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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434458/relationship-between-state-malpractice-environment-and-quality-of-health-care-in-the-united-states
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Karl Y Bilimoria, Jeanette W Chung, Christina A Minami, Min-Woong Sohn, Emily S Pavey, Jane L Holl, Michelle M Mello
BACKGROUND: One major intent of the medical malpractice system in the United States is to deter negligent care and to create incentives for delivering high-quality health care. A study was conducted to assess whether state-level measures of malpractice risk were associated with hospital quality and patient safety. METHODS: In an observational study of short-term, acute-care general hospitals in the United States that publicly reported in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Hospital Compare in 2011, hierarchical regression models were used to estimate associations between state-specific malpractice environment measures (rates of paid claims, average Medicare Malpractice Geographic Practice Cost Index [MGPCI], absence of tort reform laws, and a composite measure) and measures of hospital quality (processes of care, imaging utilization, 30-day mortality and readmission, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators, and patient experience from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [HCAHPS])...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433325/the-role-of-private-non-profit-healthcare-organizations-in-nhs-systems-implications-for-the-portuguese-hospital-devolution-program
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REVIEW
Álvaro S Almeida
The national health services (NHS) of England, Portugal, Finland and other single-payer universalist systems financed by general taxation, are based on the theoretical principle of an integrated public sector payer-provider. However, in practice one can find different forms of participation of non-public healthcare providers in those NHS, including private for profit providers, but also third sector non-profit organizations (NPO). This paper reviews the role of non-public non-profit healthcare organizations in NHS systems...
April 1, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429986/have-individual-medical-savings-accounts-accumulated-meaningful-balances-after-10-years-of-enrolment-empirical-evidence-from-china
#3
Hao Yu, Jiaying Chen
Objectives To examine whether medical savings accounts in China have achieved the intended goal of promoting individual savings for medical care. Method Longitudinal data were obtained from one of the first Chinese cities that implemented medical savings accounts. The sample includes 246,681 enrolees with participation of at least 10 years by the end of 2010. We conducted descriptive analyses of medical savings account balances and a series of multivariate logistic analyses of risk factors for having low medical savings account accumulation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425195/revolutionary-reform-in-psychiatric-care-in-italy-the-abolition-of-forensic-mental-hospitals
#4
Simona Traverso, Giovanni Battista Traverso
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health: CBMH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411297/hospitalizations-with-observation-services-and-the-medicare-part-a-complex-appeals-process-at-three-academic-medical-centers
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Ann M Sheehy, Jeannine Z Engel, Charles F S Locke, Daniel J Weissburg, Kevin Eldridge, Bartho Caponi, Amy Deutschendorf
Hospitalists and other providers must classify hospitalized patients as inpatient or outpatient, the latter of which includes all observation stays. These orders direct hospital billing and payment, as well as patient out-of-pocket expenses. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) audits hospital billing for Medicare beneficiaries, historically through the Recovery Audit program. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identified problems in the hospital appeals process of Recovery Audit program audits to which CMS proposed reforms...
April 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397174/perceptions-of-chinese-biomedical-researchers-towards-academic-misconduct-a-comparison-between-2015-and-2010
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Qing-Jiao Liao, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Yu-Chen Fan, Ming-Hua Zheng, Yu Bai, Guy D Eslick, Xing-Xiang He, Shi-Bing Zhang, Harry Hua-Xiang Xia, Hua He
Publications by Chinese researchers in scientific journals have dramatically increased over the past decade; however, academic misconduct also becomes more prevalent in the country. The aim of this prospective study was to understand the perceptions of Chinese biomedical researchers towards academic misconduct and the trend from 2010 to 2015. A questionnaire comprising 10 questions was designed and then validated by ten biomedical researchers in China. In the years 2010 and 2015, respectively, the questionnaire was sent as a survey to biomedical researchers at teaching hospitals, universities, and medical institutes in mainland China...
