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James D Cooper, Aimee G Costello, Peter H Shaw
PURPOSE: To examine whether the rates of thrombosis in children (≤14 years of age) and adolescent/young adult (AYA) patients (15-22 years of age) with cancer is different. METHODS: We retrospectively studied the rates of thrombosis in children and AYA patients at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh during the years 2002-2010, using the tumor registry database. This list was then divided into two groups based on age at diagnosis. A review of ICD-9 codes from hospital billing records was then performed to identify patients who carried diagnoses of cancer (140...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Andrew J Tatem, Peng Jia, Dariya Ordanovich, Michael Falkner, Zhuojie Huang, Rosalind Howes, Simon I Hay, Peter W Gething, David L Smith
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a problem for many countries classified as malaria free through cases imported from endemic regions. Imported cases to non-endemic countries often result in delays in diagnosis, are expensive to treat, and can sometimes cause secondary local transmission. The movement of malaria in endemic countries has also contributed to the spread of drug resistance and threatens long-term eradication goals. Here we focused on quantifying the international movements of malaria to improve our understanding of these phenomena and facilitate the design of mitigation strategies...
October 21, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Michèle M Kislan, Adam T Bernstein, Loretta R Fearrington, Timothy J Ives
BACKGROUND: Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners are advanced practicing pharmacists in North Carolina that provide disease-specific management. The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to compare the efficacy and charges from referrals to a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner by the primary care provider, to those managed by a primary care provider alone. METHODS: Patients were separated into cohorts depending if they had at least two appointments with a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner from November 2008 to November 2011...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
David C Classen, William Munier, Nancy Verzier, Noel Eldridge, David Hunt, Mark Metersky, Chesley Richards, Yun Wang, P Jeffrey Brady, Amy Helwig, James Battles
The explicit declaration in the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine report "To Err Is Human" that, in the United States, 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year as a consequence of "medical errors" gave widespread validation to the magnitude of the patient safety problem and catalyzed a number of U.S. federal government programs to measure and improve the safety of the national healthcare system. After more than 10 years, one of those federal programs, the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System (MPSMS), has reached a level of maturity and stability that has made it useful for the consistent measurement of the safety of inpatient care...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Patient Safety
Alistair E W Johnson, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Shamim Nemati, Katherine E Niehaus, David A Clifton, Gari D Clifford
Clinical data management systems typically provide caregiver teams with useful information, derived from large, sometimes highly heterogeneous, data sources that are often changing dynamically. Over the last decade there has been a significant surge in interest in using these data sources, from simply re-using the standard clinical databases for event prediction or decision support, to including dynamic and patient-specific information into clinical monitoring and prediction problems. However, in most cases, commercial clinical databases have been designed to document clinical activity for reporting, liability and billing reasons, rather than for developing new algorithms...
February 2016: Proceedings of the IEEE
Joan Porter, Luke Mondor, Moira K Kapral, Jiming Fang, Ruth E Hall
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The reliability of diagnostic coding of acute stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in administrative data is uncertain. The purpose of this study is to determine the agreement between administrative data sources and chart audit for the identification of stroke type, stroke risk factors, and the use of hospital-based diagnostic procedures in patients with stroke or TIA. METHODS: Medical charts for a population-based sample of patients (n = 14,508) with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), or TIA discharged from inpatient and emergency departments (ED) in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were audited by trained abstractors...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Daniel G Aaron, Michael B Siegel
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a pervasive public health problem in the U.S. Reducing soda consumption is important for stemming the obesity epidemic. However, several articles and one book suggest that soda companies are using their resources to impede public health interventions that might reduce soda consumption. Although corporate sponsorship by tobacco and alcohol companies has been studied extensively, there has been no systematic attempt to catalog sponsorship activities of soda companies...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Karen Tu, Robby Nieuwlaat, Stephanie Y Cheng, Laura Wing, Noah Ivers, Clare L Atzema, Jeff S Healey, Paul Dorian
BACKGROUND: Identifying patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) using administrative data is important for epidemiologic and outcomes research. Although administrative data cover large populations, it is necessary to assess their validity in identifying AF patients. METHODS: We used Ontario family physician electronic medical records from the Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database (EMRALD) as a reference standard to assess the accuracy of administrative data algorithms in identifying patients with AF...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Joseph F Levy, Marjorie A Rosenberg, Philip M Farrell
BACKGROUND: Previous estimates of the cost of care for pediatric Cystic fibrosis (CF) showed wide variation, without specific summary of pulmonary drug costs. METHODS: Enrolled CF children from the Wisconsin newborn screening trial were evaluated quarterly per protocol. Assessments systematically included all treatments, hospitalizations, and nutritional and pulmonary outcomes. Direct medical costs from hospital billing and medical records from 1989 to 2010 were used to describe costs by age-ranges and subgroups throughout follow-up...
