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Stroke utilization cost

Kumar Mukherjee, Khalid M Kamal
Background Atrial fibrillation is a significant risk factor for ischemic stroke and increases cost of treatment. Aims To estimate the incremental inpatient cost and length of stay due to atrial fibrillation among adults hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of ischemic stroke after controlling for sociodemographic, clinical, and hospital characteristics in a nationally representative discharge record of US population. Methods Hospital discharge records with a primary diagnosis of ischemic stroke were identified from the National Inpatient Sample data for the years 2010-2013...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Minjung Park, Jennifer Hunter, Soonman Kwon
High demand for traditional Korean medicine led to a policy change in 2010 allowing hospitals to provide Integrative medicine care that combines Western medicine and Korean medicine. This study evaluated the effects of Integrative medicine compared to Western medicine-only for managing acute stroke in South Korean hospitals. A retrospective matched case-control observational study was conducted for acute stroke patients admitted nationwide in 2012 and 2013. Propensity score matching was used to adjust for the likelihood of selecting Integrative medicine...
March 6, 2018: Health Policy
Rachael M Hunter, Naomi J Fulop, Ruth J Boaden, Christopher McKevitt, Catherine Perry, Angus I G Ramsay, Anthony G Rudd, Simon J Turner, Pippa J Tyrrell, Charles D A Wolfe, Stephen Morris
BACKGROUND: The economic implications of major system change are an important component of the decision to implement health service reconfigurations. Little is known about how best to report the results of economic evaluations of major system change to inform decision-makers. Reconfiguration of acute stroke care in two metropolitan areas in England, namely London and Greater Manchester (GM), was used to analyse the economic implications of two different implementation strategies for major system change...
March 14, 2018: Health Research Policy and Systems
Marta Trapero-Bertran, Celia Muñoz, Kathryn Coyle, Doug Coyle, Adam Lester-George, Reiner Leidl, Bertalan Németh, Kei-Long Cheung, Subhash Pokhrel, Ángel Lopez-Nicolás
AIMS: To assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative smoking cessation scenarios from the perspective of the Spanish National Health Service (NHS). DESIGN: We used the European study on Quantifying Utility of Investment in Protection from Tobacco model (EQUIPTMOD), a Markov-based state transition economic model, to estimate the return on investment (ROI) of: (a) the current provision of smoking cessation services (brief physician advice and printed self-helped material + smoking ban and tobacco duty at current levels); and (b) four alternative scenarios to complement the current provision: coverage of proactive telephone calls; nicotine replacement therapy (mono and combo) [prescription nicotine replacement therapy (Rx NRT)]; varenicline (standard duration); or bupropion...
March 13, 2018: Addiction
Marta Trapero-Bertran, Reiner Leidl, Celia Muñoz, Puttarin Kulchaitanaroaj, Kathryn Coyle, Maximilian Präger, Judit Józwiak-Hagymásy, Kei Long Cheung, Mickael Hiligsmann, Subhash Pokhrel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Modelling return on investment (ROI) from smoking cessation interventions requires estimates of their costs and benefits. This paper describes a standardized method developed to source both economic costs of tobacco smoking and costs of implementing cessation interventions for a Europe-wide ROI model [European study on Quantifying Utility of Investment in Protection from Tobacco model (EQUIPTMOD)]. DESIGN: Focused search of administrative and published data...
March 13, 2018: Addiction
Alexandros Briasoulis, Chakradhari Inampudi, Emmanuel Akintoye, Oluwole Adegbala, Paulino Alvarez, Jay Bhama
The utilization of contemporary continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVADs) has increased, accounting for >90% of implants from 2009 to 2014. The present study aimed to identify the annual national estimates in utilization, in-hospital mortality, and major complications with CF-LVAD using data from the National Inpatient Sample, the largest all-payer inpatient data set in the United States, and the US Census Bureau, for the years 2009 to 2014. Participants included all adult patients who received CF-LVADs from 2009 to 2014...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Mireia Raluy-Callado, Andrew Cox, Sharon MacLachlan, Abdel M Bakheit, A Peter Moore, Jerome Dinet, Sylvie Gabriel
OBJECTIVE: Post-stroke spasticity (PSS) is a common complication following stroke. This study describes the differences in healthcare resource utilization between patients who do and do not develop PSS in the United Kingdom. METHODS: Adults registered in The Health Improvement Network database with a recorded stroke between 2007 and 2011 were included. PSS was identified through Read codes; machine learning was used to retrospectively identify unrecorded PSS events...
