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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910357/the-quality-of-invasive-breast-cancer-care-for-low-reimbursement-rate-patients-a-retrospective-study
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Shaofei Su, Han Bao, Xinyu Wang, Zhiqiang Wang, Xi Li, Meiqi Zhang, Jiaying Wang, Hao Jiang, Wenji Wang, Siyang Qu, Meina Liu
Though evidence-based treatments have been recommended for breast cancer, underuse of the treatments was still observed. To certain extent, patients' access to care, which can be enhanced by increasing the coverage of health insurance, could account for the current underuse in recommended care. This study aimed to examine the association between different proportions of reimbursement and quality of recommended breast cancer care, as well as length of hospital stay. In this retrospective study, 3669 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1 June, 2011 and 30 June, 2013 were recruited...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906168/the-affordable-care-act-how-nixon-s-health-reform-proposal-became-democrats-albatross
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Steffie Woolhandler, David U Himmelstein
President Obama's signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed in 2010 and fully implemented in 2014. Two years later, Republicans' attacks on the ACA as a failed reform helped fuel their recent electoral victory. The legislation significantly expanded insurance coverage. But it was built on, and fortified, private health insurance firms, and it accelerated the corporate takeover of hospitals and physicians' practices. This obeisance to corporate interests precluded making coverage universal or care affordable...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904325/new-medical-education-reform-in-china-towards-healthy-china-2030
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Peipei Song, Chunlin Jin, Wei Tang
On July 11, 2017, the State Council of China issued a bold plan to revolutionize medical education and promote collaboration between medical education and practice. The cornerstone of the plan is training more qualified medical professionals to improve public healthcare on the path to Healthy China 2030. According to this plan, a "5+3" training system will be instituted to train medical professionals in China, and top medical colleges will be encouraged to recruit more students. However, given the less-than-ideal professional status of Chinese doctors, the frequent incidents of violence against them, long working hours and a heavy workload, and an unsatisfactory income, attracting personnel to work in medicine and health care has become a challenge...
2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893261/a-tale-of-two-systems-practice-patterns-of-a-single-group-of-emergency-medical-physicians-in-taiwan-and-china
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I-Anne Huang, Tang-Her Jaing, Chang-Teng Wu, Chee-Jen Chang, Shan-Hsuan Hsia, Nicole Huang
BACKGROUND: The quality of pediatric emergency care has been a major concern in health care. Following a series of health system reforms in China, it is important to do this assessment of pediatric emergency care, and to explore potential influences of health care system. This study aimed to compare practice differences in treating children with respiratory illnesses in two emergency department (ED) settings within different health care systems: China and Taiwan. METHODS: A pooled cross-sectional hospital-based study was conducted in two tertiary teaching hospitals in Xiamen, China and Keelung, Taiwan belong to the same hospital chain group...
September 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885288/early-effects-of-medicare-s-bundled-payment-for-care-improvement-bpci-program-for-lumbar-fusion
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Brook I Martin, Jon D Lurie, Farrokh R Farrokhi, Kevin J McGuire, Sohail K Mirza
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of Medicare claims linked to hospital participation in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's episode-based Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program for lumbar fusion. OBJECTIVES: To describe the early effects of BPCI participation for lumbar fusion on 90-day reimbursement, procedure volume, reoperation, and readmission. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Initiated on January 1st, 2013, BPCI's voluntary bundle payment program provides a predetermined payment for services related to a Diagnosis Related Group-defined "triggering event" over a defined time period...