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Bill Haning
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October 2016: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
Suzanne Biro, Dave Barber, Tyler Williamson, Rachael Morkem, Shahriar Khan, Ian Janssen
BACKGROUND: Population monitoring and surveillance of objectively measured child weight data in Canada is limited to national surveys with poor regional applicability, and no healthy weight data are available for children less than 2 years of age. We aimed to determine the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity using objective measures derived from primary care electronic medical records. METHODS: Observational data included all height and weight records for children less than 20 years of age, between 2004 and 2013, from 3 Ontario primary care research networks...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Brent I Fox, Bill G Felkey
Some things really never change. For example, medication adherence remains a critical factor that influences the effectiveness of our modern health care system. Is there a magic bullet to solve the problem of nonadherence? We don't think there is. We do believe, however, that tools to monitor adherence continue to improve in their utility.
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Bala Hota, Thomas A Webb, Brian D Stein, Richa Gupta, David Ansell, Omar Lateef
BACKGROUND: Differences between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-measured rates of safety events for Rush University Medical Center (RUMC; Chicago) and the U. S. News & World Report (USNWR)-deter mined patient safety score were evaluated in an attempt to validate the USNWR patient safety score-based ranking. METHODS: The USNWR findings for Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) were compared with findings derived from RUMC internal billing data, and sensitivity analyses were conducted using a simulated data set derived from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) state inpatient data sets...
2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Stacey McMorrow, Genevieve M Kenney, Sharon K Long, Jason A Gates
Health insurance coverage through the Marketplaces increased in 2015, with more nonelderly adult enrollees insured all year and fewer reporting health care affordability problems than in 2014. In 2015 more Marketplace enrollees in Medicaid nonexpansion states reported trouble paying family medical bills, compared to those in expansion states (23 percent versus 15 percent).
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
M Kennedy Hall, Jane Hall, Cary P Gross, Nir J Harish, Rachel Liu, Sean Maroongroge, Christopher L Moore, Christopher C Raio, R Andrew Taylor
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care ultrasound is a valuable tool with potential to expedite diagnoses and improve patient outcomes in the emergency department. However, little is known about national patterns of adoption. This study examined nationwide point-of-care ultrasound reimbursement among emergency medicine (EM) practitioners and examined regional and practitioner level variations. METHODS: Data from the 2012 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fee-for-Service Provider Utilization and Payment Data include all practitioners who received more than 10 Medicare Part B fee-for-service reimbursements for any Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code in 2012...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Eric J Wright, Rohit K Khosla, Lori Howell, Gordon K Lee
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive aesthetic surgery training continues to be a challenge for residency programs. Our residency program developed a rhinoplasty-based objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) based upon validated methods as part of the residency education curriculum. We report our experience with the rhinoplasty-based OSCE and offer guidance to its incorporation within residency programs. METHODS: The encounter involved resident evaluation and operative planning for a standardized patient desiring a rhinoplasty procedure...
September 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
Kah Seng Lee, Yen Wei Lim, Long Chiau Ming
BACKGROUND: The proposed Pharmacy Bill of Malaysia which served to consolidate and harmonise the existing pharmacy legislation which has been used for more than 60 years. This new Pharmacy Bill contains 17 parts and a total of 170 legislative sections covering laws governing pharmacy practice, medicinal products classification, registration, sale, supply, licensing etc. Our article could serve as a case study on pharmacy jurisprudence and drug regulation as well as the governance for medicines...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
Thomas E Schulte, Ellen K Roberts, Kristina Birch, Steven J Lisco
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the workflow interruptions on an anesthesiology clinical director (CD). By assessing the interruptions on the CD, we hypothesize that these frequent interruptions would prohibit the CD from medical direction of residents or certified nurse anesthetists in operating rooms. DESIGN: Cellular phone data were obtained from Verizon Wireless statements over 10 months, August 2012 through May 2013. These data were from a single cellular phone carried by the anesthesia CD and subsequent overnight anesthesiologist 24 hours a day...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Anastasia Hudgins, Kristin L Rising
Patients' existential fears of unknowns associated with illness and unusual bodily signs and symptoms are common, but unexamined drivers to the emergency department (ED). This paper examines a May 2015 case study of a 51-year-old low-income, recently insured, African American man in Philadelphia (USA) who had two recent ED visits for evaluation of frequent headaches and described fear of being at risk for a stroke. Through ethnographic methods and anthropological analyses we find that fear of failing to fulfill social roles due to a potentially debilitating illness, and fear of burdening family members with medical bills resulting from doctor's visits affect this man's patterns of health-seeking behaviors...
September 20, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Louisa Degenhardt, Fiona Charlson, Jeff Stanaway, Sarah Larney, Lily T Alexander, Matthew Hickman, Benjamin Cowie, Wayne D Hall, John Strang, Harvey Whiteford, Theo Vos
BACKGROUND: Previous estimates of the burden of HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) among people who inject drugs have not included estimates of the burden attributable to the consequences of past injecting. We aimed to provide these estimates as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2013. METHODS: We modelled the burden of HBV and HCV (including cirrhosis and liver cancer burden) and HIV at the country, regional, and global level...
September 21, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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