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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338515/surgeon-participation-in-early-accountable-care-organizations
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Matthew J Resnick, Amy J Graves, Melinda B Buntin, Michael R Richards, David F Penson
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to characterize the landscape of surgeon participation in early accountable care organizations (ACOs) and to identify specialty-, organization-, and market-specific factors associated with ACO participation. BACKGROUND: Despite rapid deployment of alternative payment models (APMs), little is known about the prevalence of surgeon participation, and key drivers behind surgeon participation in APMs. METHODS: Using data from SK&A, a research firm, we evaluated the near universe of US practices to characterize ACO participation among 125,425 US surgeons in 2015...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333869/macra-a-new-age-for-physician-payments
#2
Kent Kwasind Huston
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 introduced a new system of physician payments in the United States. This legislation and the complex rules written to enact the law intend to force a shift away from volume-based payments and into so called value-based payments. Physicians and other clinicians will be graded via quality and cost metrics and payments will be adjusted based on performance. Robust use of certified electronic health records is required under MACRA. Physicians will follow one of two payment reform tracks known as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM) pathways...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306149/medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-what-do-geriatrics-healthcare-professionals-need-to-know-about-the-quality-payment-program
#3
Kathleen T Unroe, Peter A Hollmann, Alanna C Goldstein, Michael L Malone
Commencing in 2017, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 will change how Medicare pays health professionals. By enacting MACRA, Congress brought an end to the (un)sustainable growth rate formula while also setting forth a vision for how to transform the U.S. healthcare system so that clinicians deliver higher-quality care with smarter spending by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In October 2016, CMS released the first of what stakeholders anticipate will be a number of (annual) rules related to implementation of MACRA...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298130/advanced-apms-and-the-emerging-role-of-immuno-oncology-agents-balancing-innovation-and-value
#4
Michael V Seiden, Marcus Neubauer, Diana Verrilli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292752/fascicular-ventricular-tachycardia-originating-from-papillary-muscles-purkinje-network-involvement-in-the-reentrant-circuit
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Yuki Komatsu, Akihiko Nogami, Kenji Kurosaki, Itsuro Morishima, Keita Masuda, Tomoya Ozawa, Takashi Kaneshiro, Yuichi Hanaki, Yasutoshi Shinoda, Ahmed Karim Talib, Shinya Kowase, Yukio Sekiguchi, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Verapamil-sensitive fascicular ventricular tachycardia (FVT) has been demonstrated to be a reentrant mechanism using the Purkinje network as a part of its reentrant circuit. Although the papillary muscles (PMs) are implicated in arrhythmogenic structure, reentrant FVT originating from the PMs has not been well defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 13 patients in whom FVT was successfully eliminated by ablation at the posterior PMs (n=8; PPM-FVT) and anterior PMs (n=5; APM-FVT)...
March 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287848/immunomodulating-and-immunoresistance-properties-of-cancer-initiating-cells-implications-for-the-clinical-success-of-immunotherapy
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Cristina Maccalli, Giorgio Parmiani, Soldano Ferrone
Cancer-initiating cells (CICs) represent a relatively rare subpopulation of cells endowed with self-renewal, stemness properties, tumorigenicity in immunodeficient mice, and resistance to standard therapies as well as to immunotherapy. Here, we review the biological and immunological characteristics of CICs with special focus on the immunomodulating mechanisms they utilize to escape from immunosurveillance. The recently developed immunotherapeutic strategies have yielded remarkable clinical results in many types of tumors, indicating that indeed a patient's immune system can mount an immune response, which is effective in controlling tumor growth...
March 13, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273319/cross-sectional-evaluation-of-an-internet-based-hearing-screening-test-in-an-occupational-setting
#7
Marya Sheikh Rashid, Monique Cj Leensen, Jan Apm de Laat, Wouter A Dreschler
Objectives The Occupational Earcheck (OEC) is an online internet test to detect high-frequency hearing loss for the purposes of occupational hearing screening. In this study, we evaluated the OEC in an occupational setting in order to assess test sensitivity, specificity, and validity. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015, in which the optimized OEC was evaluated on 94 employees from the army and three different companies in construction and manufacturing. Subjects underwent OEC in an office-like room...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272277/value-based-payment-reform-and-the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-macra-of-2015-a-primer-for-plastic-surgeons
#8
Lee Squitieri, Kevin C Chung
In 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which effectively repealed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and established the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP). MACRA represents an unparalleled acceleration toward value-based payment models and a departure from traditional volume-driven fee-for-service reimbursement. The QPP includes two paths for provider participation: the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs)...
