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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722550/the-hub-and-spoke-organization-design-an-avenue-for-serving-patients-well
#1
James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: The healthcare industry is characterized by intensive, never-ending change occurring on a multitude of fronts. Success in such tumultuous environments requires healthcare providers to be proficient in myriad areas, including the manner in which they organize and deliver services. Less efficient designs drain precious resources and hamper efforts to deliver the best care possible to patients, making it imperative that optimal pathways are identified and pursued. One particular avenue that offers great potential for serving patients efficiently and effectively is known as the hub-and-spoke organization design...
July 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719098/a-pyridoindole-based-multifunctional-bioprobe-ph-induced-fluorescence-switching-and-specific-targeting-of-lipid-droplets
#2
Bahadur Sk, Pilendra Thakre, Raghuvir Singh Tomar, Abhijit Patra
A versatile fluorescent probe, PITE, based on alkyl substituted pyridoindole (PI) and tetraphenylethylene (TE) exhibiting facile pH-induced fluorescence switching in solution, nanoparticles and solid state is presented. Strong fluorescence in the solid state besides solution and aggregated state allow sensing of toxic acid vapor. Fluorescence "off-on" switching of PITE by exposing to trifluoracetic acid and triethylamine vapor is visualized through naked eyes. A unified picture of switchable fluorescence of PITE is obtained by comprehensive spectroscopic investigations coupled with quantum mechanical calculations...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700190/getting-to-the-root-of-high-prescription-drug-prices
#3
Henry Waxman, Bill Corr, Kristi Martin, Sophia Duong
ISSUE: Historic increases in prescription drug prices and spending are contributing to unsustainable health care costs in the United States. There is widespread public support for elected officials to address the problem. GOAL: To document the drivers of high U.S. prescription drug prices and offer a broad range of feasible policy actions. METHODS: Interviews with experts and organizations engaged with prescription drug development and utilization, pricing, regulation, and clinical practice. Review of policy documents, proposals, and position statements from a variety of stakeholders...
July 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697119/when-guild-interests-and-professional-obligations-collide
#4
Howard Minkoff, Jeffrey Ecker
Physicians who work in medical organizations are called on to fulfill two roles: guild members who work to advance physician interests (eg, lobbying for tort reform) and professional society members who work to advance patient interests (eg, developing clinical guidelines). Most often, physicians' self-interest and their interest in patient well-being align. When they do not, members of a guild or profession may justify the prioritization of self-interest with a form of motivated reasoning (a process wherein physicians weigh data differently depending on whether it supports their a priori beliefs)...
July 7, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674741/new-tumour-entities-in-the-4th-edition-of-the-world-health-organization-classification-of-head-and-neck-tumours-odontogenic-and-maxillofacial-bone-tumours
#5
REVIEW
Paul M Speight, Takashi Takata
The latest (4th) edition of the World Health Organization Classification of Head and Neck tumours has recently been published with a number of significant changes across all tumour sites. In particular, there has been a major attempt to simplify classifications and to use defining criteria which can be used globally in all situations, avoiding wherever possible the use of complex molecular techniques which may not be affordable or widely available. This review summarises the changes in Chapter 8: Odontogenic and maxillofacial bone lesions...
July 3, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666472/policy-entrepreneurship-in-the-reform-of-pediatric-dentistry
#6
Burton L Edelstein, William R Maas
In a recently published IJHPR article, Cohen and Horev ask whether an individual who holds rightful governmental power is able to effectively "challenge the equilibrium" in ways that might "clash with the goals" of an influential group". This question is raised within the context of a shift in governmental policy that imposed the potential for cost management by HMOs acting as financial intermediaries for pediatric dental care in an effort to provide Israeli children better access to affordable dental care...
