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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719795/estimating-the-direct-medical-economic-burden-of-health-care-associated-infections-in-public-tertiary-hospitals-in-hubei-province-china
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Hao Li, Xinliang Liu, Dan Cui, Quan Wang, Zongfu Mao, Liang Fang, Furong Zhang, Ping Yang, Huiling Wu, Nili Ren, Jianyun He, Jing Sun
This study estimated the attributable direct medical economic burden of health care-associated infections (HAIs) in China. Data were extracted from hospitals' information systems. Inpatient cases with HAIs and non-HAIs were grouped by the propensity score matching (PSM) method. Attributable hospitalization expenditures and length of hospital stay were measured to estimate the direct medical economic burden of HAIs. STATA 12.0 was used to conduct descriptive analysis, bivariate χ(2) test, paired Z test, PSM ( r = 0...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719222/how-drug-life-cycle-management-patent-strategies-may-impact-formulary-management
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Jan Berger, Jeffrey D Dunn, Margaret M Johnson, Kurt R Karst, W Chad Shear
Drug manufacturers may employ various life-cycle management patent strategies, which may impact managed care decision making regarding formulary planning and management strategies when single-source, branded oral pharmaceutical products move to generic status. Passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act enabled more rapid access to generic medications through the abbreviated new drug application process. Patent expirations of small-molecule medications and approvals of generic versions have led to substantial cost savings for health plans, government programs, insurers, pharmacy benefits managers, and their customers...
October 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719013/in-an-era-of-highly-effective-treatment-hepatitis-c-screening-of-the-general-population-of-the-united-states-for-hepatitis-c-should-be-considered
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Zobair Younossi, Deidre Blissett, Rob Blissett, Linda Henry, Youssef Younossi, Rachel Beckerman, Sharon Hunt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment with all oral direct acting antiviral agents (DAA's) achieve sustained virologic response (SVR) rates of 98%. Re-assessment of general US population screening for HCV is imperative. This study compared the cost-effectiveness (CE) of three HCV screening strategies: screen all (SA), screen Birth Cohort (BCS), and screen high risks (HRS). METHODS: Using a previous designed decision-analytic Markov model, estimations of the natural history of HCV and CE evaluation of the three HCV screening strategies over a lifetime horizon in the US population was undertaken...
July 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718706/public-policy-and-the-next-generation-of-farmers-ranchers-producers-and-agribusiness-leaders
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Frank A Gasperini
The emerging, next generation of people engaged as managers in agriculture differs from the "baby boomer" farm generation that relishes certain traditions and an agrarian lifestyle. These futuristic producers and managers have been raised in a society that promulgates safety environment rules. They have witnessed lives saved by automobile seatbelts and lives improved from clean air and water. They know the basic cost of effective safety compliance is relatively fixed, regardless of the number of employees, and they are willing to invest resources that ensure a culture of safety, because it is economically beneficial, socially responsible, and probably required by the companies to whom they need to market their products...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717715/compulsory-licenses-for-cancer-drugs-does-circumventing-patent-rights-improve-access-to-oncology-medications
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Cinthia Leite Frizzera Borges Bognar, Brittany L Bychkovsky, Gilberto de Lima Lopes
Worldwide, there are enormous inequities in cancer control that cause poor outcomes among patients with cancer who live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). One of the biggest challenges that oncology faces today is how to increase patient access to expensive, but life-saving, therapies in LMICs. Access to cancer medications in LMICs is a major problem, especially in recent years, as the costs of these therapies continue to rise exponentially. One mechanism available to LMICs to improve access to cancer medications allows a country to pursue a compulsory license for a given drug...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717516/costs-associated-with-intravenous-darbepoetin-versus-epoetin-therapy-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrea L Woodland, Sean W Murphy, Bryan M Curtis, Brendan J Barrett
BACKGROUND: Anemia of chronic kidney disease is associated with adverse outcomes and a reduced quality of life. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have improved anemia management, and 2 agents are available in Canada, epoetin alfa (EPO) and darbepoetin alfa (DA). EPO and DA are considered equally effective in achieving target hemoglobin (Hb), but it is not clear whether there is a cost difference. There have been few head-to-head comparisons; most published studies are observational switch studies...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716194/vaccicost-a-tool-to-estimate-the-resource-requirements-for-implementing-livestock-vaccination-campaigns-application-to-peste-des-petits-ruminants-ppr-vaccination-in-senegal
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Damian Tago, Baba Sall, Renaud Lancelot, Jennifer Pradel
