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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168287/multiplicity-of-skin-cancers-in-queensland-and-their-cost-burden-to-government-and-patients
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Louisa G Gordon, Thomas M Elliott, Catherine M Olsen, Nirmala Pandeya, David C Whiteman
OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost burden to government and patients for individuals with multiple skin cancers. METHODS: We used self-reported baseline data on socio-demographics, phenotype and sun exposure behaviours from participants in the QSkin Sun and Health Study with at least one histopathologically confirmed keratinocyte cancer or melanoma (n=5,673). Linkage to Australian Medicare data (2011-2014) provided resource data and government and out-of-pocket patient costs...
November 22, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167082/disparities-in-health-literacy-and-healthcare-utilization-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-chronic-or-end-stage-kidney-disease
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Robyn Levine, Karina Javalkar, Meaghan Nazareth, Richard A Faldowski, Maria Diaz-Gonzalez de Ferris, Sarah Cohen, Jessica Cuttance, Stephen R Hooper, Eniko Rak
PURPOSE: Low health literacy adversely affects health outcomes in adults with chronic kidney disease. The current study examined associations between limited/inadequate health literacy and health services utilization among adolescents and young adults (AYA) with chronic or end-stage kidney disease (CKD or ESKD). DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study that enrolled patients from both the pediatric- and adult-focused nephrology clinics of a major university hospital...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166825/lifetime-consequences-of-early-life-and-midlife-access-to-health-insurance-a-review
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Étienne Gaudette, Gwyn C Pauley, Julie M Zissimopoulos
Over the past decade, the number of studies examining the effects of health insurance has grown rapidly, along with the breadth of outcomes considered. In light of growing research in this area and the intense policy focus on coverage expansions in the United States, there is need for an up-to-date and comprehensive literature review and synthesis of lessons learned. We reviewed 112 experimental or quasi-experimental studies on the effects of health insurance prior to people becoming eligible for Medicare on a broad set of outcomes...
November 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166251/risk-of-diabetes-mellitus-among-medicaid-beneficiaries-in-hawaii
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Dongmei Li, Chuan C Chinn, Ritabelle Fernandes, Christina M B Wang, Myra D Smith, Rebecca Rude Ozaki
INTRODUCTION: Medicaid is the largest primary health insurance for low-income populations in the United States, and it provides comprehensive benefits to cover treatment and services costs for chronic diseases, including diabetes. The standardized per capita spending on diabetes by Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the fee-for-service program in Hawaii increased from 2012 to 2015. We examined the difference in odds of diabetes between Medicaid and non-Medicaid populations in major racial/ethnic groups in Hawaii...
November 22, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165853/past-year-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-opioid-prescriptions-and-self-reported-opioid-use-in-an-emergency-department-population-with-opioid-use-disorder
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Kathryn Hawk, Gail D'Onofrio, David A Fiellin, Marek C Chawarski, Patrick G O'Connor, Patricia H Owens, Michael V Pantalon, Steven L Bernstein
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing reliance on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) as a response to the opioid epidemic, the relationship between aberrant drug-related behaviors captured by the PDMP and opioid use disorder is incompletely understood. How PDMP data should guide Emergency Department (ED) assessment has not been studied. STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a relationship between PDMP opioid prescription records and self-reported non-medical opioid use of prescription opioids in a cohort of opioid dependent ED patients enrolled in a treatment trial...
November 22, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165722/-healthier-after-psychotherapy-analysis-of-claims-data-lower-saxony-germany-on-sickness-absence-duration-before-and-after-outpatient-psychotherapy
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Jelena Epping, Martina de Zwaan, Siegfried Geyer
Introduction In employed populations sickness absence can be used as a good indicator of health status. In the present study, it was examined how periods of sickness absence are developing within one year before and after psychotherapy under comparison of three types of psychotherapy (behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis), all fully covered by statutory health insurance. Methods and data The analyses were performed with pseudonymized claims data from the AOK Niedersachsen, a statutory health insurance (N=2,900,065 insured)...
