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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145584/critical-lessons-from-high-value-oncology-practices
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Douglas W Blayney, Melora K Simon, Beatrice Podtschaske, Scott Ramsey, Margaret Shyu, Craig Lindquist, Arnold Milstein
Importance: Cancer care is expensive. Cancer care provided by practice organizations varies in total spending incurred by patients and payers during treatment episodes and in quality of care, and this unnecessary variation contributes to the high cost. Objective: To use the variation in total spending and quality of care to assess oncology practice attributes distinguishing "high value" that may be tested and adopted by others to produce similar results. Design, Setting, and Participants: "Positive deviance" was used in this exploratory mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of interview results...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107392/innovative-solutions-for-clinical-trial-follow-up-adding-value-from-nationally-held-uk-data
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S E Appleyard, D C Gilbert
Clinical trials provide the data that underpin evidence-based oncological practice. Over and above their primary outcome measures, collected and analysed by the clinical trials unit, trials provide an opportunity to generate a wide range of additional information over a prolonged period of time. Nationally held data have potential to facilitate longer term follow-up and explore associated toxicities and downstream consequences and in the UK include data from secondary care, including hospital episode statistics, national chemotherapy and radiotherapy datasets and primary care records...
October 26, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056247/haemato-oncology-patients-perceptions-of-health-related-quality-of-life-after-critical-illness-a-qualitative-phenomenological-study
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Geraldine O'Gara, Simon Tuddenham, Natalie Pattison
INTRODUCTION: Haemato-oncology patients often require critical care support due to side-effects of treatment. Discharge can mark the start of an uncertain journey due to the impact of critical illness on health-related quality of life. Qualitatively establishing needs is a priority as current evidence is limited. AIMS: To qualitatively explore perceptions of haemato-oncology patients' health-related quality of life after critical illness and explore how healthcare professionals can provide long-term support...
October 19, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981388/where-are-the-opportunities-for-reducing-health-care-spending-within-alternative-payment-models
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Gabrielle B Rocque, Courtney P Williams, Kelly M Kenzik, Bradford E Jackson, Karina I Halilova, Margaret M Sullivan, Rod P Rocconi, Andres Azuero, Elizabeth A Kvale, Warner K Huh, Edward E Partridge, Maria Pisu
PURPOSE: The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is a highly controversial specialty care model developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid aimed to provide higher-quality care at lower cost. Because oncologists will be increasingly held accountable for spending as well as quality within new value-based health care models like the OCM, they need to understand the drivers of total spending for their patients. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients ≥ 65 years of age with primary fee-for-service Medicare insurance who received antineoplastic therapy at 12 cancer centers in the Southeast from 2012 to 2014...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914555/evaluation-of-the-quality-of-care-of-elderly-patients-with-chronic-and-breakthrough-pain-treated-with-opioids-sand-study
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Manuel Jesús Rodríguez, Rosalía de la Torre, Josefa Luisa Ortega, José Manuel Trinidad, Diego Benítez, Antonio Javier Jiménez, Almudena Sanz-Yagüe, Begoña Soler, Luis Miguel Torres
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of care of elderly patients with treatment for chronic pain (CP) and breakthrough pain (BTP). METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in 20 pain units, selecting patients aged 70 years or older with baseline controlled CP in treatment with opioids and a diagnosis of BTP. Patients were classified as first episode of BTP or patient in follow-up. The patients completed the SF-12 quality of life questionnaire, Brief Pain Inventory, Lattinen Index, and Edmonton Symptoms Assessment Scale...
October 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895277/evaluation-of-a-fever-management-algorithm-in-a-pediatric-cancer-center-in-a-low-resource-setting
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Sheena Mukkada, Cristel Kate Smith, Delta Aguilar, April Sykes, Li Tang, Mae Dolendo, Miguela A Caniza
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), inconsistent or delayed management of fever contributes to poor outcomes among pediatric patients with cancer. We hypothesized that standardizing practice with a clinical algorithm adapted to local resources would improve outcomes. Therefore, we developed a resource-specific algorithm for fever management in Davao City, Philippines. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate adherence to the algorithm. PROCEDURE: This was a prospective cohort study of algorithm adherence to assess the types of deviation, reasons for deviation, and pathogens isolated...
