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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153123/healthcare-access-among-young-adults-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-young-adults-with-hypertension
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Jing Fang, Guijing Wang, Carma Ayala, Salvatore J Lucido, Fleetwood Loustalot
INTRODUCTION: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision implemented policies to improve coverage for young adults. It is not known if it affected access to care among young adults with hypertension. METHODS: National Health Interview Survey data from 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 were used. Young adults aged 19-25 years were assessed for potential barriers to access to health care. The authors compared the percentage of each indicator of barriers to access to health care among young adults in general, as well as those with hypertension in the two time periods and estimated the AOR...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144116/-the-importance-of-biosimilars-medicines-for-private-and-statutory-health-insurance
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B Bretthauer
Patented biopharmaceuticals generate huge costs for private and statutory health insurance. Exactly ten years ago, off-patent biopharmaceuticals, also referred to as 'biosimilars medicines', became available as a more cost-efficient and therapeutically equivalent alternative in Germany and Europe. Following their approval by all the relevant authorities, biosimilars medicines can therefore be applied in the same way as previously patented biopharmaceuticals.
December 15, 2016: Versicherungsmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144113/-can-we-transfer-the-mechanisms-of-the-generics-market-to-biosimilars
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Ch O Jacke, F Wild
Personalized medicines such as biologics and their generic equivalents, biosimilars, are pouring onto the pharmaceutical markets. Data of 16 private health insurance companies were used to describe the market shares of selected biosimilars available in 2014 and 2015. The purpose of this study focuses on the question of whether market access of biosimilars will lead to a price competition of the expense of innovation competition. The results show that prescriptions of biosimilars made up 37% of total prescriptions in 2015 compared to 35% in 2014, and that their share of prescription costs went up from 21% to 23% in the same period...
December 15, 2016: Versicherungsmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141482/obstetric-practice-guidelines-labor-s-love-lost
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Wayne R Cohen, Emanuel A Friedman
Implementation of clinical practice guidelines may moderate health care costs, improve care, reduce medicolegal liability, and provide a uniformity in care allowing meaningful investigation of treatments and outcomes. However, new guidelines are often uncritically embraced by clinicians, risk management organizations, insurance companies, and the courts as the standard of care. Adoption of incompletely vetted recommendations can lead to patient harm. Recent recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for assessment and management of labor provide an example of well-intended guidelines adopted uncritically...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138206/monitor-ic-study-a-mixed-methods-prospective-multicentre-controlled-cohort-study-assessing-5-year-outcomes-of-icu-survivors-and-related-healthcare-costs-a-study-protocol
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Wytske Geense, Marieke Zegers, Hester Vermeulen, Mark van den Boogaard, Johannes van der Hoeven
INTRODUCTION: Due to advances in critical care medicine, more patients survive their critical illness. However, intensive care unit (ICU) survivors often experience long-term physical, cognitive and mental problems, summarised as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), impacting their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). In what frequency PICS occurs, and to what extent this influences ICU survivors' HRQoL, is mostly unknown. The aims of this study are therefore to study the: (1) 5-year patient outcomes, (2) predictors for PICS, (3) ratio between HRQoL of ICU survivors and healthcare-related costs, and (4) care and support needs...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137042/associations-among-medication-regimen-complexity-medical-specialty-and-medication-possession-ratio-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-patients-a-population-based-study
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Chen-Pei Ho, Jih-I Yeh, Shu-Hui Wen, Tony Jer-Fu Lee
The aim of this study was to explore the associations among the medication regimen complexity index (MRCI), medical specialty, and medication possession ratio (MPR) in newly diagnosed hypertensive patients.Data from 19,859 newly diagnosed hypertensive patients were collected from 2,000,000 random samples of the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. All study participants were followed for 1 year after the first diagnosis of hypertension. MPR was defined as total days of antihypertensive drugs supplied/365 days...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136247/behavioral-mental-health-an-emerging-field-of-service-or-an-oxymoron
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Christopher G Hudson
Proliferation in the use of the terminology around behavioral mental health suggests, on one hand, an emerging field of service that integrates psychiatric, substance abuse, and related services. On the other hand, this development also raises questions about the coherence of this approach. This review explores the history, definitional issues, current trends, and available data on the impact of this field. It considers a variety of critiques of behavioral mental health, such as possibility that the field attempts to integrate fundamentally incompatible domains, that the term "behavioral mental health" is thus an oxymoron, and that it represents a co-optation by the insurance industry of traditional ideals of mental health and of behavioral medicine or as code for the implementation of a medical model that emphasizes short-term, behavioral, and psychopharmacological treatments at the expense of a truly biopsychosocial orientation...