November 17, 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165570/impact-of-laboratory-charge-display-within-the-electronic-health-record-across-an-entire-academic-medical-center-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Robert L Schmidt, Jorie M Colbert-Getz, Caroline K Milne, Daniel J Vargo, Jerry W Hussong, John R Hoidal, Boaz A Markewitz, Brandon S Walker, Kensaku Kawamoto
Objectives: To determine the impact of systemwide charge display on laboratory utilization. Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial with a baseline period and an intervention period. Tests were randomized to a control arm or an active arm. The maximum allowable Medicare reimbursement rate was displayed for tests in the active arm during the intervention period. Total volume of tests in the active arm was compared with those in the control arm. Residents were surveyed before and after the intervention to assess charge awareness...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165172/cross-sectional-association-between-medical-expenses-and-intellectual-activity-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Kimiko Tomioka, Norio Kurumatani, Hiroshi Hosoi
BACKGROUND: Little is known concerning the lifestyle habits and health conditions in community-dwelling elderly who do not get medical care. We investigated the cross-sectional association between medical expenses (ME) and intellectual activity (IA) in community-dwelling older Japanese. METHODS: Self-administered questionnaires were mailed to all residents born between 1945 and 1949 and covered by A City's medical insurance system (n = 19,354). Independent variables including health behaviors, oral health, social capital, neighborhood environment, and physical and mental functioning were included in the questionnaires...
August 25, 2017: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164939/using-cbpr-to-decrease-health-disparities-in-a-suburban-latino-neighborhood
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Maren J Coffman, Brisa Urquieta de Hernandez, Heather A Smith, Andrew McWilliams, Yhenneko J Taylor, Hazel Tapp, Johanna Claire Schuch, Owen Furuseth, Michael Dulin
INTRODUCTION: This project tested the feasibility of using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to deliver health and social resources in two high-risk, suburban neighborhoods. METHOD: An established research network was used to engage stakeholders to design and deliver a neighborhood-based intervention targeting a Latino immigrant population. The intervention provided screenings for hypertension, diabetes, and depression; primary care provider visits; and information about navigating health care delivery systems and related community-based resources...
September 2017: Hispanic Health Care International: the Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164922/health-care-access-utilization-and-cancer-screening-among-low-income-latina-women
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Cynthia M Mojica, Bertha Flores, Norma S Ketchum, Yuanyuan Liang
INTRODUCTION: Cancer screening reduces mortality rates for breast, cervical, and colon cancer. Yet cancer screening rates for Latina women are lower than for non-Latino Whites, and below Healthy People 2020 goals. Additionally, Latinos face many health care access barriers. This study examined health care access and utilization in relation to cancer screening among low-income Latina women recruited from a high-risk area and enrolled in a navigation-plus-education intervention. METHODS: Latina women considered rarely or never screened for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer were recruited from community-based organizations and events (N = 691)...
January 1, 2017: Hispanic Health Care International: the Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164040/regional-disparity-and-factors-influencing-unmet-medical-needs-a-study-based-on-the-sixth-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2015
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Ji Hye Lim
Objectives: This study aimed to determine regional differences and the factors that affect unmet medical needs. Methods: Data from the 6th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2015) were used, and 4,946 health survey participants who provided responses on medical utilization and health behavior were included in the study. Results: A statistically significant difference was observed in the incidence rate of unmet medical needs in terms of region...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160460/polypharmacy-a-challenge-for-the-primary-health-care-of-the-brazilian-unified-health-system
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Renata Cristina Rezende Macedo do Nascimento, Juliana Álvares, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Isabel Cristina Gomes, Micheline Rosa Silveira, Ediná Alves Costa, Silvana Nair Leite, Karen Sarmento Costa, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Francisco de Assis Acurcio
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the polypharmacy in primary health care patients and to identify its associated factors. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study, part of the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos - Serviços, 2015 (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services, 2015). The variable of interest was polypharmacy, defined as the use of five or more medicines...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160451/main-characteristics-of-patients-of-primary-health-care-services-in-brazil
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Ione Aquemi Guibu, José Cássio de Moraes, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Ediná Alves Costa, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Karen Sarmento Costa, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Silvana Nair Leite, Juliana Álvares
OBJECTIVE: To characterize patients of primary health care services according to demographic and socioeconomic aspects, habits and lifestyle, health condition, and demand for health services and medicines. METHODS: This study is part of the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos - Serviços (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services), a cross-sectional study carried out between 2014 and 2015...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155612/health-reform-and-utilization-of-high-volume-hospitals-for-complex-cancer-operations