March 6, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188349/on-line-dynamic-extraction-system-hyphenated-to-inductively-coupled-plasma-optical-emission-spectrometry-for-automatic-determination-of-oral-bioaccessible-trace-metal-fractions-in-airborne-particulate-matter
#9
Victoria Mohr, Manuel Miró, Andreas Limbeck
For a realistic evaluation of the potential hazard emanating from airborne particulate matter (APM), the determination of the total inhaled metal amounts associated with APM is insufficient in risk assessment. Additional information about metal fractions that can be mobilized by the human body is necessary, because only those soluble (also called bioaccessible) fractions can be absorbed by the human body, and thus potentially cause adverse health effects. In the present study, a dynamic flow-through approach as a front end to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) exploiting advanced flow analysis is employed for on-line handling of multiple APM samples and determination of bioaccessible trace metals under worst case extraction scenarios...
February 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186624/adverse-events-associated-with-antipsychotic-use-in-hospitalized-older-adults-after-cardiac-surgery
#10
Dae H Kim, Krista F Huybrechts, Elisabetta Patorno, Edward R Marcantonio, Yoonyoung Park, Raisa Levin, Abdurrahman Abdurrob, Brian T Bateman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate in-hospital adverse events associated with typical and atypical antipsychotic medications (APMs) after cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nationwide inpatient database, 2003 to 14. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals (mean age 70) newly treated with oral atypical (n = 2,580) or typical (n = 1,126 APMs) after coronary artery bypass grafting or valve surgery (N = 3,706). MEASUREMENTS: In-hospital mortality, arrhythmia, pneumonia, use of brain imaging (surrogate for oversedation and neurological events), and length of stay after drug initiation RESULTS: In the propensity score-matched cohort, median treatment duration was 3 days (interquartile range (IQR) 1-6 days) for atypical APMs and 2 days (IQR 1-3 days) for typical APMs...
February 10, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156446/acute-pain-management-in-radiation-oncology-quality-of-care-and-the-impact-of-an-integrated-palliative-oncology-service
#11
Tracy A Balboni, Steve E Braunstein, Shannon E Fogh, Wendy Anderson, Steve Pantilat, Allison Taylor, Alexander Spektor, Monica Shalini Krishnan, Daphne A Haas-Kogan, Lauren Michelle Hertan
195 Background: Radiotherapy (RT) effectively palliates bone metastases, but relief may take weeks, frequently necessitating acute pain management (APM). NCCN Guidelines for Adult Cancer Pain (V2.2015) recommend initiation/titration of analgesics for patients with pain scale value (PSV) ≥ 4. We sought to evaluate how often symptomatic patients have analgesic regimens assessed and intervened upon at radiation oncology (RO) consult for bone metastases, and the impact of a dedicated palliative RO service on APM...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132819/macra-alternative-payment-models-and%C3%A2-the-physician-focused-payment-model-implications-for-radiology
#12
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Gregory N Nicola, Bibb Allen, Danny R Hughes, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 describes alternative payment models (APMs) as new approaches to health care payment that incentivize higher quality and value. MACRA incentivizes increasing APM participation by all physician specialties over the coming years. Some APMs will be deemed Advanced APMs; clinicians who are a Qualifying Participant in an Advanced APM will receive substantial benefits under MACRA including an automatic 5% payment bonus, regardless of their performance and savings within the APM, and a larger payment rate increase beginning in 2026...
January 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122506/variation-in-use-of-antipsychotic-medications-in-nursing-homes-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review
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Hannah Cioltan, Samah Alshehri, Carol Howe, Jeannie Lee, Mindy Fain, Howard Eng, Kenneth Schachter, Jane Mohler
BACKGROUND: The use of antipsychotic medications (APMs) in nursing home residents in the U.S. is an increasingly prominent issue and has been associated with increased risk of hospitalization, cardiovascular events, hip fractures, and mortality, among other adverse health events. The Food and Drug Administration has placed a black box warning on these drugs, specifying that they are not meant for residents with dementia, and has asked providers to review their treatment plans. The purpose of this systematic PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses)-based review was to summarize original research studies on facility level characteristics contributing to the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes across the United States, in order to investigate the variation of use...
January 26, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120494/retraction-statement-microrna-218-increases-cellular-sensitivity-to-rapamycin-via-targeting-rictor-in-cervical-cancer-by-li-j-wang-j-wang-y-qiu-h
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The above article from APMIS, published online on 24 April 2015 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) and in Volume 123, pp. 562-570, has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editors in Chief, Professors Bodil Norrild, Ben Vainer and Elisabeth Ralfkiaer, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The article has been retracted due to errors in the reported results. In this study, the authors used HeLa and SiHa cell lines to investigate the biological roles of miR-218. However, subsequently it emerged that the two cell lines were contaminated in the laboratory by other unknown cell lines...
