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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527729/the-hospitalization-profiles-of-patients-with-or-without-diabetes-treated-for-nontraumatic-lower-extremity-amputation-in-ribeir%C3%A3-o-preto-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-state-brazil-2001-2008
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Flávia F L Rodrigues, Domingos Alves, Carla R S Teixeira, Clarissa C A Arrelias, Maria T C G Torquato, Manoel A Santos, Maria Lucia Zanetti
The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the hospitalizations of patients with or without diabetes mellitus (DM) who underwent nontraumatic lower extremity amputation (NLEA) with regard to demographic and hospitalization-related variables. It is a high proportion of hospital beds in developing countries, for patients with diabetes mellitus with lower extremity complications. Nontraumatic amputations of lower extremities rates is an important indicator to assess the effectiveness of efforts to reduce chronic complications related to diabetic foot...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504235/sweden-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
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Nils Witt, Andreas Rück, Stefan K James, Sasha Koul, Bo Lagerqvist
Sparsely populated and with wide non-urbanised areas, Sweden faces specific challenges in providing publicly financed, high-quality and equal healthcare to all parts of the country. As a result, a decentralised organisation for acute coronary care has been developed with coronary care units and catheterisation laboratories in several small- and medium-sized city areas. In contrast, highly specialised non-emergent interventional procedures are centralised to a few high-volume centres, mainly located at university hospitals in large city areas...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504224/denmark-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
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Hans-Henrik Tilsted, Ole Ahlehoff, Christian J Terkelsen, Frants Pedersen, Cengiz Özcan, Troels H Jørgensen, Jens E Nielsen-Kudsk, Jan Ravkilde, Henrik Nissen, Sune A Pedersen, Ole Havndrup, Jens F Lassen
Interventional cardiology in Denmark has been carried out since the mid 1980s. Interventional cardiology is only performed at a few high-volume centres. Healthcare coverage is universal and is essentially free of charge. Hospitals are mostly publicly owned and financed by fixed budgets and, in part, an activity-based funding system. Approximately 30,000 coronary angiographies (CAG), 10,000 percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) of which approximately 25% are primary PCIs, and 500 transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVIs) are carried out each year...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501069/emergency-department-utilization-related-to-dental-conditions-and-distribution-of-dentists-nebraska-2011-2013
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Sankeerth Rampa, Fernando A Wilson, Rajvi Wani, Veerasathpurush Allareddy
PURPOSE: This study aims to provide estimates of hospital-based emergency department (ED) visits due to dental conditions in Nebraska and to examine patient-related characteristics associated with ED charges. In addition, this study provides dental-related ED visits and distribution of dentists by county. METHODS: For the study, we used the State Emergency Department Database for Nebraska for the years 2011 through 2013 and the Health Resources and Services Administration's Area Health Resource File...
June 2017: Journal of Evidence-based Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486981/patients-willingness-to-pay-for-the-treatment-of-tuberculosis-in-nigeria-exploring-own-use-and-altruism
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Ogbonnia G Ochonma, Obinna E Onwujekwe
BACKGROUND: Although, current treatment services for Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria are provided free of charge in public facilities, the benefits (value) that patients attach to such service is not known. In addition, the prices that could be charged for treatment in case government and its partners withdraw from the provision of free services or inclusion of the services in health insurance plans are not known. Hence, there is a need to elicit the maximum amounts that patients are willing to pay for TB treatment services, both for themselves and for the very poor patients that may not be able to pay if some user fees are introduced (altruistic willingness to pay)...
May 10, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485716/the-former-yugoslav-republic-of-macedonia-health-system-review
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Neda Milevska Kostova, Snezhana Chichevalieva, Ninez A Ponce, Ewout van Ginneken, Juliane Winkelmann
This analysis of the health system of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The country has made important progress during its transition from a socialist system to a market-based system, particularly in reforming the organization, financing and delivery of health care and establishing a mix of private and public providers. Though total health care expenditure has risen in absolute terms in recent decades, it has consistently fallen as share of GDP, and high levels of private health expenditure remain...
