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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336485/low-dose-computed-tomography-for-lung-cancer-screening-clinical-and-coding-considerations
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REVIEW
Yiwey Shieh, Martin Bohnenkamp
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) was shown to reduce lung cancer mortality in the National Lung Screening Trial, a large randomized-controlled trial of high-risk current and former smokers. Despite ongoing uncertainty over the effectiveness of LDCT in the real-world setting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to cover LDCT as a preventive service. As part of its national coverage determination, CMS set forth a series of requirements for reimbursement of LDCT, including a counseling and shared decision-making visit prior to a LDCT being ordered...
March 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335610/rheumatoid-forefoot-reconstruction-in-the-nonrheumatoid-patient
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Devon C Nixon, Richard M McKean, Sandra E Klein, Jeffrey E Johnson, Jeremy J McCormick
BACKGROUND: Recurrent pain and deformity following forefoot surgery can cause significant patient disability. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint arthrodesis with lesser metatarsal head resections-termed the rheumatoid forefoot reconstruction-has been shown to be a reliable operation for pain relief and deformity correction. Limited data, however, have been published on outcomes of the same forefoot reconstruction operation in the nonrheumatoid patient...
March 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334244/cognitive-screening-tests-versus-comprehensive-neuropsychological-test-batteries-a-national-academy-of-neuropsychology-education-paper%C3%A2
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Tresa M Roebuck-Spencer, Tannahill Glen, Antonio E Puente, Robert L Denney, Ronald M Ruff, Gayle Hostetter, Kevin J Bianchini
The American Medical Association Current Procedural Panel developed a new billing code making behavioral health screening a reimbursable healthcare service. The use of computerized testing as a means for cognitive screening and brief cognitive testing is increasing at a rapid rate. The purpose of this education paper is to provide information to clinicians, healthcare administrators, and policy developers about the purpose, strengths, and limitations of cognitive screening tests versus comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations...
March 10, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329128/quinolone-ear-drops-after-tympanostomy-tubes-and-the-risk-of-eardrum-perforation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Adel Alrwisan, Patrick J Antonelli, Almut G Winterstein
Background.: This study investigated whether quinolone ear drops, with or without corticosteroids, increase the risk of perforation requiring tympanoplasty following tympanostomy tube (TT) placement in children. Methods.: This was a retrospective cohort study using Medicaid encounter and pharmacy billing data from 29 US states between 1999 and 2006. Children <18 years old without predisposing factors for perforation during a 6-month look-back period entered the cohort after TT placement and first dispensing of antibiotic ear drops...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328564/variation-in-national-acgme-case-log-data-for-pediatric-orthopaedic-fellowships-are-fellow-coding-practices-responsible
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Philip K McClure, Marcella Woiczik, Lori Karol, Wudbhav N Sankar
BACKGROUND: The introduction of the 80-hour work week for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited fellowship programs initiated many efforts to optimize surgical training. One particular area of interest is on recording and tracking surgical experiences. The current standard is logging cases based on Current Procedural Terminology codes, which are primarily designed for billing. Proposed guidelines from the ACGME regarding logging exist, but their implementation is unknown, as is the variation in case volume across fellowship programs...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325486/mri-utilization-and-the-associated-use-of-sedation-and-anesthesia-in-a-pediatric-aco
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Joshua C Uffman, Dmitry Tumin, Vidya Raman, Arlyne Thung, Brent Adler, Joseph D Tobias
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: MRI is commonly used in the pediatric population and often requires sedation or general anesthesia to complete. This study used data from a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) to investigate trends in MRI utilization and in the requirement for anesthesia to complete MRI examinations. METHODS: The Partners for Kids (PFK) ACO claims database was queried for MRI examination encounters involving patients 0 to 18 years old from 2009 to 2014, with utilization expressed as encounters per 10,000 PFK members-months...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321550/ethical-implications-of-the-electronic-health-record-in-the-service-of-the-patient
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Lois Snyder Sulmasy, Ana María López, Carrie A Horwitch
Electronic health records (EHRs) provide benefits for patients, physicians, and clinical teams, but also raise ethical questions. Navigating how to provide care in the digital age requires an assessment of the impact of the EHR on patient care and the patient-physician relationship. EHRs should facilitate patient care and, as an essential component of that care, support the patient-physician relationship. Billing, regulatory, research, documentation, and administrative functions determined by the operational requirements of health care systems, payers, and others have resulted in EHRs that are better able to satisfy such external functions than to ensure that patient care needs are met...
