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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292289/at-first-glance-informal-payments-experience-on-track-why-accept-or-refuse-patients-perceive-in-cardiac-surgery-department-of-public-hospitals-northeast-of-iran-2013
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Ali Vafaei Najar, Hossein Ebrahimipour, Arefeh Pourtaleb, Habibollah Esmaily, Mehdi Jafari, Zohre Nejatzadegan, Yasamin Molavi Taleghani
BACKGROUND: Patient's Informal payments is among the main source of health care financing in some countries. This paper aimed at determining the patient informal payments and relative factors in Cardiac Surgery Departments (CSD) in hospitals affiliated to Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS) in 2013. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 316 discharged patients were selected using multi-stage sampling. Data gathering tool was a questionnaire which was filled by structured telephone interviews...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283141/the-economic-and-social-impact-of-informal-caregivers-at-mulago-national-referral-hospital-kampala-uganda
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Mitra Sadigh, Faith Nawagi, Majid Sadigh
BACKGROUND: The severe deficit of health care workers in Uganda necessitates hospitalized patients to be cared for by a relative. These informal caregivers constitute a crucial component of patient care. Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, is one of the nation's national referral hospitals, receiving very sick patients. Although studies have been conducted on challenges facing informal caregivers in the home setting, no study has addressed the caregiver burden in the hospital setting...
September 2016: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270209/innovative-regenerative-medicines-in-the-eu-a-better-future-in-evidence
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EDITORIAL
Mark S Corbett, Andrew Webster, Robert Hawkins, Nerys Woolacott
BACKGROUND: Despite a steady stream of headlines suggesting they will transform the future of healthcare, high-tech regenerative medicines have, to date, been quite inaccessible to patients, with only eight having been granted an EU marketing licence in the last 7 years. Here, we outline some of the historical reasons for this paucity of licensed innovative regenerative medicines. We discuss the challenges to be overcome to expedite the development of this complex and rapidly changing area of medicine, together with possible reasons to be more optimistic for the future...
March 8, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268164/funds-flow-in-the-era-of-value-based-health-care
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Jason N Itri, Ayman Mithqal, Arun Krishnaraj
Health care reform is creating significant challenges for hospital systems and academic medical centers (AMCs), requiring a new operating model to adapt to declining reimbursement, diminishing research funding, market consolidation, payers' focus on higher quality and lower cost, and greater cost sharing by patients. Maintaining and promoting the triple mission of clinical care, research, and education will require AMCs to be system-based with strong alignment around governance, operations, clinical care, and finances...
March 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260637/does-autonomy-for-public-hospitals-in-developing-countries-increase-performance-evidence-based-case-studies
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REVIEW
Willy De Geyndt
OBJECTIVES: Governments in middle and low income countries have sought ways for the past decades to make their public hospitals more performing. The objectives of this assessment are to: (a) synthesize the experience of eleven countries at granting autonomy to their public hospitals and the obstacles encountered; (b) deduce which autonomy policies have or have not been effective documenting successes and failures; and (c) propose evidence-based recommendations to policy makers. DATA SOURCES: Data for five countries are derived from the author's participation in the autonomy process augmented by current updates provided by national colleagues...
February 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260154/the-cost-and-mortality-of-hip-fractures-in-centenarians
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J Moore, O Carmody, B Carey, J A Harty, D Reidy
BACKGROUND: Centenarians are the fastest rising age group in Ireland. Hip fractures most commonly affect older adults and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality, as well as the financial cost of healthcare resources. Despite this, very little is known regarding hip fractures in centenarians. The aim of this study was to investigate our experience with hip fractures in this group and to record the cost of treating these fractures to identify both the social and economic impact these injuries impose on the health system...
March 4, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250515/modifying-homes-for-persons-with-physical-disabilities-in-thailand
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Sirinart Tongsiri, Chanuttha Ploylearmsang, Katanyu Hawsutisima, Wachara Riewpaiboon, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
PROBLEM: Thailand passed the Persons with Disabilities Empowerment Act in 2007. The Act, which is in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensures that registered persons with disabilities are entitled to home environment modifications' benefits up to a maximum of 20 000 baht (670 United States dollars); however, the Act's enforcement is still weak in Thailand. APPROACH: In 2013, researchers developed a home modification programme, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of medical and nonmedical practitioners and volunteers, to modify homes for persons with disabilities...