June 30, 2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664510/creating-integrated-strategies-for-increasing-access-to-healthy-affordable-food-in-urban-communities-a-case-study-of-intersecting-food-initiatives
#7
Michele Silver, Afia Bediako, Tracey Capers, Aysu Kirac, Nicholas Freudenberg
In New York and other cities, substantial evidence documents that community food environments interact with inequitable allocation of power, wealth, and services to shape the distribution of diet-related diseases and food insecurity. This case study shows how one Central Brooklyn community organization, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, has launched multiple coordinated food initiatives in order to reduce the burden of food-related health problems and boost community development. The report used standard case study methods to document the implementation of the New York City Food and Fitness Partnership in Central Brooklyn...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663178/falling-through-the-coverage-cracks-how-documentation-status-minimizes-immigrants-access-to-health-care
#8
Tiffany D Joseph
Recent policy debates have centered on health reform and who should benefit from such policy. Most immigrants are excluded from the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) due to federal restrictions on public benefits for certain immigrants. But, some subnational jurisdictions have extended coverage options to federally ineligible immigrants. Yet, less is known about the effectiveness of such inclusive reforms for providing coverage and care to immigrants in those jurisdictions. This article examines the relationship between coverage and health care access for immigrants under comprehensive health reform in the Boston metropolitan area...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663177/introduction-the-many-roads-toward-achieving-health-equity
#9
Alan B Cohen, Colleen M Grogan, Jedediah N Horwitt
This special issue of the Journal is devoted to understanding the many roads that lead toward achieving health equity. The eleven articles in the issue portray an America that is struggling with the clash between its historical ideal of pursuing equality for all and its ambivalence toward achieving equity in all social domains, especially health. Organized in five sections, the issue contains articles that examine and analyze: the role of civil rights law and the courts in shaping health equity; the political discourse that has framed our understanding of health equity; health policies that affect health equity, such as the Medicaid program, as well as related strategies that might help to improve equity, such as the use of mobile technologies to empower individuals; immigration policies and practices that impact health equity in marginalized populations; and commentaries in the final section that explore how the Affordable Care Act has addressed health equity, how repeal of the law would jeopardize equity gains, and how the political discourse and culture of the Trump administration could adversely affect health equity...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661770/beyond-health-effects-examining-the-social-consequences-of-community-levels-of-uninsurance-pre-aca
#10
Tara McKay, Stefan Timmermans
The lack of health insurance is traditionally considered a problem faced by individuals and their families. However, because of the geographically bounded organization and funding of healthcare in the United States, levels of uninsurance in a community may affect everyone living there. Health economists have examined how the effects of uninsurance spillover from the uninsured to the insured, negatively affecting healthcare access and quality for the insured. We extend research on uninsurance into the domain of sociologists by theorizing how uninsurance might exacerbate social inequalities and undermine social cohesion within communities...
March 2017: Journal of Health and Social Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661388/integration-of-medication-management-into-occupational-therapy-practice
#11
Jaclyn K Schwartz, Roger O Smith
Occupational therapy practitioners enable clients to improve performance in everyday occupations. As health care reform precipitates changes across health care service organizations, occupational therapy professionals must seize the opportunity to apply their unique skills and perspective to meet the changing needs of clients and other stakeholders. In this article, we explore the role and distinct value of occupational therapy practitioners in one area of changing need: medication management. We find that occupational therapy practitioners have unique skills that complement the factors affecting medication nonadherence and evidence-based interventions...
July 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658031/performance-indicators-in-spine-surgery
#12
Godefroy Hardy St-Pierre, Michael H Yang, Jonathan Bourget-Murray, Ken C Thomas, R John Hurlbert, Nikolas Matthes
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic Review. OBJECTIVE: Elucidate how performance indicators are currently used in spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has given significant traction to the idea that healthcare must provide value to the patient through the introduction of hospital value-based purchasing. The key to implementing this new paradigm is to measure this value notably through performance indicators...
June 27, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647442/the-impact-of-the-transition-from-volume-to-value-on-heart-failure-care-implications-of-novel-payment-models-and-quality-improvement-initiatives
#13
REVIEW
Dushyanth Srinivasan, Nihar R Desai
In response to wide variation in quality and outcomes as well as escalating health care costs, the U.S. health care system is transitioning away from a volume based payment system to a quality- and value-based system. Medicare, the largest insurer and payer of healthcare, has accelerated the movement towards value-based care with the development and implementation of myriad alternative payment models and pay for performance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act. Given that heart failure affects a significant number of Medicare patients and these patients account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare utilization and spending, heart failure has become a focal point for these initiatives...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646907/dimensions-of-social-capital-of-families-with-thalassemia-in-an-indigenous-population-in-tamil-nadu-india-a-qualitative-study
#14
Bharathi Palanisamy, Kalpana Kosalram, Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that social capital is positively associated with health, and the association is context-based. Indigenous populations with poor access to health care largely depend on social capital for their health care needs. This study was conducted to explore the dimensions and types of social capital and its utilization by families with thalassemia for their health and well-being in an indigenous population in Tamil Nadu, India. METHODS: The participants in the study were parents who had children with thalassemia, belonged to an indigenous community in Tamil Nadu, were poor and marginalized, and had poor access to health care...