March 20, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303191/vim-1-carbapenemase-producing-escherichia-coli-in-gulls-from-southern-france
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Marion Vittecoq, Chrislène Laurens, Lionel Brazier, Patrick Durand, Eric Elguero, Audrey Arnal, Frédéric Thomas, Salim Aberkane, Nicolas Renaud, Franck Prugnolle, Jérôme Solassol, Hélène Jean-Pierre, Sylvain Godreuil, François Renaud
Acquired carbapenemases currently pose one of the most worrying public health threats related to antimicrobial resistance. A NDM-1-producing Salmonella Corvallis was reported in 2013 in a wild raptor. Further research was needed to understand the role of wild birds in the transmission of bacteria resistant to carbapenems. Our aim was to investigate the presence of carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli in gulls from southern France. In 2012, we collected 158 cloacal swabs samples from two gull species: yellow-legged gulls (Larus michahellis) that live in close contact with humans and slender-billed gulls (Chroicocephalus genei) that feed at sea...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302425/characteristics-of-pediatric-emergency-revisits-after-an-asthma-related-hospitalization
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Laurie H Johnson, Andrew F Beck, Robert S Kahn, Bin Huang, Patrick H Ryan, Kelly K Olano, Katherine A Auger
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We identify and characterize factors related to subsequent emergency revisits among children hospitalized for asthma. METHODS: This population-based, prospective, observational cohort included children aged 2 to 16 years, hospitalized for asthma at an urban pediatric facility and followed for greater than or equal to 12 months. The primary outcome was asthma-related emergency revisit within 12 months of discharge. Revisits were identified by billing codes, respiratory chief complaints, and medications administered (eg, albuterol, systemic corticosteroids), dispensed, or prescribed...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301213/academic-radiologist-subspecialty-identification-using-a-novel-claims-based-classification-system
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Luke A Ginocchio, David A Rosman, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to assess the feasibility of a novel claims-based classification system for payer identification of academic radiologist subspecialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a categorization scheme based on the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) system, we mapped the Medicare Part B services billed by all radiologists from 2012 to 2014, assigning them to the following subspecialty categories: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and neuroradiology...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292777/trends-in-operating-room-based-glaucoma-procedures-in-france-from-2005-to-2014-a-nationwide-study
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Alain M Bron, Anne-Sophie Mariet, Eric Benzenine, Louis Arnould, Vincent Daien, Jean François Korobelnik, Catherine Quantin, Catherine Creuzot-Garcher
PURPOSE: To report the trends in operating room-based glaucoma procedures from 2005 to 2014 in France. METHODS: We identified operating room-based glaucoma procedures (trabeculectomies, deep sclerectomies, aqueous shunts and ciliary body destructions) performed in France from 2005 to 2014 by means of billing codes from a national database. The annual rates and incidence of these procedures per 100 000 inhabitants were analysed globally and in three age groups: 0-14 years, 15-59 years and over 60 years...
March 14, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258728/relation-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-a-common-variant-at-chromosome-4q25-to-atrial-fibrillation
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Neel J Patel, Quinn S Wells, Shi Huang, Raghu P Upender, Dawood Darbar, Ken Monahan
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the 4q25 locus are associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Whether these associations are independent of traditional risk factors for AF remains unknown. Using billing code queries and manual chart review, we assembled a cohort of adults that underwent overnight polysomnography and at least 1 12-lead electrocardiogram. Case status was defined by electrocardiographic data in support of AF or documentation of AF by a staff cardiologist...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252524/development-and-prospective-validation-of-tools-to-accurately-identify-neurosurgical-and-critical-care-events-in-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Tellen D Bennett, Peter E DeWitt, Rebecca R Dixon, Cory Kartchner, Yamila Sierra, Diane Ladell, Rajendu Srivastava, Jay Riva-Cambrin, Allison Kempe, Desmond K Runyan, Heather T Keenan, J Michael Dean
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate case definitions (computable phenotypes) to accurately identify neurosurgical and critical care events in children with traumatic brain injury. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study, May 2013 to September 2015. SETTING: Two large U.S. children's hospitals with level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers. PATIENTS: One hundred seventy-four children less than 18 years old admitted to an ICU after traumatic brain injury...
March 1, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250038/developing-a-relevant-taxonomy-to-assess-dental-school-clinic-patient-complaints
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Janine M Fredericks-Younger, Marisa L Handelman-Yellin, Jill A York
The aims of this study were to categorize and analyze the most frequent patient complaints at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) clinic in an effort to identify areas in need of improvement. A retrospective review of patient complaints reported to the RSDM Office for Clinical Affairs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015 was conducted. A total of 148 unduplicated patients were selected for evaluation because they made at least one official complaint. In total, 193 patient complaints were made during this period...
