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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817554/occupational-distribution-of-campylobacteriosis-and-salmonellosis-cases-maryland-ohio-and-virginia-2014
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Chia-Ping Su, Marie A de Perio, Kathleen Fagan, Meghan L Smith, Ellen Salehi, Seth Levine, Karen Gruszynski, Sara E Luckhaupt
Campylobacter and Salmonella are leading causes of bacterial gastroenteritis in the United States and are estimated to cause >1 million episodes of domestically acquired illness annually (1). Campylobacter and Salmonella are primarily transmitted through contaminated food, but animal-to-human and human-to-human transmission can also occur (2,3). Although occupationally acquired infections have been reported, occupational risk factors have rarely been studied. In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified 63 suspected or confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection over 3...
August 18, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802695/scarce-resource-allocation-during-disasters-a-mixed-method-community-engagement-study
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Elizabeth Lee Daugherty Biddison, Howard S Gwon, Monica Schoch-Spana, Alan C Regenberg, Chrissie Juliano, Ruth R Faden, Eric S Toner
BACKGROUND: During a catastrophe, health care providers may face difficult questions regarding who will receive limited life-saving resources. The ethical principles that should guide decision-making have been considered by expert panels but have not been well explored with the public or front line clinicians. The objective of this study was to characterize the public's values regarding how scarce mechanical ventilators should be allocated during an influenza pandemic, with the ultimate goal of informing a statewide scare resource allocation framework...
August 9, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770189/racial-disparities-in-emergency-department-utilization-for-dental-oral-health-related-conditions-in-maryland
#3
Natalia I Chalmers
OBJECTIVES: Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are a place where many Americans seek treatment of dental conditions. Racial and ethnic minorities consistently have higher rates of ED utilization than whites for dental conditions. The reasons for these disparities and significant public health concerns are investigated less often. In this paper, we measure trends in racial disparities in ED discharges for dental conditions in Maryland from 2010 to 2013. To understand these disparities, we also describe differences between racial groups in age, gender, income, location, payer, comorbidities, and the availability of dental care...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751087/the-effect-of-medicaid-expansion-on-utilization-in-maryland-emergency-departments
#4
Eili Y Klein, Scott Levin, Matthew F Toerper, Michael D Makowsky, Tim Xu, Gai Cole, Gabor D Kelen
STUDY OBJECTIVE: A proposed benefit of expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a reduction in emergency department (ED) utilization for primary care needs. Pre-ACA studies found that new Medicaid enrollees increased their ED utilization rates, but the effect on system-level ED visits was less clear. Our objective was to estimate the effect of Medicaid expansion on aggregate and individual-based ED utilization patterns within Maryland...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736796/longitudinal-research-on-aging-drivers-longroad-study-design-and-methods
#5
Guohua Li, David W Eby, Robert Santos, Thelma J Mielenz, Lisa J Molnar, David Strogatz, Marian E Betz, Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Lindsay H Ryan, Vanya Jones, Samantha I Pitts, Linda L Hill, Charles J DiMaggio, David LeBlanc, Howard F Andrews
BACKGROUND: As an important indicator of mobility, driving confers a host of social and health benefits to older adults. Despite the importance of safe mobility as the population ages, longitudinal data are lacking about the natural history and determinants of driving safety in older adults. METHODS: The Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) project is a multisite prospective cohort study designed to generate empirical data for understanding the role of medical, behavioral, environmental and technological factors in driving safety during the process of aging...
December 2017: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727535/civil-unrest-in-the-context-of-chronic-community-violence-impact-on-maternal-depressive-symptoms
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Doris P Yimgang, Yan Wang, Grace Paik, Erin R Hager, Maureen M Black
OBJECTIVES: To examine changes in maternal-child health surrounding the April 2015 civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, following Freddie Gray's death while in police custody. METHODS: We conducted cross-sectional Children's HealthWatch surveys January 2014 through December 2015 in pediatric emergency departments and primary care clinics on maternal-child health and June 2015 through October 2015 on daily and community routines. We used trend analysis and piecewise logistic regression to examine effects of time, residential proximity moderation, and mediation analysis to assess proximity and maternal-child health relations via maternal concerns...