June 24, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627110/patient-preferences-for-healthcare-delivery-through-community-pharmacy-settings-in-the-usa-a-discrete-choice-study
#15
M Feehan, M Walsh, J Godin, D Sundwall, M A Munger
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: In order to improve public health, it is necessary to facilitate patients' easy access to affordable high-quality primary health care, and one enhanced approach to do so may be to provide primary healthcare services in the community pharmacy setting. Discrete choice experiments to evaluate patient demand for services in pharmacy are relatively limited and have been hampered by a focus on only a few service alternatives, most focusing on changes in more traditional pharmacy services...
June 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612044/health-care-merged-with-senior-housing-description-and-evaluation-of-a-successful-program
#16
Theresa Teta Barry
Objective: This article describes and evaluates a successful partnership between a large health care organization and housing for seniors. The program provides on-site, primary care visits by a physician and a nurse in addition to intensive social services to residents in an affordable senior housing apartment building located in Pennsylvania. Per Donabedian's "Structure-Process-Outcome" model, the program demonstrated positive health care outcomes for its participants via a prescribed structure. To provide guidance for replication in similar settings, we qualitatively evaluated the processes by which successful outcomes were obtained...
January 2017: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608018/surgical-human-resources-according-to-types-of-health-care-facility-an-assessment-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
#17
Shirwa Sheik Ali, Zahra Jaffry, Meena N Cherian, Teena Kunjumen, Annette M Nkwowane, Andrew J M Leather, Hernan Montenegro Von Muhlenbrock, Edward Kelley, James Campbell
BACKGROUND: A robust health care system providing safe surgical care to a population can only be achieved in conjunction with access to competent surgical personnel. It has been reported that 5 billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed. This study aims to fill the existing gap in evidence by quantifying shortfalls in trained personnel delivering safe surgical and anaesthetic care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the type of health care facility...
June 12, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600490/treating-tobacco-dependence-guidance-for-primary-care-on-life-saving-interventions-position-statement-of-the-ipcrg
#18
O C P Van Schayck, S Williams, V Barchilon, N Baxter, M Jawad, P A Katsaounou, B J Kirenga, C Panaitescu, K W I G Tsiligianni, N Zwar, A Ostrem
Tobacco smoking is the world's leading cause of premature death and disability. Global targets to reduce premature deaths by 25% by 2025 will require a substantial increase in the number of smokers making a quit attempt, and a significant improvement in the success rates of those attempts in low, middle and high income countries. In many countries the only place where the majority of smokers can access support to quit is primary care. There is strong evidence of cost-effective interventions in primary care yet many opportunities to put these into practice are missed...
June 9, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588156/clinical-presentation-of-adult-pulmonary-tuberculosis-ptb-a-study-of-103-cases-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital
#19
T K Barman, S Roy, M A Hossain, G R Bhuiyan, S Abedin
Tuberculosis, one of the oldest diseases known to affect humans, is a major cause of death worldwide. The disease, which is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, usually affects the lungs, although other organs are involved in up to one-third of causes. If properly treated, tuberculosis caused by drug-susceptible strains is curable in virtually all cases. If untreated, the disease may be fatal within five years in 50-65% of cases. Transmission usually takes place through the airborne spread of droplet nuclei produced by patients with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis...
April 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578605/mortality-differences-between-traditional-medicare-and-medicare-advantage-a-risk-adjusted-assessment-using-claims-data
#20
Roy A Beveridge, Sean M Mendes, Arial Caplan, Teresa L Rogstad, Vanessa Olson, Meredith C Williams, Jacquelyn M McRae, Stefan Vargas
Medicare Advantage (MA) has grown rapidly since the Affordable Care Act; nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries now choose MA. An assessment of the comparative value of the 2 options is confounded by an apparent selection bias favoring MA, as reflected in mortality differences. Previous assessments have been hampered by lack of access to claims diagnosis data for the MA population. An indirect comparison of mortality as an outcome variable was conducted by modeling mortality on a traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare data set, applying the model to an MA data set, and then evaluating the ratio of actual-to-predicted mortality in the MA data set...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
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