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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104099/coexisting-systemic-infections-in-patients-who-present-with-a-fall
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Alex Blair, Farrin A Manian
BACKGROUND: Although the causes of falls are legion, infectious disease-related factors are not commonly reported in the published literature. We investigated the characteristics of patients presenting to the hospital because of a fall and who were subsequently found to have a coexisting systemic infection (CSI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, using the electronic database of adult patients receiving care during the period January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2014...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099763/the-effectiveness-of-a-multidisciplinary-team-based-approach-to-cesarean-hysterectomy-in-modern-obstetric-practice
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Caitlin Gillespie, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Uma Munnur, Maya S Suresh, Harold Miller, Shannon M Hawkins
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to management of cesarean hysterectomy. METHODS: In a retrospective chart review, data were analyzed from a quality assurance database of hysterectomies performed after cesarean delivery at one institution in the USA. Patients were identified through billing codes for cesarean delivery, cross-referenced to codes for hysterectomy. Demographic, reproductive, and outcome data were compared before (2000-2005) and after (2011-2013) implementation of a multidisciplinary team-based protocol...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079735/incidence-of-local-anesthetic-systemic-toxicity-in-orthopedic-patients-receiving-peripheral-nerve-blocks
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Eva E Mörwald, Nicole Zubizarreta, Crispiana Cozowicz, Jashvant Poeran, Stavros G Memtsoudis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Peripheral nerve blocks are increasingly used. However, despite low complication rates, concerns regarding local anesthetic systemic toxicity remain. Although recent studies suggest that this severe complication has decreased considerably, there is a paucity of data about it on a national level. We sought to elucidate the incidence of local anesthetic systemic toxicity on a national level and therefore provide guidance toward the need for preparedness in daily anesthetic practice...
January 9, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067697/national-administrative-databases-in-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-a-cautionary-tale
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Aaron J Buckland, Gregory Poorman, Robert Freitag, Cyrus Jalai, Eric O Klineberg, Michael Kelly, Peter G Passias
STUDY DESIGN: Comparison between national administrative databases and a prospective multicenter physician managed database. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the applicability of National Administrative Databases (NADs) in Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD). Our hypothesis is that NADs do not include comparable patients as in a physician-managed database (PMD) for surgical outcomes in adult spinal deformity. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: NADs such as National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) provide large numbers of publications owing to ease of data access and lack of IRB approval requirement...
January 6, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060057/trends-in-corneal-transplantation-in-keratoconus
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Daniel Sarezky, Stephen E Orlin, Wei Pan, Brian L VanderBeek
PURPOSE: To determine recent trends in and sociodemographic/comorbid conditions associated with penetrating keratoplasty (PK) and lamellar keratoplasty (LK) for keratoconus (KCN). METHODS: Patients with KCN and subsequent PK and LK procedures were identified using International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision (ICD-9) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) billing codes. The change in surgical rates was calculated over a decade, and multivariate analysis demonstrated factors associated with undergoing surgery...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048456/su-a-bra-04-incorporating-active-learning-into-medical-physics-education
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J Burmeister
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047802/su-a-bra-05-panel-discussion
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V Montemayor
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047689/su-a-bra-01-introduction
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V Montemayor
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047040/su-a-bra-02-making-the-most-of-a-one-hour-lecture-with-alternative-teaching-methodologies-implementing-project-based-and-flipped-learning
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R Howell
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046413/su-a-bra-00-education-council-symposium-revitalizing-your-medical-physics-classroom-some-examples-and-thoughts-from-the-trenches
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Victor Montemayor
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046385/su-a-bra-03-creative-stimulation-a-flexible-hands-on-approach-to-building-a-deeper-understanding-of-critical-concepts-in-radiation-physics
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S Naqvi
: Vic Montemayor - No one has been more passionate about improving the quality and effectiveness of the teaching of Medical Physics than Bill Hendee. It was in August of 2008 that the first AAPM Workshop on Becoming a Better Teacher of Medical Physics was held, organized and run by Bill Hendee. This was followed up in July of 2010 with a summer school on the same topic, again organized by Bill. There has been continued interest in alternate approaches to teaching medical physics since those initial gatherings...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030534/single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-cyp3a5-impacts-the-exposure-to-tacrolimus-in-pediatric-renal-transplant-recipients-a-pharmacogenetic-substudy-of-the-twist-trial
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Heiko Billing, Britta Höcker, Alexander Fichtner, Rita van Damme-Lombaerts, Styrbjorn Friman, Jenö Jaray, Karel Vondrak, Eniko Sarvary, Luca Dello Strologo, Michael Oellerich, Nicolas von Ahsen, Burkhard Tönshoff
BACKGROUND: The pharmacokinetics of tacrolimus (TAC) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) are highly variable. An impact of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the genes coding for enzymes and transporters involved in the pharmacokinetics of TAC and/or MPA is intuitively conceivable. Accordingly, we sought to analyze the influence of different SNPs on TAC and MPA exposure in pediatric renal transplant recipients. METHODS: A subpopulation of 37 patients (median age: 12...