2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115294/functional-pig-peritoneum-derived-acellular-matrix-combining-microfracture-for-cartilage-repair-in-rabbit-models
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Qingyang Meng, Xiaoqing Hu, Hongjie Huang, Zhenlong Liu, Lan Yuan, Zhenxing Shao, Yanfang Jiang, Jiying Zhang, Xin Fu, Xiaoning Duan, Yingfang Ao
Due to the avascular and hypocellular nature of cartilage, the repair of articular cartilage defects within synovial joints still poses a significant clinical challenge. To promote neocartilage properties, we established a functional scaffold named APM-E7 by conjugating a bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) affinity peptide (E7) onto the acellular peritoneum matrix (APM). During in vitro culture, the APM-E7 scaffold can support better proliferation as well as better differentiation into chondrocytes of BM-MSCs...
January 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113395/optimizing-acoustic-activation-of-phase-change-contrast-agents-with-the-activation-pressure-matching-method-a-review
#16
Juan D Rojas, Paul A Dayton
Sub-micron phase-change contrast agents consist of a liquid perfluorocarbon core that can be vaporized by ultrasound (acoustic droplet vaporization) to generate contrast with excellent spatial and temporal control. When these agents, commonly referred to as nanodroplets, are formulated with cores of low boiling-point perfluorocarbons such as decafluorobutane and octafluoropropane, they can be activated with lowmechanical index imaging pulses for diagnostic applications. Since the utilization of minimum mechanical index is often desirable to avoid unnecessary biological effects, enabling consistent activation of these agents in an acoustic field is a challenge because the energy that must be delivered to achieve the vaporization threshold increases with depth due to attenuation...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099071/an-observational-study-of-provider-perspectives-on-alternative-payment-models
#17
Drew Harris, Katherine Puskarz
Over the past decade, reimbursement in the US health care system has undergone rapid transformation. The Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act are some of the many changes challenging traditional modes of practice and raising concerns about practitioners' ability to adapt. Recently, physician satisfaction was proposed as an addition to the Triple Aim in acknowledgment of how the physician's attitude can affect outcomes. To understand how physicians perceive alternative payment models (APMs) and how those perceptions may vary by their organizational role, non-leader physicians (N = 31), physician leaders (N = 67), and health system leaders (N = 49) were surveyed using a mixed-methods approach...
January 18, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081169/assessment-of-a-96-well-plate-assay-of-quantitative-drug-susceptibility-testing-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-china
#18
Hui Xia, Yang Zheng, Bing Zhao, Susan van den Hof, Frank Cobelens, YanLin Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the Sensitire MYCOTB MIC Plate (MYCOTB) which could measure the twelve anti-tuberculosis drugs susceptibility on one 96-wells plate. METHODS: A total of 140 MDR-TB strains and 60 non-MDR strains were sub-cultured and 193 strains were finally tested for drug resistance using MYCOTB and agar proportion method (APM) and another 7 strains failed of subculture. The drugs included ofloxacin (Ofx), moxifloxacin (Mfx), rifampin (RFP), amikacin (Am), rifabutin (Rfb), para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS), ethionamide (Eth), isoniazid (INH), kanamycin (Km), ethambutol (EMB), streptomycin (Sm), and cycloserine(Cs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072793/merit-based-incentive-payment-system-meaningful-changes-in-the-final-rule-brings-cautious-optimism
#19
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Aaron K Calodney, Joshua A Hirsch
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) eliminated the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) act formula - a longstanding crucial issue of concern for health care providers and Medicare beneficiaries. MACRA also included a quality improvement program entitled, "The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS." The proposed rule of MIPS sought to streamline existing federal quality efforts and therefore linked 4 distinct programs into one. Three existing programs, meaningful use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), value-based payment (VBP) system were merged with the addition of Clinical Improvement Activity category...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068758/strontium-doped-amorphous-calcium-phosphate-porous-microspheres-synthesized-through-a-microwave-hydrothermal-method-using-fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-as-an-organic-phosphorus-source-application-in-drug-delivery-and-enhanced-bone-regeneration
#20
Weilin Yu, Tuan-Wei Sun, Chao Qi, Zhenyu Ding, Huakun Zhao, Feng Chen, Daoyun Chen, Ying-Jie Zhu, Zhongmin Shi, Yaohua He
Nanostructured calcium phosphate porous microspheres are of great potential in drug delivery and bone regeneration due to their large specific surface area, biocompatibility, and similarity to inorganic component of osseous tissue. In this work, strontium (Sr)-doped amorphous calcium phosphate porous microspheres (SrAPMs) were synthesized through a microwave-hydrothermal method using fructose 1,6-bisphosphate trisodium salt as the source of phosphate ions. The SrAPMs showed a mesoporous structure and a relatively high specific area...
February 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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