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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783265/-international-experience-in-the-legal-regulation-of-the-circulation-of-medicines-through-the-prism-of-the-law-of-the-world-trade-organization
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Olena V Pasechnyk, Nataliia V Hendel
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The development of international legal cooperation in the field of health has largely been driven by the trade interests of states. The aim: The article analyzes the legal regulation of the circulation of medicines through the prism of the law of the World Trade Organization. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: Using the historical legal method has allowed to analyze the genesis of legal regulation of the circulation of medicines through the prism of the law of the World Trade Organization...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776980/free-tax-services-in-pediatric-clinics
#2
Lucy E Marcil, Michael K Hole, Larissa M Wenren, Megan S Schuler, Barry S Zuckerman, Robert J Vinci
OBJECTIVES: The earned income tax credit (EITC), refundable monies for America's working poor, is associated with improved child health. Yet, 20% of eligible families do not receive it. We provided free tax preparation services in clinics serving low-income families and assessed use, financial impact, and accuracy. METHODS: Free tax preparation services ("StreetCred") were available at 4 clinics in Boston in 2016 and 2017. We surveyed a convenience sample of clients ( n = 244) about experiences with StreetCred and previous tax services and of nonparticipants ( n = 100; 69% response rate) and clinic staff ( n = 41; 48% response rate) about acceptability and feasibility...
May 18, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775799/exploding-asthma-and-adhd-caseloads-the-role-of-medicaid-managed-care
#3
Anna Chorniy, Janet Currie, Lyudmyla Sonchak
In the U.S., nearly 11% of school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and approximately 10% of children suffer from asthma. In the last decade, the number of children diagnosed with these conditions has inexplicably been on the rise. This increase has been concentrated in the Medicaid caseload nationwide. One of the most striking changes in Medicaid has been the transition from fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement to Medicaid managed care (MMC), which had taken place in 80% of states by 2016. Using Medicaid claims from South Carolina, we show that this change contributed to the increase in asthma and ADHD caseloads...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770876/reliability-and-validity-of-the-eating-assessment-tool-10-greek-adaptation-in-neurogenic-and-head-and-neck-cancer-related-oropharyngeal-dysphagia
#4
Athanasia Printza, Athanasios Kyrgidis, Elena Pavlidou, Stefanos Triaridis, Jannis Constantinidis
PURPOSE: Dysphagia is a symptom associated with significant morbidity and mortality, with profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Many questionnaires have been used to assess patient-reported dysphagia, but issues related to developmental and measurement properties affect their wide applicability. The purpose of this study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10, Greek adaptation) in neurogenic and head and neck cancer-related dysphagia...
May 17, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770642/differences-among-ophthalmology-patients-referred-to-tertiary-medical-centers-according-to-referral-hospital
#5
Heesuk Kim, Hong Kyu Kim, Tyler Hyungtaek Rim, Ji Won Kim, Jin Hyung Kim, Sung Soo Kim
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the diagnosis and severity of patients who were referred to tertiary medical centers according to the type and function of the referral hospitals. METHODS: First-visit patients referred from July 2015 to June 2016 were retrospectively reviewed with regard to referral hospital, final diagnosis, treatment necessity, and medical fees for the six months after their first hospital visit. Based on these data, differences in type and function of medical institution were examined...
May 15, 2018: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768698/financial-viability-of-emergency-department-observation-unit-billing-models
#6
Christopher W Baugh, Pawan Suri, Christopher G Caspers, Michael A Granovsky, Keith Neal, Michael A Ross
BACKGROUND: Outpatients receive observation services to determine the need for inpatient admission. These services are usually provided without the use of condition-specific protocols and in an unstructured manner, scattered throughout a hospital in areas typically designated for inpatient care. Emergency department observation units (EDOUs) use protocolized care to offer an efficient alternative with shorter lengths of stay, lower costs and higher patient satisfaction. EDOU growth is limited by existing policy barriers that prevent a "two-service" model of separate professional billing for both emergency and observation services...
