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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725789/improving-american-healthcare-through-clinical-lab-2-0-a-project-santa-fe-report
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James M Crawford, Khosrow Shotorbani, Gaurav Sharma, Michael Crossey, Tarush Kothari, Thomas S Lorey, Jeffrey W Prichard, Myra Wilkerson, Nancy Fisher
Project Santa Fe was established both to provide thought leadership and to help develop the evidence base for the valuation of clinical laboratory services in the next era of American healthcare. The participants in Project Santa Fe represent major regional health systems that can operationalize laboratory-driven innovations and test their valuation in diverse regional marketplaces in the United States. We provide recommendations from the inaugural March 2016 meeting of Project Santa Fe. Specifically, in the transition from volume-based to value-based health care, clinical laboratories are called upon to provide programmatic leadership in reducing total cost of care through optimization of time-to-diagnosis and time-to-effective therapeutics, optimization of care coordination, and programmatic support of wellness care, screening, and monitoring...
January 2017: Acad Pathol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724460/health-and-well-being-promotion-strategies-for-hard-to-reach-older-people-in-england-a-mapping-exercise
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Steve Iliffe, Kate Walters, Jill Manthorpe, Claire Goodman, Kalpa Kharicha
BACKGROUND: Older people from deprived areas, the oldest old and those from ethnic minorities engage less in health promotion interventions and related research, potentially generating inequities. Aim To explore and map the extent to which such 'hard to reach' groups of older people, are the focus of local health and well-being strategies in England. METHODS: Document analysis of current health and well-being promotion strategies in a purposive sample of 10 localities in England with high proportions of some or all of the three hard to reach groups...
July 20, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722553/travelling-models-and-the-challenge-of-pragmatic-contexts-and-practical-norms-the-case-of-maternal-health
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REVIEW
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Aïssa Diarra, Mahaman Moha
As in other areas of international development, we are witnessing the proliferation of 'traveling models' developed by international experts and introduced in an almost identical format across numerous countries to improve some aspect of maternal health systems in low- and middle-income countries. These policies and protocols are based on 'miracle mechanisms' that have been taken out of their original context but are believed to be intrinsically effective in light of their operational devices.In reality, standardised interventions are, in Africa and elsewhere, confronted with pragmatic implementation contexts that are always varied and specific, and which lead to drifts, distortions, dismemberments and bypasses...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720160/the-incidence-of-health-financing-in-south-africa-findings-from-a-recent-data-set
#4
John E Ataguba, Di McIntyre
There is an international call for countries to ensure universal health coverage. This call has been embraced in South Africa (SA) in the form of a National Health Insurance (NHI). This is expected to be financed through general tax revenue with the possibility of additional earmarked taxes including a surcharge on personal income and/or a payroll tax for employers. Currently, health services are financed in SA through allocations from general tax revenue, direct out-of-pocket payments, and contributions to medical scheme...
July 19, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691084/cost-effective-conservation-of-amphibian-ecology-and-evolution
#5
Felipe S Campos, Ricardo Lourenço-de-Moraes, Gustavo A Llorente, Mirco Solé
Habitat loss is the most important threat to species survival, and the efficient selection of priority areas is fundamental for good systematic conservation planning. Using amphibians as a conservation target, we designed an innovative assessment strategy, showing that prioritization models focused on functional, phylogenetic, and taxonomic diversity can include cost-effectiveness-based assessments of land values. We report new key conservation sites within the Brazilian Atlantic Forest hot spot, revealing a congruence of ecological and evolutionary patterns...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686512/tracking-patients-in-community-based-palliative-care-through-the-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-healthcare-innovation-project
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Janet Bull, Arif H Kamal, Matthew Harker, Lindsay Bonsignore, John Morris, Lisa Massie, Parampal Singh Bhullar, Mark Hendrix, Deeana Bennett, Don Taylor
BACKGROUND: Although limited, the evidence base for Community Based Palliative Care (CBPC) has shown that it improves patient health outcomes, increases satisfaction, and decreases cost. Minimal data exist comparing points of entry into palliative care and patient transition outcomes. OBJECTIVES: In 2014, Four Seasons Compassion for Life was awarded a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Healthcare Innovation Award to expand an existing CBPC model into additional counties and to propose a new payment approach...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673816/a-collective-national-approach-to-fostering-innovation-in-complex-care
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Rachel Davis, Stephen A Somers
The Complex Care Innovation Lab convenes 15 organizations from across the country that are innovators in health care delivery for low-income populations with complex needs. These organizations have identified several elements that are core to successful complex care programs, including: (1) incorporating patient-centered approaches to care; (2) utilizing a non-traditional workforce; (3) employing data-driven strategies; and (4) leveraging flexible payment models that assign accountability to providers and facilitate interventions to integrate health and social services...