February 1, 2017: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245147/impact-of-a-new-palliative-care-program-on-health-system-finances-an-analysis-of-the-palliative-care-program-inpatient-unit-and-consultations-at-johns-hopkins-medical-institutions
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Sarina R Isenberg, Chunhua Lu, John McQuade, Kelvin K W Chan, Natasha Gill, Michael Cardamone, Deirdre Torto, Terry Langbaum, Rab Razzak, Thomas J Smith
PURPOSE: Palliative care inpatient units (PCUs) can improve symptoms, family perception of care, and lower per-diem costs compared with usual care. In March 2013, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) added a PCU to the palliative care (PC) program. We studied the financial impact of the PC program on JHMI from March 2013 to March 2014. METHODS: This study considered three components of the PC program: PCU, PC consultations, and professional fees. Using 13 months of admissions data, the team calculated the per-day variable cost pre-PCU (ie, in another hospital unit) and after transfer to the PCU...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242864/financing-of-pediatric-home-health-care
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Edwin Simpser, Mark L Hudak
Pediatric home health care is an effective and holistic venue of treatment of children with medical complexity or developmental disabilities who otherwise may experience frequent and/or prolonged hospitalizations or who may enter chronic institutional care. Demand for pediatric home health care is increasing while the provider base is eroding, primarily because of inadequate payment or restrictions on benefits. As a result, home care responsibilities assumed by family caregivers have increased and imposed financial, physical, and psychological burdens on the family...
February 27, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241757/is-the-timing-of-radiological-intervention-and-treatment-day-associated-with-economic-outcomes-in-drg-financed-health-care-systems-a-case-study
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Christoph Napierala, Stefan Boes
BACKGROUND: In 2012, Switzerland has introduced a diagnosis related group (DRG) system for hospital financing to increase the efficiency and transparency of hospital services and to reduce costs. However, little is known about the efficiency of specific processes within hospitals. The objective of this study is to describe the relationship between timing of radiological interventions, in particular scan and treatment day, and the length of stay (LOS) compliance in a hospital. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional observational study based on administrative records of all DRG cases in a Swiss university hospital in 2013, enriched by data from the radiology information system and accounting details...
February 28, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228063/psychiatric-consultation-and-referral-of-persons-who-have-attempted-suicide
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Marc Roelands, Reginald Deschepper, Johan Bilsen
BACKGROUND: Persons who have attempted suicide are often admitted to a hospital's emergency department (ED). The risk of them repeating their attempt is lower if they have had access to a psychiatrist in hospital and had been referred to mental health care services. However, the literature suggests this is often lacking. AIMS: To describe perceived barriers to and supportive factors for psychiatric consultation and appropriate referral of suicide attempters in the ED...
February 23, 2017: Crisis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222194/forecasting-outpatient-visits-using-empirical-mode-decomposition-coupled-with-back-propagation-artificial-neural-networks-optimized-by-particle-swarm-optimization
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Daizheng Huang, Zhihui Wu
Accurately predicting the trend of outpatient visits by mathematical modeling can help policy makers manage hospitals effectively, reasonably organize schedules for human resources and finances, and appropriately distribute hospital material resources. In this study, a hybrid method based on empirical mode decomposition and back-propagation artificial neural networks optimized by particle swarm optimization is developed to forecast outpatient visits on the basis of monthly numbers. The data outpatient visits are retrieved from January 2005 to December 2013 and first obtained as the original time series...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222087/repetitive-negative-thinking-the-link-between-caregiver-burden-and-depressive-symptoms
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Amanda Mitchell, Patrick Pössel
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To explore whether repetitive negative thinking (RNT) mediates the pathway between subscales of caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. 
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pilot study. 
. SETTING: Bone marrow unit at the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky and caregiver support organizations in Louisville.
. SAMPLE: 49 current cancer caregivers who were primarily spouses or partners of individuals with lymphoma or leukemia and provided care for a median of 30 hours each week for 12 months...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211557/associations-of-selected-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-with-biographical-context-in-patients-of-a-day-hospital-for-neurotic-disorders
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Michał Skalski, Jerzy A Sobański, Tomasz Golabek, Agata Świerkosz, Katarzyna Klasa, Mikołaj Przydacz, Krzysztof Rutkowski, Edyta Dembińska, Michał Mielimąka, Katarzyna Cyranka, Piotr Chłosta, Dominika Dudek
OBJECTIVES: To assess the correlation of subjectively estimated biographical context and lower urinary tract symptoms reported by patients with neurotic and personality disorders. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of the biographical context of co-existence of urinary frequency and urinary incontinence reported by 3,929 patients in a day hospital for treatment of neurotic disorders. The symptom checklists KO "0" were completed by patients prior to any treatment...
