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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816101/measurement-of-total-hemoglobin-reduces-red-cell-transfusion-in-hospitalized-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-database-analysis
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Christopher Craver, Kathy W Belk, Gerard J Myers
INTRODUCTION: Historically, perioperative hemoglobin monitoring has relied on calculated saturation, using blood gas devices that measure plasma hematocrit (Hct). Co-oximetry, which measures total hemoglobin (tHb), yields a more comprehensive assessment of hemodilution. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of tHb measurement by co-oximetry and Hct, using conductivity with red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, length of stay (LOS) and inpatient costs in patients having major cardiac surgery...
August 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815131/integrating-medication-alert-data-into-a-clinical-data-repository-to-enable-retrospective-study-of-drug-interaction-alerts-in-clinical-practice
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Mei Liu, Brittany L Melton, Gregory Ator, Lemuel R Waitman
Current clinical data repositories primarily extract data from multiple administrative and electronic medical record (EMR) data resources (e.g., hospital and physician billing records) containing specific patient-level data including demographics, medications, laboratory results, diagnoses, and procedure codes. It overlooks the importance of EMR system-level data (e.g., medication alerts that are routinely used by physicians, nurses, and pharmacists for decision support) for the surveillance of EMR decision support tools...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811061/surgical-demographics-of-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-and-cubital-tunnel-syndrome-over-5-years-at-a-single-institution
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Dafang Zhang, Jamie E Collins, Brandon E Earp, Philip Blazar
PURPOSE: Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome are the 2 most common upper-limb compressive neuropathies. However, whether the characteristics of patient populations undergoing surgery for these conditions are similar is unclear in terms of demographics and concomitant pathologies. Our null hypothesis was that there are no identifiable differences between these patient populations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed by billing system query using Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for all patients who underwent open carpal tunnel release (CTR) (CPT code 64721) and/or open cubital tunnel surgery (CPT code 64718) by 1 of 4 hand surgeons from August 2008 to July 2013...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798324/calcium-imaging-revealed-no-modulatory-effect-on-odor-evoked-responses-of-the-drosophila-antennal-lobe-by-two-populations-of-inhibitory-local-interneurons
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Martin F Strube-Bloss, Veit Grabe, Bill S Hansson, Silke Sachse
Although we have considerable knowledge about how odors are represented in the antennal lobe (AL), the insects' analogue to the olfactory bulb, we still do not fully understand how the different neurons in the AL network contribute to the olfactory code. In Drosophila melanogaster we can selectively manipulate specific neuronal populations to elucidate their function in odor processing. Here we silenced the synaptic transmission of two distinct subpopulations of multiglomerular GABAergic local interneurons (LN1 and LN2) using shibire (shi (ts) ) and analyzed their impact on odor-induced glomerular activity at the AL input and output level...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777183/sleep-medicine-coding-and-coverage-guidelines
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Waleed Hamed El-Feky, David A Evans
Successful sleep billing and reimbursement is dependent on correct reporting of proper diagnostic codes for sleep disorders and associated testing. Recent changes in disease classification systems have affected the coding for sleep disorders. Guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and followed by third-party payers provide direction for the required techniques and indications for sleep procedures.
August 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768541/key-populations-and-human-rights-in-the-context-of-hiv-services-rendition-in-ghana
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Amos Laar, Debra DeBruin
BACKGROUND: In line with its half century old penal code, Ghana currently criminalizes and penalizes behaviors of some key populations - populations deemed to be at higher risk of acquiring or transmitting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Men who have sex with men (MSM), and sex workers (SWs) fit into this categorization. This paper provides an analysis of how enactment and implementation of rights-limiting laws not only limit rights, but also amplify risk and vulnerability to HIV in key and general populations...
August 2, 2017: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765247/a-longitudinal-study-of-ambulatory-physician-encounters-emergency-room-visits-and-hospitalizations-by-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-13-year-population-health-study
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John G Hanly, Kara Thompson, Chris Skedgel
OBJECTIVE: To determine total physician encounters, emergency room (ER) visits, and hospitalizations in an incident cohort of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cases and matched control patients over 13 years. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed using administrative healthcare data from about 1 million people with access to universal healthcare. Using the International Classification of Diseases, 9th ed (ICD-9) and ICD-10 diagnostic codes, 7 RA case definitions were used...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761589/the-role-of-urinary-cytology-when-diagnostic-workup-is-suspicious-for-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-but-tumour-biopsy-is-nonconfirmatory
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David Horovitz, Yifan Meng, Jean V Joseph, Changyong Feng, Guan Wu, Hani Rashid, Edward M Messing
INTRODUCTION: We sought to determine the value of obtaining preoperative urinary cytology when diagnostic workup of an upper tract mass is suspicious for upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC), but biopsy fails to confirm the diagnosis. METHODS: Using billing code data, 239 patients were identified as having undergone radical nephroureterectomy (RNU) by 16 urologists from September 29, 1998 to July 31, 2015. Of this group, 19 adult patients had a presumed preoperative diagnosis of UTUC in a native kidney, at least three months of followup, no history of concurrent radical cystectomy with RNU, and negative/non-diagnostic tissue biopsy...
