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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441307/90-day-readmission-after-lumbar-spinal-fusion-surgery-in-new-york-state-between-2005-and-2014-a-10-year-analysis-of-a-statewide-cohort
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Ali A Baaj, Gernot Lang, Wei-Chun Hsu, Mauricio J Avila, Jialin Mao, Art Sedrakyan
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To assess 90-day readmission and evaluate risk factors associated with readmission after lumbar fusion in New York State. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Readmission is becoming an important metric for quality and efficiency of healthcare. Readmission and its predictors following spine surgery are overall poorly understood and limited evidence is available specifically in lumbar fusion. METHODS: The New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPACRS) was utilized to capture patients undergoing lumbar fusion from 2005-2014...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401424/hospital-acquired-conditions-are-associated-with-worse-outcomes-in-crohn-s-disease-related-hospitalizations
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Kenneth Obi, Alice Hinton, Lindsay Sobotka, Edward Levine, Darwin Conwell, Cheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronically relapsing condition that frequently requires hospitalization. In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services selected ten conditions that were deemed healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs). Costs related to HACs are not reimbursed as they are considered to be preventable. AIM: To determine the prevalence and impact of HACs on hospital outcomes of hospitalized CD patients. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 2007 and 2011 with an extended time frame between 2002 and 2013 to specifically evaluate the prevalence of HACs...
April 11, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390184/outcomes-in-older-adults-with-multimorbidity-associated-with-predominant-provider-of-care-specialty
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Julie P W Bynum, Chiang-Hua Chang, Andrea Austin, Don Carmichael, Ellen Meara
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether receiving the predominance of ambulatory visits from a primary care provider compared to a specialty provider is associated with better outcomes in older adults with multi morbidity. DESIGN: Observational study using propensity score matching. SETTING: Medicare fee-for-service, 2011-12. PARTICIPANTS: Beneficiaries aged 65 and older with multimorbidity. MEASUREMENTS: The independent variable was an indicator for having a specialty (versus primary care) as the predominant provider of care (PPC)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340130/falling-down-on-the-job-evaluation-and-treatment-of-fall-risk-among-older-adults-with-upper-extremity-fragility-fractures
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Christine M McDonough, Carrie H Colla, Donald Carmichael, Anna N A Tosteson, Tor D Tosteson, John-Erik Bell, Robert V Cantu, Jonathan D Lurie, Julie P W Bynum
Background: Clinical practice guidelines recommend fall risk assessment and intervention for older adults who sustain a fall-related injury to prevent future injury and mobility decline. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe how often Medicare beneficiaries with upper extremity fracture receive evaluation and treatment for fall risk. Design: Observational cohort. Methods: Participants were fee-for-service beneficiaries age 66 to 99 treated as outpatients for proximal humerus or distal radius/ulna ("wrist") fragility fractures...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336485/low-dose-computed-tomography-for-lung-cancer-screening-clinical-and-coding-considerations
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Yiwey Shieh, Martin Bohnenkamp
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) was shown to reduce lung cancer mortality in the National Lung Screening Trial, a large randomized-controlled trial of high-risk current and former smokers. Despite ongoing uncertainty over the effectiveness of LDCT in the real-world setting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to cover LDCT as a preventive service. As part of its national coverage determination, CMS set forth a series of requirements for reimbursement of LDCT, including a counseling and shared decision-making visit prior to a LDCT being ordered...
March 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330970/variation-in-family-experience-of-pediatric-inpatient-care-as-measured-by-child-hcahps
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Sara L Toomey, Marc N Elliott, Alan M Zaslavsky, David J Klein, Sifon Ndon, Shannon Hardy, Melody Wu, Mark A Schuster
BACKGROUND: Making national comparisons of family experience of inpatient pediatric care has been limited by the lack of a publicly available survey. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services commissioned development of the Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey to address this gap. Using Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey, we measured performance of hospitals in a national field test...
