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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351118/how-will-repealing-the-aca-affect-medicaid-impact-on-health-care-coverage-delivery-and-payment
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Sara Rosenbaum, Sara Rothenberg, Sara Schmucker, Rachel Gunsalus, J. Zoë Beckerman
ISSUE: The Affordable Care Act enhanced Medicaid's role as a health care purchaser by expanding eligibility and broadening the range of tools and strategies available to states. All states have embraced delivery and payment reform as basic elements of their programs. GOAL: To examine the effects of reducing the size and scope of Medicaid under legislation to repeal the ACA. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: Were the ACA's Medicaid expansion to be eliminated and were federal Medicaid funding to experience major reductions through block grants or per capita caps, the effects on system transformation would be significant...
March 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350948/bending-the-cost-curve-establishing-value-in-spine-surgery
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Scott L Parker, Silky Chotai, Clinton J Devin, Lindsay Tetreault, Thomas E Mroz, Darrel S Brodke, Michael G Fehlings, Matthew J McGirt
BACKGROUND: As publically promoted by all stakeholders in health care reform, prospective outcomes registry platforms lie at the center of all current evidence-driven value-based models. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the variability in outcomes and cost at population level and individual patient level for patients undergoing spine surgery for degenerative diseases. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of prospective longitudinal spine registry data was conducted...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350939/the-advancing-role-of-neuromodulation-for-the-management-of-chronic-treatment-refractory-pain
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Mohammed F Shamji, Cecile De Vos, Ashwini Sharan
Neuropathic pain is a common cause of disability and health care utilization. While judicious pharmacotherapy and management of comorbid psychological distress can provide for improved quality of life, some patients with treatment-refractory disease require more invasive therapies. Spinal cord stimulation can provide for improvement in pain and decrease in medication utilization, with level 1 evidence supporting its use across various pain etiologies including persistent postoperative neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic inoperable limb ischemia, treatment refractory angina, and painful diabetic neuropathy...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350757/acupuncture-for-menopausal-hot-flashes-clinical-evidence-update-and-its-relevance-to-decision-making
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Carolyn Ee, Simon D French, Charlie C Xue, Marie Pirotta, Helena Teede
OBJECTIVE: There is conflicting evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes. This article synthesizes the best available evidence for when women are considering whether acupuncture might be useful for menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. RESULTS: The overall evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is effective when compared with no treatment, but not efficacious compared with sham...
March 27, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350430/insurance-coverage-access-to-care-and-medical-debt-since-the-aca-a-look-at-california-florida-new-york-and-texas
#5
Munira Z Gunja, Sara R Collins, Michelle McEvoy Doty, Sophie Beutel
ISSUE: The Affordable Care Act has significantly increased health insurance coverage and access to care among U.S. adults nationwide. However, the law gives states flexibility in implementing certain provisions, leading to wide variations between states in consumers’ experiences. GOAL: To examine the differences in insurance coverage, access to care, and medical bill problems in the four largest states—California, Florida, New York, and Texas—all of which have made different choices in implementing the law...
