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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913940/cost-analysis-and-cost-benefit-analysis-of-a-medication-review-with-follow-up-service-in-aged-polypharmacy-patients
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Amaia Malet-Larrea, Estíbaliz Goyenechea, Miguel A Gastelurrutia, Begoña Calvo, Victoria García-Cárdenas, Juan M Cabases, Aránzazu Noain, Fernando Martínez-Martínez, Daniel Sabater-Hernández, Shalom I Benrimoj
BACKGROUND: Drug related problems have a significant clinical and economic burden on patients and the healthcare system. Medication review with follow-up (MRF) is a professional pharmacy service aimed at improving patient's health outcomes through an optimization of the medication. OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the economic impact of the MRF service provided in community pharmacies to aged polypharmacy patients comparing MRF with usual care, by undertaking a cost analysis and a cost-benefit analysis...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911293/care-plan-improvement-in-nursing-homes-an-integrative-review
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Elena Mariani, Rabih Chattat, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Raymond Koopmans, Yvonne Engels
BACKGROUND: Care planning nowadays is a key activity in the provision of services to nursing home residents. A care plan describes the residents' needs and the actions to address them, providing both individualized and standardized interventions and should be updated as changes in the residents' conditions occur. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to identify the core elements of the implementation of changes in nursing homes' care plans, by providing an overview of the type of stakeholders involved, describing the implementation strategies used, and exploring how care plans changed...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910827/an-improved-asymmetric-gradient-coil-design-for-high-resolution-mri-head-imaging
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Fangfang Tang, Feng Liu, Fabio Freschi, Yu Li, Maurizio Repetto, Luca Giaccone, Yaohui Wang, Stuart Crozier
For head magnetic resonance imaging, local gradient coils are often used to achieve high solution images. To accommodate the human head and shoulder, the head gradient coils are usually designed in an asymmetric configuration, allowing the region-of-uniformity (ROU) close to the coil's patient end. However, the asymmetric configuration leads to technical difficulties in maintaining a high gradient performance for the insertable head coil with very limited space. In this work, we present a practical design configuration of an asymmetric insertable gradient head coil offering an improved performance...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905815/medicare-program-merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-and-alternative-payment-model-apm-incentive-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-criteria-for-physician-focused-payment-models-final-rule-with-comment-period
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repeals the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology for updates to the physician fee schedule (PFS) and replaces it with a new approach to payment called the Quality Payment Program that rewards the delivery of high-quality patient care through two avenues: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for eligible clinicians or groups under the PFS. This final rule with comment period establishes incentives for participation in certain alternative payment models (APMs) and includes the criteria for use by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) in making comments and recommendations on physician-focused payment models (PFPMs)...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903352/-using-the-concept-of-universal-health-coverage-to-promote-the-health-system-reform-in-china
#5
S L Hu
The paper is systematically explained the definition, contents of universal health coverage (UHC). Universal health coverage calls for all people to have access to quality health services they need without facing undue financial burden. The relationship between five main attributes, i.e., quality, efficiency, equity, accountability and resilience, and their 15 action plans has been explained. The nature of UHC is belonged to the State and government. The core function is commitment with equality. The whole-of-system method is used to promoting the health system reform...
November 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903297/variability-of-staffing-and-staff-mix-across-acute-care-units-in-alberta-canada
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Krishna Sharma, Stephanie E Hastings, Esther Suter, Judy Bloom
BACKGROUND: The health workforce has a crucial position in healthcare, and effective distribution of the workforce is one of the critical areas for healthcare improvement. This requires a proper understanding of the allocation of healthcare providers including staffing levels and staffing variability within a healthcare system. High variability may imply significant differences in outcomes and greater opportunity to better distribute staffing and improve patient outcomes. The objective of this study was to examine staffing variation across acute care units in a large and integrated healthcare system...
December 1, 2016: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903140/can-we-pay-for-performance-in-behavioral-health-care
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Rebecca E Stewart, Ishara Lareef, Trevor R Hadley, David S Mandell
Pay for performance (P4P) has become a popular strategy to reward quality and cost-efficiency in behavioral health care and other health care disciplines. This column presents the results of a literature review of P4P in behavioral health care. Fifteen empirical studies evaluating the outcomes of behavioral health services provided in a P4P system were identified. The limited data suggest that P4P can achieve its desired effect. More research is needed on outcomes, performance, and unintended consequences.