November 9, 2017: Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134767/availability-and-approval-of-cannabis-based-medicines-for-chronic-pain-management-and-palliative-supportive-care-in-europe-a-survey-of-the-status-in-the-chapters-of-the-european-pain-federation
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N Krcevski-Skvarc, C Wells, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: There is considerable public and political interest in the use of cannabis products for medical purposes. METHODS: The task force of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) conducted a survey with its national chapters representatives on the status of approval of all types of cannabis-based medicines, the covering of costs and the availability of a position paper of a national medical association on the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain and for symptom control in palliative/supportive care...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133491/exploring-attributes-of-high-value-primary-care
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Melora Simon, Niteesh K Choudhry, Jim Frankfort, David Margolius, Julia Murphy, Luis Paita, Thomas Wang, Arnold Milstein
PURPOSE: Medicare's merit-based incentive payment system and narrowing of physician networks by health insurers will stoke clinicians' and policy makers' interest in care delivery attributes associated with value as defined by payers. METHODS: To help define these attributes, we analyzed 2009 to 2011 commercial health insurance claims data for more than 40 million preferred provider organization patients attributed to over 53,000 primary care practice sites. We identified sites ranking favorably on both quality and low total annual per capita health care spending ("high-value") and sites ranking near the median ("average-value")...
November 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132255/selected-radiation-safety-aspects-including-transportation-and-lodging-after-outpatient-sup-131-sup-i-therapy-for-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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Cristiane Jeyce Gomes-Lima, Di Wu, Pejman H Kharazi, Gauri Khorjekar, Matthew D Ringel, Richard J Vetter, Gary Bloom, Kenneth D Burman, Leonard Wartofsky, Douglas Van Nostrand
BACKGROUND: Whether <sup>131</sup>I treatments for differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) should be performed as an outpatient or inpatient remains controversial. The objective of this study was to survey selected aspects of radiation safety of patients treated with <sup>131</sup>I for DTC as an outpatient. METHODS: An e-mail invitation was sent to over 15,000 members of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. to complete a web-based survey on selected aspects of radiation safety regarding their last outpatient <sup>131</sup>I treatment...
November 13, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124275/-the-role-of-mdk-in-the-german-reimbursement-system-for-intensive-care-medicine
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REVIEW
C Mitsch
The experts of Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung (MDK) assess services from different areas of the health care sector, including checks of hospital invoicing. MDK assessors are only employed after being commissioned by a statutory health or nursing insurance. The assessment of intensive medical treatment is made difficult by uncertainties and indistinctness in the regulations, especially the procedure codes for complex intensive care treatment.
November 9, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121918/-no-generics-doctor-the-perspective-of-general-practitioners-in-two-french-regions
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Béatrice Riner, Adèle Bussy, Jeannie Hélène-Pelage, Nycrees Moueza, Sébastien Lamy, Philippe Carrère
BACKGROUND: Generic medicines are essential to controlling health expenditures. Their market share is still small in France. The discourse and practices of prescribers may play a major role in their use. The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices of general practitioners (GPs) toward generic medicines in two French regions with the lowest penetration rate of these products. METHODS: An observational study was carried out from October 2015 to February 2016 in Guadeloupe and Martinique...
November 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115960/should-the-poor-have-no-medicines-to-cure-a-study-on-the-association-between-social-class-and-social-security-among-the-rural-migrant-workers-in-urban-china
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Ming Guan
BACKGROUND: The rampant urbanization and medical marketization in China have resulted in increased vulnerabilities to health and socioeconomic disparities among the rural migrant workers in urban China. In the Chinese context, the socioeconomic characteristics of rural migrant workers have attracted considerable research attention in the recent past years. However, to date, no previous studies have explored the association between the socioeconomic factors and social security among the rural migrant workers in urban China...
November 7, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109662/budget-impact-of-introducing-linagliptin-into-bosnia-and-herzegovina-health-insurance-drug-reimbursement-list-in-2016-2018
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Tarik Catic, Lana Lekic, Vlad Zah, Vedad Tabakovic
Introduction: Diabetes is reaching epidemiological scales worldwide. Beside health implications diabetes bears significant financial impact on health systems. Different treatment options aiming to prevent diabetes complications are available. Dipeptidyl-peptidase-IV (DPP-4) inhibitors like linagliptin are usually add-on therapy to metformin in order to achieve glycemic control. Expenditure for oral antidiabetic medicines in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) is low accounting for only 2.53% of the total drug market expenditure...