March 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346948/putting-patients-first-by-reducing-administrative-tasks-in-health-care-a-position-paper-of-the-american-college-of-physicians
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Shari M Erickson, Brooke Rockwern, Michelle Koltov, Robert McLean
This American College of Physicians (ACP) position paper, initiated and written by ACP's Medical Practice and Quality Committee and approved by the Board of Regents on 21 January 2017, reports policy recommendations to address the issue of administrative tasks to mitigate or eliminate their adverse effects on physicians, their patients, and the health care system as a whole. The paper outlines a cohesive framework for analyzing administrative tasks through several lenses to better understand any given task that a clinician and his or her staff may be required to perform...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346623/family-medicine-maternity-care-call-to-action-moving-toward-national-standards-for-training-and-competency-assessment
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Susanna R Magee, W Suzanne Eidson-Ton, Larry Leeman, Michael Tuggy, Thomas O Kim, Melissa Nothnagle, Joseph Breuner, Mark Loafman
Maternity care is an integral part of family medicine, and the quality and cost-effectiveness of maternity care provided by family physicians is well documented. Considering the population health perspective, increasing the number of family physicians competent to provide maternity care is imperative, as is working to overcome the barriers discouraging maternity care practice. A standard that clearly defines maternity care competency and a systematic set of tools to assess competency levels could help overcome these barriers...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345683/-workplace-health-promotion-in-poland-in-2015-diagnosis-based-on-a-representative-survey-of-companies-employing-more-than-50-employees
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Krzysztof Puchalski, Elżbieta Korzeniowska
BACKGROUND: The workplace health promotion (WHP) activity of enterprises in Poland was examined. The findings referred to how many companies implemented non-obligatory actions for health and what actions were taken, what were the reasons and obstacles in the implementation, whether companies evaluated their activity, how they motivated staff to WHP, and whether the size and economic standing differentiated their activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Representative survey, consisted of computer assisted telephone interviews with delegates of the boards of 1000 companies employing > 50 employees, held in November-December 2015...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345498/the-effects-of-payments-for-pharmaceuticals-a-systematic-literature-review
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Katarzyna Kolasa, Marta Kowalczyk
The existence of different forms of out-of-pocket payments (OOPs) for pharmaceuticals across the globe provokes the question whether they can achieve more negative or positive consequences. A systematic literature review was conducted to assess the association between drug cost sharing and health care services utilization, health care costs as well as health outcomes. Studies published in The Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase were searched with such keywords as: drug, pharmaceutical, cost sharing, out of pocket, co-payments paired with the following: impact, health outcomes, health care costs and utilization...
March 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345481/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-implementing-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-programme-in-critical-care-units
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Jesus Ruiz-Ramos, Juan Frasquet, Eva Romá, Jose Luis Poveda-Andres, Miguel Salavert-Leti, Alvaro Catellanos, Paula Ramirez
AIMS: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programme implementation focused on critical care units based on assumptions for the Spanish setting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A decision model comparing costs and outcomes of sepsis, community-acquired pneumonia, and nosocomial infections (including catheter-related bacteremia, urinary tract infection, and ventilator-associated pneumonia) in critical care units with or without an AS was designed...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345444/budgetary-impact-of-cabazitaxel-use-after-docetaxel-treatment-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Kyle Flannery, Ed Drea, Louis Hudspeth, Shelby Corman, Xin Gao, Mei Xue, Raymond Miao
BACKGROUND: With the approval of several new treatments for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), budgetary impact is a concern for health plan decision makers. Budget impact models (BIMs) are becoming a requirement in many countries as part of formulary approval or reimbursement decisions. Cabazitaxel is a second-generation taxane developed to overcome resistance to docetaxel and is approved for the treatment of patients with mCRPC previously treated with a docetaxel-containing regimen...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345443/economic-burden-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea-retrospective-analysis-of-a-u-s-commercially-insured-population
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
BACKGROUND: The economic burden associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate total annual all-cause, gastrointestinal (GI)-related, and symptom-related (i.e., IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain) health care resource use and costs among IBS-D patients in a U.S. commercially insured population and (b) estimate incremental all-cause health care costs of IBS-D patients versus matched controls. METHODS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years with 12 months of continuous medical and pharmacy benefit eligibility in 2013 were identified from the Truven Health MarketScan research database...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345441/prevalence-and-cost-of-subsequent-fractures-among-u-s-patients-with-an-incident-fracture
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Jessica Weaver, Shiva Sajjan, E Michael Lewiecki, Steven T Harris, Panagiotis Marvos