March 2017: Journal of Dental Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244606/risk-factors-for-malignant-mesothelioma-in-people-with-no-known-exposure-to-asbestos
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Bill Musk, Len Gordon, Helman Alfonso, Alison Reid, Nola Olsen, Robin Mina, Peter Franklin, Susan Peters, Fraser Brims, Jennie Hui, Nicholas de Klerk
OBJECTIVES: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a rare and generally fatal cancer, usually caused by asbestos, although about 5-10% of cases report no asbestos exposure. This study aimed to identify sources whereby people in Western Australia (WA) may be unknowingly exposed to asbestos or to other exposures which may cause MM. METHODS: Cases with no known asbestos exposure were selected from the WA Mesothelioma Register (WAMR). Matched controls were selected from hospital patients admitted for conditions unrelated to asbestos...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241914/comprehensive-description-of-comorbidity-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-a-general-population
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David Cawthorpe
CONTEXT: Few published studies of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and comorbidity are population based. OBJECTIVE: To describe the comorbidity of ASD and disorders listed in the main classes of the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) in a general population. DESIGN: Direct physician billing data for the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for the treatment of any presenting concern in the Calgary Health Zone (n = 763,449) from 1994 to 2009 were extracted...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228501/acl-tears-in-school-aged-children-and-adolescents-over-20-years
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Nicholas A Beck, J Todd R Lawrence, James D Nordin, Terese A DeFor, Marc Tompkins
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are thought to occur with increasing frequency in young patients. No study has shown increased incidence over time. We hypothesized the incidence of ACL tears in young patients has increased over the past 20 years. METHODS: This descriptive epidemiology study is a retrospective review of insurance billing data of all patients aged 6 to 18 years with Current Procedural Terminology, Fourth Revision codes for ACL tear and reconstruction or International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes from 1994 to 2013...
February 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224943/medicare-telehealth-services-and-nephrology-policies-for-eligibility-and-payment
#18
REVIEW
Stephanie Frilling
The criteria for Medicare payment of telehealth nephrology services, and all other Medicare telehealth services, are set forth in section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act. There are just over 80 professional physician or practitioner services that may be furnished via telehealth and paid under Medicare Part B, when an interactive audio and video telecommunication system that permits real-time communication between a beneficiary at the originating site and the physician or practitioner at the distant site substitutes for an in-person encounter...
January 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222112/genome-wide-study-of-resistant-hypertension-identified-from-electronic-health-records
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Logan Dumitrescu, Marylyn D Ritchie, Joshua C Denny, Nihal M El Rouby, Caitrin W McDonough, Yuki Bradford, Andrea H Ramirez, Suzette J Bielinski, Melissa A Basford, High Seng Chai, Peggy Peissig, David Carrell, Jyotishman Pathak, Luke V Rasmussen, Xiaoming Wang, Jennifer A Pacheco, Abel N Kho, M Geoffrey Hayes, Martha Matsumoto, Maureen E Smith, Rongling Li, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff, Iftikhar J Kullo, Christopher G Chute, Rex L Chisholm, Gail P Jarvik, Eric B Larson, David Carey, Catherine A McCarty, Marc S Williams, Dan M Roden, Erwin Bottinger, Julie A Johnson, Mariza de Andrade, Dana C Crawford
Resistant hypertension is defined as high blood pressure that remains above treatment goals in spite of the concurrent use of three antihypertensive agents from different classes. Despite the important health consequences of resistant hypertension, few studies of resistant hypertension have been conducted. To perform a genome-wide association study for resistant hypertension, we defined and identified cases of resistant hypertension and hypertensives with treated, controlled hypertension among >47,500 adults residing in the US linked to electronic health records (EHRs) and genotyped as part of the electronic MEdical Records & GEnomics (eMERGE) Network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213057/utilization-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-for-uterine-cancer
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Jason D Wright, Stephanie Cham, Ling Chen, William M Burke, June Y Hou, Ana I Tergas, Vrunda Desai, Jim C Hu, Cande V Ananth, Alfred I Neugut, Dawn L Hershman
BACKGROUND: To limit the potential short and long-term morbidity of lymphadenectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy has been proposed for endometrial cancer. The principle of sentinel lymph node biopsy relies on removal of a small number of lymph nodes that are the first drainage basins from a tumor and thus the most likely to harbor tumor cells. While the procedure may reduce morbidity, efficacy data are limited and little is known about how commonly the procedure is performed. OBJECTIVE: We examined the patterns and predictors of use of sentinel lymph node biopsy and outcomes of the procedure in women with endometrial cancer who underwent hysterectomy...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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