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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319584/episode-of-care-characteristics-and-costs-for-hip-and-knee-replacement-surgery-in-hospitals-belonging-to-the-high-value-health-care-collaborative-compared-with-similar-hospitals-in-the-same-health-care-markets
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William B Weeks, William J Schoellkopf, David J Ballard, Gary S Kaplan, Brent James, James N Weinstein
BACKGROUND: To inform consumers and restrain health care cost growth, efforts to promote transparency and to reimburse for care episodes are accelerating in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To compare characteristics and costs of 30-day episode of care for hip and knee replacement occurring in High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC)-member hospitals to those occurring in like non-HVHC-member hospitals in the same 15 health care markets before interventions by HVHC members to improve health care value for those interventions...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319581/can-claims-data-algorithms-identify-the-physician-of-record
#2
Eva H DuGoff, Emily Walden, Katie Ronk, Mari Palta, Maureen Smith
BACKGROUND: Claims-based algorithms based on administrative claims data are frequently used to identify an individual's primary care physician (PCP). The validity of these algorithms in the US Medicare population has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement of the PCP identified by claims algorithms with the PCP of record in electronic health record data. DATA: Electronic health record and Medicare claims data from older adults with diabetes...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319580/hospital-characteristics-associated-with-risk-standardized-readmission-rates
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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...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318918/comparison-of-functional-outcomes-and-patient-reported-satisfaction-between-titanium-and-absorbable-plates-and-screws-for-fixation-of-mandibular-fractures-a-one-year-prospective-study
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Maria Belén Leno, Stanley Yung Liu, Chien-Tzung Chen, Han-Tsung Liao
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare the 1-year functional outcomes and patient-reported satisfaction in treating mandibular fractures between resorbable and titanium fixation devices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 1-year prospective study was conducted; 41 consecutive patients presenting with mandibular fractures were included. A resorbable system was used in 21 patients, while in 20 patients a titanium fixation device was used. Functional outcome was evaluated objectively at several time points (2, 4 and 6 weeks, 3 and 6 months, and 1 year after surgery)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306149/medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-what-do-geriatrics-healthcare-professionals-need-to-know-about-the-quality-payment-program
#5
Kathleen T Unroe, Peter A Hollmann, Alanna C Goldstein, Michael L Malone
Commencing in 2017, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 will change how Medicare pays health professionals. By enacting MACRA, Congress brought an end to the (un)sustainable growth rate formula while also setting forth a vision for how to transform the U.S. healthcare system so that clinicians deliver higher-quality care with smarter spending by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In October 2016, CMS released the first of what stakeholders anticipate will be a number of (annual) rules related to implementation of MACRA...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301976/medicare-expenditures-associated-with-hospital-and-emergency-department-use-among-beneficiaries-with-dementia
#6
Laura Coots Daras, Zhanlian Feng, Joshua M Wiener, Yevgeniya Kaganova
Understanding expenditure patterns for hospital and emergency department (ED) use among individuals with dementia is crucial to controlling Medicare spending. We analyzed Health and Retirement Study data and Medicare claims, stratified by beneficiaries' residence and proximity to death, to estimate Medicare expenditures for all-cause and potentially avoidable hospitalizations and ED visits. Analysis was limited to the Medicare fee-for-service population age 65 and older. Compared with people without dementia, community residents with dementia had higher average expenditures for hospital and ED services; nursing home residents with dementia had lower average expenditures for all-cause hospitalizations...
January 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301971/medicaid-managed-care-and-the-health-care-utilization-of-foster-children
#7
Makayla Palmer, James Marton, Aaron Yelowitz, Jeffery Talbert
A recent trend in state Medicaid programs is the transition of vulnerable populations into Medicaid managed care (MMC) who were initially carved out of such coverage, such as foster children or those with disabilities. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the impact of the transition of foster children from fee-for-service Medicaid coverage to MMC coverage on outpatient health care utilization. There is very little empirical evidence on the impact of managed care on the health care utilization of foster children because of the recent timing of these transitions as well as challenges associated with finding data sets large enough to contain a sufficient number of foster children for such analysis...
January 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299245/medical-big-data-for-research-use-current-status-and-related-issues
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Koichi Benjamin Ishikawa
Advances in the computerization of information and development of technology have mitigated restrictions on handling of a large amount of information. This has resulted in growth of expectations for the use of large-scale databases, or so-called "big data." This is also the case in the field of healthcare. Projects that involve building of the national receipt database (NDB) of medical fee bill (receipt) information and special health check-up information based on the Act on Assurance of Medical Care for Elderly People and the development of medical information databases have been pursued by the national government, and considerable attention has also been focused on researches conducted through the secondary uses of publicly collected data...
September 2016: Japan Medical Association Journal: JMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298995/the-all-on-four-treatment-concept-systematic-review
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David Soto-Penaloza, Regino Zaragozí-Alonso, María Penarrocha-Diago, Miguel Penarrocha-Diago
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the literature on the "all-on-four" treatment concept regarding its indications, surgical procedures, prosthetic protocols and technical and biological complications after at least three years in function. STUDY DESIGN: The three major electronic databases were screened: MEDLINE (via PubMed), EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library of the Cochrane Collaboration (CENTRAL). In addition, electronic screening was made of the 'grey literature' using the System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe - Open Grey, covering the period from January 2005 up to and including April 2016...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298236/potential-predatory-and-legitimate-biomedical-journals-can-you-tell-the-difference-a-cross-sectional-comparison
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Larissa Shamseer, David Moher, Onyi Maduekwe, Lucy Turner, Virginia Barbour, Rebecca Burch, Jocalyn Clark, James Galipeau, Jason Roberts, Beverley J Shea
BACKGROUND: The Internet has transformed scholarly publishing, most notably, by the introduction of open access publishing. Recently, there has been a rise of online journals characterized as 'predatory', which actively solicit manuscripts and charge publications fees without providing robust peer review and editorial services. We carried out a cross-sectional comparison of characteristics of potential predatory, legitimate open access, and legitimate subscription-based biomedical journals...
