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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739534/insurance-coverage-and-well-child-visits-improved-for-youth-under-the-affordable-care-act-but-latino-youth-still-lag-behind
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Alexander N Ortega, Ryan M McKenna, Jie Chen, Héctor E Alcalá, Brent A Langellier, Dylan H Roby
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether there have been changes in insurance coverage and health care utilization for youth before and after the national implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to assess whether racial and ethnic inequities have improved. METHODS: Data are from 64,565 youth (ages 0-17) participants in the 2011-2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). We conducted multivariate logistic regression analyses to determine how the period after national implementation of the ACA (years 2011-2013 versus years 2014-2015) was associated with health insurance coverage and utilization of health care services (well-child visits, having visited an emergency department, and having visited a physician, all in the past 12 months), and whether changes over the pre- and post-ACA periods varied by race and Latino ethnicity...
July 21, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738945/disparities-in-the-care-of-differentiated-thyroid-cancer-in-the-united-states-exploring-the-national-cancer-database
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Kathryn Jaap, Rebekah Campbell, James Dove, Marcus Fluck, Marie Hunsinger, Jeffrey Wild, Tania Arora, Mohsen Shabahang, Joseph Blansfield
Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) treatment is multifaceted, and may be influenced by socioeconomic factors. The goal of this study is to examine disparities in DTC treatment. DTC patients from 1998 to 2012 were identified using the National Cancer Database. DTC was identified in 262,041 patients. The mean age was 48.2. The majority of patients (52%) received care at Comprehensive Community Cancer Programs (CCCPs). Total thyroidectomy was less common at Community Cancer Programs (CCPs) [odds ratio (OR): 0...
July 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737647/risk-factors-for-30-day-hospital-readmission-for-diverticular-hemorrhage
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Jonah N Rubin, Daniel Shoag, John N Gaetano, Dejan Micic, Neil Sengupta
INTRODUCTION: The 2010 Affordable Care Act introduced the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to reduce health care utilization. Diverticular disease and its complications remain a leading cause of hospitalization among gastrointestinal disease. We sought to determine risk factors for 30-day hospital readmissions after hospitalization for diverticular bleeding. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We utilized the 2013 National Readmission Database sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality focusing on hospitalizations with the primary or secondary discharge diagnosis of diverticular hemorrhage or diverticulitis with hemorrhage...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736409/putting-the-community-back-into-community-health-needs-assessments-maximizing-partnerships-via-community-based-participatory-research
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Chris Michael Kirk, Sharon Johnson-Hakim, Ashley Anglin, Catherine Connelly
THE PROBLEM: The community health needs assessment (CHNA) mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to make significant and sustainable change in the health of communities. However, to date many hospital-led assessments have used traditional, top-down data collection approaches that overemphasize individualized community member deficits and underutilize collaboration across sectors. PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to present the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) as a framework for conducting CHNAs in a way that mitigates the potential for harm, waste, and misrepresentation of community assets and needs that characterizes many existing CHNA processes, illustrating the power of applying CBPR partnerships to this process...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735450/prescription-drug-price-paradox-cost-analysis-of-canadian-online-pharmacies-versus-us-medicare-beneficiaries-for-the-top-100-drugs
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Sean Hyungwoo Kim, Young Joo Ryu, Na-Eun Cho, Andy Eunwoo Kim, Jongwha Chang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite the introduction of Medicare Part D (MPD) and 2012 Affordable Care Act (ACA), patients have a cost burden due to increases in drug prices. To overcome cost barriers, some patients purchase their medications from Canadian online pharmacies as Canadian prescription drug prices are believed to be lower than US prescription drug prices. The objective of this study was to determine which top 100 Medicare drugs can be imported to the USA legally, and to determine which type of prescription drug would be more beneficial to be purchased from Canadian online pharmacies...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732319/did-the-dependent-coverage-expansion-increase-risky-substance-use-among-young-adults
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Joshua Breslau, Hao Yu, Bing Han, Rosalie L Pacula, Rachel M Burns, Bradley D Stein
BACKGROUND: The dependent coverage expansion (DCE) enacted through the Affordable Care Act increased health insurance coverage among young adults. Increasing insurance coverage in this age group has the potential for unintended consequences on risky substance use. METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional surveys were used to compare change in substance use during the period the DCE was implemented in the 19-25year old target age group (Pre-DCE n=15,772, Post-DCE n=22,719) with contemporaneous change in a slightly older age group that was not targeted by the policy (Pre-DCE=19,851, Post-DCE n=28,157)...
