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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910018/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe-validation-for-clinical-use
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Jun Gu, Janice L Smith, Patricia K Dowling
In this chapter, we provide a systematic overview of the published guidelines and validation procedures for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes for clinical diagnostic use. FISH probes-which are classified as molecular probes or analyte-specific reagents (ASRs)-have been extensively used in vitro for both clinical diagnosis and research. Most commercially available FISH probes in the United States are strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906531/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions-to-part-b-for-cy-2017-medicare-advantage-bid-pricing-data-release-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-medical-loss-ratio-data-release-medicare-advantage-provider-network
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This major final rule addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Value Modifier, to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. This final rule also includes changes related to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, requirements for Medicare Advantage Provider Networks, and provides for the release of certain pricing data from Medicare Advantage bids and of data from medical loss ratio reports submitted by Medicare health and drug plans...
November 15, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902574/analysis-of-hospital-readmission-patterns-in-medicare-fee-for-service-and-medicare-advantage-beneficiaries
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Joobong June Park Oh
PURPOSE OF STUDY: The study was conducted to examine the hospital readmission patterns of two groups of Medicare beneficiaries-those covered by traditional Medicare (Medicare fee-for-service [FFS]) and those enrolled in a Medicare risk plan (Medicare Advantage [MA])-and to determine the characteristics that significantly increase the likelihood of multiple hospital readmissions. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTING: The study setting is the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) located in Philadelphia, PA...
January 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893504/accurate-identification-of-infection-source-in-burn-trauma-patients-with-central-line-infection-to-determine-appropriate-treatment-option-as-well-as-proper-public-reporting
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Holly M Hampe, Lisa Graper, Kathy Hayes-Leight, Deborah Olszewski, Matthew Moffa, Derek N Bremmer
With the advent of the Patient Safety Movement in the late 1990s and the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) nonreimbursement program for never events, there has been much focus on the prevention and accurate identification of health care-associated infections such as central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). There has certainly been a national effort to decrease the occurrence of these infections. With the implementation of patient safety initiatives such as the central line prevention bundle, there has been a considerable reduction in the number of CLABSIs except for patients with burn trauma...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888437/estimated-budget-impact-of-adopting-the-affordable-care-act-s-required-smoking-cessation-coverage-on-united-states-healthcare-payers
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Christine L Baker, Cheryl P Ferrufino, Marianna Bruno, Stacey Kowal
INTRODUCTION: Despite abundant information on the negative impacts of smoking, more than 40 million adult Americans continue to smoke. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires tobacco cessation as a preventive service with no patient cost share for all FDA-approved cessation medications. Health plans have a vital role in supporting smoking cessation by managing medication access, but uncertainty remains on the gaps between smoking cessation requirements and what is actually occurring in practice...
November 25, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884649/trends-and-disparities-in-osteoporosis-screening-among-women-in-the-united-states-2008-2014-declines-in-utilization-among-women-50-to-64-years-old-and-persistent-underutilization-among-women-65-and-older
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Catherine W Gillespie, Pamela E Morin
BACKGROUND: The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends universal osteoporosis screening among women ages 65+, and targeted screening of younger women, but, historically, adherence to these evidence-based recommendations has been sub-optimal. METHODS: To describe contemporary patterns of osteoporosis screening, we conducted a retrospective analysis using the OptumLabs™ Data Warehouse, a database of de-identified administrative claims which includes medical and eligibility information for over 100 million Medicare Advantage and commercial enrollees...
November 21, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882836/comparison-of-pharmacist-and-physician-managed-annual-medicare-wellness-services
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Mary Jean Sewell, Daniel M Riche, Joshua W Fleming, Scott S Malinowski, R Terry Jackson
BACKGROUND: Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) are a benefit provided for Medicare beneficiaries to increase focus on wellness and preventive measures. Pharmacists can conduct AWVs, which offers a potential avenue for outpatient revenue generation. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: To compare a composite of interventions and screenings and revenue generated by a pharmacist with those made by a physician during a subsequent AWV. A report generated through the electronic health record was used to determine AWVs conducted by a pharmacist or 3 participating physicians from December 2013 to March 2016, including revenue generated...