March 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329251/factors-associated-with-accelerated-hospitalization-and-re-hospitalization-among-medicare-home-health-patients
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Matthew C Lohman, Emily A Scherer, Karen L Whiteman, Rebecca L Greenberg, Martha L Bruce
Background: Preventing hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations of older adults receiving Medicare home health (HH) services is a key goal for patients and care providers. This study aimed to identify factors related to greater risk of and earlier hospitalizations from HH, a key step in targeting preventive efforts. Methods: Data come from Medicare mandated start-of-care assessments from 87,780 HH patients served by 132 agencies in 32 states, collected from January 2013 to March 2015...
January 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301646/traumatic-facial-injuries-among-elderly-nursing-home-residents-never-event-or-frequent-occurrence
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Michael Bobian, Nour El-Kashlan, Curtis J Hanba, Peter F Svider, Adam J Folbe, Jean Anderson Eloy, Giancarlo F Zuliani, Michael Carron
Importance: As the nursing home population continues to increase, an understanding of preventable injuries becomes exceedingly important. Although other fall-related injuries have been characterized, little attention has been dedicated to facial trauma. Objectives: To estimate the incidence of facial trauma among nursing home residents and detail mechanisms of injury, injury characteristics, and patient demographic data. Design, Setting, and Participants: The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was used to calculate a weighted national incidence of facial trauma among individuals older than 60 years from a nationally representative collection of emergency departments from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015...
March 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290933/leveraging-the-partnership-for-patients-initiative-to-improve-patient-safety-and-quality-within-the-military-health-system
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Heidi B King, Kimberly Kesling, Carmen Birk, Theodore Walker, Heather Taylor, Michael Datena, Brittany Burgess, Lyndsay Bower
INTRODUCTION: Partnership for Patients (PfP) was a national initiative sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to reduce preventable hospital acquired conditions (HACs) by 40% and readmissions (within 30 days) by 20%, by the end of 2013 (as compared to the baseline of CY2010). Along with partners across the nation, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, pledged to support PfP in June 2011...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273181/evaluating-lung-cancer-screening-in-china-implications-for-eligibility-criteria-design-from-a-microsimulation-modeling-approach
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Deirdre F Sheehan, Steven D Criss, G Scott Gazelle, Pari V Pandharipande, Chung Yin Kong
More than half of males in China are current smokers and evidence from western countries tells us that an unprecedented number of smoking-attributable deaths will occur as the Chinese population ages. We used the China Lung Cancer Policy Model (LCPM) to simulate effects of computed tomography (CT)-based lung cancer screening in China, comparing the impact of a screening guideline published in 2015 by a Chinese expert group to a version developed for the United States by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264942/impact-of-the-ymca-of-the-usa-diabetes-prevention-program-on-medicare-spending-and-utilization
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Maria L Alva, Thomas J Hoerger, Ravikumar Jeyaraman, Peter Amico, Lucia Rojas-Smith
The YMCA of the USA received a Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide a diabetes prevention program to Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes in seventeen regional networks of participating YMCAs nationwide. The goal of the program is to help participants lose weight and increase physical activity. We tested whether the program reduced medical spending and utilization in the Medicare population. Using claims data to compute total medical costs for fee-for-service Medicare participants and a matched comparison group of nonparticipants, we found that the overall weighted average savings per member per quarter during the first three years of the intervention period was $278...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263369/hospital-variation-in-rates-of-new-institutionalizations-within-6-months-of-discharge
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Addie Middleton, Jie Zhou, Kenneth J Ottenbacher, James S Goodwin
OBJECTIVES: Hospitalization in community-dwelling elderly is often accompanied by functional loss, increasing the risk for continued functional decline and future institutionalization. The primary objective of our study was to examine the hospital-level variation in rates of new institutionalizations among Medicare beneficiaries. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Hospitals and nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from 4,469 hospitals in 2013 (N = 4,824,040)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263280/disparities-in-potentially-preventable-hospitalizations-between-american-indian-and-alaska-native-and-non-hispanic-white-medicare-enrollees
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Joan O'Connell, Jennifer Rockell, Judith C Ouellet, Mark LeBeau
OBJECTIVE: A number of health care initiatives seek to improve health outcomes by increasing access to outpatient services while reducing preventable acute events. We evaluated disparities between American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and non-Hispanic white (white) Medicare enrollees in access to outpatient preventive, primary, and specialty services by comparing their potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPHs). RESEARCH DESIGN: The study population included 121,311 adult AI/AN Medicare enrollees registered to use services funded by the Indian Health Service and 5,915,011 adult white enrollees living in the same counties...