April 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395006/association-between-hospitals-engagement-in-value-based-reforms-and-readmission-reduction-in-the-hospital-readmission-reduction-program
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Andrew M Ryan, Sam Krinsky, Julia Adler-Milstein, Cheryl L Damberg, Kristin A Maurer, John M Hollingsworth
Importance: Medicare is experimenting with numerous concurrent reforms aimed at improving quality and value for hospitals. It is unclear if these myriad reforms are mutually reinforcing or in conflict with each other. Objective: To evaluate whether hospital participation in voluntary value-based reforms was associated with greater improvement under Medicare's Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective, longitudinal study using publicly available national data from Hospital Compare on hospital readmissions for 2837 hospitals from 2008 to 2015...
April 10, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393385/the-impact-of-economic-crisis-on-the-greek-hospitals-productivity
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Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Ioannis Mitropoulos, Haralampos Karanikas, Nikolaos Polyzos
During the recent economic crisis, Greece implemented a comprehensive reform in the health care system. The 2010 health reform occurred under the constraints imposed by the memorandum of understanding that the Greek Government signed with its EU/International Monetary Fund creditors to control its deficit. The objective of the study is to examine the impact of the reform on the efficiency and productivity of public hospitals in Greece. We use the Malmquist productivity index to comparatively examine the potential changes before and after the reform years...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384780/association-of-insurance-expansion-with-surgical-management-of-thyroid-cancer
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Andrew P Loehrer, Shilpa S Murthy, Zirui Song, Carrie C Lubitz, Benjamin C James
Importance: To our knowledge, thyroid cancer incidence is increasing faster than any other cancer type and is currently the fifth most common cancer among women. While this rise is likely multifactorial, there has been scarce consideration of the effect of insurance statuses on the treatment of thyroid cancer. Objective: We evaluate the association of insurance expansion with thyroid cancer treatment using the 2006 Massachusetts health reform, which serves as a unique natural experiment...
April 5, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375493/the-continuum-of-neurosurgical-care-increasing-the-neurosurgeon-s-role-and-responsibility
#10
Edie E Zusman, Deborah L Benzil
The Health Care Reform Act has fostered a shift toward capitation and shared risk among providers to improve quality and reduce the escalating costs of healthcare. Like all physicians, neurosurgeons are increasingly being incentivized to participate in efforts to streamline care through the use of surgical pathways to reduce hospital length of stay and prevent readmissions. These changes have expanded the role of the neurosurgeon along the continuum of care for the neurosurgery patient. This paper predicts and advocates for a further broadening of neurosurgery participation from programs that reward physicians for helping to prevent a high-risk patient's need for surgery to management of postacute rehabilitation...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373334/evaluating-the-role-of-payment-policy-in-driving-vertical-integration-in-the-oncology-market
#11
Abby Alpert, Helen Hsi, Mireille Jacobson
The health care industry has experienced massive consolidation over the past decade. Much of the consolidation has been vertical (with hospitals acquiring physician practices) instead of horizontal (with physician practices or hospitals merging with similar entities). We documented the increase in vertical integration in the market for cancer care in the period 2003-15, finding that the rate of hospital or health system ownership of practices doubled from about 30 percent to about 60 percent. The two most commonly cited explanations for this consolidation are a 2005 Medicare Part B payment reform that dramatically reduced reimbursement for chemotherapy drugs, and the expansion of hospital eligibility for the 340B Drug Discount Program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371627/the-problem-of-choice-from-the-voluntary-way-to-affordable-care-act-health-insurance-exchanges
#12
Jessica Mulligan
This article takes a genealogical and ethnographic approach to the problem of choice, arguing that what choice means has been reworked several times since health insurance first figured prominently in national debates about health reform. Whereas voluntary choice of doctor and hospital used to be framed as an American right, contemporary choice rhetoric includes consumer choice of insurance plan. Understanding who has deployed choice rhetoric and to what ends helps explain how offering choices has become the common sense justification for defending and preserving the exclusionary health care system in the United States...