September 12, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801975/trends-in-aging-related-services-during-nephrectomy-implications-for-surgery-in-an-aging-population
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Hung-Jui Tan, Mark S Litwin, Karim Chamie, Debra Saliba, Jim C Hu
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the extent to which geriatric and related healthcare services are provided to older adults undergoing surgery for kidney cancer, a potential growth area in geriatrics and oncology. DESIGN: Population-based observational study. SETTING: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer data linked with Medicare claims. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 65 and older with kidney cancer treated surgically from 2000 to 2009 (N = 19,129)...
October 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581874/cost-drivers-for-breast-lung-and-colorectal-cancer-care-in-a-commercially-insured-population-over-a-6-month-episode-an-economic-analysis-from-a-health-plan-perspective
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Bhuvana Sagar, Yu Shen Lin, Liana D Castel
AIMS: In the absence of clinical data, accurate identification of cost drivers is needed for economic comparison in an alternate payment model. From a health plan perspective using claims data in a commercial population, the objective was to identify and quantify the effects of cost drivers in economic models of breast, lung, and colorectal cancer costs over a 6-month episode following initial chemotherapy. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This study analyzed claims data from 9,748 Cigna beneficiaries with diagnosis of breast, lung, and colorectal cancer following initial chemotherapy from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558699/incidence-of-and-factors-associated-with-catheter-related-bloodstream-infection-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors-on-home-parenteral-nutrition-managed-using-a-standardized-catheter-care-protocol
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Pankaj G Vashi, Natasha Virginkar, Brenten Popiel, Persis Edwin, Digant Gupta
BACKGROUND: Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) are associated with high morbidity and mortality as well as increased medical costs. Cancer patients, who are often immunocompromised, are susceptible to CRBSI while receiving home parenteral nutrition (HPN). We evaluated the incidence of and factors associated with CRBSIs in cancer patients undergoing HPN managed using a standardized catheter care protocol. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 335 cancer patients receiving HPN between January 2012 and July 2015...
May 30, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535101/design-challenges-of-an-episode-based-payment-model-in-oncology-the-centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-oncology-care-model
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Ronald M Kline, L Daniel Muldoon, Heidi K Schumacher, Larisa M Strawbridge, Andrew W York, Laura K Mortimer, Alison F Falb, Katherine J Cox, Carol Bazell, Ellen W Lukens, Mary C Kapp, Rahul Rajkumar, Amy Bassano, Patrick H Conway
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed the Oncology Care Model as an episode-based payment model to encourage participating practitioners to provide higher-quality, better-coordinated care at a lower cost to the nearly three-quarter million fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who receive chemotherapy each year. Episode payment models can be complex. They combine into a single benchmark price all payments for services during an episode of illness, many of which may be delivered at different times by different providers in different locations...
July 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485359/spectrum-of-bacteremia-in-posthematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-patients-from-an-indian-center
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A Ghafur, V Devarajan, R Raj, J Easow, T Raja
BACKGROUND: Despite the relatively low prevalence of Gram-positive bacteremic infections in Indian oncology patients, glycopeptides are extensively used for empirical management of febrile neutropenia. Our aim was to analyze the spectrum of bacteremia in posthematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients in our center and make a recommendation on glycopeptide use in this patient population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of bacteremic data from HSCT recipients in a tertiary care oncology and transplant center from South India, between 2011 and 2013...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401138/prevalence-of-symptoms-at-the-end-of-life-in-an-acute-care-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Daniel Kobewka, Paul Ronksley, Dan McIsaac, Sunita Mulpuru, Alan Forster
BACKGROUND: There is currently debate over the benefits and harms of physician-assisted death. One of the factors influencing this debate is concern about symptoms in the days before death. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of symptoms before death and determine patient characteristics associated with these symptoms. METHODS: We reviewed the medical record of every patient who died at a multisite academic teaching hospital over a 3-month period...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318493/-bipolar-disorders-in-oncology-characteristics-and-management
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Michel Reich, Nuria Kotecki
Bipolar disorders belong to the spectrum of mood disorders and represent a serious psychiatric comorbidity. Behaviors adopted by bipolar patients can foster cancer occurrence but also impact its management, especially during acute depressive or manic episode. Oncologists must adapt their protocols in order to obtain the best compliance for treatment and avoid any possible mood destabilization, with the inherent risk of suicidal attempt. Potential interactions between mood-stabilizing agents (lithium, divalproate, atypical antipsychotics, and anticonvulsivants) and oncologic treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, corticotherapy) will be particularly watched...
