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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345890/how-medicare-could-provide-dental-vision-and-hearing-care-for-beneficiaries
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Amber Willink, Cathy Shoen, Karen Davis
Issue: The Medicare program specifically excludes coverage of dental, vision, and hearing services. As a result, many beneficiaries do not receive necessary care. Those that do are subject to high out-of-pocket costs. Goal: Examine gaps in access to dental, vision, and hearing services for Medicare beneficiaries and design a voluntary dental, vision, and hearing benefit plan with cost estimates. Methods: Uses the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Cost and Use File, 2012, with population and costs projected to 2016 values...
January 1, 2018: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340562/medicare-spending-and-potential-savings-on-brand-name-drugs-with-available-generic-substitutes-excluded-by-2-large-pharmacy-benefit-managers-2012-through-2015
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Alexander C Egilman, Joshua D Wallach, Joseph S Ross, Sanket S Dhruva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336858/are-ceramic-bearings-becoming-cost-effective-for-all-patients
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Steven M Kurtz, Edmund C Lau, Doruk Baykal, Susan M Odum, Bryan D Springer, Thomas K Fehring
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to analyze whether the cost for ceramic-on-polyethylene (C-PE) and ceramic-on-ceramic (COC) bearings used in primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) was changing over time, and if the cost differential between ceramic bearings and metal-on-polyethylene (M-PE) bearings was approaching the previously published tipping point for cost-effectiveness of $325. METHODS: A total of 245,077 elderly Medicare patients (65+) who underwent primary THA between 2010 and 2015 were identified from the United States Medicare 100% national administrative hospital claims database...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336432/increased-mortality-rates-with-prolonged-corticosteroid-therapy-when-compared-with-antitumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-directed-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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James D Lewis, Frank I Scott, Colleen M Brensinger, Jason A Roy, Mark T Osterman, Ronac Mamtani, Meenakshi Bewtra, Lang Chen, Huifeng Yun, Fenglong Xie, Jeffrey R Curtis
OBJECTIVES: Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that compromise quality of life and may increase mortality. This study compared the mortality risk with prolonged corticosteroid use vs. antitumor necrosis factor-α (anti-TNF) drugs in IBD. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted among Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries from 2001 to 2013 with IBD prescribed either >3,000 mg of prednisone or equivalent within a 12-month period or new initiation of anti-TNF therapy, each treated as time-updating exposures...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336288/how-often-is-sinus-surgery-performed-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-versus-without-nasal-polyps
#5
Elisabeth H Ference, Jeffrey D Suh, Bruce K Tan, Stephanie Shintani Smith
BACKGROUND: There currently are no data on the relative frequency of endoscopic sinus surgeries (ESS) performed for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis (CRSwNP) versus chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyposis (CRSsNP) in the United States. OBJECTIVES: To compare the rate of surgical interventions for CRSwNP and CRSsNP. METHODS: Cases identified by CPT codes were extracted from the 2009-2011 State Ambulatory Surgery Databases for California, Florida, Maryland, and New York...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336024/facility-and-state-variation-in-hip-fracture-in-u-s-nursing-home-residents
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Andrew R Zullo, Tingting Zhang, Geetanjoli Banerjee, Yoojin Lee, Kevin W McConeghy, Douglas P Kiel, Lori A Daiello, Vincent Mor, Sarah D Berry
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the variation in hip fracture incidence across U.S. nursing home (NH) facilities and states and examine how hip fracture incidence varies according to facility- and state-level characteristics. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort using linked national Minimum Data Set assessments; Online Survey, Certification and Reporting records; and Medicare claims. SETTING: U.S. NHs with 100 or more beds. PARTICIPANTS: Long-stay NH residents between May 1, 2007, and April 30, 2008, from 1,481 facilities and 46 U...
January 16, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334559/sex-differences-in-faculty-rank-among-academic-surgeons-in-the-united-states-in-2014
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Daniel M Blumenthal, Regan W Bergmark, Nikhila Raol, Jordan D Bohnen, Jean Anderson Eloy, Stacey T Gray
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate sex differences in full professorship among a comprehensive, contemporary cohort of US academic surgeons. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Previous work demonstrates that women are less likely than men to be full professors in academic medicine, and in certain surgical subspecialties. Whether sex differences in academic rank exist across all surgical fields, and after adjustment for confounders, is not known. METHODS: A comprehensive list of surgeons with faculty appointments at US medical schools in 2014 was obtained from Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) faculty roster and linked to a comprehensive physician database from Doximity, an online physician networking website, which contained the following data for all physicians: sex, age, years since residency, publication number (total and first/last author), clinical trials participation, National Institutes of Health grants, and surgical subspecialty...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332137/variation-in-guideline-concordant-care-for-elderly-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-the-united-states
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Philip D Poorvu, Ines Vaz-Luis, Rachel A Freedman, Nancy U Lin, William T Barry, Eric P Winer, Michael J Hassett
PURPOSE: Prior studies have identified shortcomings in the quality of care for early-stage breast cancer. Guidelines recommend systemic therapy for metastatic breast cancer (MBC), but few studies have examined guideline concordance for these patients. METHODS: We used Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare data to identify patients aged ≥ 66 diagnosed in 2010-2011 with de novo MBC who were continuously enrolled in fee-for-service Medicare...