November 24, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024947/clinical-genomic-profiling-of-a-diverse-array-of-oncology-specimens-at-a-large-academic-cancer-center-identification-of-targetable-variants-and-experience-with-reimbursement
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Anthony N Sireci, Vimla S Aggarwal, Andrew T Turk, Tatyana Gindin, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Susan J Hsiao
Large cancer panels are being increasingly used in the practice of precision medicine to generate genomic profiles of tumors with the goal of identifying targetable variants and guiding eligibility for clinical trials. To facilitate identification of mutations in a broad range of solid and hematological malignancies, a 467-gene oncology panel (Columbia Combined Cancer Panel) was developed in collaboration with pathologists and oncologists and is currently available and in use for clinical diagnostics. Herein, we share our experience with this testing in an academic medical center...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018923/spinal-epidural-abscess-in-adults-a-10-year-clinical-experience-at-a-tertiary-care-academic-medical-center
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Andrew W Artenstein, Jennifer Friderici, Adam Holers, Deirdre Lewis, Jan Fitzgerald, Paul Visintainer
Background.  Delayed recognition of spinal epidural abscess (SEA) contributes to poor outcomes from this highly morbid and potentially lethal infection. We performed a case-control study in a regional, high-volume, tertiary care, academic medical center over the years 2005-2015 to assess the potential changing epidemiology, clinical and laboratory manifestations, and course of this disorder and to identify factors that might lead to early identification of SEA. Methods.  Diagnostic billing codes consistent with SEA were used to identify inpatient admissions for abstraction...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017528/the-proposed-macra-mips-threshold-for-patient-facing-encounters-what-it-means-for-radiologists
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Bibb Allen, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Gregory N Nicola
PURPOSE: In implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS will provide special considerations to physicians with infrequent face-to-face patient encounters by reweighting MIPS performance categories to account for the unique circumstances facing these providers. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of varying criteria on the fraction of radiologists who are likely to receive special considerations for performance assessment under MIPS. METHODS: Data from the 2014 Medicare Physician and Other Supplier file for 28,710 diagnostic radiologists were used to determine the fraction of radiologists meeting various proposed criteria for receiving special considerations...
December 22, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988262/impact-of-scribes-on-billed-relative-value-units-in-an-academic-emergency-department
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Heather A Heaton, David M Nestler, Derick D Jones, Rachelen S Varghese, Christine M Lohse, Eric S Williamson, Annie T Sadosty
BACKGROUND: Scribe use throughout health care is becoming more common. There is limited peer-reviewed literature supporting this emerging role in health care despite rapid uptake of the role. OBJECTIVES: Our study assesses impact of scribes on relative value units (RVUs) in adult and pediatric emergency departments (EDs). METHODS: A prospective cohort study was developed in a tertiary academic ED. Charts were coded by an external billing and coding company, then returned and mapped by International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision diagnostic codes...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957286/experiences-of-iranian-physicians-regarding-do-not-resuscitate-a-directed-content-analysis
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Mohammadali Cheraghi, Fatemeh Bahramnezhad, Neda Mehrdad
One of the major advances in medicine has been the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure since the 1960s in order to save human lives. This procedure has so far saved thousands of lives. Although CPR has helped to save lives, in some cases, it prolongs the process of dying, suffering, and pain in patients. This study was conducted to explain the experience of Iranian physicians regarding do not resuscitate order (DNR). This study was a directed qualitative content analysis which analyzed the perspective of 8 physicians on different aspects of DNR guidelines...
2016: Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955769/11-years-of-tracking-aid-to-reproductive-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-estimates-and-analysis-for-2003-13-from-the-countdown-to-2015
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Christopher Grollman, Leonardo Arregoces, Melisa Martínez-Álvarez, Catherine Pitt, Anne Mills, Josephine Borghi
BACKGROUND: Tracking aid flows helps to hold donors accountable and to compare the allocation of resources in relation to health need. With the use of data reported by donors in 2015, we provided estimates of official development assistance and grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (collectively termed ODA+) to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health for 2013 and complete trends in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health support for the period 2003-13. METHODS: We coded and analysed financial disbursements to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health to all recipient countries from all donors reporting to the creditor reporting system database for the year 2013...
January 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923701/prognostic-significance-of-repeat-biopsy-in-lupus-nephritis-histopathologic-worsening-and-a-short-time-between-biopsies-is-associated-with-significantly-increased-risk-for-end-stage-renal-disease-and-death
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Cristina Arriens, Sixia Chen, David R Karp, Ramesh Saxena, Kamalanathan Sambandam, Eliza Chakravarty, Judith A James, Joan T Merrill
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Approximately half of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) develop lupus nephritis (LN), a major cause of morbidity and early mortality in that disease. Prolonged renal inflammation is associated with irreversible kidney damage which confers a 30% risk of end stage renal disease (ESRD), making early, aggressive treatment mandatory. Failure to achieve therapeutic response or recurrence of renal flare often prompts repeat biopsy. However, the role of repeat biopsy in determining long-term renal prognosis remains controversial...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922506/coding-in-muscle-disease
#20
Lyell K Jones, John P Ney
Accurate coding is critically important for clinical practice and research. Ongoing changes to diagnostic and billing codes require the clinician to stay abreast of coding updates. Payment for health care services, data sets for health services research, and reporting for medical quality improvement all require accurate administrative coding. This article provides an overview of administrative coding for patients with muscle disease and includes a case-based review of diagnostic and Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding principles in patients with myopathy...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
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