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Billing and Coding

Cheryl R Laratta, Willis H Tsai, James Wick, Sachin R Pendharkar, Kerri A Johannson, Paul E Ronksley
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition associated with significant morbidity and health-care utilization. We determined the validity of an algorithm derived from administrative data for identifying OSA using the respiratory disturbance index (RDI) as the reference standard. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adults in Alberta, Canada referred for facility and community-based sleep diagnostic testing between July 2005 and August 2007. Validity indices were estimated for several case definitions of OSA derived from outpatient physician billing claims and hospital discharge codes...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Sleep Research
A Rumshisky, M Ghassemi, T Naumann, P Szolovits, V M Castro, T H McCoy, R H Perlis
The ability to predict psychiatric readmission would facilitate the development of interventions to reduce this risk, a major driver of psychiatric health-care costs. The symptoms or characteristics of illness course necessary to develop reliable predictors are not available in coded billing data, but may be present in narrative electronic health record (EHR) discharge summaries. We identified a cohort of individuals admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit between 1994 and 2012 with a principal diagnosis of major depressive disorder, and extracted inpatient psychiatric discharge narrative notes...
October 18, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
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
John C Victor, Kristen D C Lewis, Aldiouma Diallo, Mbayame N Niang, Bou Diarra, Ndongo Dia, Justin R Ortiz, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Jodi Feser, Rebecca Hoagland, Shannon L Emery, Kathryn E Lafond, Kathleen M Neuzil
BACKGROUND: Live attenuated influenza vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce influenza in diverse populations of children, but no efficacy studies have been done in resource-poor tropical settings. In Senegal, we assessed the efficacy and safety of a live attenuated influenza vaccine based on Russian-derived master donor viruses and licensed as a single dose. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, single-centre trial done near Niakhar, Senegal, generally healthy children aged 2-5 years were randomly allocated (2:1) to receive a single intranasal dose of masked trivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine or placebo...
October 13, 2016: Lancet Global Health
Yusuke Watanabe, Amin Madani, Elif Bilgic, Katherine M McKendy, Gada Enani, Iman Ghaderi, Gerald M Fried, Liane S Feldman, Melina C Vassiliou
BACKGROUND: General surgery residency may not adequately prepare residents for independent practice. It is unclear; however, if non-ACGME-accredited fellowships are better meeting training needs. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to determine perceived preparedness for practice and to identify gaps in fellowship training. METHODS: A survey was developed using an iterative qualitative methodology based on interviews and focus groups of graduated fellows and program directors...
October 14, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
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
Terri Downer, Florin Oprescu, Helen Forbes, Nikki Phillips, Lauren McTier, Bill Lord, Nigel Barr, Peter Bright, Vilma Simbag
A recent teaching and learning innovation using new technologies involves the use of quick response codes, which are read by smartphones and tablets. Integrating this technology as a teaching and learning strategy in nursing and midwifery education has been embraced by academics and students at a regional university.
July 2016: Nursing Education Perspectives
Laveena Munshi, Hayley B Gershengorn, Eddy Fan, Hannah Wunsch, Niall D Ferguson, Therese A Stukel, Gordon D Rubenfeld
RATIONALE: Adoption and de-adoption of adjuvant strategies to mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory failure (ARF), and factors associated with their selection, have not been extensively evaluated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate change in use of adjuvants to mechanical ventilation for ARF (2008-2013), the impact of landmark publications on adoption and de-adoption, and factors associated with use. METHODS: Changes in use of four adjuvants for ARF from 2008-2013, the impact of landmark publications on use, and factors associated with use were evaluated using the Premier Database...
October 13, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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
Kevin L Schwartz, Nathaniel Jembere, Michael A Campitelli, Sarah A Buchan, Hannah Chung, Jeffrey C Kwong
BACKGROUND: Owing to the absence of a vaccination registry in Ontario, administrative data are currently the best available source to determine population-based individual-level influenza vaccination status. Our objective was to validate physician billing claims for influenza vaccination in the Ontario Health Insurance Plan database against the Canadian Community Health Survey. METHODS: We used self-reported seasonal influenza vaccination status of Ontario residents surveyed between 2007 and 2009 as the reference standard...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Natalie Szpakowski, Maria C Bennell, Feng Qiu, Dennis T Ko, Jack V Tu, Paul Kurdyak, Harindra C Wijeysundera
BACKGROUND: Depression is prevalent among patients with myocardial infarction and is associated with a worse prognosis. However, little is known about its importance in patients with chronic stable angina. We conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study to determine the occurrence and predictors of developing depression in patients with a new diagnosis of chronic stable angina. In addition, we sought to understand its impact on subsequent clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our cohort included patients in Ontario, Canada, with stable angina based on obstructive coronary artery disease found on angiogram...