February 28, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Damon Klebe, Loretta Iniaghe, Sherrefa Burchell, Cesar Reis, Onat Akyol, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang
Intracerebral hemorrhage is the most devastating stroke subtype with high rates of mortality and morbidity. Furthermore, no clinically approved treatment exists that effectively increases survival or improves quality of life for survivors. Effective modeling is necessary to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms of intracerebral hemorrhage and evaluate potential therapeutic approaches. Rodent models are most utilized because of their cost-effectiveness, and because rodent brain development and structures are well documented...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Naseer Ahmed, Yong Choe, Vikkie A Mustad, Sumita Chakraborty, Scott Goates, Menghua Luo, Jeffrey I Mechanick
Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of pre-existing malnutrition on survival and economic implications in elderly patients with diabetes. Research design and methods: A retrospective observational study was conducted to examine the impact of malnutrition with or without other significant health conditions on survival time and healthcare costs using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data from 1999 to 2014 for beneficiaries with a confirmed first date of initial diagnosis of diabetes (n=15 121 131)...
2018: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
Arjun K Venkatesh, Charles D Scales, Marta E Heilbrun
Over the past twenty years, the Emergency Department (ED) has transformed from a location that managed patients with acute life-threatening illness or injury to an acute diagnostic center. The advent of rapid and accurate imaging, novel biomarkers, and other innovations concurrent with effects from financial and social forces has supported the development of an acute care system focused on "ruling out" low-frequency, high-mortality events such as acute myocardial infarction, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and aortic dissection...
February 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Darrell E Singer, Celia Byrne, Ligong Chen, Stephanie Shao, Jonathan Goldsmith, David W Niebuhr
Introduction: A number of studies have found an association between sickle cell trait (SCT) and exertional heat illnesses (EHIs) including heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition. The strength of this association varied across studies, limiting the ability to quantify potential benefits of SCT-screening policies for competitive athletics and military service members. We determined the relative rate and attributable risk of developing EHI associated with being SCT positive and the EHI health care utilization...
February 5, 2018: Military Medicine
Chengyin Ye, Tianyun Fu, Shiying Hao, Yan Zhang, Oliver Wang, Bo Jin, Minjie Xia, Modi Liu, Xin Zhou, Qian Wu, Yanting Guo, Chunqing Zhu, Yu-Ming Li, Devore S Culver, Shaun T Alfreds, Frank Stearns, Karl G Sylvester, Eric Widen, Doff McElhinney, Xuefeng Ling
BACKGROUND: As a high-prevalence health condition, hypertension is clinically costly, difficult to manage, and often leads to severe and life-threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop and validate prospectively a risk prediction model of incident essential hypertension within the following year. METHODS: Data from individual patient electronic health records (EHRs) were extracted from the Maine Health Information Exchange network...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Purujit J Thacker, Mansha Sethi, Jonathan Sternlieb, Doron Schneider, Mary Naglak, Rajeshkumar R Patel
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were the following: (1) to determine how often computed tomography (CT) scans of the head are obtained on rapid responses called for altered mental status (AMS), (2) to determine whether CT imaging of the head is required during all rapid responses called for AMS, (3) to determine which patients would benefit from CT scans of the head in this setting, (4) to note whether an adequate neurologic exam was documented, (5) to determine the cost of CT scans that did not change management, and (6) to examine the role of medications leading to AMS...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Julie Richardson, Ada Tang, Gordon Guyatt, Lehana Thabane, Feng Xie, Demetrios Sahlas, Robert Hart, Rebecca Fleck, Genevieve Hladysh, Louise Macrae
BACKGROUND: The current state of evidence suggests that community-based exercise programs are beneficial in improving impairment, function, and health status, and are greatly needed for persons with stroke. However, limitations of these studies include risk of bias, feasibility, and cost issues. METHODS/DESIGN: This single-blinded, randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 216 participants with stroke will compare the effectiveness of a 12-week YMCA community-based wellness program (FIT for FUNCTION) specifically designed for community-dwelling persons with stroke to persons who receive a standard YMCA membership...