May 16, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767766/cost-transparency-in-neurosurgery-a-single-institution-analysis-of-patient-out-of-pocket-spending-in-13-673-consecutive-neurosurgery-cases
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Michael A Mooney, Seungwon Yoon, Tyler Cole, John P Sheehy, Michael A Bohl, F David Barranco, Peter Nakaji, Andrew S Little, Michael T Lawton
BACKGROUND: Patient out-of-pocket (OOP) spending is an increasingly discussed topic; however, there is minimal data available on the patient financial burden of surgical procedures. OBJECTIVE: To analyze hospital and surgeon expected payment data and patient OOP spending in neurosurgery. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of neurosurgical patients at a tertiary-referral center from 2013 to 2016. Expected payments, reflecting negotiated costs-of-care, as well as actual patient OOP payments for hospital care and surgeon professional fees were analyzed...
May 15, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764103/unit-costing-of-health-extension-worker-activities-in-ethiopia-a-model-for-managers-at-the-district-and-health-facility-level
#8
Maureen E Canavan, Erika Linnander, Shirin Ahmed, Halima Mohammed, Elizabeth H Bradley
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, Ethiopia has made impressive national improvements in health outcomes, including reductions in maternal, neonatal, infant, and child mortality attributed in large part to their Health Extension Program (HEP). As this program continues to evolve and improve, understanding the unit cost of health extension worker (HEW) services is fundamental to planning for future growth and ensuring adequate financial support to deliver effective primary care throughout the country...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762262/18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-combined-with-computed-tomography-as-a-diagnostic-tool-in-native-valve-endocarditis
#9
Ilse J E Kouijzer, Marvin A H Berrevoets, Erik H J G Aarntzen, Janneke de Vries, Arie P J van Dijk, Wim J G Oyen, Lioe-Fee de Geus-Oei, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the value of F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography combined with computed tomography (F-FDG-PET/CT) in diagnosing native valve endocarditis (NVE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with bacteremia and suspicion of NVE between January 2013 and June 2016 were identified from the hospitals' register and retrospectively included if echocardiography and F-FDG-PET/CT were performed within 14 days. F-FDG-PET/CT scans were scored independently by two nuclear medicine physicians...
May 14, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761755/a-deadly-wait-for-u-s-health-insurance-coverage-sitting-on-the-couch-with-malaria
#10
Jonathan S Schultz, Adam J Atherly, Andrés F Henao-Martínez
Uninsured and unprepared travelers to countries with endemic tropical diseases pose great health-care burdens and financial risks on returning to the United States. We discuss the delayed presentation of an uninsured U.S. traveler returning from West Africa with severe malaria who required intensive care measures to save his life. Despite being critically ill on his return, he sat rigoring on his couch taking antipyretics for 3 days, while he applied for insurance on the Affordable Care Act website and waited for approval because he was fearful of the costs of seeking care...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759286/bundled-payments-and-hidden-costs
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REVIEW
Stanley W Stead, Sharon K Merrick
In a fee-for-service environment, anesthesiologists are paid for the volume of services billed, with little relation to the cost of delivering the services. In bundled payments, anesthesiologists are paid a set fee for an episode of care inclusive of all the anesthesia, pain medicine, and related services for the surgical episode and a period of time after the initial procedure to cover complications and redo procedures. When calculating a bundled payment, all the services typically used by a patient must be counted when calculating both the costs and expected payment...
June 2018: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756180/anodal-tdcs-of-the-swallowing-motor-cortex-for-treatment-of-dysphagia-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-pilot-open-label-study
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G Cosentino, R Gargano, G Bonura, S Realmuto, E Tocco, P Ragonese, M Gangitano, E Alfonsi, B Fierro, F Brighina, G Salemi
Swallowing difficulties are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). The early detection and treatment of dysphagia is critical to prevent complications, including poor nutrition, dehydration, and lung infections. Recently, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been proven to be effective in ameliorating swallowing problems in stroke patients. In this pilot study, we aimed to assess safety and efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of dysphagia in MS patients...
May 13, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755005/assessing-the-financial-benefits-of-faster-development-times-the-case-of-single-source-versus-multi-vendor-outsourced-biopharmaceutical-manufacturing
#13
Joseph A DiMasi, Zachary Smith, Kenneth A Getz
PURPOSE: The extent to which new drug developers can benefit financially from shorter development times has implications for development efficiency and innovation incentives. We provided a real-world example of such gains by using recent estimates of drug development costs and returns. METHODS: Time and fee data were obtained on 5 single-source manufacturing projects. Time and fees were modeled for these projects as if the drug substance and drug product processes had been contracted separately from 2 vendors...