December 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870546/integrated-care-organizations-medicare-financing-for-care-at-home
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Karen Davis, Amber Willink, Cathy Schoen
OBJECTIVES: As the boomer population ages, there is a growing need for integrated care organizations (ICOs) that can integrate both medical care and long-term services and supports in the home. This paper presents a policy proposal to support the creation of ICOs, redesign care, and provide financing for home- and community-based services (HCBS), with the goal of enhancing financial protection for beneficiaries, coordinating care, and preventing costly hospital and nursing home use. METHODS: This study used the 2012 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) Cost and Use File, inflated to 2016 figures, to describe the characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare utilization and spending...
November 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867823/the-burden-of-metastatic-disease-of-the-femur-on-the-medicare-system
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Kirollos Gendi, David Hennessy, John Heiner
BACKGROUND: In the United States, over 1,650,000 new cases of cancer are being diagnosed yearly with almost 50 % of them being the top five bone-seeking cancers. Since cancer risk increases with age, this suggests that orthopedic oncology services may be a strain on the Medicare system. The femur is the most common site of long bone metastases. Prophylactic fixation techniques prevent pathologic fractures, reduce morbidities, and enhance the quality of life of patients with femoral metastases...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858564/preparing-for-value-based-payment-a-stepwise-approach-for-cancer-centers
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Kerin B Adelson, Salimah Velji, Kavita Patel, Basit Chaudhry, Catherine Lyons, Rogerio Lilenbaum
Most cancer centers are ill-equipped to pursue value-based payment (VBP) because of limited information on their population's cost of care. Herein, we outline the stepwise approach used by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven in our pursuit of better value care. First, we addressed institutional barriers. A move toward value required demonstration to Yale-New Haven Health System leadership that OCM would improve patient care, fund new infrastructure, and provide the opportunity to gain experience with VBP without a major threat to the financial stability of the health system...
October 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825770/estimating-longitudinal-risks-and-benefits-from-cardiovascular-preventive-therapies-among-medicare-patients-the-million-hearts-longitudinal-ascvd-risk-assessment-tool
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Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Mark D Huffman, Kunal N Karmali, Darshak M Sanghavi, Janet S Wright, Colleen Pelser, Martha Gulati, Frederick A Masoudi, David C Goff
The Million Hearts Initiative has a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes-the leading causes of mortality-through several public health and healthcare strategies by 2017. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology support the program. The Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model was developed by Million Hearts and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a strategy to asses a value-based payment approach toward reduction in 10-year predicted risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) by implementing cardiovascular preventive strategies to manage the "ABCS" (aspirin therapy in appropriate patients, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation)...
October 28, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815375/estimating-longitudinal-risks-and-benefits-from-cardiovascular-preventive-therapies-among-medicare-patients-the-million-hearts-longitudinal-ascvd-risk-assessment-tool-a-special-report-from-the-american-heart-association-and-american-college-of-cardiology
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Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Mark D Huffman, Kunal N Karmali, Darshak M Sanghavi, Janet S Wright, Colleen Pelser, Martha Gulati, Frederick A Masoudi, David C Goff
The Million Hearts Initiative has a goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes-the leading causes of mortality-through several public health and healthcare strategies by 2017. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology support the program. The Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model was developed by Million Hearts and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a strategy to asses a value-based payment approach toward reduction in 10-year predicted risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) by implementing cardiovascular preventive strategies to manage the "ABCS" (aspirin therapy in appropriate patients, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation)...
November 4, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814825/the-effect-of-the-controversial-us-preventive-services-task-force-recommendations-on-the-use-of-screening-mammography
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Richard E Sharpe, David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Vijay M Rao
PURPOSE: The 2009 release of updated US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening mammography differed sharply from those of the American Cancer Society, the ACR, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of these recommendations on the utilization of screening mammography in the Medicare population. METHODS: The Medicare Part B Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary Master Files from 2005 through 2010 were used to determine the annual utilization rate of screening mammography from 2005 to 2010...