Vaccination is one of the main tools currently available to control animal diseases. In eradication campaigns, vaccination plays a crucial role by reducing the number of susceptible hosts with the ultimate goal of interrupting disease transmission. Nevertheless, mass vaccination campaigns may be very expensive and in some cases unprofitable. VacciCost is a tool designed to help decision-makers in the estimation of the resources required to implement mass livestock vaccination campaigns against regulated diseases...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715498/growth-hormone-prescribing-and-initial-bmi-sds-increased-biochemical-adverse-effects-and-costs-in-obese-children-without-additional-gain-in-height
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Daniel B Hawcutt, Jennifer Bellis, Victoria Price, Anne Povall, Paul Newland, Paul Richardson, Matthew Peak, Jo Blair
BACKGROUND: Recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) treatment in children is usually prescribed using actual body weight. This may result in inappropriately high doses in obese children. METHODS: Retrospective audit of all paediatric patients treated with rhGH 2010-14 at a tertiary paediatric hospital in the UK. Change in height SDS and IGF-I SDS during the first year of treatment was stratified by initial BMI SDS in a mixed cohort, and a subgroup of GH deficient (GHD) patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715346/new-prospective-4d-ct-for-mitigating-the-effects-of-irregular-respiratory-motion
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Tinsu Pan, Rachael M Martin, Dershan Luo
Artifact caused by irregular respiration is a major source of error in 4D-CT imaging. We propose a new prospective 4D-CT to mitigate this source of error without new hardware, software or off-line data-processing on the GE CT scanner. We utilize the cine CT scan in the design of the new prospective 4D-CT. The cine CT scan at each position can be stopped by the operator when an irregular respiration occurs, and resumed when the respiration becomes regular. This process can be repeated at one or multiple scan positions...
July 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714678/review-of-the-fuel-saving-life-cycle-ghg-emission-and-ownership-cost-impacts-of-lightweighting-vehicles-with-different-powertrains
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Jason M Luk, Hyung Chul Kim, Robert De Kleine, Timothy J Wallington, Heather L MacLean
The literature analyzing the fuel saving, life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, and ownership cost impacts of lightweighting vehicles with different powertrains is reviewed. Vehicles with lower powertrain efficiencies have higher fuel consumption. Thus, fuel savings from lightweighting internal combustion engine vehicles can be higher than those of hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles. However, the impact of fuel savings on life cycle costs and GHG emissions depends on fuel prices, fuel carbon intensities and fuel storage requirements...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714056/quality-control-in-diagnostic-immunohistochemistry-integrated-on-slide-positive-controls
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A Bragoni, A Gambella, S Pigozzi, M Grigolini, R Fiocca, L Mastracci, F Grillo
Standardization in immunohistochemistry is a priority in modern pathology and requires strict quality control. Cost containment has also become fundamental and auditing of all procedures must take into account both these principles. Positive controls must be routinely performed so that their positivity guarantees the appropriateness of the immunohistochemical procedure. The aim of this study is to develop a low cost (utilizing a punch biopsy-PB-tool) procedure to construct positive controls which can be integrated in the patient's tissue slide...
July 17, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712353/cost-effectiveness-of-a-ptsd-intervention-tailored-for-individuals-with-severe-mental-illness
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Eric P Slade, Jennifer D Gottlieb, Weili Lu, Philip T Yanos, Stanley Rosenberg, Steven M Silverstein, Shula K Minsky, Kim T Mueser
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the cost-effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is tailored for adults with a co-occurring severe mental illness. METHODS: Data were from a randomized trial involving 183 adult clients of two outpatient clinics and three partial hospitalization programs. All had a severe mental illness diagnosis (major mood disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder) and severe PTSD...
July 17, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711048/beyond-mean-field-approximations-for-accurate-and-computationally-efficient-models-of-on-lattice-chemical-kinetics
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M Pineda, M Stamatakis
Modeling the kinetics of surface catalyzed reactions is essential for the design of reactors and chemical processes. The majority of microkinetic models employ mean-field approximations, which lead to an approximate description of catalytic kinetics by assuming spatially uncorrelated adsorbates. On the other hand, kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods provide a discrete-space continuous-time stochastic formulation that enables an accurate treatment of spatial correlations in the adlayer, but at a significant computation cost...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710075/the-cost-effectiveness-of-visual-triage-of-human-papillomavirus-positive-women-in-three-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Nicole G Campos, Jose Jeronimo, Vivien Tsu, Philip E Castle, Mercy Mvundura, Jane J Kim
BACKGROUND: World Health guidelines support HPV testing alone (followed by treatment with cryotherapy) or in conjunction with visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) triage testing. Our objective was to determine the cost-effectiveness of VIA triage for HPV-positive women in low-resource settings. METHODS: We calibrated mathematical simulation models of HPV infection and cervical cancer to epidemiologic data from India, Nicaragua, and Uganda. Using cost and test performance data from the START-UP demonstration projects, we assumed screening took place either once or three times in a lifetime between ages 30 and 40 years...