January 15, 2018: Trials
Rahul Jain, An-Chen Fu, Jonathan Lim, Cheng Wang, Jessica Elder, Stephen D Sander, Hiangkiat Tan
BACKGROUND: Warfarin has a long history of use to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but it requires frequent laboratory monitoring to maintain international normalized ratio levels in the therapeutic range. Dabigatran, a novel oral anticoagulant (OAC), has demonstrated efficacy in reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism and does not require laboratory monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To compare health care resource utilization (HCRU) and costs of OAC-naive patients newly diagnosed with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), using dabigatran or warfarin...
January 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Nathaniel R Smilowitz, Gregory Katz, Jill P Buyon, Robert M Clancy, Jeffrey S Berger
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The relationship between SLE and perioperative cardiovascular risks following non-cardiac surgery is uncertain. We investigated associations between a diagnosis of SLE and outcomes following major non-cardiac surgery in a large national database from the United States. Patients age ≥ 18 years requiring major non-cardiac surgery were identified from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's National Inpatient Sample data from 2004 to 2014...
January 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Gloria Too, Timothy Wen, Amelia K Boehme, Eliza C Miller, Lisa R Leffert, Frank J Attenello, William J Mack, Mary E DʼAlton, Alexander M Friedman
OBJECTIVE: To characterize risk and timing of postpartum stroke readmission after delivery hospitalization discharge. METHODS: The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Nationwide Readmissions Database for calendar years 2013 and 2014 was used to perform a retrospective cohort study evaluating risk of readmission for stroke within 60 days of discharge from a delivery hospitalization. Risk was characterized as odds ratios (ORs) with 95% CIs based on whether patients had hypertensive diseases of pregnancy (gestational hypertension or preeclampsia), or chronic hypertension, or neither disorder during the index hospitalization...
January 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Per Winkel, Philip M Bath, Christian Gluud, Jane Lindschou, H Bart van der Worp, Malcolm R Macleod, Istvan Szabo, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Stefan Schwab
BACKGROUND: Cooling may reduce infarct size and improve neurological outcomes in patients with ischaemic stroke. In phase II trials, cooling awake patients with ischaemic stroke has been shown to be feasible and safe, but the effects in functional outcomes has not yet been investigated in an adequately sized randomised clinical trial. METHODS/DESIGN: The EuroHYP-1 trial is a multinational, randomised, superiority phase III clinical trial with masked outcome assessment testing the benefits and harms of therapeutic cooling in awake adult patients with acute ischaemic stroke...
November 29, 2017: Trials
Alexis Valenzuela Espinoza, Stefanie Devos, Robbert-Jan van Hooff, Maaike Fobelets, Alain Dupont, Maarten Moens, Ives Hubloue, Door Lauwaert, Pieter Cornu, Raf Brouns, Koen Putman
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a very time-sensitive pathology, and many new solutions target the optimization of prehospital stroke care to improve the stroke management process. In-ambulance telemedicine, defined by live bidirectional audio-video between a patient and a neurologist in a moving ambulance and the automated transfer of vital parameters, is a promising new approach to speed up and improve the quality of acute stroke care. Currently, no evidence exists on the cost effectiveness of in-ambulance telemedicine...
November 24, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Charles Reynard, Rick Body
BACKGROUND: The benefit of antiplatelet medication in confirmed acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is well established. In the Emergency Department (ED) diagnostic uncertainty may lead to over-treatment, with consequent risks (e.g., bleeding), or under-treatment, compromising clinical outcomes. Clinicians must subjectively balance the anticipated risks and benefits with their perceived probability of ACS in order to decide whether to prescribe these medications. We aimed to construct a clinical model to optimise and personalise recommendations for anti-platelet prescription in this context...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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