September 2017: Materia Socio-medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108348/decreased-risk-of-dementia-in-migraine-patients-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-use-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Chun-Ting Liu, Bei-Yu Wu, Yu-Chiang Hung, Lin-Yi Wang, Yan-Yuh Lee, Tsu-Kung Lin, Pao-Yen Lin, Wu-Fu Chen, Jen-Huai Chiang, Sheng-Feng Hsu, Wen-Long Hu
Patients with migraine are reportedly at increased risk of developing dementia. We aimed to investigate the association between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use and dementia risk in migraine patients. This longitudinal cohort study used the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to identify 32,386 diagnosed migraine patients aged 20 years and above who received treatment from 1997 to 2010. To balance comparability between TCM users and non-TCM users, we randomly selected equal numbers from each group, and compared subgroups compiled based on combinations of age, sex, index year, and year of migraine diagnosis...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097094/a-community-pharmacist-led-service-to-facilitate-care-transitions-and-reduce-hospital-readmissions
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Joshua D Feldman, Rachel I Otting, Craig M Otting, Matthew J Witry
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of a community pharmacist-delivered care transition intervention on 30-day hospital readmissions. SETTING: A single private 263-bed hospital in the Midwest United States and 12 partnering community pharmacies, 1 serving as primary pharmacy. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Adult general medicine inpatients were evaluated by nursing staff with the use of a worksheet based on the Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions (BOOST) readmission risk toolkit...
October 30, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081217/patterns-of-rectal-cancer-radiotherapy-adopting-evidence-based-medicine-an-analysis-of-the-national-database-from-2005-to-2016
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Hae Jin Park, Sanghyun Cho, Yoon Kim
Purpose: Not many studies have evaluated the adoption and dissemination of evidence-based medicine in rectal cancer radiotherapy. We aimed to analyze the differences by institutional characteristics and geography in adopting evidence-based care for rectal cancer radiotherapy and factors affecting the adoption in Korea. Methods and Materials Korean National Health Insurance Service claims database was used. All rectal cancer patients treated with radical surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) at the same institution in 2005-2016 were included in this study...
October 27, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080195/patient-feedback-for-acupuncture-practice-improvement-a-survey-from-mayo-clinic
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Barbara S Thomley, Saswati Mahapatra, Brent A Bauer, Molly J Mallory, Guang-Xi Li, Alexander Do, Tony Y Chon
OBJECTIVE: To understand patient satisfaction with acupuncture appointment duration for the first and subsequent appointments in the plan of care, time spent with the acupuncture provider, willingness to pay for longer duration appointments, and lack of insurance coverage. METHODS: Patients who were referred for an acupuncture consult to the Center for Integrative Medicine at Mayo Clinic were asked to participate in the survey in August 2014. Patients were given paper survey at time of appointment check-in and entered into Research Electronic Data Capture Survey database tool to reveal patient-reported outcomes...
November 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076236/choosing-public-or-private-emergency-departments-in-australia
#19
Katherine Walker, Michael Ben-Meir
Emergency medicine was once exclusively provided in public hospitals in Australia, but now over half a million consultations per annum are in private (7% total emergency consultations). Private EDs have excess capacity and are staffed by senior doctors (majority FACEM) with open access to investigations and broad specialist inpatient services. Public EDs struggle with rising attendances and overcapacity. Private hospitals have high levels of patient satisfaction and aim to optimise service provision. A major barrier to private ED attendances is out-of-pocket costs...
October 26, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073988/drug-policy-in-bulgaria
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Antoniya Dimova, Maria Rohova, Elka Atanasova, Paweł Kawalec, Katarzyna Czok
Bulgaria has a mixed public-private health care financing system. Health care is financed mainly from compulsory health insurance contributions and out-of-pocket payments. Out-of-pocket payments constitute a large share of the total health care expenditure (44.14% in 2014). The share of drugs expenditure for outpatient treatment was 42.3% of the total health care expenditure in 2014, covered mainly by private payments (78.6% of the total pharmaceutical expenditure). The drug policy is run by the Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Council on Prices and Reimbursement of Medicinal Products, and the Health Technology Assessment Commission...
September 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
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