January 13, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319627/opioid-prescription-morbidity-and-mortality-in-us-transplant-recipients
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Kevin C Abbott, Chyng-Wen Fwu, Paul W Eggers, Anne W Eggers, Prudence P Kline, Paul L Kimmel
BACKGROUND: CDC guidelines recommend caution in prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The characteristics of opioid prescription (OpRx) among kidney transplant (KTx) recipients has not been described in a national population. METHODS: We assessed OpRx prevalence among prevalent KTx recipients, and associated duration (chronic, defined as ≥90 days in a year) and dosing (in morphine milligram equivalents per day, MME, of <50, 50-89, and ≥90) with outcomes, death and graft loss, among incident KTx recipients using 2006-2010 US Renal Data System files, including Medicare Part D for medication ascertainment...
January 10, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319573/identifying-sources-of-funding-that-contribute-to-scholastic-productivity-in-academic-plastic-surgeons
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Qing Zhao Ruan, Justin B Cohen, Yoonji Baek, Austin D Chen, Andres F Doval, Dhruv Singhal, Eugene Y Fukudome, Samuel J Lin, Bernard T Lee
BACKGROUND: Scholastic productivity has previously been shown to be positively associated with National Institute of Health (NIH) grants and industry funding. This study examines whether society, industry, or federal funding contributes toward academic productivity as measured by scholastic output of academic plastic surgeons. METHODS: Institution Web sites were used to acquire academic attributes of full-time academic plastic surgeons. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Open Payment database, NIH reporter, the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), and American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) Web sites were accessed for funding and endowment details...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312848/season-of-the-year-influences-infection-rates-following-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Samuel Rosas, Alvin C Ong, Leonard T Buller, Karim G Sabeh, Tsun Yee Law, Martin W Roche, Victor H Hernandez
AIM: To research the influence of season of the year on periprosthetic joint infections. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the entire Medicare files from 2005 to 2014. Seasons were classified as spring, summer, fall or winter. Regional variations were accounted for by dividing patients into four geographic regions as per the United States Census Bureau (Northeast, Midwest, West and South). Acute postoperative infection and deep periprosthetic infections within 90 d after surgery were tracked...
December 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311179/medical-interpreters-in-outpatient-practice
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Barb Jacobs, Anne M Ryan, Katherine S Henrichs, Barry D Weiss
This article provides an overview of the federal requirements related to providing interpreter services for non-English-speaking patients in outpatient practice. Antidiscrimination provisions in federal law require health programs and clinicians receiving federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency who are eligible for or likely to be encountered in their health programs or activities. Federal financial assistance includes grants, contracts, loans, tax credits and subsidies, as well as payments through Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and most Medicare programs...
January 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303796/a-comparative-analysis-of-sepsis-identification-methods-in-an-electronic-database
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Alistair E W Johnson, Jerome Aboab, Jesse D Raffa, Tom J Pollard, Rodrigo O Deliberato, Leo A Celi, David J Stone
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relative validity of criteria for the identification of sepsis in an ICU database. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of adult ICU admissions from 2008 to 2012. SETTING: Tertiary teaching hospital in Boston, MA. PATIENTS: Initial admission of all adult patients to noncardiac surgical ICUs. INTERVENTIONS: Comparison of five different algorithms for retrospectively identifying sepsis, including the Sepsis-3 criteria...
January 4, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302695/barriers-to-combined-modality-therapy-for-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Todd A Pezzi, David L Schwartz, Abdallah S R Mohamed, James W Welsh, Ritsuko U Komaki, Stephen M Hahn, Boris Sepesi, Christopher M Pezzi, Clifton D Fuller, Stephen G Chun
Importance: Combined-modality therapy with chemotherapy and radiation therapy plays a crucial role in the upfront treatment of patients with limited-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), but there may be barriers to utilization in the United States. Objective: To estimate utilization rates and factors associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy delivery for limited-stage SCLC using the National Cancer Database. Design, Setting, and Participants: Analysis of initial management of all limited-stage SCLC cases from 2004 through 2013 in the National Cancer Database...