March 3, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230451/positive-medication-changes-resulting-from-comprehensive-and-noncomprehensive-medication-reviews-in-a-medicare-part-d-population
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Allison Buhl, Jill Augustine, Ann M Taylor, Rose Martin, Terri L Warholak
BACKGROUND: Health care organizations face the challenge of reducing costs while improving health outcomes. Currently, more than 39 million seniors are enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription benefit plan, many of whom also qualify for medication therapy management (MTM) services. MTM programs provide valuable services designed to prevent or resolve medication-related problems (MRPs). Two core components of all MTM programs include comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) with followup interventions and focused non-CMR interventions...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209490/surgical-site-infection-in-gynecologic-surgery-pathophysiology-and%C3%A2-prevention
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REVIEW
Holly L Steiner, Eric A Strand
Surgical-site infections (SSIs) represent a well-known cause of patient morbidity as well as added health care costs. In gynecologic surgery, particularly hysterectomy, SSIs are often the result of a number of risk factors that may or may not be modifiable. As both the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations have identified SSIs as a patient safety priority, gynecologic surgeons continue to seek out the most effective interventions for SSI prevention...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201949/evaluating-efficacy-of-current-lung-cancer-screening-guidelines
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Barbara Nemesure, April Plank, Lisa Reagan, Denise Albano, Michael Reiter, Thomas V Bilfinger
Objective Current lung cancer screening criteria based primarily on outcomes from the National Lung Screening Trial may not adequately capture all subgroups of the population at risk. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of lung cancer screening criteria recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network in identifying known cases of lung cancer. Methods An investigation of the Stony Brook Cancer Center Lung Cancer Evaluation Center's database identified 1207 eligible, biopsy-proven lung cancer cases diagnosed between January 1996 and March 2016...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192676/crossing-boundaries
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Leighton Ku, Erika Steinmetz, Tyler Bysshe, Brian K Bruen
OBJECTIVES: Previous state interagency collaborations have led to successful tobacco cessation initiatives. The objective of this study was to assess the roles and interaction of state Medicaid and public health agency efforts to support tobacco cessation for low-income Medicaid beneficiaries. METHODS: We interviewed Medicaid and state public health agency officials in 8 states in September and October 2015 about collaborations in policy development and implementation for Medicaid tobacco cessation, including Medicaid coverage policies, quitlines, and monitoring...
March 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161033/hepatitis-c-antibody-testing-in-a-commercially-insured-population-2005-2014
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Cheryl J Isenhour, Susan H Hariri, Craig M Hales, Claudia J Vellozzi
INTRODUCTION: In the U.S., the burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and associated sequelae is substantial. HCV prevalence is highest among those born in 1945-1965 (Birth Cohort). Newly diagnosed infections are increasing in younger people concurrent with rising opioid/heroin use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2013) recommend HCV testing for at-risk individuals and one-time testing for the Birth Cohort. This study describes national trends in HCV antibody testing from 2005 to 2014...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158163/prevalence-of-specific-types-of-pain-diagnoses-in-a-sample-of-united-states-adults
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Kelly Ryan Murphy, Jing L Han, Siyun Yang, Syed Mohammed Qasim Hussaini, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Promila Pagadala, Shivanand P Lad
BACKGROUND: Patients with pain conditions place significant demands on health care services globally. Health economists have reported the annual economic cost of pain in the United States as high as $635 billion. A common challenge in treating patients suffering from chronic pain conditions is accurate diagnosis and treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the modern-day prevalence of individual types of pain diagnoses in adults. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of Truven MarketScan® Commercial and Medicare Supplemental database...
February 2017: Pain Physician
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