June 22, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664439/sages-quality-initiative-an-introduction
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Anne Lidor, Dana Telem, Curtis Bower, Prashant Sinha, Rocco Orlando, John Romanelli
The Medicare program has transitioned to paying healthcare providers based on the quality of care delivered, not on the quantity. In May 2015, SAGES held its first ever Quality Summit. The goal of this meeting was to provide us with the information necessary to put together a strategic plan for our Society over the next 3-5 years, and to participate actively on a national level to help develop valid measures of quality of surgery. The transition to value-based medicine requires that providers are now measured and reimbursed based on the quality of services they provide rather than the quantity of patients in their care...
August 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662250/surgeons-perspectives-on-premium-implants-in-total-joint-arthroplasty
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Amy S Wasterlain, Ricardo J Bello, Jonathan Vigdorchik, Ran Schwarzkopf, William J Long
Declining total joint arthroplasty reimbursement and rising implant prices have led many hospitals to restrict access to newer, more expensive total joint arthroplasty implants. The authors sought to understand arthroplasty surgeons' perspectives on implants regarding innovation, product launch, costs, and cost-containment strategies including surgeon gain-sharing and patient cost-sharing. Members of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction were surveyed regarding attitudes about implant technology and costs...
June 29, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652243/clinical-pathways-recommendations-for-putting-patients-at-the-center-of-value-based-care
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Edward Abrahams, Alan Balch, Patricia Goldsmith, Marcia Kean, Amy M Miller, Gilbert Omenn, Ellen Sonet, John Sprandio, Courtney Tyne, Kimberly Westrich
Two major trends that have been affecting the provision of oncology care in the United States are a shift from volume-based to value-based care and a push toward patient-centered healthcare. However, these two trends are not always completely aligned with each other. Value-based payment models, including clinical pathways, are one strategy being implemented by oncology stakeholders to help encourage the uptake of value-based oncology care. If structured with the patient in mind, they can improve quality of care for patients with cancer, decrease inappropriate care while enabling appropriate personalization of care, and constrain rising prices by demanding a stronger link between cost and value...
June 26, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645553/a-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-an-integrated-medication-management-program-and-implications-for-implementation
#11
Shira H Fischer, Courtney K Armstrong, Erin L Duffy, Peter S Hussey
BACKGROUND: Improving medication adherence is a common and challenging issue. Taking medications as prescribed becomes particularly difficult for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Poor adherence can lead to exacerbated health issues and prolonged disease severity. Medication Therapy Management is increasingly being used to help clinics improve medication adherence and reduce adverse events, but factors that enable implementation of such programs are not well identified. OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors associated with implementation of an innovative pharmacy program and to measure the impact of the intervention...
June 10, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643342/progress-and-policy-implication-of-the-insurance-programs-for-catastrophic-diseases-in-china
#12
Wenhui Mao, Luying Zhang, Wen Chen
The State Council encouraged the involvement of commercial insurance companies (CICs) in the development of the Insurance Program for Catastrophic Diseases (IPCD), yet its implementation has rarely been reported. We collected literature and policy documentation and conducted interviews in 10 cities with innovative IPCD policies to understand the details of the implementation of IPCD. IPCDs are operated at the prefectural level in 14 provinces, while in 4 municipalities and 6 provinces, unified IPCDs have been implemented at higher levels...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617013/the-role-of-policy-in-supporting-clinician-led-research-on-behavioral-health-integration
#13
Nathaniel Z Counts
In Best Care at Lower Cost, the Institute of Medicine laid out a vision for continuously learning health systems (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2016). This issue of Families, Systems, & Health represents a substantial step toward this vision, with on-the-ground clinicians and administrators testing empirically informed hypotheses about practice transformation and population health management, and using those results to produce shared learning within and across systems. While the studies in this issue demonstrate that producing generalizable knowledge from clinician-led initiatives is feasible, they also demonstrate that the current system does not adequately support clinicians in doing so...