October 4, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
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
Shivali A Menda, Todd H Driver, Alexandra E Neiman, Seth Blumberg, Ayman Naseri, Jay M Stewart
OBJECTIVE: Investigate risk factors for unplanned return to the operating room after resident-performed cataract surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Institutional. METHODS: Study population: All patients with reoperation within 90 days of resident-performed phacoemulsification were matched to four control eyes which had surgery within 30 days of the reoperation at the same institution. OBSERVATION PROCEDURE: Billing codes were used to identify all patients who underwent resident-performed intended phacoemulsification with intraocular lens placement from January 2005 to December 2010...
September 29, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Christopher A Jones, Jean Acevedo, Janet Bull, Arif H Kamal
Although recommended for all persons with serious illness, advance care planning (ACP) has historically been a charitable clinical service. Inadequate or unreliable provisions for reimbursement, among other barriers, have spurred a gap between the evidence demonstrating the importance of timely ACP and recognition by payers for its delivery.(1) For the first time, healthcare is experiencing a dramatic shift in billing codes that support increased care management and care coordination. ACP, chronic care management, and transitional care management codes are examples of this newer recognition of the value of these types of services...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Eric L Wallace, Janice Lea, Ninad Chaudhary, Russell Griffin, Eric Hammelman, Joshua Cohen, James A Sloand
♦ Background: United States Renal Data System (USRDS) data from 2014 show that African Americans (AA) are underrepresented in the home dialysis population, with 6.4% versus 9.2% utilization in the general populace. This racial disparity may be inaccurately ascribed to the nation as a whole if regional and inter-state variability exists. This investigation sought to examine home dialysis utilization by minority Medicare beneficiary populations across the US nationally, regionally, and by individual state. ♦ Methods: The 2012 Medicare 100% Outpatient Standard Analytic File was used to identify all Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) patients, with state of residence and race, receiving an outpatient dialysis facility bill type...
September 28, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Kimeya F Ghaderi, Scott T Schmidt, Brian C Drolet
OBJECTIVE: Despite increased emphasis on systems-based practice through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies, few studies have examined what surgical residents know about coding and billing. We sought to create and measure the effectiveness of a multifaceted approach to improving resident knowledge and performance of documenting and coding outpatient encounters. DESIGN: We identified knowledge gaps and barriers to documentation and coding in the outpatient setting...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
Maria Victoria Fernández, Kathleen Black, David Carrell, Ben Saef, John Budde, Yuetiva Deming, Bill Howells, Jorge L Del-Aguila, Shengmei Ma, Catherine Bi, Joanne Norton, Rachel Chasse, John Morris, Alison Goate, Carlos Cruchaga
The accumulation of the toxic Aβ peptide in Alzheimer's disease (AD) largely relies upon an efficient recycling of amyloid precursor protein (APP). Recent genetic association studies have described rare variants in SORL1 with putative pathogenic consequences in the recycling of APP. In this work, we examine the presence of rare coding variants in SORL1 in three different European American cohorts: early-onset, late-onset AD (LOAD) and familial LOAD.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 21 September 2016; doi:10...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
J Ryan Hill, Braden McKnight, William C Pannell, Nathanael Heckmann, Lakshmanan Sivasundaram, Amir Mostofi, Reza Omid, George F Rick Hatch
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a large population of shoulder arthroscopy cases in order to provide insight into the risk factors associated with readmission following this common orthopaedic procedure. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database was queried using current procedural terminology (CPT) billing codes to identify all patients older than 18 years of age who underwent shoulder arthroscopy between 2011 and 2013...
September 15, 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Armin Arshi, Jeremiah R Cohen, Jeffrey C Wang, Sharon L Hame, David R McAllister, Kristofer J Jones
BACKGROUND: Treatment of patellofemoral instability has evolved as our understanding of the relevant pathoanatomy has improved. In light of these developments, current practice patterns and management trends have likely changed to reflect these advancements; however, this has not been evaluated in a formal study. PURPOSE: To determine nationwide patient demographics, surgical trends, and postoperative complications associated with the operative management of patellar instability surgery...
August 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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