July 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729355/insurance-clearance-for-early-phase-oncology-clinical-trials-following-the-affordable-care-act
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Kenneth L Kehl, Cheryl P Fullmer, Siqing Fu, Goldy C George, Kenneth R Hess, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Shumei Kato, Cynthia K Kizer, Razelle Kurzrock, Aung Naing, Shubham Pant, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, David S Hong
Purpose: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required that private insurance plans allow clinical trial participation and cover standard-of-care costs, but the impact of this provision has not been well-characterized. We assessed rates of insurance clearance for trial participation within our large early-phase clinical trials program, before and after implementation of the requirement.Experimental Design: We analyzed the departmental database for the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy (CCTT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728524/what-s-at-stake-in-u-s-health-reform-a-guide-to-the-affordable-care-act-and-value-based-care
#8
Betty A Rambur
The U.S. presidential election of 2016 accentuated the divided perspectives on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as Obamacare. The perspectives included a pledge from then candidate Donald J. Trump to "repeal and replace on day one"; Republican congressional leaders' more temperate suggestions in the first weeks of the Trump administration to "repair" the Affordable Care Act (ACA); and President Trump's February 5, 2017 statement-16 days after inauguration-that a Republican replacement for the ACA may not be ready until late 2017 or 2018...
January 1, 2017: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724553/us-republican-attempt-to-repeal-and-replace-affordable-care-act-collapses
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Michael McCarthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723810/let-s-get-real-about-health-care-reform
#10
Michael Karpf
In light of the ongoing debate about health care policy in the United States, including efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it will be critically important for the academic community to engage in the dialogue. Developing a viable approach to health care reform requires an understanding of the interaction and interdependence between choice, cost, and coverage in a competitive and functional market-based system. Some institutions have implemented models that indicate the feasibility of providing high-quality, efficient patient care while working within fixed budgets...
July 18, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721034/readmission-after-copd-exacerbation-scale-determining-30-day-readmission-risk-for-copd-patients
#11
Christine Sm Lau, Brianna L Siracuse, Ronald S Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: COPD affects over 13 million Americans, and accounts for over half a million hospitalizations annually. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, established by the Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmissions for COPD as of 2015. This study sought to develop a predictive readmission scale to identify COPD patients at higher readmission risk. METHODS: Demographic and clinical data on 339,389 patients from New York and California (derivation cohort) and 258,113 patients from Washington and Florida (validation cohort) were abstracted from the State Inpatient Database (2006-2011), and the Readmission After COPD Exacerbation (RACE) Scale was developed to predict 30-day readmission risk...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720636/a-listening-tour-conversations-about-obamacare-across-america-s-heartland
#12
Paul R Gordon
During my sabbatical, I rode my bike 3300 miles from Washington, DC, to Seattle, WA, in order to engage in dialog with people along the northern tier of America's heartland. Through informal and candid conversations with >100 people, I gained insights into attitudes and opinions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The comments were overwhelmingly negative. In this reflective essay, I share some of the conversations I had and the insights I gained from this remarkable journey across our beautiful country...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720635/increased-public-accountability-for-hospital-nonprofit-status-potential-impacts-on-residency-positions
#13
Melanie C Raffoul, Robert L Phillips
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine recently called for greater graduate medical education (GME) accountability for meeting the workforce needs of the nation. The Affordable Care Act expanded community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for nonprofit and tax-exempt hospitals to include community assessment, intervention, and evaluation every 3 years but did not specify details about workforce. Texas receives relatively little federal GME funding but has used Medicaid waivers to support GME expansion...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719692/association-of-changing-hospital-readmission-rates-with-mortality-rates-after-hospital-discharge
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Kumar Dharmarajan, Yongfei Wang, Zhenqiu Lin, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Joseph S Ross, Leora I Horwitz, Nihar R Desai, Lisa G Suter, Elizabeth E Drye, Susannah M Bernheim, Harlan M Krumholz
Importance: The Affordable Care Act has led to US national reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates for heart failure (HF), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and pneumonia. Whether readmission reductions have had the unintended consequence of increasing mortality after hospitalization is unknown. Objective: To examine the correlation of paired trends in hospital 30-day readmission rates and hospital 30-day mortality rates after discharge. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years or older hospitalized with HF, AMI, or pneumonia from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2014...