July 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752842/usp6-activation-in-nodular-fasciitis-by-promoter-swapping-gene-fusions
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Nimesh R Patel, John S A Chrisinger, Elizabeth G Demicco, Stephen F Sarabia, Jacquelyn Reuther, Erica Kumar, Andre M Oliveira, Steven D Billings, Judith V M G Bovée, Angshumoy Roy, Alexander J Lazar, Dolores H Lopez-Terrada, Wei-Lien Wang
Nodular fasciitis is a self-limited myofibroblastic lesion that can be misdiagnosed as a sarcoma as a result of its rapid growth, cellularity, and sometimes prominent mitotic activity. A recurrent translocation t(17;22) has been identified in nodular fasciitis, fusing the coding region of USP6 to the promoter region of MYH9, and resulting in increased USP6 expression. A subset of cases show USP6 rearrangement without the typical fusion variants by RT-PCR, or any MYH9 rearrangement by FISH. We sought to further characterize such tumors using molecular diagnostic assays...
July 28, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746700/risk-factors-for-melanoma-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Mona Ascha, Mustafa S Ascha, Joseph Tanenbaum, Jeremy S Bordeaux
Importance: Melanoma risk factors and incidence in renal transplant recipients can inform decision making for both patients and clinicians. Objective: To determine risk factors and characteristics of renal transplant recipients who develop melanoma. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cohort study of a large national data registry used a cohort of renal transplant recipients from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) database from the years 2004 through 2012...
July 26, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739031/comparison-of-outcomes-of-pericardiocentesis-versus-surgical-pericardial-window-in-patients-requiring-drainage-of-pericardial-effusions
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Samuel E Horr, Amgad Mentias, Penny L Houghtaling, Andrew J Toth, Eugene H Blackstone, Douglas R Johnston, Allan L Klein
Comparative outcomes of patients undergoing pericardiocentesis or pericardial window are limited. Development of pericardial effusion after cardiac surgery is common but no data exist to guide best management. Procedural billing codes and Cleveland Clinic surgical registries were used to identify 1,281 patients who underwent either pericardiocentesis or surgical pericardial window between January 2000 and December 2012. The 656 patients undergoing an intervention for a pericardial effusion secondary to cardiac surgery were also compared...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731893/validity-of-administrative-data-in-identifying-cancer-related-events-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-a-population-based-study-using-the-impact-cohort
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Sumit Gupta, Paul C Nathan, Nancy N Baxter, Cindy Lau, Corinne Daly, Jason D Pole
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of estimating population level cancer outcomes, most registries do not collect critical events such as relapse. Attempts to use health administrative data to identify these events have focused on older adults and have been mostly unsuccessful. We developed and tested administrative data-based algorithms in a population-based cohort of adolescents and young adults with cancer. METHODS: We identified all Ontario adolescents and young adults 15-21 years old diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, or testicular cancer between 1992-2012...
July 20, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715295/prevalence-of-home-parenteral-and-enteral-nutrition-in-the-united-states
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Manpreet S Mundi, Adele Pattinson, Megan T McMahon, Jacob Davidson, Ryan T Hurt
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is highly prevalent and associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Studies continue to reveal significant clinical benefits with nutrition support, including improved wound healing, reduction in complications and length of stay, and mortality. Due to these benefits, the prevalence of home parenteral and enteral nutrition (HPEN) continues to increase worldwide. In the United States, given our healthcare insurance landscape, it has been very difficult to ascertain the true prevalence of HPEN...