May 2017: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485715/malta-health-system-review
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Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Stefan Buttigieg, Neville Calleja, Sherry Merkur
Maltese life expectancy is high, and Maltese people spend on average close to 90% of their lifespan in good health, longer than in any other EU country. Malta has recently increased the proportion of GDP spent on health to above the EU average, though the private part of that remains higher than in many EU countries. The total number of doctors and GPs per capita is at the EU average, but the number of specialists remains relatively low; education and training are being further strengthened in order to retain more specialist skills in Malta...
January 2017: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485714/portugal-health-system-review
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Jorge de Almeida Simoes, Goncalo Figueiredo Augusto, Ines Fronteira, Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo
This analysis of the Portuguese health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Overall health indicators such as life expectancy at birth and at age 65 years have shown a notable improvement over the last decades. However, these improvements have not been followed at the same pace by other important dimensions of health: child poverty and its consequences, mental health and quality of life after 65...
March 2017: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477291/the-effect-of-complementary-private-health-insurance-on-the-use-of-health-care-services
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Astrid Kiil, Jacob Nielsen Arendt
This study estimates the effect of complementary private health insurance (PHI) on the use of health care. The empirical analysis focuses on an institutional setting in which empirical findings are still limited; namely on PHI covering co-payment for treatments that are only partly financed by a universal health care system. The analysis is based on Danish data recently collected specifically for this purpose, which makes identification strategies assuming selection on observables only, and on both observables and unobservables also, both plausible and possible...
March 2017: International Journal of Health Economics and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452651/physicians-and-nurses-attitudes-towards-performance-based-financial-incentives-in-burundi-a-qualitative-study-in-the-province-of-gitega
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Martin Rudasingwa, Marie Rose Uwizeye
BACKGROUND: Performance-based financing (PBF) was first implemented in Burundi in 2006 as a pilot programme in three provinces and was rolled out nationwide in 2010. PBF is a reform approach to improve the quality, quantity, and equity of health services and aims at achieving universal health coverage. It focuses on how to best motivate health practitioners. OBJECTIVE: To elicit physicians' and nurses' experiences and views on how PBF influenced and helped them in healthcare delivery...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450811/efficiency-and-productivity-assessment-of-public-hospitals-in-greece-during-the-crisis-period-2009-2012
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P Xenos, J Yfantopoulos, M Nektarios, N Polyzos, P Tinios, A Constantopoulos
BACKGROUND: This study is an initial effort to examine the dynamics of efficiency and productivity in Greek public hospitals during the first phase of the crisis 2009-2012. Data were collected by the Ministry of Health after several quality controls ensuring comparability and validity of hospital inputs and outputs. Productivity is estimated using the Malmquist Indicator, decomposing the estimated values into efficiency and technological change. METHODS: Hospital efficiency and productivity growth are calculated by bootstrapping the non-parametric Malmquist analysis...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446850/readiness-of-health-centers-and-primary-hospitals-for-the-implementation-of-proposed-health-insurance-schemes-in-southwest-ethiopia
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Sabit Abazinab, Mirkuzie Woldie, Tesfamichael Alaro
BACKGROUND: In response to the 2005 World Health Assembly, many low income countries developed different healthcare financing mechanisms with risk pooling stategy to ensure universal coverage of health services. Accordingly, service availability and readiness of the health system to bear the responsibility of providing service have critical importance. The objective of this study was to assess service availability and readiness of health centers and primary hospitals to bear the responsibility of providing service for the members of health insurance schemes...
September 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444049/healthcare-financing-decentralization-and-regional-health-planning-federal-transfers-and-the-healthcare-networks-in-minas-gerais-brazil
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Laura Monteiro de Castro Moreira, Felipe Ferré, Eli Iola Gurgel Andrade
The Decrees 4279/10 and 7508/11 established norms to guide health politics, with impacts on funding of the Middle and High Complexity Hospital and Outpatient. To verify the effects on the consolidation of care networks in Minas Gerais, we performed an analytical-descriptive study of the National Health Fund from 2006 to 2014. We observed decentralization of responsibilities, accompanied of resources and innovative financing mechanisms, resulting expansion of the network care model. The federal government definitions suggest reduction of the autonomy and limitation of regional solutions...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441963/in-hospital-airway-management-training-for-non-anesthesiologist-ems-physicians-a-descriptive-quality-control-study
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Helmut Trimmel, Christoph Beywinkler, Sonja Hornung, Janett Kreutziger, Wolfgang G Voelckel
BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital airway management is a major challenge for emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. Despite convincing evidence that the rescuer's qualifications determine efficacy of tracheal intubation, in-hospital airway management training is not mandatory in Austria, and often neglected. Thus we sought to prove that airway management competence of EMS physicians can be established and maintained by a tailored training program. METHODS: In this descriptive quality control study we retrospectively evaluated all in- and pre-hospital airway cases managed by EMS physicians who underwent a structured in-hospital training program in anesthesia at General Hospital Wiener Neustadt...