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Andrew P Loehrer, David C Chang, Zirui Song, George J Chang
PURPOSE: Underinsured patients are less likely to receive complex cancer operations at hospitals with high surgical volumes (high-volume hospitals, or HVHs), which contributes to disparities in care. To date, the impact of insurance coverage expansion on site of complex cancer surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion as a natural experiment, we searched the Hospital Cost and Utilization Project state inpatient databases for Massachusetts and control states (New York, New Jersey, and Florida) between 2001 and 2011 to evaluate changes in the utilization of HVHs for resections of bladder, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, rectal, or lung cancer after the expansion of insurance coverage...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153123/healthcare-access-among-young-adults-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-young-adults-with-hypertension
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Jing Fang, Guijing Wang, Carma Ayala, Salvatore J Lucido, Fleetwood Loustalot
INTRODUCTION: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision implemented policies to improve coverage for young adults. It is not known if it affected access to care among young adults with hypertension. METHODS: National Health Interview Survey data from 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 were used. Young adults aged 19-25 years were assessed for potential barriers to access to health care. The authors compared the percentage of each indicator of barriers to access to health care among young adults in general, as well as those with hypertension in the two time periods and estimated the AOR...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151052/prevalence-of-health-services-usage-and-associated-factors-in-the-amazon-region-of-brazil-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Maria Elizete A Araujo, Marcus T Silva, Tais F Galvao, Mauricio G Pereira
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of healthcare use and associated factors in the Manaus metropolitan region and to describe the reasons for lack of access. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population-based study. SETTING: A survey conducted between May and August of 2015 in eight cities from Manaus metropolitan region, Amazonas, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: 4001 adults ≥18 years of age. PRIMARY OUTCOMES MEASURES: Physician visits, dentist visits and hospitalisations in the last 12 months were the primary outcomes...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148324/the-impacts-of-medicaid-expansion-on-rural-low-income-adults-lessons-from-the-oregon-health-insurance-experiment
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Heidi Allen, Bill Wright, Lauren Broffman
Medicaid expansions through the Affordable Care Act began in January 2014, but we have little information about what is happening in rural areas where provider access and patient resources might be more limited. In 2008, Oregon held a lottery for restricted access to its Medicaid program for uninsured low-income adults not otherwise eligible for public coverage. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment used this opportunity to conduct the first randomized controlled study of a public insurance expansion. This analysis builds off of previous work by comparing rural and urban survey outcomes and adds qualitative interviews with 86 rural study participants for context...
January 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148321/impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-s-dependent-coverage-expansion-on-the-health-care-and-health-status-of-young-adults-what-do-we-know-so-far
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Joshua Breslau, Bradley D Stein, Bing Han, Shoshanna Shelton, Hao Yu
The dependent coverage expansion (DCE), a component of the Affordable Care Act, required private health insurance policies that cover dependents to offer coverage for policyholders' children through age 25. This review summarizes peer-reviewed research on the impact of the DCE on the chain of consequences through which it could affect public health. Specifically, we examine the impact of the DCE on insurance coverage, access to care, utilization of care, and health status. All studies find that the DCE increased insurance coverage, but evidence regarding downstream impacts is inconsistent...
December 1, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146564/breaking-health-insurance-knowledge-barriers-through-games-pilot-test-of-health-care-america
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Sara Champlin, Juli James
BACKGROUND: Having health insurance is associated with a number of beneficial health outcomes. However, previous research suggests that patients tend to avoid health insurance information and often misunderstand or lack knowledge about many health insurance terms. Health insurance knowledge is particularly low among young adults. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to design and test an interactive newsgame (newsgames are games that apply journalistic principles in their creation, for example, gathering stories to immerse the player in narratives) about health insurance...
November 16, 2017: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145740/fair-or-square-experiences-of-introducing-a-new-method-for-assessing-general-work-ability-in-a-sickness-insurance-context
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Christian Ståhl, Ida Seing, Björn Gerdle, Jan Sandqvist
PURPOSE: To study social validity and perceived fairness of a new method for assessing general work ability in a sickness insurance context. Assessments are based on self-reports, combined with examinations by physicians, and, if needed, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and/or psychologists. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Interviews with 36 insurance officials, 10 physicians, and 36 sick-listed persons, which were analysed through a qualitative content analysis...
November 16, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
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