July 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712922/utilization-of-manipulative-treatment-for-spine-and-shoulder-conditions-between-different-medical-providers-in-a-large-military-hospital
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Daniel Rhon, Tina Greenleee, Julie Fritz
OBJECTIVE: Describe the use of manipulative treatment for shoulder and spine conditions between various provider types. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort SETTING: Single military hospital PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive sample of 7,566 patients seeking care for an initial spine or shoulder condition from 1 January to 31 December 2009. INTERVENTIONS: Manipulative treatment (e.g. manual therapy, spinal and joint manipulation, etc). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Manipulation treatment was identified with procedure billing codes in medical records...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710646/-outpatient-emergency-treatment-of-nursing-home-residents-analysis-of-insurance-claims-data
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Insa Seeger, Andres Luque Ramos, Falk Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Utilization of outpatient emergency services by nursing home residents is increasing; however, out of hours medical care (OOHC) in Germany has not yet been studied. OBJECTIVE: In Bremen the used billing codes enabled a comparison between the use of outpatient emergency care in the year before and the year after admission to a nursing home stratified by emergency departments and OOHC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study we used insurance claims data of residents in Bremen, who were insured in a large German statutory health insurance (DAK-Gesundheit)...
July 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706426/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-gastroparesis
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Vaibhav Wadhwa, Dhruv Mehta, Yash Jobanputra, Rocio Lopez, Prashanthi N Thota, Madhusudhan R Sanaka
AIM: To use a national database of United States hospitals to evaluate the incidence and costs of hospital admissions associated with gastroparesis. METHODS: We analyzed the National Inpatient Sample Database (NIS) for all patients in whom gastroparesis (ICD-9 code: 536.3) was the principal discharge diagnosis during the period, 1997-2013. The NIS is the largest publicly available all-payer inpatient care database in the United States. It contains data from approximately eight million hospital stays each year...
June 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703341/esophageal-function-testing-billing-and-coding-update
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A Khan, B Massey, S Rao, J Pandolfino
Esophageal function testing is being increasingly utilized in diagnosis and management of esophageal disorders. There have been several recent technological advances in the field to allow practitioners the ability to more accurately assess and treat such conditions, but there has been a relative lack of education in the literature regarding the associated Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and methods of reimbursement. This review, commissioned and supported by the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Council, aims to summarize each of the CPT codes for esophageal function testing and show the trends of associated reimbursement, as well as recommend coding methods in a practical context...
July 13, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701222/how-well-do-icd-9-physician-claim-diagnostic-codes-identify-confirmed-pertussis-cases-in-alberta-canada-a-canadian-immunization-research-network-cirn-study
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Sumana Fathima, Kimberley A Simmonds, Steven J Drews, Lawrence W Svenson, Jeffrey C Kwong, Salaheddin M Mahmud, Susan Quach, Caitlin Johnson, Kevin L Schwartz, Natasha S Crowcroft, Margaret L Russell
BACKGROUND: Rates of Bordetella pertussis have been increasing in Alberta, Canada despite vaccination programs. Waning immunity from existing acellular component vaccines may be contributing to this. Vaccine effectiveness can be estimated using a variety of data sources including diagnostic codes from physician billing claims, public health records, reportable disease and laboratory databases. We sought to determine if diagnostic codes from billing claims (administrative data) are adequately sensitive and specific to identify pertussis cases among patients who had undergone disease-specific laboratory testing...
July 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700736/short-term-rehospitalization-across-the-spectrum-of-age-and-insurance-types-in-the-united-states
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Jordan B Strom, Daniel B Kramer, Yun Wang, Changyu Shen, Jason H Wasfy, Bruce E Landon, Elissa H Wilker, Robert W Yeh
Few studies have examined rates and causes of short-term readmissions among adults across age and insurance types. We compared rates, characteristics, and costs of 30-day readmission after all-cause hospitalizations across insurance types in the US. We retrospectively evaluated alive patients ≥18 years old, discharged for any cause, 1/1/13-11/31/13, 2006 non-federal hospitals in 21 states in the Nationwide Readmissions Database. The primary stratification variable of interest was primary insurance. Comorbid conditions were assessed based on Elixhauser comorbidities, as defined by administrative billing codes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697724/early-characteristics-of-infants-with-pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-referral-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Shilpa Vyas-Read, Usama Kanaan, Prabhu Shankar, Jane Stremming, Curtis Travers, David P Carlton, Anne Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: Approximately 8-23% of premature infants develop pulmonary hypertension (PH), and this diagnosis confers a higher possibility of mortality. As a result, professional societies recommend PH screening in premature infants. However, the risk factors for and the outcomes of PH may differ depending on the timing of its diagnosis, and little evidence is available to determine at-risk infants in the referral neonatal population. The objective of this study was to define clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of infants with pulmonary hypertension during the neonatal hospital course and at or near-term...
July 11, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
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