September 6, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882522/hospital-competitive-intensity-and-perioperative-outcomes-following-lumbar-spinal-fusion
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Wesley M Durand, Joseph R Johnson, Neill Y Li, JaeWon Yang, Adam E M Eltorai, J Mason DePasse, Alan H Daniels
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Inter-hospital competition has been shown to influence adoption of surgical techniques and approaches, clinical patient outcomes, and healthcare resource utilization for select surgical procedures. However, little is known regarding these dynamics as they relate to spine surgery. PURPOSE: This investigation sought to examine the relationship between inter-hospital competitive intensity and perioperative outcomes following lumbar spinal fusion...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877623/management-challenges-in-british-columbia-s-healthcare-system
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Howard Peter Greenwald
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify the operational and management challenges in a globally budgeted, regionalized healthcare system and their implications for public service. Design/methodology/approach Concentrating on British Columbia's regional health authorities (RHAs) and hospitals, this study utilized data from interviews of key informants, documents (histories, legislation, agreements between RHAs and provincial government, and RHA organizational charts), news reports, and participant observation at board meetings...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877124/health-sector-reform-emotional-exhaustion-and-nursing-burnout-a-retrospective-panel-study-in-iran
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Ahmad Kalateh Sadati, Farnaz Rahnavard, Seyed Taghi Heydari, Soroor Hemmati, Najmeh Ebrahimzadeh, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani
BACKGROUND: Nursing burnout is affected by various factors, including work overload. Since the inauguration of the Health Sector Evolution Plan (HSEP) in Iran in 2014, government hospitals have been required to provide health services to the public at all levels. This decision, however, has increased the volume of patients admitted to government hospitals. Because nurses are on the front line of health services, they are faced with a greater load of care provision. PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate nursing burnout before and after HSEP in Iran, with an emphasis on the differences between government and private hospitals...
October 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874482/coping-with-concentration
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Thomas L Greaney
Provider market power is a powerful driver of high health care costs in the United States. Despite decades of antitrust litigation and regulatory interventions, the problem has worsened and threatens to undermine the benefits of market-based policies. A critical but neglected challenge for all health care reform proposals relying on market competition to address costs is finding effective tools to address the extant market power of dominant hospitals, hospital systems, and many specialty physician practices...
September 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873099/patient-safety-competency-and-educational-needs-of-nursing-educators-in-south-korea
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Haena Jang, Nam-Ju Lee
BACKGROUND: Nursing educators must be qualified to teach patient safety to nursing students to ensure patient safety in the clinical field. The purpose of this study was to assess nursing educators' competencies and educational needs for patient safety in hospitals and nursing schools. METHOD: A mixed-methods sequential explanatory design employed a survey and focus group interview with nursing educators (school clinical instructors and hospital nurse preceptors)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860866/work-gender-roles-and-health-neglected-mental-health-issues-among-female-workers-in-the-ready-made-garment-industry-in-bangladesh
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Sadika Akhter, Shannon Rutherford, Feroza Akhter Kumkum, David Bromwich, Iqbal Anwar, Aminur Rahman, Cordia Chu
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, women in Bangladesh stayed at home in their role as daughter, wife, or mother. In the 1980s, economic reforms created a job market for poor, uneducated rural women in the ready-made garment industry, mostly located in urban areas. This increased participation in paid work has changed the gender roles of these women. Women's earnings support their family, but they are also separated from their children, with impacts on their mental health and well-being. This study explores the lived experience of women in Bangladesh working in the ready-made garment industry as they strive to be mothers and family providers, often in high-stress conditions...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844631/improving-value-in-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-the-role-of-high-volume-hospitals
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P Maxwell Courtney, Nicholas B Frisch, Daniel D Bohl, Craig J Della Valle
BACKGROUND: Recent healthcare reform efforts have focused on improving the quality of total joint replacement care while reducing overall costs. The purpose of this study is to determine if higher volume centers have lower costs and better outcomes than lower volume hospitals. METHODS: We queried the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient Charge Data and identified 2702 hospitals that performed a total of 458,259 primary arthroplasty procedures in 2014...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837230/the-nursing-profession-in-sri-lanka-time-for-policy-changes
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D Aluwihare-Samaranayake, L Ogilvie, G G Cummings, Ian R Gellatly
AIM: We address issues and challenges in nursing in Sri Lanka with the aim of identifying where and how policy changes need to be made. BACKGROUND: Increased global interconnectivity calls for professional leadership, research, education, and policy reform in nursing as these are identified as enhancing health workforce performance and professionalization, thereby improving health systems. SOURCES OF EVIDENCE: We draw on first-hand knowledge of health care and nursing in Sri Lanka and a recent survey of nurses at a large urban government hospital in Sri Lanka, followed by discussion and proposed action on themes identified through analysis of published and unpublished literature about the nursing profession...