January 4, 2018: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297655/the-emerging-role-of-gammacore-in-the-management-of-cluster-headache-expert-panel-recommendations
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Stephen D Silberstein, Anne H Calhoun, Christina Treppendahl, David W Dodick, Alan M Rapoport, Avinash Mamidi, Peter Vargas, Thomas H Ebert, Stewart J Tepper
A panel of 9 experts, including neurologists, other headache specialists, and medical and pharmacy directors, from 4 health plans (1 integrated delivery network and 3 plans with commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid lines of business), convened to discuss cluster headache (CH). Topics covered included the current treatment landscape, treatment challenges, economic impact of disease, and gaps in care for patients with CH. One major challenge in the management of CH is that it is underrecognized and frequently misdiagnosed, leading to delays in and suboptimal treatment for patients who suffer from this painful and disabling condition...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295772/differences-in-post-operative-outcome-between-conversion-and-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Charles D Qin, Mia M Helfrich, David W Fitz, Mark A Oyer, Kevin D Hardt, David W Manning
BACKGROUND: The demand for conversion of prior hip surgery to total hip arthroplasty (conversion THA) is likely to increase as a function of increasing US hip fracture burden in addition to its application in managing other conditions. Thus, outcome analysis is warranted to better inform value-based reimbursement schemes in the era of bundled payments. METHODS: Via Current Procedural Terminology codes, the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project data files were queried for all patients who underwent primary THA and conversion of previous hip surgery to THA from 2005 to 2014...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290495/national-trends-in-open-surgical-endovascular-and-branched-fenestrated-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-in-medicare-patients
#17
Bjoern D Suckow, Philip P Goodney, Jesse A Columbo, Ravinder Kang, David H Stone, Art Sedrakyan, Jack L Cronenwett, Mark F Fillinger
BACKGROUND: Open repair effectively prevents rupture for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and is commonly studied as a metric reflecting hospital and surgeon expertise in cardiovascular care. However, given recent advances in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), such as branched-fenestrated EVAR, it is unknown how commonly open surgical repair is still used in everyday practice. METHODS: We analyzed trends in open AAA repair, EVAR, and branched-fenestrated EVAR for AAA in Medicare beneficiaries from 2003 to 2013...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290177/health-care-resource-utilization-and-costs-among-newly-diagnosed-and-oral-anticoagulant-naive-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-dabigatran-or-warfarin-in-the-united-states
#18
Rahul Jain, An-Chen Fu, Jonathan Lim, Cheng Wang, Jessica Elder, Stephen D Sander, Hiangkiat Tan
BACKGROUND: Warfarin has a long history of use to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but it requires frequent laboratory monitoring to maintain international normalized ratio levels in the therapeutic range. Dabigatran, a novel oral anticoagulant (OAC), has demonstrated efficacy in reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism and does not require laboratory monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To compare health care resource utilization (HCRU) and costs of OAC-naive patients newly diagnosed with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), using dabigatran or warfarin...
January 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287695/pain-treatments-after-hip-fracture-among-older-nursing-home-residents
#19
Andrew R Zullo, Tingting Zhang, Francesca L Beaudoin, Yoojin Lee, Kevin W McConeghy, Douglas P Kiel, Lori A Daiello, Vincent Mor, Sarah D Berry
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between use of opioids versus other analgesics with death and functioning after hip fracture in older nursing home (NH) residents. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort using national Medicare fee-for-service claims linked to the Minimum Data Set. SETTING: US NHs. PARTICIPANTS: NH residents aged ≥65 years who became a long-stay resident (>100 days in the NH) between January 2008 and December 2009, had a hospitalized hip fracture, and returned to the NH...
December 26, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287033/impact-of-new-medications-and-4-generic-programs-on-overactive-bladder-treatment-among-older-adults-in-the-united-states-2000-2015
#20
Alan C Kinlaw, Michele Jonsson Funk, Mitchell M Conover, Virginia Pate, Alayne D Markland, Jennifer M Wu
BACKGROUND: Despite several new medications being Food and Drug Administration-approved for overactive bladder (OAB) and new prescription drug payment programs, there are limited population-based data regarding OAB medication use among older adults. OBJECTIVES: To examine: (1) impacts of new medications and $4 generic programs on time trends for OAB-related medication dispensing for older adults in the United States; (2) differences by age and sex; and (3) temporal changes in OAB-related medication payments...
December 28, 2017: Medical Care
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