May 10, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754969/pathways-to-drg-based-hospital-payment-systems-in-japan-korea-and-thailand
#14
Peter Leslie Annear, Soonman Kwon, Luca Lorenzoni, Stephen Duckett, Dale Huntington, John C Langenbrunner, Yuki Murakami, Changwoo Shon, Ke Xu
Countries in Asia are working towards achieving universal health coverage while ensuring improved quality of care. One element is controlling hospital costs through payment reforms. In this paper we review experiences in using Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) based hospital payments in three Asian countries and ask if there is an "Asian way to DRGs". We focus first on technical issues and follow with a discussion of implementation challenges and policy questions. We reviewed the literature and worked as an expert team to investigate existing documentation from Japan, Republic of Korea, and Thailand...
May 7, 2018: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753792/national-and-regional-trends-in-deep-vein-thrombosis-hospitalization-rates-discharge-disposition-and-outcomes-for-medicare-beneficiaries-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Karl E Minges, Behnood Bikdeli, Yun Wang, Robert R Attaran, Harlan M Krumholz
INTRODUCTION: Older adults are at increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Little is known about national trends of deep vein thrombosis hospitalizations in the context of primary and secondary prevention efforts. METHODS: Medicare standard analytic files were analyzed from 2015-2017 to identify Fee-For-Service patients aged ≥65 years who had a principal discharge diagnosis for deep vein thrombosis from 1999 to 2010. We reported the deep vein thrombosis hospitalization rates per 100,000 person-years as well as 30-day and 1-year mortality rates...
May 10, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753519/state-of-the-national-emergency-department-workforce-who-provides-care-where
#16
M Kennedy Hall, Kevin Burns, Michael Carius, Mitchel Erickson, Jane Hall, Arjun Venkatesh
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We describe the current US emergency medicine workforce in terms of clinician type and examine rural and urban emergency medicine workforce differences. METHODS: Using the 2014 Medicare Public Use Files, we performed a cross-sectional study of all clinicians receiving reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services (levels 1 to 5) to Medicare fee-for-service Part B beneficiaries in the emergency department. Providers were defined as emergency physicians, nonemergency physicians, or advanced practice providers, corresponding with the Medicare Public Use Files data set...
May 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752175/well-child-visits-of-medicaid-insured-children-with-medical-complexity
#17
Igor Shumskiy, Troy Richardson, Sumeet Brar, Matt Hall, Joanne Cox, Charis Crofton, Alon Peltz, Margaret Samuels-Kalow, Elizabeth R Alpern, Mark I Neuman, Jay G Berry
OBJECTIVE: Well-child visits (WCVs) help optimize children's health. We measured annual WCVs for children with medical complexity (CMC) and correlated WCVs with hospitalizations. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective analysis of 93 121 CMC aged 1-18 years continuously enrolled in 10 state Medicaid programs in the Truven MarketScan Database between 2010 and 2014. CMC had a complex chronic condition or 3 or more chronic conditions of any complexity identified from International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes, and the use of 1 or more chronic medications...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751966/outcomes-in-nursing-home-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Stephanie N Lueckel, Cyrus M Kosar, Joan M Teno, Sean F Monaghan, Daithi S Heffernan, William G Cioffi, Kali S Thomas
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. In survivors, traumatic brain injury remains a leading contributor to long-term disability and results in many patients being admitted to skilled nursing facilities for postacute care. Despite this very large population of traumatic brain injury patients, very little is known about the long-term outcomes of traumatic brain injury survivors, including rates of discharge to home or risk of death in long-term nursing facilities...
May 9, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751930/fee-for-service-payment-and-exemption-from-payment-increased-the-probability-of-undergoing-radiography-in-a-primary-care-population
#19
Romina Brignardello-Petersen
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May 5, 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749137/the-effect-of-diagnosis-related-group-payment-system-on-quality-of-care-in-the-field-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology-among-korean-tertiary-hospitals
#20
Yong Wook Jung, Haeyong Pak, Inha Lee, Eui Hyeok Kim
PURPOSE: To examine changes in clinical practice patterns following the introduction of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) under the fee-for-service payment system in July 2013 among Korean tertiary hospitals and to evaluate its effect on the quality of hospital care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the 2012-2014 administrative database from National Health Insurance Service claim data, we reviewed medical information for 160400 patients who underwent cesarean sections (C-secs), hysterectomies, or adnexectomies at 43 tertiary hospitals...
June 2018: Yonsei Medical Journal
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