December 1, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900746/-the-computer-competency-of-nurses-in-long-term-care-facilities-and-related-factors
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Ya-Ping Chang, Huai-Ting Kuo, I-Chuan Li
BACKGROUND: It is important for nurses who work in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to have an adequate level of computer competency due to the multidisciplinary and comprehensive nature of long-term care services. Thus, it is important to understand the current computer competency of nursing staff in LTCFs and the factors that relate to this competency. PURPOSE: To explore the computer competency of LTCF nurses and to identify the demographic and computer-usage characteristics that relate significantly to computer competency in the LTCF environment...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898226/business-planning-in-biobanking-how-to-implement-a-tool-for-sustainability
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Mirella Ciaburri, Mariarosaria Napolitano, Elena Bravo
Worldwide, the sustainability of public health systems is challenged by the increasing number and cost of personalized therapies. Quality biological samples stored in biobanks are essential for the provision of appropriate health services and also act as a reservoir for the development of precision medicine and biotechnological innovation. Economic sustainability is a crucial factor in the maintenance of biobanking activities. Traditionally, management of biobanking is performed by health researchers and/or clinicians whose knowledge of economic issues is inadequate...
November 29, 2016: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890982/towards-a-better-health-care-delivery-system-the-tamil-nadu-model
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R Parthasarathi, S P Sinha
The Tamil Nadu model of public health is renowned for its success in providing quality health services at an affordable cost especially to the rural people. Tamil Nadu is the only state with a distinctive public health cadre in the district level and also the first state to enact a Public Health Act in 1939. Tamil Nadu has gained significant ground in the various aspects of health in the last few decades largely because of the significant reforms in its health sector which dates back to 1980s which saw rigorous expansion of rural health infrastructure in the state besides deployment of thousands of multipurpose health workers as village health nurses in rural areas...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888948/web-applications-for-patient-communication
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Kristopher Lewis, Murray A Reicher
Communication between imaging professionals and patients can help achieve many goals, including improved patient understanding of imaging-related diagnostic and treatment options, better compliance with appropriate imaging screening procedures, and improved efficiency of service. The explosive growth of out-of-pocket consumer spending on health care has heightened health care shopping, thus making patient communication an important goal of any imaging practice or health care organization. Furthermore, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System introduced by CMS will publicly disclose physicians' quality ratings, which are in part dependent on patient engagement...
December 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886946/building-multidisciplinary-health-workforce-capacity-to-support-the-implementation-of-integrated-people-centred-models-of-care-for-musculoskeletal-health
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REVIEW
M J Chehade, T K Gill, D Kopansky-Giles, L Schuwirth, J Karnon, P McLiesh, J Alleyne, A D Woolf
To address the burden of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, a competent health workforce is required to support the implementation of MSK models of care. Funding is required to create employment positions with resources for service delivery and training a fit-for-purpose workforce. Training should be aligned to define "entrustable professional activities", and include collaborative skills appropriate to integrated and people-centred care and supported by shared education resources. Greater emphasis on educating MSK healthcare workers as effective trainers of peers, students and patients is required...
June 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886069/co-creating-the-cities-of-the-future
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Verónica Gutiérrez, Evangelos Theodoridis, Georgios Mylonas, Fengrui Shi, Usman Adeel, Luis Diez, Dimitrios Amaxilatis, Johnny Choque, Guillem Camprodom, Julie McCann, Luis Muñoz
In recent years, the evolution of urban environments, jointly with the progress of the Information and Communication sector, have enabled the rapid adoption of new solutions that contribute to the growth in popularity of Smart Cities. Currently, the majority of the world population lives in cities encouraging different stakeholders within these innovative ecosystems to seek new solutions guaranteeing the sustainability and efficiency of such complex environments. In this work, it is discussed how the experimentation with IoT technologies and other data sources form the cities can be utilized to co-create in the OrganiCity project, where key actors like citizens, researchers and other stakeholders shape smart city services and applications in a collaborative fashion...