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and cost of subsequent fractures among patients with an incident fracture are not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of, and costs associated with, subsequent fractures in the year after an incident fracture. METHODS: This was a retrospective claims database analysis using data from Humana Medicare Advantage claims (Medicare group) and Optum Insight Clinformatics Data Mart commercial claims (commercial group)...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345440/the-economic-burden-of-opioid-abuse-updated-findings
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Noam Y Kirson, Lauren M Scarpati, Caroline J Enloe, Aliya P Dincer, Howard G Birnbaum, Tracy J Mayne
BACKGROUND: Opioid pain relievers can be highly effective in providing relief for patients suffering from pain. At the same time, prescription opioid abuse, dependence, overdose, and poisoning (hereinafter "abuse") have become a national public health concern. Opioid abuse is also costly: previous estimates of the annual excess costs of opioid abuse to payers range from approximately $10,000 to $20,000 per patient. OBJECTIVES: To (a) provide a comprehensive, current estimate of the economic burden of opioid abuse to commercial payers and (b) explore the drivers of these excess costs of abuse...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345437/clinical-profile-dosing-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-primary-immune-deficiency-patients-treated-at-home-with-immunoglobulin-g-data-from-the-ideal-patient-registry
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Sean Kearns, Loretta Kristofek, William Bolgar, Luqman Seidu, Samantha Kile
BACKGROUND: Patients with primary immune deficiency (PID) often require immunoglobulin G (IgG, commonly referred to as Ig) replacement therapy to prevent infections and associated comorbidities. Ig therapy can be given either through intravenous or subcutaneous routes, and both can be done in the home setting. There is limited information available on the real-world diagnosis, management, and outcomes of this patient population, given the variable disease presentation and treatment options...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345436/characterizing-health-care-utilization-direct-costs-and-comorbidities-associated-with-interstitial-cystitis-a-retrospective-claims-analysis
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Amy Tung, Zsolt Hepp, Aasthaa Bansal, Emily Beth Devine
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a debilitating condition that affects up to 5% of the U.S. POPULATION: This condition is characterized by bladder pain, urinary urgency and frequency, nocturia, and, in some patients, bladder lesions called Hunner's lesions (HL). IC patients who have HL experience a clinical course that is distinct from those without HL and, as a result, respond differently to existing treatments. Without effective and lasting therapeutic options, IC patients are expected to experience a reduced quality of life and be a significant economic burden...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345434/effect-of-diabetes-treatment-related-attributes-on-costs-to-type-2-diabetes-patients-in-a-real-world-population
#17
Jie Meng, Roman Casciano, Yi-Chien Lee, Lee Stern, Dmitry Gultyaev, Liyue Tong, Brice Kitio-Dschassi
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) results in a substantial economic burden on patients, health care systems, and society. Most literature assessing the cost of T2DM focuses on the long-term complications of the disease, the association between glucose control and cost, and patient characteristics resulting in poor and costly outcomes. However, it is likely that attributes specific to diabetes therapy can affect the use of costly resources. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the effect of diabetes treatment-related attributes, such as improved efficacy, adherence, and reduced risk for hypoglycemia, on costs to T2DM patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345371/ewma-document-negative-pressure-wound-therapy
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Jan Apelqvist, Christian Willy, Ann-Mari Fagerdahl, Marco Fraccalvieri, Malin Malmsjö, Alberto Piaggesi, Astrid Probst, Peter Vowden
1. Introduction Since its introduction in clinical practice in the early 1990's negative pressure wounds therapy (NPWT) has become widely used in the management of complex wounds in both inpatient and outpatient care.(1) NPWT has been described as a effective treatment for wounds of many different aetiologies(2,3) and suggested as a gold standard for treatment of wounds such as open abdominal wounds,(4-6) dehisced sternal wounds following cardiac surgery(7,8) and as a valuable agent in complex non-healing wounds...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345326/patient-linked-factors-associated-with-delayed-reporting-of-oral-and-pharyngeal-carcinoma-among-patients-attending-national-cancer-institute-maharagama-sri-lanka
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Laurence Shreenikumari Alahapperuma, Eshani Anoja Fernando
Background: Diagnosis of cancer at an early stage improves prognosis following treatment. Unfortunately a large proportion of oral and pharyngeal cancer patients are diagnosed at late stages which require radical treatment with considerable morbidity and mortality. Many researchers have examined different types of delay that could occur between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. The objective of this research was to identify patient-linked delays between the time of first noticing symptoms and definitive diagnosis, and its association with the stage at diagnosis among oral and pharyngeal carcinoma patients attending the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Sri Lanka...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344735/parental-influences-and-the-relationship-to-their-children-s-physical-activity-levels
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Nathan A Chiarlitti, Angela M Kolen
Engaging in a physically active lifestyle relates positively to current health and reduces chances of chronic diseases in the future. Given escalating health care costs, it is paramount to reduce illnesses associated with a lack of physical activity and thus critical to identify factors that influence physical activity - especially in children, with the opportunity for a lifetime impact. One of these influencing factors may be parents/guardians. The intent of this study was to examine the relationship between children's physical activity levels and parental factors including parental physical activity, support/encouragement, restrictiveness, and self-reported participation...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
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