November 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766628/physician-ehr-adoption-and-potentially-preventable-hospital-admissions-among-medicare-beneficiaries-panel%C3%A2-data-evidence-2010-2013
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Eric J Lammers, Catherine G McLaughlin, Michael Barna
OBJECTIVE: To test for correlation between the growth in adoption of ambulatory electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States during 2010-2013 and hospital admissions and readmissions for elderly Medicare beneficiaries with at least one of four common ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs). DATA SOURCES: SK&A Information Services Survey of Physicians, American Hospital Association General Survey and Information Technology Supplement; and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse Geographic Variation Database for 2010 through 2013...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766621/through-the-looking-glass-estimating-effects-of-medical-homes-for-people-with-severe-mental-illness
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Marisa Elena Domino, Mona Kilany, Rebecca Wells, Joseph P Morrissey
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether medical homes have heterogeneous effects in different subpopulations, leveraging the interpretations from a variety of statistical techniques. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary claims data from the NC Medicaid program for 2004-2007. The sample included all adults with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression who were not dually enrolled in Medicare or in a nursing facility. STUDY DESIGN: We modeled a number of monthly service use, adherence, and expenditure outcomes using fixed effects, generalized estimating equation with and without inverse probability of treatment weights, and instrumental variables analyses...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765676/disability-stage-and-receipt-of-recommended-care-among-elderly-medicare-beneficiaries
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Ling Na, Sean Hennessy, Hillary R Bogner, Jibby E Kurichi, Margaret Stineman, Joel E Streim, Pui L Kwong, Dawei Xie, Liliana E Pezzin
BACKGROUND: Receipt of recommended care among older adults is generally low. Findings regarding service use among persons with disabilities supports the notion of disparities but provides inconsistent evidence of underuse of recommended care. OBJECTIVE: To examine the extent to which receipt of recommended care among older Medicare beneficiaries varies by disability status, using a newly developed staging method to classify individuals according to disability. METHODS: In a cohort study, we included community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older who participated in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey between 2001 and 2008...
October 4, 2016: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742389/do-federal-regulations-have-an-impact-on-kidney-transplant-outcomes
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Kenneth J Woodside, Randall S Sung
Transplantation is one of the most highly regulated fields in health care. An important component of transplant oversight is the performance assessment of transplant centers as measured by 1-year patient and graft survival outcomes. The use of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients flagging mechanism for quality improvement as criteria for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services certification has resulted in greater importance in transplant program operations...
September 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712937/will-medicare-readmission-penalties-motivate-hospitals-to-reduce-arthroplasty-readmissions
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R Carter Clement, Caitlin M Gray, Michael M Kheir, Peter B Derman, Rebecca M Speck, L Scott Levin, Lee A Fleisher
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently imposed penalties against hospitals with above-average 30-day readmission rates following total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Hospitals must decide whether investments in readmission prevention are worthwhile. This study examines the financial incentives associated with unplanned readmissions before and after invocation of these penalties. METHODS: Financial data were reviewed for 2028 consecutive primary TJAs performed on Medicare beneficiaries over a 2-year period at an urban academic health system...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706216/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-a-digital-remotely-delivered-intensive-behavioral-counseling-program-on-medicare-beneficiaries-at-risk-for-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Fang Chen, Wenqing Su, Shawn H Becker, Mike Payne, Cynthia M Castro Sweet, Anne L Peters, Timothy M Dall
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease impose substantial clinical and economic burdens for seniors (age 65 and above) and the Medicare program. Intensive Behavioral Counseling (IBC) interventions like the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing excess body weight and lowering or delaying morbidity onset. This paper estimated the potential health implications and medical savings of a digital version of IBC modeled after the NDPP...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698767/national-trends-in-carotid-endarterectomy-and-stenting-in-korea-from-2004-to-2013
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Sung-Shin Cho, Jin Hyun Joh, Hyung-Joon Ahn, Ho-Chul Park
Stroke imposes a substantial clinical and socioeconomic burden. Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or carotid artery stenting (CAS) are proven procedures in stroke prevention for the lesions of extracranial carotid disease. Although several studies have addressed national trends regarding carotid revascularization in Western countries, limited data is available with respect to the Korean population. The aim of the present study was to identify the national trend in carotid revascularization in Korea over the previous decade...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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