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Arjun K Venkatesh, Changqin Wang, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha Altaf, Susannah M Bernheim, Leora Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission rates are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); however, the implications of emergency department (ED) visits following hospital discharge on readmissions are uncertain. We describe the frequency, diagnoses, and hospital-level variation in ED visitation following hospital discharge, including the relationship between risk-standardized ED visitation and readmission rates. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, and pneumonia between July 2011 and June 2012...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Saul Blecker, Ji Young Kwon, Jeph Herrin, Jacqueline N Grady, Leora I Horwitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Leora I Horwitz, Yongfei Wang, Faseeha K Altaf, Changqin Wang, Zhenqiu Lin, Shuling Liu, Jacqueline Grady, Susannah M Bernheim, Nihar R Desai, Arjun K Venkatesh, Jeph Herrin
BACKGROUND: Whether types of hospitals with high readmission rates also have high overall postdischarge acute care utilization (including emergency department and observation care) is unknown. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. SUBJECTS: Nonfederal United States acute care hospitals. MEASURES: Using methodology established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we calculated each hospital's "excess days in acute care" for fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries aged over 65 years discharged after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure (HF), or pneumonia, representing the mean difference between predicted and expected total days of acute care utilization in the 30 days following hospital discharge, per 100 discharges...
February 16, 2018: Medical Care
Saul Blecker, Jeph Herrin, Ji Young Kwon, Jacqueline N Grady, Simon Jones, Leora I Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization and readmission rates have decreased in recent years, with the possible consequence that hospitals are increasingly filled with high-risk patients. OBJECTIVE: We studied whether readmission reduction has affected the risk profile of hospitalized patients and whether readmission reduction was similarly realized among hospitalizations with low, medium, and high risk of readmissions. DESIGN: Retrospective study of hospitalizations between January 2009 and June 2015...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Soterios Gyftopoulos, Silas W Smith, Emma Simon, Masha Kuznetsova, Leora I Horwitz, Danil V Makarov
PURPOSE: To better understand the decision making behind the ordering of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) in the emergency department. METHODS: We conducted semistructured interviews with our institution's emergency medicine (EM) providers and radiologists who read CTPAs performed in the emergency department. We employed the Theoretical Domains Framework-a formal, structured approach used to better understand the motivations and beliefs of physicians surrounding a complex medical decision making-to categorize the themes that arose from our interviews...
October 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Jessica S Wang, Robert L Fogerty, Leora I Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic interchange of a same class medication for an outpatient medication is a widespread practice during hospitalization in response to limited hospital formularies. However, therapeutic interchange may increase risk of medication errors. The objective was to characterize the prevalence and safety of therapeutic interchange. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Secondary analysis of a transitions of care study. We included patients over age 64 admitted to a tertiary care hospital between 2009-2010 with heart failure, pneumonia, or acute coronary syndrome who were taking a medication in any of six commonly-interchanged classes on admission: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), histamine H2-receptor antagonists (H2 blockers), hydroxymethylglutaryl CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS)...
2017: PloS One
Gerald Elysee, Jeph Herrin, Leora I Horwitz
Stagnation in hospitals' adoption of data integration functionalities coupled with reduction in the number of operational health information exchanges could become a significant impediment to hospitals' adoption of 3 critical capabilities: electronic health information exchange, interoperability, and medication reconciliation, in which electronic systems are used to assist with resolving medication discrepancies and improving patient safety. Against this backdrop, we assessed the relationships between the 3 capabilities...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Leora I Horwitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Harlan M Krumholz, Kun Wang, Zhenqiu Lin, Kumar Dharmarajan, Leora I Horwitz, Joseph S Ross, Elizabeth E Drye, Susannah M Bernheim, Sharon-Lise T Normand
BACKGROUND: To isolate hospital effects on risk-standardized hospital-readmission rates, we examined readmission outcomes among patients who had multiple admissions for a similar diagnosis at more than one hospital within a given year. METHODS: We divided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hospital-wide readmission measure cohort from July 2014 through June 2015 into two random samples. All the patients in the cohort were Medicare recipients who were at least 65 years of age...
September 14, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Saul Blecker, David Sontag, Leora I Horwitz, Gilad Kuperman, Hannah Park, Alex Reyentovich, Stuart D Katz
BACKGROUND: Interventions to reduce readmissions after acute heart failure hospitalization require early identification of patients. The purpose of this study was to develop and test accuracies of various approaches to identify patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) with the use of data derived from the electronic health record. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 37,229 hospitalizations of adult patients at a single hospital during 2013-2015. We developed 4 algorithms to identify hospitalization with a principal discharge diagnosis of ADHF: 1) presence of 1 of 3 clinical characteristics, 2) logistic regression of 31 structured data elements, 3) machine learning with unstructured data, and 4) machine learning with the use of both structured and unstructured data...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Lindsay E Jubelt, Keith S Goldfeld, Saul B Blecker, Wei-Yi Chung, John A Bendo, Joseph A Bosco, Thomas J Errico, Anthony K Frempong-Boadu, Richard Iorio, James D Slover, Leora I Horwitz
INTRODUCTION: Orthopaedic care is shifting to alternative payment models. We examined whether New York University Langone Medical Center achieved savings under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. METHODS: This study was a difference-in-differences study of Medicare fee-for-service patients hospitalized from April 2011 to June 2012 and October 2013 to December 2014 for lower extremity joint arthroplasty, cardiac valve procedures, or spine surgery (intervention groups), or for congestive heart failure, major bowel procedures, medical peripheral vascular disorders, medical noninfectious orthopaedic care, or stroke (control group)...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Harry S Saag, Jingjing Chen, Joshua L Denson, Simon Jones, Leora Horwitz, Patrick M Cocks
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized medical patients undergoing transition of care by house staff teams at the end of a ward rotation are associated with an increased risk of mortality, yet best practices surrounding this transition are lacking. AIM: To assess the impact of a warm handoff protocol for end-of-rotation care transitions. SETTING: A large, university-based internal medicine residency using three different training sites. PARTICIPANTS: PGY-2 and PGY-3 internal medicine residents...