September 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724296/the-influence-of-relationships-on-the-meaning-making-process-patients-perspectives
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Danetta Hendricks Sloan, Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, Erin Mistretta, M Jennifer Cheng, Ann Berger
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of a chronic or life limiting illness followed by treatment often requires an adjustment to life goals and expectations. With added existential concerns, patients' struggle to redefine life meaning while also finding ways to alleviate any distress that may occur. Central to the work of many scholars, meaning making is thought to be a vital component of negotiating traumatic life events while also essential to the positive adjustment in chronic illness and healing...
July 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686545/the-concurrent-validity-of-the-problem-oriented-screening-instrument-for-teenagers-posit-substance-use-abuse-subscale-in-adolescent-patients-in-an-urban-federally-qualified-health-center
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Sharon M Kelly, Kevin E O'Grady, Jan Gryczynski, Shannon Gwin Mitchell, Arethusa Kirk, Robert P Schwartz
BACKGROUND: The Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT)'s substance use/abuse subscale has been validated with high school students, adolescents with criminal justice involvement, and adolescent substance use treatment samples using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-III-R and DSM-IV. This study examines the concurrent validity of the POSIT's standard 17-item substance use/abuse subscale and a revised, shorter 11-item version using DSM-5 Substance Use Disorder diagnoses...
July 7, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683221/polypharmacy-and-multimorbidity-among-medicaid-enrollees-a-multistate-analysis
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Xue Feng, Xi Tan, Brittany Riley, Tianyu Zheng, Thomas Bias, Usha Sambamoorthi
The purpose of this study is to explore the associations between polypharmacy and multimorbidity using conventional and novel measures of polypharmacy. In this cross-sectional study, data on fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid enrollees with at least 1 chronic condition and aged 18-64 years (Nā€‰=ā€‰38,329) were derived from the 2010 Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) files of Maryland and West Virginia. Polypharmacy, by the authors' novel definition, was determined as simultaneous use of ā‰„5 drugs for a consecutive period of 60 days...
July 6, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683219/does-the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-affect-hospital-utilization-among-older-adults-the-case-of-maryland
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Laura J Samuel, Sarah L Szanton, Rachel Cahill, Jennifer L Wolff, Pinchuan Ong, Ginger Zielinskie, Charles Betley
This study sought to examine whether Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefit levels are associated with reduced subsequent hospital and emergency department utilization in low-income older adults. Study participants were 68,956 Maryland residents aged ā‰„65 years who were dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid (2009-2012). Annual inpatient hospital days and costs and emergency department visits were modeled as a function of either 1-year lagged SNAP participation or lagged SNAP benefit amounts, controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, autoregressive effects, year, health status, and Medicaid participation...
July 6, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671906/does-one-size-fit-all-assessing-the-need-for-organizational-second-victim-support-programs
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Hanan H Edrees, Albert W Wu
OBJECTIVE: Second victims are health care providers who are emotionally traumatized after experiencing an unanticipated patient's adverse event. To support second victims, organizations can provide a dedicated support program for their workers. The aim of this study was to assess the extent of the second victim problem in acute care hospitals in the state of Maryland, the availability of emotional support services, and the need for organizational support programs. METHODS: In-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with 43 patient safety representatives from 38 acute hospitals in Maryland...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658482/association-of-expanded-medicaid-coverage-with-hospital-length-of-stay-after-injury
#12
Jeremy L Holzmacher, Kerry Townsend, Caleb Seavey, Stephanie Gannon, Mary Schroeder, Stephen Gondek, Lois Collins, Richard L Amdur, Babak Sarani
Importance: The expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act is a state-level decision that affects how patients with traumatic injury (trauma patients) interact with locoregional health care systems. Washington, DC; Maryland; and Virginia represent 3 unique payer systems with liberal, moderate, and no Medicaid expansion, respectively, under the Affordable Care Act. Characterizing the association of Medicaid expansion with hospitalization after injury is vital in the disposition planning for these patients...