May 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291598/identifying-radiology-s-place-in-the-expanding-landscape-of-episode-payment%C3%A2-models
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Bibb Allen, H Benjamin Harvey, Gregory N Nicola
The current fee-for-service system for health care reimbursement in the United Stated is argued to encourage fragmented care delivery and a lack of accountability that predisposes to insufficient focus on quality as well as unnecessary or duplicative resource utilization. Episode payment models (EPMs) seek to improve coordination by linking payments for all services related to a patient's condition or procedure, thereby improving quality and efficiency of care. The CMS Innovation Center has implemented a broadening array of EPMs...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242237/transarterial-embolization-in-maxillofacial-intractable-potentially-life-threatening-hemorrhage
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Dani Noy, Adi Rachmiel, Omri Emodi, Yaakov Amsalem, Yair Israel, Rafael M Nagler
PURPOSE: Although transarterial embolization (TAE) of vascular lesions with embolizing agents through angiographic catheters has been used for more than 45 years, reports of life-threatening maxillofacial bleeding are relatively rare and have not been updated. The authors review treatment modalities, present their experience of the past 21 years, and suggest a comprehensive algorithm and guidelines for the use of TAE in the treatment of intractable life-threatening maxillofacial hemorrhage...
June 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152838/a-schematic-case-episode-format-to-aid-in-choosing-wisely
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B Brooke Mann, Jad Hayes, Lalan S Wilfong, Marcus A Neubauer
181 Background: The recommendations of the Choosing Wisely campaign are evidence -based strategies to reduce cost without sacrificing outcomes. Yet tying the recommendations to indicators of use at the physician and case level has been challenging. As practices become responsible for total cost of care, an easy to use analytic method to determine appropriate use will be critical. We here describe a tool for rapid assessment of individual cases to achieve that objective. METHODS: The population was a payer defined cohort of lung cancer patients treated at Texas Oncology (TxO)...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152738/designing-and-implementing-a-payment-system-to-support-cancer-care-coordination-a-literature-review
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Chloe Gerves-Pinquie, Etienne Minvielle
40 Background: Demands for new payment systems to better coordinate services along the care continuum are emerging in oncology. Among them, bundling payments for defined episodes of care are considered as a promising payment option. The study objective was to understand how to develop an optimal payment system in order to foster coordination between hospitals and post-acute providers, and to identify potential pitfalls associated with its implementation. METHODS: We conducted a literature review, exploring articles published between 2010 and 2015 in Medline...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152727/a-prospective-study-of-an-inpatient-febrile-neutropenia-clinical-practice-guideline-in-oncology-patients
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Tanya Thomas, Joshua Reuss, Gina Degennaro, Elizabeth Daniels, Jin Li, Mark Smolkin, Michael Kenneth Keng
114 Background: Febrile neutropenia (FN) is a common complication in oncology patients and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality if untreated. Because of this, it is regarded as a medical emergency. FN treatment guidelines universally recommend the prompt initiation ( < 60 minutes) of intravenous antibiotic therapy. We hypothesized that a quality initiative project creating a new FN clinical practice guideline (CPG) would reduce the time to antibiotic administration (TTA) for inpatient oncology patients with FN...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095701/malignant-bowel-obstruction-in-advanced-ovarian-cancer
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Emma Dean, Leila Khoja, Andrew Clamp, Gordon C Jayson, Dilly Goonetilleke, Alicia M Conway, Jurjees Hasan
AIM: Malignant bowel obstruction (MBO) in ovarian cancer is poorly understood. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study analyzed 129 patients with ovarian cancer and MBO. RESULTS: At presentation, 69 (53%) had platinum-resistant, 37 (29%) platinum-sensitive and 23 (18%) chemotherapy-naive disease. In patients receiving chemotherapy following the MBO episode, median overall survival (OS) was 107 days for chemotherapy-naive patients compared with 83 and 86 for platinum-sensitive or platinum-resistant patients (p = 0...
March 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089143/long-term-mortality-following-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-bloodstream-infection
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K L McCarthy, D L Paterson
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bloodstream infections (BSI) are associated with substantial short-term mortality. There is little data on long-term mortality associated with this BSI. AIM: To describe mortality rates up to one year post infection and the significant factors associated with death. METHODS: Positive blood cultures for P. aeruginosa were identified retrospectively from January 2008 to January 2011 at seven tertiary care hospitals...
March 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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