August 14, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kumar Dharmarajan, Yongfei Wang, Zhenqiu Lin, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Joseph S Ross, Leora I Horwitz, Nihar R Desai, Lisa G Suter, Elizabeth E Drye, Susannah M Bernheim, Harlan M Krumholz
Importance: The Affordable Care Act has led to US national reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates for heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia. Whether readmission reductions have had the unintended consequence of increasing mortality after hospitalization is unknown. Objective: To examine the correlation of paired trends in hospital 30-day readmission rates and hospital 30-day mortality rates after discharge. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years or older hospitalized with HF, AMI, or pneumonia from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2014...
July 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Amy M Salerno, Leora I Horwitz, Ji Young Kwon, Jeph Herrin, Jacqueline N Grady, Zhenqiu Lin, Joseph S Ross, Susannah M Bernheim
OBJECTIVE: To compare trends in readmission rates among safety net and non-safety net hospitals under the US Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). DESIGN: A retrospective time series analysis using Medicare administrative claims data from January 2008 to June 2015. SETTING: We examined 3254 US hospitals eligible for penalties under the HRRP, categorised as safety net or non-safety net hospitals based on the hospital's proportion of patients with low socioeconomic status...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
Joshua L Denson, Leora I Horwitz, Scott E Sherman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Leora I Horwitz, Susannah M Bernheim, Joseph S Ross, Jeph Herrin, Jacqueline N Grady, Harlan M Krumholz, Elizabeth E Drye, Zhenqiu Lin
BACKGROUND: Safety-net and teaching hospitals are somewhat more likely to be penalized for excess readmissions, but the association of other hospital characteristics with readmission rates is uncertain and may have relevance for hospital-centered interventions. OBJECTIVE: To examine the independent association of 8 hospital characteristics with hospital-wide 30-day risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR). DESIGN: This is a retrospective cross-sectional multivariable analysis...
May 2017: Medical Care
Saul Blecker, Talia Meisel, Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Donna Shelley, Leora I Horwitz
BACKGROUND: Many hospitalized patients have at least 1 chronic disease that is not optimally controlled. The purpose of this study was to explore inpatient provider attitudes about chronic disease management and, in particular, barriers and facilitators of chronic disease management in the hospital. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative study of semi-structured interviews of 31 inpatient providers from an academic medical center. We interviewed attending physicians, resident physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners from various specialties about attitudes, experiences with, and barriers and facilitators towards chronic disease management in the hospital...
March 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Harry S Saag, Claudette M Lajam, Simon Jones, Nikita Lakomkin, Joseph A Bosco, Rebecca Wallack, Spiros G Frangos, Prashant Sinha, Nicole Adler, Patti Ursomanno, Leora I Horwitz, Frank M Volpicelli
BACKGROUND: Educational and computerized interventions have been shown to reduce red blood cell (RBC) transfusion rates, yet controversy remains surrounding the optimal strategy needed to achieve sustained reductions in liberal transfusions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of clinician decision support (CDS) along with targeted education on liberal RBC utilization to four high-utilizing service lines compared with no education to control service lines across an academic medical center...
April 2017: Transfusion
Nihar R Desai, Joseph S Ross, Ji Young Kwon, Jeph Herrin, Kumar Dharmarajan, Susannah M Bernheim, Harlan M Krumholz, Leora I Horwitz
Importance: Readmission rates declined after announcement of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), which penalizes hospitals for excess readmissions for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia. Objective: To compare trends in readmission rates for target and nontarget conditions, stratified by hospital penalty status. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries older than 64 years discharged between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2015, from 2214 penalty hospitals and 1283 nonpenalty hospitals...
December 27, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Joshua L Denson, Ashley Jensen, Harry S Saag, Binhuan Wang, Yixin Fang, Leora I Horwitz, Laura Evans, Scott E Sherman
Importance: Shift-to-shift transitions in care among house staff are associated with adverse events. However, the association between end-of-rotation transition (in which care of the patient is transferred) and adverse events is uncertain. Objective: To examine the association of end-of-rotation house staff transitions with mortality among hospitalized patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective multicenter cohort study of patients admitted to internal medicine services (N = 230 701) at 10 university-affiliated US Veterans Health Administration hospitals (2008-2014)...
December 6, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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