July 14, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707181/expanded-medicaid-provides-access-to-substance-use-mental-health-and-physician-visits-to-homeless-and-precariously-housed-persons
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R David Parker, Michael J Cima, Zachary Brown, Michael Regier
To describe the Medicaid costs associated with persons who are homeless or unstably housed. A retrospective secondary data analysis linked Medicaid recipient data with a statewide homeless management information system. A total of 19,950 persons received a housing service between 2012 and 2015 including 14,136 persons with Medicaid. Five of the most frequent diagnoses were substance abuse or mental health conditions in 42.83% of all diagnoses. The most frequent service was outpatient mental health and emergency department physician services...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706985/clinical-utility-of-epstein-barr-virus-viral-load-monitoring-and-risk-factors-for-posttransplant-lymphoproliferative-disorders-after-kidney-transplantation-a-single-center-10-year-observational-cohort-study
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Erica Franceschini, Jessica Plessi, Stefano Zona, Antonella Santoro, Margherita Digaetano, Francesco Fontana, Gaetano Alfano, Giovanni Guaraldi, Patrizia Comoli, Francesca Facchini, Leonardo Potenza, William Gennari, Mauro Codeluppi, Mario Luppi, Gianni Cappelli, Inge C Gyssens, Cristina Mussini
BACKGROUND: Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in solid organ transplants. Epstein Barr virus (EBV) plays a major role in PTLD development. Guidelines recommend EBV viral load (VL) monitoring in high-risk populations in the first year. METHODS: Retrospective observational study in all adult patients who had at least 1 EBV-VL performed in the postkidney transplant (KT) period from January 2005 to December 2014 at the Policlinico Modena Hospital...
July 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706750/a-reduced-set-of-features-for-chronic-kidney-disease-prediction
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Rajesh Misir, Malay Mitra, Ranjit Kumar Samanta
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the life-threatening diseases. Early detection and proper management are solicited for augmenting survivability. As per the UCI data set, there are 24 attributes for predicting CKD or non-CKD. At least there are 16 attributes need pathological investigations involving more resources, money, time, and uncertainties. The objective of this work is to explore whether we can predict CKD or non-CKD with reasonable accuracy using less number of features. An intelligent system development approach has been used in this study...
2017: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706466/modeling-the-potential-impact-of-emerging-innovations-on-achievement-of-sustainable-development-goals-related-to-maternal-newborn-and-child-health
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Tara Herrick, Claudia Harner-Jay, Craig Shaffer, Greg Zwisler, Peder Digre, Amie Batson
BACKGROUND: Innovations that improve the affordability, accessibility, or effectiveness of health care played a major role in the Millennium Development Goal achievements and will be critical for reaching the ambitious new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets. Mechanisms to identify and prioritize innovations are essential to inform future investment decisions. METHODS: Innovation Countdown 2030 crowdsourced health innovations from around the world and engaged recognized experts to systematically assess their lifesaving potential by 2030...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705190/low-dose-aspirin-in-the-prevention-of-recurrent-spontaneous-preterm-labour-the-april-study-a-multicenter-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Laura Visser, Marjon A de Boer, Christianne J M de Groot, Tobias A J Nijman, Marieke A C Hemels, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Judith E Bosmans, Marjolein Kok, Judith O van Laar, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina Scheepers, Joris van Drongelen, Maureen T M Franssen, J Marko Sikkema, Hans J J Duvekot, Mireille N Bekker, Joris A M van der Post, Christiana Naaktgeboren, Ben W J Mol, Martijn A Oudijk
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of gestation) is a major problem in obstetrics and affects an estimated 15 million pregnancies worldwide annually. A history of previous preterm birth is the strongest risk factor for preterm birth, and recurrent spontaneous preterm birth affects more than 2.5 million pregnancies each year. A recent meta-analysis showed possible benefits of the use of low dose aspirin in the prevention of recurrent spontaneous preterm birth. We will assess the (cost-)effectiveness of low dose aspirin in comparison with placebo in the prevention of recurrent spontaneous preterm birth in a randomized clinical trial...
July 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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