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Medicare risk adjustment

Qinyu Chen, Fabio Bagante, Katiuscha Merath, Jay Idrees, Eliza W Beal, Jordan Cloyd, Mary Dillhoff, Carl Schmidt, Adrian Diaz, Susan White, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: The association of hospital teaching status and overall expenditures has not been studied among patients undergoing hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery. We sought to define the impact of hospital teaching intensity on payments and charges associated with (HPB) surgery from the payer perspective. METHODS: Surgical patients undergoing HPB procedures were identified using 2013-2015 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data. Hospital teaching intensity was categorized based on hospital resident-to-bed ratio: non-teaching (NTH: 0), minor teaching (minor-TH: 0-0...
March 21, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Tudor Borza, Mary K Oerline, Ted A Skolarus, Edward C Norton, Justin B Dimick, Bruce L Jacobs, Lindsey A Herrel, Chad Ellimoottil, John M Hollingsworth, Andrew M Ryan, David C Miller, Vahakn B Shahinian, Brent K Hollenbeck
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) on hospital readmission after common surgical procedures. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Hospital readmissions following surgery lead to worse patient outcomes and wasteful spending. ACOs, and their associated hospitals, have strong incentives to reduce readmissions from 2 distinct Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policies. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using a 20% national Medicare sample to identify beneficiaries undergoing 1 of 7 common surgical procedures-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colectomy, cystectomy, prostatectomy, lung resection, total knee arthroplasty, and total hip arthroplasty-between 2010 and 2014...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Jonathan G Shaw, Monica Farid, Claire Noel-Miller, Neesha Joseph, Ari Houser, Steven M Asch, Jay Bhattacharya, Lynda Flowers
Objectives: Evaluate objective isolation and loneliness' impact on Medicare spending and outcomes. Methods: We linked Health and Retirement Study data to Medicare claims to analyze objective isolation (scaled composite of social contacts and network) and loneliness (positive response to 3-item loneliness scale) as predictors of subsequent Medicare spending. In multivariable regression adjusting for health and demographics, we determined marginal differences in Medicare expenditures...
October 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Young Hee Nam, Colleen M Brensinger, Warren B Bilker, Charles E Leonard, Scott E Kasner, Tilo Grosser, Xuanwen Li, Sean Hennessy
OBJECTIVE: To examine the comparative safety of individual NSAIDs when given concomitantly with clopidogrel. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using Medicaid claims from five US states during 1999-2010, supplemented with Medicare claims for dual-enrollees. The exposure of interest was the first concomitant use of clopidogrel and one of the 10 selected NSAIDs after a 1-year baseline period. The outcomes were: all-cause mortality; acute myocardial infarction (AMI)/ischemic stroke; and gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB)/intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)...
2018: PloS One
Hooman Kamel, Traci M Bartz, Mitchell S V Elkind, Peter M Okin, Evan L Thacker, Kristen K Patton, Phyllis K Stein, Christopher R deFilippi, Rebecca F Gottesman, Susan R Heckbert, Richard A Kronmal, Elsayed Z Soliman, W T Longstreth
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that an underlying atrial cardiopathy may result in thromboembolism before atrial fibrillation (AF) develops. We examined the association between various markers of atrial cardiopathy and the risk of ischemic stroke. METHODS: The CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study) prospectively enrolled community-dwelling adults ≥65 years of age. For this study, we excluded participants diagnosed with stroke or AF before baseline...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Ambarish Pandey, Kershaw V Patel, Li Liang, Adam D DeVore, Roland Matsouaka, Deepak L Bhatt, Clyde W Yancy, Adrian F Hernandez, Paul A Heidenreich, James A de Lemos, Gregg C Fonarow
Importance: Among patients hospitalized with heart failure (HF), the long-term clinical implications of hospitalization at hospitals based on 30-day risk-standardized mortality rates (RSMRs) is not known. Objective: To evaluate the association of hospital-specific 30-day RSMR with long-term survival among patients hospitalized with HF in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines-HF registry. Design, Setting, and Participants: The longitudinal observational study included 106 304 patients with HF who were admitted to 317 centers participating in the Get With The Guidelines-HF registry from January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2013, and had Medicare-linked follow-up data...