September 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814701/-byoin-in-modern-japan-focusing-on-the-terminological-introduction-of-hospital-and-the-complex-formation-of-its-concept
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Youngsoo Kim
This paper aims to clarify when the term of Byoin (hospital) was introduced and how its concept was developed in modern Japan. The word "Byoin" was introduced in Japan in 1787 for the first time, but it had not been in use until early 1860s. Instead, various medical institutions performing the functions of modern medical facilities, such as Yojosho (A place for preserving health), Shijuku (private school), called by traditional names as ever. Japanese intellectuals already adopted the word Byoin and the concept of western hospital in early 1860s when their national delegates were dispatched to Europe to revise the treaties forged with western powers...
April 2017: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812928/health-education-careers-in-a-post-health-reform-era
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M Elaine Auld
Since enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, health education specialists (HES) have made important contributions in implementing the law's provisions at the individual, family, and population levels. Using their health education competencies and subcompetencies, HES are improving public understanding of health insurance literacy and enrollment options, conducting community health needs assessments required of nonprofit hospitals, modifying policies or systems to improve access to health screenings and preventive health services, strengthening clinical and community linkages, and working with employee benefit plans...
September 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805361/medicare-program-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-systems-for-acute-care-hospitals-and-the-long-term-care-hospital-prospective-payment-system-and-policy-changes-and-fiscal-year-2018-rates-quality-reporting-requirements-for-specific-providers-medicare
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We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2018. Some of these changes implement certain statutory provisions contained in the Pathway for Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Act of 2013, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the 21st Century Cures Act, and other legislation...
August 14, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789646/stakeholders-views-on-the-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-maternal-care-financing-and-its-reform-in-georgia
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Lela Shengelia, Milena Pavlova, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: The improvement of maternal health has been one of the aims of the health financing reforms in Georgia. Public-private relationships are the most notable part of the reform. This study aimed to assess the strengths and weakness of the maternal care financing in Georgia in terms of adequacy and effects. METHODS: A qualitative design was used to explore the opinions of key stakeholders about the adequacy of maternal care financing and financial protection of pregnant women in Georgia...
August 8, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765352/identification-and-prevention-of-secondary-heart-failure-a-case-study
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Vlad Gheorghiu, Thomas W Barkley
Heart failure, a complex clinical syndrome affecting millions of Americans, is associated with high morbidity and mortality and a significant financial burden on the health care system. Recent health care reform efforts have focused on reducing 30-day heart failure hospital readmissions, increasing the cost-effectiveness of care provided to heart failure patients, and improving health outcomes for these patients. This case report describes an acutely ill patient with multiple comorbidities who was not initially admitted for heart failure but who developed acute decompensated heart failure during his hospital stay...
August 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749163/development-of-a-paediatric-head-voxel-model-database-for-dosimetric-applications
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Andreas Stratis, Nathan Touyz, Guozhi Zhang, Reinhilde Jacobs, Ria Bogaerts, Hilde Bosmans
OBJECTIVES: To develop a database of paediatric head voxel models intended for Monte Carlo (MC) dosimetric applications. METHODS: Seventeen head and neck CT image datasets were retrieved from the Picture Archiving and Communicating System (PACS) of our hospital and were reformed into voxel models. Twenty two organs were segmented at each dataset. The segmented organ masses were compared to the respective age and gender specific ICRP reference mass value. Adjustments were made such that segmented and reference mass values coincide within a tolerance of 10%...
July 27, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748586/legal-termination-of-pregnancy-as-an-opportunity-for-expanding-postabortion-contraception-experience-at-the-pereira-rossell-hospital-montevideo-uruguay
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Fernanda Nozar, Diego Greif, Francisco Coppola, Verónica Fiol, Leonel Briozzo
OBJECTIVE: To determine to what extent women adopted highly effective contraceptive methods after a legal abortion. METHODS: The data available during a period before and another period after liberalization of the abortion law were reviewed. The data gathering was incomplete and reliable only during certain periods, which were used in the study. RESULTS: There was an increase in the proportion of women who returned for contraception and in the proportion who used any method and long-acting methods; however, no contraception was administered immediately after abortion and only 16% of all women treated started to use a long-acting method during the period after the law was liberalized...
August 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
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