April 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435485/impact-of-health-policy-changes-on-emergency-medicine-in-maryland-stratified-by-socioeconomic-status
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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/28433325/the-role-of-private-non-profit-healthcare-organizations-in-nhs-systems-implications-for-the-portuguese-hospital-devolution-program
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Álvaro S Almeida
The national health services (NHS) of England, Portugal, Finland and other single-payer universalist systems financed by general taxation, are based on the theoretical principle of an integrated public sector payer-provider. However, in practice one can find different forms of participation of non-public healthcare providers in those NHS, including private for profit providers, but also third sector non-profit organizations (NPO). This paper reviews the role of non-public non-profit healthcare organizations in NHS systems...
April 1, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424062/health-system-factors-influencing-management-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-four-european-union-countries-learning-from-country-experiences
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Gerard de Vries, Svetla Tsolova, Laura F Anderson, Agnes C Gebhard, Einar Heldal, Vahur Hollo, Laura Sánchez-Cambronero Cejudo, Daniela Schmid, Bert Schreuder, Tonka Varleva, Marieke J van der Werf
BACKGROUND: In the European Union and European Economic Area only 38% of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients notified in 2011 completed treatment successfully at 24 months' evaluation. Socio-economic factors and patient factors such as demographic characteristics, behaviour and attitudes are associated with treatment outcomes. Characteristics of healthcare systems also affect health outcomes. This study was conducted to identify and better understand the contribution of health system components to successful treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408363/wittyfit-live-your-work-differently-study-protocol-for-a-workplace-delivered-health-promotion
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Frédéric Dutheil, Martine Duclos, Geraldine Naughton, Samuel Dewavrin, Thomas Cornet, Pascal Huguet, Jean-Claude Chatard, Bruno Pereira
BACKGROUND: Morbidity before retirement has a huge cost, burdening both public health and workplace finances. Multiple factors increase morbidity such as stress at work, sedentary behavior or low physical activity, and poor nutrition practices. Nowadays, the digital world offers infinite opportunities to interact with workers. The WittyFit software was designed to understand holistic issues of workers by promoting individualized behavior changes at the workplace. OBJECTIVE: The shorter term feasibility objective is to demonstrate that effective use of WittyFit will increase well-being and improve health-related behaviors...
April 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408255/supraorbital-versus-endoscopic-endonasal-approaches-for-olfactory-groove-meningiomas-a-cost-minimization-study
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Gurpreet S Gandhoke, Matthew Pease, Kenneth J Smith, Raymond F Sekula
INTRODUCTION: We performed a cost-minimization study comparing the supraorbital and endoscopic, endonasal (EEA) approaches with or without the addition of craniotomy for the resection of olfactory groove meningioma. METHODS: We built a decision tree using probabilities of gross total resection and CSF leak rates with the supraorbital approach versus EEA with and without additional craniotomy. The cost (not charge or reimbursement) at each 'stem' of this decision tree, for both surgical options was obtained from our hospital's finance department...
April 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400312/assigning-clinical-codes-with-data-driven-concept-representation-on-dutch-clinical-free-text
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Elyne Scheurwegs, Kim Luyckx, Léon Luyten, Bart Goethals, Walter Daelemans
Clinical codes are used for public reporting purposes, are fundamental to determining public financing for hospitals, and form the basis for reimbursement claims to insurance providers. They are assigned to a patient stay to reflect the diagnosis and performed procedures during that stay. This paper aims to enrich algorithms for automated clinical coding by taking a data-driven approach and by using unsupervised and semi-supervised techniques for the extraction of multi-word expressions that convey a generalisable medical meaning (referred to as concepts)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
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