March 12, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Brad Wright, Xuan Zhang, Momotazur Rahman, Keith Kocher
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Outpatient observation stays are increasingly substituting for standard inpatient hospitalizations. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted the controversial Two-Midnight Rule policy to curb long observation stays and better define the use of hospital-based observation services versus inpatient hospitalizations. We seek to determine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries exposed to long observation stays (>48 hours) are clinically similar to those with short observation stays (≤48 hours) because this has relevance to the Two-Midnight Rule...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Deidra C Crews, Tanushree Banerjee, Donald E Wesson, Hal Morgenstern, Rajiv Saran, Nilka Ríos Burrows, Desmond E Williams, Neil R Powe
BACKGROUND: Dietary acid load (DAL) contributes to the risk of CKD and CKD progression. We sought to determine the relation of DAL to racial/ethnic differences in the risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) among persons with CKD. METHODS: Among 1,123 non-Hispanic black (NHB) and non-Hispanic white (NHW) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III participants with estimated glomerular filtration rate 15-59 mL/min/1.73 m2, DAL was estimated using the Remer and Manz net acid excretion (NAEes) formula and 24-h dietary recall...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
S Chris Malaisrie, Patrick M McCarthy, Jane Kruse, Roland Matsouaka, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Maria V Grau-Sepulveda, Daniel J Friedman, James L Cox, J Matthew Brennan
BACKGROUND: This study compares early and late outcomes in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting with and without preoperative atrial fibrillation in a contemporary, nationally representative Medicare cohort. METHODS: In the Medicare-Linked Society of Thoracic Surgeons database, 361,138 patients underwent isolated coronary artery bypass from 2006 to 2013, of whom 37,220 (10.3%) had preoperative atrial fibrillation; 13,161 (35.4%) were treated with surgical ablation and were excluded...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Brigid K Killelea, Jessica B Long, Weixiong Dang, Sarah S Mougalian, Suzanne B Evans, Cary P Gross, Shi-Yi Wang
PURPOSE: To examine the associations between sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and complications among older patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). METHODS: We identified women from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare dataset aged 67-94 years diagnosed during 1998-2011 with DCIS who underwent BCS as initial treatment. We assessed incidence of complications, including lymphedema, wound infection, seroma, or pain, within 9 months of diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Kali S Thomas, Jessica A Ogarek, Joan M Teno, Pedro L Gozalo, Vincent Mor
Purpose: To develop a score to predict mortality using the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS 3.0) that can be readily calculated from items collected during nursing home (NH) residents' admission assessments. Participants: We developed a training cohort of Medicare beneficiaries newly admitted to U.S. NHs during 2012 (N=1,426,815) and a testing cohort from 2013 (N=1,160,964). Methods: Data came from the MDS 3.0 assessments linked to the Medicare Beneficiary Summary File...
March 5, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Trevor R Grace, Joseph T Patterson, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Justin D Krogue, Thomas P Vail, Derek T Ward
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine whether episode Target Prices in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative sufficiently match the complexities and expenses expected for patients undergoing hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fracture (FNF) as compared to hip degenerative joint disease (DJD). METHODS: Claims data under BPCI Model 2 were collected for patients undergoing hip arthroplasty at a single institution over a 2-year period...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
John B Ammori, Suparna Navale, Nicholas Schiltz, Siran M Koroukian
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to identify risk factors associated with readmission after gastrectomy to potentially identify potential areas for targeted improvements. Hospital readmission after surgery is a topic of interest in health-care policy among hospitals, payers, and providers. Readmissions are associated with increased costs, morbidity, and mortality. Readmission rates have been proposed as a quality metric for hospitals and quality indicator of individual surgeon's performance...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Gabriela Fonseca, Marissa Burgermaster, Elaine Larson, David S Seres
BACKGROUND: Parenteral nutrition (PN) administered via central venous catheter has been identified as an independent risk factor for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). The aim of this study was to provide an updated description of the relationship between PN and CLABSI and assess temporal trends in CLABSI rates for individuals who received PN from 2009-2014, after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid declared CLABSI a "never event." METHODS: Using data obtained from all adult patient discharges between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014, from 2 affiliated hospitals in a large health system in New York City, univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to examine the relationship between PN and CLABSIs as well as temporal trends...
January 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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March 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Jessica A Ogarek, Ellen M McCreedy, Kali S Thomas, Joan M Teno, Pedro L Gozalo
OBJECTIVES: To revise the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Changes in Health, End-stage disease and Symptoms and Signs (CHESS) scale, an MDS 2.0-based measure widely used to predict mortality in institutional settings, in response to the release of MDS 3.0. DESIGN: Development of a predictive scale using observational data from the MDS and Medicare Master Beneficiary Summary File. SETTING: All Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified nursing homes in the United States...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Scott C Brown, Tatiana Perrino, Joanna Lombard, Kefeng Wang, Matthew Toro, Tatjana Rundek, Carolina Marinovic Gutierrez, Chuanhui Dong, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Maria I Nardi, Jack Kardys, José Szapocznik
Prior studies suggest that exposure to the natural environment may be important for optimal mental health. The present study examines the association between block-level greenness (vegetative presence) and mental health outcomes, in a population-based sample of 249,405 U.S. Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥65 years living in Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA, whose location did not change from 2010 to 2011. Multilevel analyses examined relationships between greenness, as measured by mean Normalized Difference Vegetation Index from satellite imagery at the Census block level, and each of two mental health outcomes; Alzheimer's disease and depression, respectively, after statistically adjusting for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and neighborhood income level of the individuals...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Scott Martin Vouri, Mario Schootman, Seth A Strope, Stanley J Birge, Margaret A Olsen
BACKGROUND: Oral oxybutynin has been associated with the development of cognitive impairment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the use of oral oxybutynin versus other antimuscarinics (e.g., tolterodine, darifenacin, solifenacin, trospium, fesoterodine, transdermal oxybutynin) in older adults with documented cognitive impairment. METHODS: This is a population-based retrospective analysis of antimuscarinic new users aged ≥ 66 years from January 2008 to December 2011 (n = 42,886) using a 5% random sample of Medicare claims linked with Part D data...
February 28, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Satya Surbhi, Ilana Graetz, Jim Y Wan, Justin Gatwood, James E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to essential chronic medications has been identified as a potential driver of high health care costs in superutilizers of inpatient services. Few studies, however, have documented the levels of nonadherence and factors associated with nonadherence in this high-cost, vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with nonadherence to essential chronic medications, with special emphasis on mental illness and use of opioid medications...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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