May 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363470/time-driven-activity-based-costing-a-dynamic-value-assessment-model-in-pediatric-appendicitis
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Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare reform policies are emphasizing value-based healthcare delivery. We hypothesize that time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) can be used to appraise healthcare interventions in pediatric appendicitis. METHODS: Triage-based standing delegation orders, surgical advanced practice providers, and a same-day discharge protocol were implemented to target deficiencies identified in our initial TDABC model. Post-intervention process maps for a hospital episode were created using electronic time stamp data for simple appendicitis cases during February to March 2016...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362962/correlation-of-subjective-hospital-compare-metrics-with-objective-outcomes-of-cranial-neurosurgical-procedures-in-new-york-state
#14
Kimon Bekelis, Symeon Missios, Shannon Coy, Redi Rahmani, Todd A MacKenzie, Anthony L Asher
BACKGROUND: Public reporting is at the forefront of health care reform. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether patient satisfaction as expressed in a public reporting platform correlates with objective outcomes for cranial neurosurgery patients. METHODS: We performed a cohort study involving patients undergoing cranial neurosurgery from 2009 to 2013 who were registered in the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database. This cohort was merged with the corresponding data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361166/-the-first-mental-health-act-in-china-2013-an%C3%A2-historical-step-towards-human-rights
#15
X Zhao
In the past, the mentally ill used to be relentlessly stigmatized and their basic needs grossly neglected in China. Only the coastal cities with their Western oriented universities provided Western type mental healthcare. In general, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) embracing medicinal herbs and acupuncture was practiced. Mental hospitals were non-existent before 1889 and care of the chronically mentally ill rested with their families and the community; however, the prevalence and spectrum of mental disorders were similar to those in Western countries...
March 30, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359551/physician-payment-schemes-and-physician-productivity-analysis-of-turkish-healthcare-reforms
#16
Burcay Erus, Ozan Hatipoglu
Following healthcare reforms in Turkey, inpatient and outpatient care provided in public hospitals more than doubled from 2003 to 2006. An important component of the reforms has been a shift from a salary based physician compensation scheme to one where fee-for-service component is dominant. The change did not only incentivize physicians to provide a higher volume of services but also encouraged them to practice full-time, rather than dual-time, in public hospitals. Lacking figures on full-time equivalent figures at hospital level, earlier research used head-counts for physician workforce and found technological change and scale economies to be important determinants...
March 8, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358930/association-of-transoral-robotic-surgery-with-short-term-and-long-term-outcomes-and-costs-of-care-in-oropharyngeal-cancer-surgery
#17
Kevin Motz, Hsien-Yen Chang, Harry Quon, Jeremy Richmon, David W Eisele, Christine G Gourin
Importance: The treatment of oropharyngeal cancer has undergone a paradigm shift in the past 2 decades, with an increase in the use of nonoperative treatment owing to poor functional outcomes associated with traditional surgical approaches. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) allows surgical resection of oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) with less morbidity through a minimally invasive approach. Objective: To investigate the relationship among TORS and short- and long-term outcomes and costs in surgically treated patients with OPC...
March 30, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356602/does-quality-affect-patients-choice-of-doctor-evidence-from-england
#18
Rita Santos, Hugh Gravelle, Carol Propper
Reforms giving users of public services choice of provider aim to improve quality. But such reforms will work only if quality affects choice of provider. We test this crucial prerequisite in the English health care market by examining the choice of 3.4 million individuals of family doctor. Family doctor practices provide primary care and control access to non-emergency hospital care, the quality of their clinical care is measured and published and care is free. In this setting, clinical quality should affect choice...
March 2017: Economic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344507/patients-experience-of-using-primary-care-services-in-the-context-of-indonesian-universal-health-coverage-reforms
#19
Fitriana Murriya Ekawati, Mora Claramita, Krishna Hort, John Furler, Sharon Licqurish, Jane Gunn
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation on universal coverage has been implemented in Indonesia as Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN). It was designed to provide people with equitable and high-quality health care by strengthening primary care as the gate-keeper to hospitals. However, during its first year of implementation, recruitment of JKN members was slow, and the referral rates from primary to secondary care remained high. Little is known about how the public views the introduction of JKN or the factors that influence their decision to enroll in JKN...
2017: Asia Pacific Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343793/critical-analysis-and-review-of-the-literature-on-healthcare-privatization-and-its-association-with-access-to-medical-care-in-saudi-arabia
#20
REVIEW
Abdulwahab A Alkhamis
This paper is a review of the literature on hospitals privatization to assess the influence of privatization on access to medical care. The results are used to complete further analysis on the situation in Saudi Arabia. Over 979 references were initially identified through a database search, and an additional 237 were included from other sources. From these sources, only 11 articles were considered for review after excluding the ineligible articles, such as those that did not meet the hospitals privatization's definition or other exclusion criteria...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
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