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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821521/effectiveness-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-nested-case-control-study
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Ludovic Casanova, Sébastien Cortaredona, Jean Gaudart, Odile Launay, Philippe Vanhems, Patrick Villani, Pierre Verger
INTRODUCTION: Seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is recommended for people with diabetes, but its effectiveness has not been demonstrated. All of the available studies are observational and marred with the healthy vaccine bias, that is, bias resulting from the generally better health behaviours practised by people who choose to be vaccinated against influenza, compared with those who do not. This protocol is intended to study the effectiveness of SIV in people with treated diabetes and simultaneously to control for bias...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819982/hiv-testing-in-the-dental-setting-perspectives-and-practices-of-experienced-dental-professionals
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Carrigan L Parish, Karolynn Siegel, Terri Liguori, Stephen N Abel, Harold A Pollack, Margaret R Pereyra, Lisa R Metsch
The dental setting is a largely untapped venue to identify patients with undiagnosed HIV infection. Yet, uptake of rapid HIV testing within the dental community remains low. This study sought to better understand the experiences of dental professionals who have administered the test and how these experiences might inform efforts to promote greater uptake of rapid HIV testing in dental settings. Qualitative interviews were conducted with United States dentists (N = 37) and hygienists (N = 5) who offered rapid HIV testing in their practices...
August 18, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817319/medicaid-reimbursement-for-the-female-condom
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Susan S Witte, Colleen MacPhee, Natalie Ginsburg, Neha Deshmukh
OBJECTIVES: To examine state-level female condom use through Medicaid from 2004 to 2014, because in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed for expanded Medicaid coverage in many states, extending requirements for contraceptive care to more of the poorest women in the United States and to most women with private insurance. METHODS: We collected data via brief survey of Medicaid offices in all 50 states between March 2015 and March 2016...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813219/association-of-reference-pricing-with-drug-selection-and-spending
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James C Robinson, Christopher M Whaley, Timothy T Brown
Background In the United States, prices for therapeutically similar drugs vary widely, which has prompted efforts by public and private insurers to steer patients toward the lower-priced options. Under reference pricing, the insurer or employer establishes a maximum contribution it will make toward the price of a drug or procedure, and the patient pays the remainder. Methods We used difference-in-differences multivariable regression methods to analyze changes in prescriptions and pricing for 1302 drugs in 78 therapeutic classes in the United States, before and after implementation of reference pricing by an alliance of private employers...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812034/the-influence-of-medical-insurance-on-patient-access-to-orthopaedic-surgery-sports-medicine-appointments-under-the-affordable-care-act
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Daniel H Wiznia, Emmanuel Nwachuku, Alexander Roth, Chang-Yeon Kim, Ameya Save, Nidharshan S Anandasivam, Michael Medvecky, Richard Pelker
BACKGROUND: The goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was to expand patient access to health care. Since the rollout of the PPACA, Medicaid patients have demonstrated difficulty obtaining appointments in some specialty care settings. PURPOSE: To assess the effect of insurance type (Medicaid and private) on patient access to orthopaedic surgery sports medicine specialists for a semiurgent evaluation of a likely operative bucket-handle meniscus tear...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806926/evaluation-of-vaccination-herd-immunity-effects-for-anogenital-warts-in-a-low-coverage-setting-with-human-papillomavirus-vaccine-an-interrupted-time-series-analysis-from-2005-to-2010-using-health-insurance-data
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Kathrin Thöne, Johannes Horn, Rafael Mikolajczyk
BACKGROUND: Shortly after the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine recommendation and hence the reimbursement of vaccination costs for the respective age groups in Germany in 2007, changes in the incidence of anogenital warts (AGWs) were observed, but it was not clear at what level the incidence would stabilize and to what extent herd immunity would be present. Given the relatively low HPV vaccination coverage in Germany, we aimed to assess potential vaccination herd immunity effects in the German setting...