March 16, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297457/embracing-progress-thoughts-on-open-access-publishing-the-jacmp-and-its-500-article-publication-fee
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September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296604/lessons-from-oregon-in-embracing-complexity-in-end-of-life-care
#12
Susan W Tolle, Joan M Teno
Under the incentives of fee-for-service Medicare, the utilization trends among persons with chronic progressive medical illness include more care in the intensive care unit (ICU), more hospitalizations, and often late or no referrals to hospice care (Figure 1). These utilization patterns are..
March 16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292824/hospice-enrollment-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-decreases-acute-medical-service-utilization
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Cindi K Yim, Yolanda Barrón, Stanley Moore, Chris Murtaugh, Anuradha Lala, Melissa Aldridge, Nathan Goldstein, Laura P Gelfman
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) enroll in hospice at low rates, and data on their acute medical service utilization after hospice enrollment is limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a descriptive analysis of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, with at least one home health claim between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, and at least 2 HF hospitalizations between July 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009, who subsequently enrolled in hospice between July 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009...
March 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291599/county-level-population-economic-status-and-medicare-imaging-resource-consumption
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Danny R Hughes, Anand M Prabhakar, Richard Duszak
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess relationships between county-level variation in Medicare beneficiary imaging resource consumption and measures of population economic status. METHODS: The 2013 CMS Geographic Variation Public Use File was used to identify county-level per capita Medicare fee-for-service imaging utilization and nationally standardized costs to the Medicare program. The County Health Rankings public data set was used to identify county-level measures of population economic status...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291598/identifying-radiology-s-place-in-the-expanding-landscape-of-episode-payment%C3%A2-models
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Bibb Allen, H Benjamin Harvey, Gregory N Nicola
The current fee-for-service system for health care reimbursement in the United Stated is argued to encourage fragmented care delivery and a lack of accountability that predisposes to insufficient focus on quality as well as unnecessary or duplicative resource utilization. Episode payment models (EPMs) seek to improve coordination by linking payments for all services related to a patient's condition or procedure, thereby improving quality and efficiency of care. The CMS Innovation Center has implemented a broadening array of EPMs...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291382/cost-implications-of-an-evidence-based-approach-to-radiation-treatment-after-lumpectomy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Rachel A Greenup, Rachel C Blitzblau, Kevin L Houck, Julie Ann Sosa, Janet Horton, Jeffrey M Peppercorn, Alphonse G Taghian, Barbara L Smith, E Shelley Hwang
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer treatment costs are rising, and identification of high-value oncology treatment strategies is increasingly needed. We sought to determine the potential cost savings associated with an evidence-based radiation treatment (RT) approach among women with early-stage breast cancer treated in the United States. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using the National Cancer Database, we identified women with T1-T2 N0 invasive breast cancers treated with lumpectomy during 2011...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291254/ct-guided-versus-laparoscopic-radiofrequency-ablation-in-recurrent-small-hepatocellular-carcinoma-against-the-diaphragmatic-dome
#17
Huaiyin Ding, Mu Su, Chuandong Zhu, Lixue Wang, Qin Zheng, Yuan Wan
Computed tomography-guided radiofrequency ablation (CT-RFA) and laparoscopic RFA (L-RFA) have been used to treat intrahepatic recurrent small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) against the diaphragmatic dome. However, the therapeutic safety, efficacy, and hospital fee have never been compared between the two techniques due to scarcity of cases. In this retrospective study, 116 patients were divided into two groups with a total of 151 local recurrent HCC lesions abutting the diaphragm. We compared overall survival (OS), local tumor progression (LTP), postoperative complications, and hospital stay and fee between the two groups...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290505/a-retrospective-cohort-study-to-quantify-the-contribution-of-health-systems-to-child-survival-in-kenya-1996-2014
#18
Rebecca Anthopolos, Ryan Simmons, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara
Globally, the majority of childhood deaths in the post-neonatal period are caused by infections that can be effectively treated or prevented with inexpensive interventions delivered through even very basic health facilities. To understand the role of inadequate health systems on childhood mortality in Kenya, we assemble a large, retrospective cohort of children (born 1996-2013) and describe the health systems context of each child using health facility survey data representative of the province at the time of a child's birth...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288254/variation-in-physician-spending-and-association-with-patient-outcomes
#19
Yusuke Tsugawa, Ashish K Jha, Joseph P Newhouse, Alan M Zaslavsky, Anupam B Jena
Importance: While the substantial variation in health care spending across regions and hospitals is well known, key clinical decisions are ultimately made by physicians. However, the degree to which spending varies across physicians and the clinical consequences of that variation are unknown. Objective: To investigate variation in spending across physicians and its association with patient outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this retrospective data analysis, we analyzed a 20% random sample of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries 65 years and older who were hospitalized with a nonelective medical condition and treated by a general internist between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2014...
March 13, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287348/survival-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-perspectives-from-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Toby M Maher, Fred Dejonckheere, Steven D Nathan
Maher has received grants, consulting fees, and speaker fees from GlaxoSmithKline and UCB and grants from Novartis. He has also received consulting fees and speaker fees from AstraZeneca, Bayer, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cipla, Lanthio, InterMune International AG (a wholly owned Roche subsidiary since 2014), F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, and Takeda. Maher is supported by a National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist Fellowship (NIHR Ref: CS:-2013-13-017). Dejonckheere is an employee of F...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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