June 28, 2017: JAMA Surgery
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/28606191/no-calm-after-the-storm-a-systematic-review-of-human-health-following-flood-and-storm-disasters
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Dell D Saulnier, Kim Brolin Ribacke, Johan von Schreeb
Introduction How the burden of disease varies during different phases after floods and after storms is essential in order to guide a medical response, but it has not been well-described. The objective of this review was to elucidate the health problems following flood and storm disasters. METHODS: A literature search of the databases Medline (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA); Cinahl (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Global Health (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Web of Science Core Collection (Thomson Reuters; New York, New York USA); Embase (Elsevier; Amsterdam, Netherlands); and PubMed (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA) was conducted in June 2015 for English-language research articles on morbidity or mortality and flood or storm disasters...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535103/value-frameworks-for-the-patient-provider-interaction-a-comparison-of-the-asco-value-framework-versus-nccn-evidence-blocks-in-determining-value-in-oncology
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Bijal Shah-Manek, Joseph S Galanto, Huong Nguyen, Robert Ignoffo
BACKGROUND: To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently developed unique tools to help providers and patients make informed decisions about the value of an anticancer regimen. The ASCO Value Framework (AVF) allows users to generate a net health benefit (NHB) score along with drug acquisition costs for oncology regimens that have been compared in a prospective randomized clinical trial...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525630/laboratory-integration-and-consolidation-in-a-regional-health-system
#16
Jim Cook
Health systems face intense pressure to decrease costs and improve services as the health care delivery system in the United States undergoes tremendous change due to health care reform. As health systems grow, like any business, they are forced to explore standardization to realize and maintain efficient practices. Clinical services, such as laboratory medicine, are more difficult to integrate due to wider variation in acceptable practice and culture, compared with other services. However, changes to laboratory service are imperative if health care professionals expect to survive and thrive in the new business environment...
May 19, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448318/two-state-collaborative-study-of-a-multifaceted-intervention-to-decrease-ventilator-associated-events
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Nishi Rawat, Ting Yang, Kisha J Ali, Mary Catanzaro, Mariah D Cohen, Donna O Farley, Lisa H Lubomski, David A Thompson, Bradford D Winters, Sara E Cosgrove, Michael Klompas, Kathleen A Speck, Sean M Berenholtz
OBJECTIVES: Ventilator-associated events are associated with increased mortality, prolonged mechanical ventilation, and longer ICU stay. Given strong national interest in improving ventilated patient care, the National Institute of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded a two-state collaborative to reduce ventilator-associated events. We describe the collaborative's impact on ventilator-associated event rates in 56 ICUs. DESIGN: Longitudinal quasi-experimental study...
July 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437523/emergency-department-query-for-patient-centered-approaches-to-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-the-equality-study
#18
Adil H Haider, Eric B Schneider, Lisa M Kodadek, Rachel R Adler, Anju Ranjit, Maya Torain, Ryan Y Shields, Claire Snyder, Jeremiah D Schuur, Laura Vail, Danielle German, Susan Peterson, Brandyn D Lau
Importance: The Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission recommend routine documentation of patients' sexual orientation in health care settings. Currently, very few health care systems collect these data since patient preferences and health care professionals' support regarding collection of data about patient sexual orientation are unknown. Objective: To identify the optimal patient-centered approach to collect sexual orientation data in the emergency department (ED) in the Emergency Department Query for Patient-Centered Approaches to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity study...
June 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435485/impact-of-health-policy-changes-on-emergency-medicine-in-maryland-stratified-by-socioeconomic-status
#19
Laura Pimentel, David Anderson, Bruce Golden, Edward Wasil, Fermin Barrueto, Jon M Hirshon
INTRODUCTION: On January 1, 2014, the financing and delivery of healthcare in the state of Maryland (MD) profoundly changed. The insurance provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) began implementation and a major revision of MD's Medicare waiver ushered in a Global Budget Revenue (GBR) structure for hospital reimbursement. Our objective was to analyze the impact of these policy changes on emergency department (ED) utilization, hospitalization practices, insurance profiles, and professional revenue...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379933/communities-social-justice-and-academic-health-centers
#20
Philip M Alberti, Karey M Sutton, Lisa A Cooper, Wendy G Lane, Stacey Stephens, Michelle A Gourdine
In November 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) held its annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. In response both to health and health care inequities faced by residents of Baltimore and to the imminent trial of the police officers charged with Freddie Gray's death, AAMC leaders thought it crucial to address issues of health inequity, social injustice, and the role an academic health center (AHC) can play in improving the health of the community it serves. In collaboration with community-engaged researchers from Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore, AAMC staff interviewed Baltimore residents, soliciting their perspectives on how medical education, clinical care, and research can and should respond to social injustice and the social determinants of health...
April 4, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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