December 23, 2016: Psychiatria Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210361/estimating-the-cost-of-care-for-emergency-department-syncope-patients-comparison-of-three-models
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Marc A Probst, John K McConnell, Robert E Weiss, Amber L Laurie, Annick N Yagapen, Michelle P Lin, Jeffrey M Caterino, Manish N Shah, Benjamin C Sun
INTRODUCTION: We sought to compare three hospital cost-estimation models for patients undergoing evaluation for unexplained syncope using hospital cost data. Developing such a model would allow researchers to assess the value of novel clinical algorithms for syncope management. METHODS: We collected complete health services data, including disposition, testing, and length of stay (LOS), on 67 adult patients (age 60 years and older) who presented to the emergency department (ED) with syncope at a single hospital...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199405/co-financing-for-viral-load-monitoring-during-the-course-of-antiretroviral-therapy-among-patients-with-hiv-aids-in-vietnam-a-contingent-valuation-survey
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Quyen Le Thi Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Thi Thu Phan, Huong Thi Le, Hinh Duc Nguyen, Tho Dinh Tran, Cuong Duy Do, Cuong Manh Nguyen, Vu Thi Minh Thuc, Carl Latkin, Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
BACKGROUND: Viral load testing is considered the gold standard for monitoring HIV treatment; however, given its high cost, some patients cannot afford viral load testing if this testing is not subsidized. Since foreign aid for HIV/AIDS in Vietnam is rapidly decreasing, we sought to assess willingness to pay (WTP) for viral load and CD4 cell count tests among HIV-positive patients, and identified factors that might inform future co-payment schemes. METHODS: A multi-site cross-sectional survey was conducted with 1133 HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Hanoi and Nam Dinh...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197663/-in-patient-early-rehabilitation
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Claus-W Wallesch, Sindy Lautenschläger
It is difficult to develop the financing and hospital provision of interventions for early rehabilitation within the diagnosis-related group (DRG) system. In addition to a range of partially rehabilitative complex interventions, the system recognizes three main forms of early rehabilitative interventions: geriatric, neurological/neurosurgical, and interdisciplinary and others. In this article, the appropriate definitions and cost-effectiveness of these procedures are analyzed and compared. The early rehabilitative interventions are characterized by constant cooperation in the therapeutic team, especially neurological early rehabilitation through the incorporation of nursing as a therapeutic profession...
February 14, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191702/hospitalizations-costs-and-outcomes-associated-with-heroin-and-prescription-opioid-overdoses-in-the-united-states-2001-2012
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Douglas J Hsu, Ellen P McCarthy, Jennifer P Stevens, Kenneth J Mukamal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The full burden of the opioid epidemic on U.S. hospitals has not been described. We aimed to estimate how heroin (HOD) and prescription opioid (POD) overdose-associated admissions, costs, outcomes, and patient characteristics have changed from 2001 - 2012. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of hospital admissions from the National Inpatient Sample. SETTING: United States of America. PARTICIPANTS: Hospital admissions in patients 18 years of age or older admitted with a diagnosis of HOD or POD...
February 13, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178979/managed-care-and-inpatient-mortality-in-adults-effect-of-primary-payer
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Anika L Hines, Susan O Raetzman, Marguerite L Barrett, Ernest Moy, Roxanne M Andrews
BACKGROUND: Because managed care is increasingly prevalent in health care finance and delivery, it is important to ascertain its effects on health care quality relative to that of fee-for-service plans. Some stakeholders are concerned that basing gatekeeping, provider selection, and utilization management on cost may lower quality of care. To date, research on this topic has been inconclusive, largely because of variation in research methods and covariates. Patient age has been the only consistently evaluated outcome predictor...
February 8, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166233/applying-spatio-temporal-models-to-assess-variations-across-health-care-areas-and-regions-lessons-from-the-decentralized-spanish-national-health-system
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Julián Librero, Berta Ibañez, Natalia Martínez-Lizaga, Salvador Peiró, Enrique Bernal-Delgado
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate the ability of hierarchical Bayesian spatio-temporal models in capturing different geo-temporal structures in order to explain hospital risk variations using three different conditions: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Colectomy in Colorectal Cancer (CCC) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). RESEARCH DESIGN: This is an observational population-based spatio-temporal study, from 2002 to 2013, with a two-level geographical structure, Autonomous Communities (AC) and Health Care Areas (HA)...
2017: PloS One
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