August 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804864/prescription-and-indication-for-oral-nutritional-supplements-in-a-swiss-university-hospital-a-prospective-survey
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Julie Mareschal, Jean Altwegg, Dimitri Berthet, Marinette Chikhi, Pierre Chopard, Séverine Graf, Christian Sierro, Claude Pichard, Laurence Genton
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Patients with an acute or chronically negative nutritional balance are at nutritional risk. Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) are simple and effective medical treatments of nutritional risk. In the ambulatory setting, in Switzerland, ONS are reimbursed by public insurance under conditions defined by Swiss Society for Clinical Nutrition. The reimbursement requires a medical prescription for ONS and their delivery at the patient's home by a homecare service. The indication for the ONS, defined as a Nutritional Risk Screening-2002 (NRS-2002) score ≥3, must also be present...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803074/hospice-palliative-care-development-in-hungary
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Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Katalin Muszbek
During the past 25 years many developmental steps have occurred in Hungary in palliative care. Further education and service development is needed to provide a quality palliative care for all the Hungarian people. Hungary has a universal health care system with a developed infrastructure. The first Hungarian hospice team started in 1991. At that time the concept of hospice care was unknown. Symptom control and psychosocial support for the dying patient was inadequate. The regulatory framework was based on the 1997 Health Care Act which was followed by significant palliative care legislation including documents on the legal requirements for palliative care (2004)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801849/bevacizumab-in-colorectal-cancer-current-role-in-treatment-and-the-potential-of-biosimilars
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Lee S Rosen, Ira A Jacobs, Ronald L Burkes
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of tumor-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, with mortality most often attributable to metastatic disease. Bevacizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor, has a significant role in the treatment of metastatic CRC (mCRC). However, patient access to bevacizumab may be limited in some regions or circumstances, owing to factors related to insurance coverage, reimbursement, patient out-of-pocket costs, or availability. As a result, outcomes for patients with mCRC may be worsened...
August 11, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799159/-the-japanese-health-care-system-an-analysis-of-the-funding-and-reimbursement-system
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Alexis Rump, Oliver Schöffski
Objective The modern Japanese health care system was established during the Meiji period (1868-1912) using the example of Germany. In this paper, the funding and remuneration of health services and products in Japan are described. The focus lies on the mechanisms used to implement health policy goals and to control costs. Method Selective literature search. Results All permanent residents in Japan are enrolled in one of more than 3,000 compulsory health funds. Employees and public servants are covered through company or government-related health insurance schemes...
August 10, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795868/management-and-cost-analysis-of-cancer-patients-treated-with-g-csf-a-cohort-study-based-on-the-french-national-healthcare-insurance-database
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Patrick Tilleul, William Jacot, Corinne Emery, Antoine Lafuma, Julie Gourmelen
OBJECTIVES: To describe the management and costs associated with G-CSF therapy in cancer patients in France. METHODS: We analyzed a representative random population sample from the French national healthcare insurance database, focusing on 1,612 patients with hematological or solid malignancies who were reimbursed in 2013 or 2014 for at least one G-CSF treatment dispensed in a retail pharmacy. Patient characteristics and treatment costs were analyzed according to the type of cancer...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794648/cost-analysis-of-adverse-events-associated-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-management-in-france
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Christos Chouaid, Delphine Loirat, Emilie Clay, Aurélie Millier, Chloé Godard, Amira Fannan, Laurie Lévy-Bachelot, Eric Angevin
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) related to medical treatments in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are frequent and need an appropriate costing in health economic models. Nevertheless, data on costs associated with AEs in NSCLC are scarce, particularly since the development of immunotherapy with specific immune-related AEs. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the costs of grades 3 and 4 AEs related to NSCLC treatments including immunotherapy in France. METHODS: Grades 3 and 4 AEs related to treatment and reported in at least 1% of patients in Phase III clinical trials for erlotinib, ramucirumab plus docetaxel, docetaxel, pemetrexed plus carboplatin plus bevacizumab, platinum-based chemotherapies, nivolumab and pembrolizumab were identified...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783811/social-determinants-of-health-in-managed-care-payment-formulas
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Arlene S Ash, Eric O Mick, Randall P Ellis, Catarina I Kiefe, Jeroan J Allison, Melissa A Clark
Importance: Managed care payment formulas commonly allocate more money for medically complex populations, but ignore most social determinants of health (SDH). Objective: To add SDH variables to a diagnosis-based payment formula that allocates funds to managed care plans and accountable care organizations. Design, Setting, and Participants: Using data from MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, we estimated regression models predicting Medicaid spending using a diagnosis-based and SDH-expanded model, and compared the accuracy of their cost predictions overall and for vulnerable populations...
August 7, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771878/national-trends-in-use-and-costs-of-oral-anticancer-drugs-in-france-an-8-year-population-based-study
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Pauline Bosco-Lévy, Paul de Boissieu, Amandine Gouverneur, Pernelle Noize, Mathieu Molimard, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Julien Bezin
PURPOSE: During the last decade, many oral anticancer drugs (OAcDs) have been marketed, providing interesting but potentially costly pharmaceutical alternatives to intravenous treatments. This study aims to provide updated information on their use and costs. METHODS: A cross-sectional yearly repeated study was conducted from 2006 to 2014 using the representative sample of the French national health care insurance system claims database (EGB). OAcD use was described for each year, among prevalent (ie, patients with at least 1 OAcD reimbursement) and incident users (ie, patients with no OAcD reimbursement within the prior year) and according to their pharmacological classes (Hormone Therapy [HT], Cytotoxic Therapy [CT], Targeted Therapy [TT], and others)...