July 18, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719488/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-s-dependent-coverage-mandate-on-use-of-dental-treatments-and-preventive-services
#15
Dan M Shane, George L Wehby
BACKGROUND: Oral health problems are the leading chronic conditions among children and younger adults. Lack of dental coverage is thought to be an important barrier to care but little empirical evidence exists on the causal effect of private dental coverage on use of dental services. We explore the relationship between dental coverage and dental services utilization with an analysis of a natural experiment of increasing private dental coverage stemming from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA)-dependent coverage mandate...
July 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708447/coverage-for-gender-affirming-care-making-health-insurance-work-for-transgender-americans
#16
William V Padula, Kellan Baker
Many transgender Americans continue to remain uninsured or are underinsured because of payers' refusal to cover medically necessary, gender-affirming healthcare services-such as hormone therapy, mental health counseling, and reconstructive surgeries. Coverage refusal results in higher costs and poor health outcomes among transgender people who cannot access gender-affirming care. Research into the value of health insurance coverage for gender-affirming care for transgender individuals shows that the health benefits far outweigh the costs of insuring transition procedures...
July 14, 2017: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704970/integrating-mental-and-physical-health-care-for-low-income-americans-assessing-a-federal-program-s-initial-impact-on-access-and-cost
#17
Evan V Goldstein
Individuals with mental health disorders often die decades earlier than the average person, and low-income individuals disproportionately experience limited access to necessary services. In 2014, the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) leveraged Affordable Care Act funds to address these challenges through behavioral health integration. The objective of this study is to assess the US$55 million program's first-year impact on access and cost. This analysis uses multivariable difference-in-difference regression models to estimate changes in outcomes between the original 219 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Behavioral Health Integration grantees and two comparison groups...
July 12, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703947/insurance-coverage-and-health-outcomes-in-young-adults-with-mental-illness-following-the-affordable-care-act-dependent-coverage-expansion
#18
Nicole Kozloff, Benjamin D Sommers
OBJECTIVE: As a provision of the Affordable Care Act, young adults were able to remain on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26. We examined the impact of the 2010 dependent coverage expansion on insurance coverage and health outcomes among young adults with mental illness. METHODS: Data are from the 2008-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual population-based survey of noninstitutionalized US individuals aged 12 and older. We used a difference-in-differences approach to compare young adults with mental illness subject to the provision (aged 19-25 years, n = 19,051) with an older comparison group (aged 26-34 years, n = 7,958) before (2008-2009) and after (2011-2013) the dependent coverage expansion in their insurance coverage, use of health services, and self-reported health...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700300/repealing-the-affordable-care-act-essential-health-benefits-threats-and-obstacles
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Charley E Willison, Phillip M Singer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700193/medicaid-chip-program-medicaid-program-and-children-s-health-insurance-program-chip-changes-to-the-medicaid-eligibility-quality-control-and-payment-error-rate-measurement-programs-in-response-to-the-affordable-care-act-final-rule
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This final rule updates the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control (MEQC) and Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) programs based on the changes to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This rule also implements various other improvements to the PERM program.
July 5, 2017: Federal Register
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