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David A Watters, Glenn D Guest, Viliami Tangi, Mark G Shrime, John G Meara
Progress in achieving "universal access to safe, affordable surgery, and anesthesia care when needed" is dependent on consensus not only about the key messages but also on what metrics should be used to set goals and measure progress. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery not only achieved consensus on key messages but also recommended 6 key metrics to inform national surgical plans and monitor scale-up toward 2030. These metrics measure access to surgery, as well as its timeliness, safety, and affordability: (1) Two-hour access to the 3 Bellwether procedures (cesarean delivery, emergency laparotomy, and management of an open fracture); (2) Surgeon, Anesthetist, and Obstetrician workforce >20/100,000; (3) Surgical volume of 5000 procedures/100,000; (4) Reporting of perioperative mortality rate; and (5 and 6) Risk rates of catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment when requiring surgery...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Carolyn H Tuohy
As the National Health Service (NHS) turns 70, it bears comparison with another universal system celebrating an anniversary this year: Canada's 50-year-old medicare model. Each system is iconically popular, and each revolves around a profession-state accommodation. Both the popularity and the central axis of each system have been tested by external shocks in the form of periodic fiscal cycles of investment and austerity, and internal stresses generating organizational cycles of centralization and decentralization...
March 16, 2018: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
J Russell Hoverman, Marcus A Neubauer, Melissa Jameson, Jad E Hayes, Kathryn J Eagye, Mitra Abdullahpour, Wendy J Haydon, Maria Sipala, Amy Supraner, Michael A Kolodziej, Diana K Verrilli
PURPOSE: Reform of cancer care delivery seeks to control costs while improving quality. Texas Oncology collaborated with Aetna to conduct a payer-sponsored program that used evidence-based treatment pathways, a disease management call center, and an introduction to advance care planning to improve patient care and reduce total costs. METHODS: From June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2016, 746 Medicare Advantage patients with nine common cancer diagnoses were enrolled. Patients electing for patient support services were telephoned by oncology nurses who assessed symptoms and quality of life and introduced advance care planning...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
Augustine Tee, Wai Leng Chow, Colin Burke, Guruprasad Basavarajaiah
INTRODUCTION: In light of the growing evidence base for better clinical results with the use of the dual bronchodilator indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) over inhaled corticosteroid-containing salmeterol/fluticasone combination (SFC), this study aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of IND/GLY over SFC in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at low risk of exacerbations in the Singapore healthcare setting. METHODS: A previously published patient-level simulation model was adapted for use in Singapore by applying local unit costs...
March 16, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
Andras Inotai, Marcell Csanadi, Guenka Petrova, Maria Dimitrova, Tomasz Bochenek, Tomas Tesar, Kristina York, Leos Fuksa, Alexander Kostyuk, Laszlo Lorenzovici, Vitaly Omelyanovskiy, Katalin Egyed, Zoltan Kalo
This policy research aims to map patient access barriers to biologic treatments, to explore how increased uptake of biosimilars may lower these hurdles and to identify factors limiting the increased utilisation of biosimilars. A policy survey was developed to review these questions in 10 Central and Eastern European (CEE) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. Two experts (one public and one private sector representative) from each country completed the survey. Questions were related to patient access, purchasing, clinical practice, and real-world data collection on both original biologics and biosimilars...
2018: BioMed Research International
Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
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Background: Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must manage their blood glucose levels by monitoring the amount of glucose in their blood and administering appropriate amounts of insulin via injection or an insulin pump. Continuous glucose monitoring may be beneficial compared to self-monitoring of blood glucose using a blood glucose meter. It provides insight into a person's blood glucose levels on a continuous basis, and can identify whether blood glucose levels are trending up or down...
2018: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series
J Breza, Z Durackova, J Payer, A Dukat, J Breza
Asymptomatic atherosclerotic disease is prevalent in the middle-aged group of kidney transplant recipients. In order to improve the estimation of their cardiovascular risk, dyslipidaemia pattern is very important to be evaluated. Knowledge of the lipid particle spectrum in patients undergoing kidney transplantation could help the clinicians to timely start intervention and prevention of atherosclerosis with an early hypolipidemic statin treatment (Tab. 2, Ref. 20).
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Rhodri Saunders, Jason A Davis, Peter Kranke, Rachel Weissbrod, David K Whitaker, Jenifer R Lightdale
Background: Studies have reported on the incidence of sedation-related adverse events (AEs), but little is known about their impact on health care costs and resource use. Methods: Health care providers and payers in five countries were recruited for an online survey by independent administrators to ensure that investigators and respondents were blinded to each other. Surveys were conducted in the local language and began with a "screener" to ensure that respondents had relevant expertise and experience...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Winston Liaw, Daniel McCorry, Andrew Bazemore
With most providers accepting private and public funding, the US exemplifies hybridization, which results in both systemic benefits and harms. While this practice stimulates innovation, encourages practices to be efficient, and increases choice, it has also been linked to gaps in patient safety and overtreatment. We propose three lessons from the US for navigating a public and private system: hybridization allows for innovation; hybridization leads to administrative complexity; and if the costs of participation outweigh the benefits, practices may undergo dehybridization...
