were debated by senior representatives from HTA and payer systems in Asian countries, delegates from industry, and invited experts at the 2016 meeting of the HTAi Asia Policy Forum (HAPF). A premeeting survey was used to gather data on how value is assessed and budget impact calculations are used within current processes, as well as current approaches to managing affordability...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552044/assessing-the-utilization-of-total-ankle-replacement-in-the-united-states
#9
Sudheer Reddy, Lane Koenig, Berna Demiralp, Jennifer T Nguyen, Qian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Total ankle arthroplasty (TAR) has been shown to be a cost-effective procedure relative to conservative management and ankle arthrodesis. Although its use has grown considerably over the last 2 decades, it is less common than arthrodesis. The purpose of this investigation was to analyze the cost and utilization of TAR across hospitals. METHODS: Our analytical sample consisted of Medicare claims data from 2011 and 2012 for Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals...
June 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549746/infant-maternal-and-hospital-factors-role-in-loss-to-follow-up-after-failed-newborn-hearing-screening
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Maureen Cunningham, Vickie Thomson, Erica McKiever, L Miriam Dickinson, Anna Furniss, Mandy A Allison
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Completion of newborn hearing screening (NBHS) is recommended by 1 month old. Delays and loss to follow-up and documentation (LTF/LTD) after failed NBHS are common. Committees of experts have established hospital guidelines to reduce LTF/LTD. We aimed to identify maternal and infant factors associated with LTF/LTD and determine if adherence to hospital guidelines is associated with timely completion of follow-up screening. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of all infants born in Colorado hospitals who failed the newborn admission hearing screen from 2007-2012 and a cross-sectional survey of NBHS coordinators at Colorado birthing hospitals...
May 23, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548543/systematic-review-of-clinical-guidance-documents-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnostic-assessment-in-select-regions
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Melanie Penner, Evdokia Anagnostou, Lana Y Andoni, Wendy J Ungar
Clinical guidance documents play an important role in ensuring access to high-quality autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment practices. The objective was to perform a systematic review of professional association and government clinical guidance documents for autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment, analyzing their quality and content. The government search was limited to English-speaking, single-payer, publicly funded health systems. A quality appraisal was conducted by two appraisers using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation, second edition tool...
May 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535102/why-value-framework-assessments-arrive-at-different-conclusions-a-multiple-myeloma-case-study
#12
Kimberly Westrich, Lisabeth Buelt, Robert W Dubois
As the United States transitions from a volume-based health care system to one that rewards value, new frameworks are emerging to help patients, providers, and payers assess the value of medical services and biopharmaceutical products. These value assessment frameworks are intended to support various types of health care decision making. They have the potential to substantially affect patients, whether as tools for shared decision making with their doctors, as an input to care pathways used by providers, or through payer use of the frameworks to make coverage or reimbursement decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530525/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-compared-with-monotherapy-for-first-line-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-in-the-united-states
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Anna Oh, Dang M Tran, Leann C McDowell, Dor Keyvani, Jay Andrew Barcelon, Oscar Merino, Leslie Wilson
BACKGROUND: The approval of new immunotherapies has dramatically changed the treatment landscape of metastatic melanoma. These survival gains come with trade-offs in side effects and costs, as well as important considerations for third-party payer systems, physicians, and patients. OBJECTIVE: To develop a Markov model to determine the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab-ipilimumab combination as firstline therapy in metastatic melanoma, while accounting for differential effectiveness in programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive and negative patients...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530524/is-real-world-evidence-used-in-p-t-monographs-and-therapeutic-class-reviews
#14
Jason T Hurwitz, Mary Brown, Jennifer S Graff, Loretta Peters, Daniel C Malone
BACKGROUND: Payers are faced with making coverage and reimbursement decisions based on the best available evidence. Often these decisions apply to patient populations, provider networks, and care settings not typically studied in clinical trials. Treatment effectiveness evidence is increasingly available from electronic health records, registries, and administrative claims. However, little is known about when and what types of real-world evidence (RWE) studies inform pharmacy and therapeutic (P&T) committee decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
#15
Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523995/alternative-therapies-for-diabetes-a-comparison-of-western-and-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-approaches
#16
Eric Xiao, Luguang Luo
BACKGROUND: Across the world, the economic and health costs of diabetes are rising at an alarming rate. Each year in the United States, billions of dollars are spent on T2 Diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treatments, but such treatments are not always effective and can lead to adverse events. Many pharmacological treatments exist to control the primary and secondary symptoms of T2DM, but these medications are not always efficacious, do little to treat secondary T2DM symptoms, and often carry adverse side effects...
May 18, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523719/cardiovascular-events-associated-with-second-line-anti-diabetes-treatments-analysis-of-real-world-korean-data
#17
K H Ha, B Kim, H Choi, D J Kim, H C Kim
AIM: To compare the risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality associated with sulfonylurea (SU), dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP4i) and thiazolidinedione (TZD) as add-on medications to metformin (MET) therapy in people with Type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We identified 40 263 individuals who used SU (n = 11 582), DPP4i (n = 26 623) or TZD (n = 2058) in addition to MET between January 2013 and June 2015 from the database of the Korean National Health Insurance, the single-payer healthcare system in South Korea...
May 19, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517992/equity-and-value-in-precision-medicine
#18
Muir Gray, Tyra Lagerberg, Viktor Dombrádi
Precision medicine carries huge potential in the treatment of many diseases, particularly those with high-penetrance monogenic underpinnings. However, precision medicine through genomic technologies also has ethical implications. We will define allocative, personal, and technical value ('triple value') in healthcare and how this relates to equity. Equity is here taken to be implicit in the concept of triple value in countries that have publicly funded healthcare systems. It will be argued that precision medicine risks concentrating resources to those that already experience greater access to healthcare and power in society, nationally as well as globally...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502549/reimbursement-in-hospital-based-vascular-surgery-physician-and-practice-perspective
#19
Jennifer L Perri, Robert M Zwolak, Philip P Goodney, Gretchen A Rutherford, Richard J Powell
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine change in value of a vascular surgery division to the health care system during 6 years at a hospital-based academic practice and to compare physician vs hospital revenue earned during this period. METHODS: Total revenue generated by the vascular surgery service line at an academic medical center from 2010 through 2015 was evaluated. Total revenue was measured as the sum of physician (professional) and hospital (technical) net revenue for all vascular-related patient care...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501373/evaluating-appropriate-use-of-pediatric-echocardiograms-for-chest-pain-in-outpatient-clinics
#20
Reid C Chamberlain, Jonathan H Pelletier, Sarah Blanchard, Christoph P Hornik, Kevin D Hill, Michael J Campbell
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is often used in the evaluation of pediatric chest pain, but the incidence of cardiac pathology is low. In 2014, the American College of Cardiology published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for echocardiography including recommendations for pediatric chest pain. We evaluated the frequency and diagnostic yield of echocardiograms performed for each AUC indication and cost associated with echocardiograms performed for indications meeting the "rarely appropriate" criteria...
May 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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