August 3, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771602/affordable-care-act-and-healthcare-delivery-a-comparison-of-california-and-florida-hospitals-and-emergency-departments
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Monique T Barakat, Aditi Mithal, Robert J Huang, Alka Mithal, Amrita Sehgal, Subhas Banerjee, Gurkirpal Singh
IMPORTANCE: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded access to health insurance for millions of Americans, but the impact of Medicaid expansion on healthcare delivery and utilization remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To determine the early impact of the Medicaid expansion component of ACA on hospital and ED utilization in California, a state that implemented the Medicaid expansion component of ACA and Florida, a state that did not. DESIGN: Analyze all ED encounters and hospitalizations in California and Florida from 2009 to 2014 and evaluate trends by payer and diagnostic category...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767586/association-between-hemorrhoid-and-risk-of-coronary-heart-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Shih-Sheng Chang, Fung-Chang Sung, Cheng-Li Lin, Wei-Syun Hu
The purpose of the study was to address the association between hemorrhoid and the subsequent risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) development.This retrospective cohort study used reimbursement claims data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 in Taiwan. Thirty-three thousand thirty-four patients with hemorrhoids and 132,136 age-, gender-, and index year matched controls between 2000 and 2010 were identified. Cox model was performed to estimate the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of CHD development for the hemorrhoid cohort compared with the nonhemorrhoid cohort...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767414/real-world-experience-of-afatinib-as-a-first-line-therapy-for-advanced-egfr-mutation-positive-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Sheng-Kai Liang, Min-Shu Hsieh, Meng-Rui Lee, Li-Ta Keng, Jen-Chung Ko, Jin-Yuan Shih
We evaluated the real-world efficacy and side effects of afatinib as a first-line therapy for advanced EGFR mutation-positive lung adenocarcinoma. The medical records of patients receiving afatinib as a first-line therapy after National Health Insurance reimbursement between May 2014 and January 2016 were reviewed, and information on patient characteristics and treatment courses were collected consecutively. Rebiopsy tissue was collected for EGFR mutation and MET amplification analyses. MET amplification was detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry...
July 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756037/value-of-a-national-administrative-database-to-guide-public-decisions-from-the-syst%C3%A3-me-national-d-information-interr%C3%A3-gimes-de-l-assurance-maladie-sniiram-to-the-syst%C3%A3-me-national-des-donn%C3%A3-es-de-sant%C3%A3-snds-in-france
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REVIEW
P Tuppin, J Rudant, P Constantinou, C Gastaldi-Ménager, A Rachas, L de Roquefeuil, G Maura, H Caillol, A Tajahmady, J Coste, C Gissot, A Weill, A Fagot-Campagna
In 1999, French legislators asked health insurance funds to develop a système national d'information interrégimes de l'Assurance Maladie (SNIIRAM) [national health insurance information system] in order to more precisely determine and evaluate health care utilization and health care expenditure of beneficiaries. These data, based on almost 66 million inhabitants in 2015, have already been the subject of numerous international publications on various topics: prevalence and incidence of diseases, patient care pathways, health status and health care utilization of specific populations, real-life use of drugs, assessment of adverse effects of drugs or other health care procedures, monitoring of national health insurance expenditure, etc...
July 26, 2017: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755097/provider-experiences-with-chronic-care-management-ccm-services-and-fees-a-qualitative-research-study
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Ann S O'Malley, Rumin Sarwar, Rosalind Keith, Patrick Balke, Sai Ma, Nancy McCall
BACKGROUND: Support for ongoing care management and coordination between office visits for patients with multiple chronic conditions has been inadequate. In January 2015, Medicare introduced the Chronic Care Management (CCM) payment policy, which reimburses providers for CCM activities for Medicare beneficiaries occurring outside of office visits. OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences, facilitators, and challenges of practices providing CCM services, and their implications going forward...
July 28, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754790/the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-implications-for-nephrology
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Eugene Lin, Thomas MaCurdy, Jay Bhattacharya
In response to rising Medicare costs, Congress passed the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act in 2015. The law fundamentally changes the way that health care providers are reimbursed by implementing a pay for performance system that rewards providers for high-value health care. As of the beginning of 2017, providers will be evaluated on quality and in later years, cost as well. High-quality, cost-efficient providers will receive bonuses in reimbursement, and low-quality, expensive providers will be penalized financially...
July 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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