November 23, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869877/-computerized-decision-support-systems-ebm-at-the-bedside
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Matteo Capobussi, Rita Banzi, Lorenzo Moja, Stefanos Bonovas, Marien González-Lorenzo, Elisa Giulia Liberati, Hernan Polo Friz, Oriana Nanni, Massimo Mangia, Francesca Ruggiero
INTRODUCTION: One of the aims of Evidence-Based Medicine is to improve quality and appropriateness of care by the expedition of the knowledge transfer process. Computerized Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) are computer programs that provide alerts to the prescribing doctor directly at the moment of medical examination. In fact, alerts are integrated within the single patient electronic health record. CDSS based on the best available and updated evidence and guidelines may be an efficient tool to facilitate the transfer of the latest results from clinical research directly at the bedside, thus supporting decision-making...
November 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862155/patterns-of-treatment-expectation-and-the-physician-patient-relationship-perceived-by-women-receiving-traditional-chinese-medicine-treatment-for-menstrual-symptoms-a-q-methodology-study
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Jong-Long Guo, Hsin-Yi Tu Ku, Fu-Chi Yang, Hsiao-Pei Hsu, Yun-Hsuan Lin, Chiu-Mieh Huang
BACKGROUND: The recurrence of menstrual symptoms markedly interferes with the daily life, social functioning, work disability and quality of life of women. Patient perception of healthcare services is underexplored but crucial for understanding how to efficiently develop healthcare practices. AIMS: To identify and describe the different patterns of treatment expectation and physician-patient relationships perceived by women receiving traditional Chinese medicine treatment for menstrual symptoms...
November 16, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861858/home-health-nursing-care-services-in-greece-during-an-economic-crisis
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T Adamakidou, A Kalokerinou-Anagnostopoulou
AIM: The purpose of this review was to describe public home healthcare nursing services in Greece. BACKGROUND: The effectiveness and the efficiency of home healthcare nursing are well documented in the international literature. In Greece, during the current financial crisis, the development of home healthcare nursing services is the focus and interest of policymakers and academics because of its contribution to the viability of the healthcare system. SOURCES OF EVIDENCE: A review was conducted of the existing legislation, the printed and electronic bibliography related to the legal framework, the structures that provide home health care, the funding of the services, the human resources and the services provided...
November 15, 2016: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859097/new-roles-for-medical-assistants-in-innovative-primary-care-practices
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Susan A Chapman, Lisel K Blash
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe new roles for medical assistants (MAs) in innovative care models that improve care while providing training and career advancement opportunities for MAs. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Primary data collected at 15 case study sites; 173 key informant interviews and de-identified secondary data on staffing, wages, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Researchers used snowball sampling and screening calls to identify 15 organizations using MAs in new roles...
November 10, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855165/efficient-and-stable-routing-algorithm-based-on-user-mobility-and-node-density-in-urban-vehicular-network
#18
Yusor Rafid Bahar Al-Mayouf, Mahamod Ismail, Nor Fadzilah Abdullah, Ainuddin Wahid Abdul Wahab, Omar Adil Mahdi, Suleman Khan, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) are considered an emerging technology in the industrial and educational fields. This technology is essential in the deployment of the intelligent transportation system, which is targeted to improve safety and efficiency of traffic. The implementation of VANETs can be effectively executed by transmitting data among vehicles with the use of multiple hops. However, the intrinsic characteristics of VANETs, such as its dynamic network topology and intermittent connectivity, limit data delivery...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835964/a-systematic-review-on-current-status-of-health-technology-reassessment-insights-for-south-korea
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REVIEW
Hyun-Ju Seo, Ji Jeong Park, Seon Heui Lee
BACKGROUND: To systematically investigate the current status and methodology of health technology reassessment (HTR) in various countries to draw insights for the healthcare system in South Korea. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted on the articles published between January 2000 and February 2015 on Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and PubMed. The titles and abstracts of retrieved records were screened and selected by two independent reviewers...
November 11, 2016: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833464/urology-group-compensation-and-ancillary-service-models-in-an-era-of-value-based-care
#20
Neal D Shore, Dana Jacoby
Changes involving the health care economic landscape have affected physicians' workflow, productivity, compensation structures, and culture. Ongoing Federal legislation regarding regulatory documentation and imminent payment-changing methodologies have encouraged physician consolidation into larger practices, creating affiliations with hospitals, multidisciplinary medical specialties, and integrated delivery networks. As subspecialization and evolution of care models have accelerated, independent medical groups have broadened ancillary service lines by investing in enterprises that compete with hospital-based (academic and nonacademic) entities, as well as non-physician- owned multispecialty enterprises, for both outpatient and inpatient services...
2016: Reviews in Urology
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