September 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Julie C Fitzgerald, Yimei Li, Brian T Fisher, Yuan-Shung Huang, Tamara P Miller, Rochelle Bagatell, Alix E Seif, Richard Aplenc, Neal J Thomas
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate hospital-level variability in resource utilization and mortality in children with new leukemia who require ICU support, and identify factors associated with variation. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Children's hospitals contributing to the Pediatric Health Information Systems administrative database from 1999 to 2011. PATIENTS: Inpatients less than 25 years old with newly diagnosed acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute myeloid leukemia requiring ICU support (n = 1,754)...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Stefan E Payer, Hannah Pollak, Silvia M Glueck, Kurt Faber
The promiscuous regio- and stereoselective hydration of 4-hydroxystyrenes catalyzed by ferulic acid decarboxylase from Enterobacter sp. (FDC_ Es ) depends on bicarbonate bound in the active site, which serves as a proton relay activating a water molecule for nucleophilic attack on a quinone methide electrophile. This "cofactor" is crucial for achieving improved conversions and high stereoselectivities for ( S )-configured benzylic alcohol products. Similar effects were observed with simple aliphatic carboxylic acids as additives...
March 2, 2018: ACS Catalysis
William J Valentine, Kate Van Brunt, Kristina S Boye, Richard F Pollock
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the cost effectiveness of rapid-acting analog insulin relative to regular human insulin in adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Germany. METHODS: The PRIME Diabetes Model, a patient-level, discrete event simulation model, was used to project long-term clinical and cost outcomes for patients with type 1 diabetes from the perspective of a German healthcare payer. Simulated patients had a mean age of 21.5 years, duration of diabetes of 8...
March 10, 2018: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Subir Bhatia, Shilpkumar Arora, Sravya M Bhatia, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Yogesh N V Reddy, Parshva Patel, Charanjit S Rihal, Bernard J Gersh, Abhishek Deshmukh
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. CKD complicates referral for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients because of the risk for acute kidney injury and the need for dialysis, with American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines underscoring the limited data on these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the National Inpatient Sample to analyze hospitalizations in the United States from 2004 to 2014, we sought to assess PCI utilization and in-hospital outcomes in NSTEMI admissions with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Alexandros Briasoulis, Chakradhari Inampudi, Emmanuel Akintoye, Oluwole Adegbala, Paulino Alvarez, Jay Bhama
The utilization of contemporary continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVADs) has increased, accounting for >90% of implants from 2009 to 2014. The present study aimed to identify the annual national estimates in utilization, in-hospital mortality, and major complications with CF-LVAD using data from the National Inpatient Sample, the largest all-payer inpatient data set in the United States, and the US Census Bureau, for the years 2009 to 2014. Participants included all adult patients who received CF-LVADs from 2009 to 2014...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Robert J Wong, Mamta K Jain, George Therapondos, Mitchell L Shiffman, Onkar Kshirsagar, Christopher Clark, Mae Thamer
OBJECTIVE: Despite availability of highly effective direct acting antivirals (DAA), barriers in access to these therapies limit our ability to achieve HCV eradication. We aim to evaluate overall rates and predictors of HCV treatment across four community-based health-care systems focusing on race/ethnicity and insurance-specific disparities. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all adults with chronic HCV at four health care systems from 1 January 2011 to 28 February 2017, which included a large proportion of ethnic minorities, two safety-net systems, and a broad payer mix across four states...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Dana M Boucek, Ashwin K Lal, Aaron W Eckhauser, Hsin-Yi Cindy Weng, Xiaoming Sheng, Jacob F Wilkes, Nelangi M Pinto, Shaji C Menon
Pediatric heart transplantation (HT) is resource intensive. Event-driven pediatric databases do not capture data on resource use. The objective of this study was to evaluate resource utilization and identify associated factors during initial hospitalization for pediatric HT. This multicenter retrospective cohort study utilized the Pediatric Health Information Systems database (43 children's hospitals in the United States) of children ≤19 years of age who underwent transplant between January 2007 and July 2013...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Leo Nherera, Paul Trueman, Christopher Roberts, Leena Berg
INTRODUCTION: Burn injury is a common type of traumatic injury that causes considerable morbidity and mortality, resulting in about 30,000 admissions annually in specialist burn centers and costing around $1 billion per year in the United States. One percent silver sulfadiazine has been utilized widely in the management of burns and newer silver dressings are on the market, including nanocrystalline silver dressings, silver-impregnated hydrofiber dressings, and silver-impregnated foam dressings...
February 23, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Edit Páyer, Judit Szabó-Papp, Lídia Ambrus, Attila Gábor Szöllősi, Mónika Andrási, Shabtay Dikstein, Lajos Kemény, István Juhász, Andrea Szegedi, Tamás Bíró, Attila Oláh
Polyols (e.g. glycerol, xylitol) are implicated as moisturizers of the skin and other epithelial tissues. However, we lack information about their exact cellular mechanisms and their effects on the gene expression profiles. Therefore, in this study, we aimed at investigating the effects of glycerol and xylitol on human epidermal keratinocytes. The polyols (identical osmolarities; xylitol: 0.0045%-0.45%; glycerol: 0.0027%-0.27%) did not alter cellular viability or intracellular calcium concentration. However, they exerted differential effects on the expression of certain genes and signalling pathways...
March 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Shashank Sarvepalli, Sushil K Garg, Siri S Sarvepalli, Chimaobi Anugwom, Vaibhav Wadhwa, Prashanthi N Thota, Madhusudhan R Sanaka
INTRODUCTION: Although gastric cancer (GC) rates have been declining in the United States, it continues to be a major cause of morbidity. This study examined trends in hospital admissions, in-hospital mortality, length of stay (LOS), and inpatient costs related to GC. In addition, various factors associated with in-hospital mortality, LOS, and inpatient costs were examined. METHODS: National inpatient sample-the largest publicly available all-payer inpatient care database-was interrogated to obtain information about various demographic and hospital-related factors (including those mentioned above) in patients who were primarily admitted for GC between the years 1998 to 2013...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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