June 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607682/improving-inpatient-care-for-older-adults-implementing-dementia-commissioning-for-quality-and-innovation-cquin
#14
Judith R Harrison
Dementia is a common condition, and people with dementia occupy around 25% of hospital beds. Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) is an NHS payment framework that links part of English healthcare providers' income to quality improvement. The dementia CQUIN goals are designed to encourage the recognition of dementia in hospital. The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, introduced new procedures to meet the dementia CQUIN targets. Adherence to the changes was a problem. This project aimed to improve hospital's implementation strategy...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604238/financing-national-non-communicable-disease-responses
#15
Luke Nelson Allen
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (also known as socially transmitted diseases) were conspicuously absent from the Millennium Development Goals and seemed to miss out on the 'golden years' of health funding despite causing more death and disability than any other disease group worldwide. The share of 'development assistance for health' dedicated to NCDs has remained at 1-2% of the total since 2000. This level of funding is insufficient to attain the nine targets in the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan on NCDs...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591799/incentivizing-universal-safe-delivery-in-nepal-10%C3%A2-years-of-experience
#16
Tim Ensor, Hema Bhatt, Suresh Tiwari
Payments to users and providers of health services are an important ingredient in attempts to promote universal health coverage in low resource settings. The maternal health programme in Nepal explicitly recognizes that ensuring universal access to safe delivery care requires policies that both ensure effective services and overcome demand-side barriers. The programme has used three innovative financing initiatives to stimulate an increase in the use of facility-based delivery: the maternity incentive scheme (2005) reimbursing women for accessing a facility, activity payments in poor districts (2006) and universal free-delivery (2009)...
June 7, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562404/bundle-payment-program-initiative-roles-of-a-nurse-navigator-and-home-health-professionals
#17
Heather Peiritsch
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) introduced a new value-based payment model, the Bundle Payment Care Initiative. The CMS Innovation (Innovation Center) authorized hospitals to participate in a pilot to test innovative payment and service delivery models that have a potential to reduce Medicare expenditures while maintaining or improving the quality of care for beneficiaries. A hospital-based home care agency, Abington Jefferson Health Home Care Department, led the initiative for the development and implementation of the Bundled Payment Program...
June 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561660/the-oncology-care-model-perspectives-from-the-centers-for-medicare-amp-medicaid-services-and-participating-oncology-practices-in-academia-and-the-community
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Ron Kline, Kerin Adelson, Jeffrey J Kirshner, Larissa M Strawbridge, Marsha Devita, Naralys Sinanis, Patrick H Conway, Ethan Basch
Cancer care delivery in the United States is often fragmented and inefficient, imposing substantial burdens on patients. Costs of cancer care are rising more rapidly than other specialties, with substantial regional differences in quality and cost. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center (CMMIS) recently launched the Oncology Care Model (OCM), which uses payment incentives and practice redesign requirements toward the goal of improving quality while controlling costs. As of March 2017, 190 practices were participating, with approximately 3,200 oncologists providing care for approximately 150,000 unique beneficiaries per year (approximately 20% of the Medicare Fee-for-Service population receiving chemotherapy for cancer)...
2017: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537964/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-cancer-survivorship
#19
Christine Leopold, Elyse R Park, Larissa Nekhlyudov
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented with the aim of expanding access to quality, affordable care. In this review, we describe the ACA provisions that are most relevant for cancer survivors, provide available published evidence, and offer insights for future research. We found that provisions focusing on access to preventive care, access to quality and coordinated care, and coverage expansion and increased affordability suggest beneficial effects. However, we identified research gaps specifically addressing the intended and unintended consequences of the ACA on cancer survivorship care...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537961/the-affordable-care-act-and-cancer-care-delivery
#20
Gabriel A Brooks, J Russell Hoverman, Carrie H Colla
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reformed US health care delivery through insurance coverage expansion, experiments in payment design, and funding for patient-centered clinical and health care delivery research. The impact on cancer care specifically has been far reaching, with new ACA-related programs that encourage coordinated, patient-centered, cost-effective care. Insurance expansions through private exchanges and Medicaid, along with preexisting condition clauses, have helped more than 20 million Americans gain health care coverage...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
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