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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816220/incidents-of-violence-against-doctors-in-india-can-these-be-prevented
#1
Neeraj Nagpal
Violence against doctors is on the rise all over the world. However, India has a unique problem. Meagre government spending on healthcare has resulted in poor infrastructure and human resource crunch in government hospitals. Hence, people are forced to seek private healthcare. Small and medium private healthcare establishments, which provide the bulk of healthcare services, are isolated, disorganized and vulnerable to violence. Violence against health service providers is only a manifestation of this malady...
March 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803624/the-quality-of-primary-care-provided-by-nurse-practitioners-to-vulnerable-medicare-beneficiaries
#2
Catherine M DesRoches, Sean Clarke, Jennifer Perloff, Monica O'Reilly-Jacob, Peter Buerhaus
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest nurse practitioners are heavily represented among primary care providers for vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare quality indicators among three groups of vulnerable beneficiaries managed by MDs and nurse practitioners (NPs). METHODS: The methods include retrospective cohort design examining 2012 and 2013 Medicare claims for three beneficiary groups: (a) initially qualified for the program due to disability, (b) dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and (c) both disabled and dually eligible...
June 15, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779831/clostridium-difficile-infection
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John G Bartlett
Clostridium difficile infection is a major health care challenge in terms of patient and economic consequences. For the patient, it is a morbid and sometimes a life-threatening iatrogenic complication of antibiotic treatment. In the United States, the provider's institution may face financial penalties, because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention views this as an iatrogenic health care-associated complication that may not be reimbursable by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; this has resulted in substantial incentives for new approaches to prevention and treatment...
September 2017: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777716/research-priorities-in-subspecialty-palliative-care-policy-initiatives
#4
Lynn F Reinke, Diane E Meier
Palliative care demonstrably improves quality of life for the seriously ill in a manner that averts preventable health crises and their associated costs. Because of these outcomes, palliative care is now broadening its reach beyond hospitals, and hospice care for those near death, to patients and their families living in the community with chronic multimorbidities that have uncertain or long expected survival. In this article, we address research needed to enable policies supportive of palliative care access and quality, including changes in regulatory, accreditation, financing, and training approaches in the purview of policy makers...
August 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776947/racial-disparities-in-the-utilization-of-preventive-health-services-among-older-women-with-early-stage-endometrial-cancer-enrolled-in-medicare
#5
Jovana Y Martin, Melissa A Schiff, Noel S Weiss, Renata R Urban
To assess differences in the receipt of preventive health services by race/ethnicity among older women with endometrial cancer enrolled in Medicare, we conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer from 2001 to 2011 in the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database. Women with stage I or II endometrial cancer of epithelial origin were included. The exposure was race/ethnicity (Non-Hispanic [NH] White, NH Black, Hispanic, and NH Asian/Pacific Islander [PI])...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756584/estimated-healthcare-costs-of-melanoma-in-australia-over-3%C3%A2-years-post-diagnosis
#6
Thomas M Elliott, David C Whiteman, Catherine M Olsen, Louisa G Gordon
BACKGROUND: Skin cancer exerts a large and growing burden on health systems. With new pharmacotherapies for metastatic melanoma now available, a contemporary understanding of the cost burden of melanoma control is warranted. OBJECTIVE: To comprehensively assess the healthcare costs of malignant melanoma diagnosis and treatment in Australia, over 3 years after diagnosis. METHODS: We developed a decision-analytic model and micro-costing method to estimate the mean cost per patient for melanoma, incorporating all diagnostic and treatment modalities used in Australia (2017 AU$)...
July 29, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753258/medicare-medicaid-and-children-s-health-insurance-programs-announcement-of-the-extension-of-temporary-moratoria-on-enrollment-of-part-b-non-emergency-ground-ambulance-suppliers-and-home-health-agencies-in-designated-geographic-locations-extension-of-temporary
#7
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This document announces the extension of statewide temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare Part B non-emergency ground ambulance providers and suppliers and Medicare home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as applicable, to prevent and combat fraud, waste, and abuse. This extension also applies to the enrollment of new non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies, subunits, and branch locations in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in those states...
July 28, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748715/rate-of-bleeding-related-episodes-in-elderly-patients-with-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Shuling Li, Julia T Molony, Karynsa Cetin, Jeffrey S Wasser, Ivy Altomare
OBJECTIVE: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is characterized by low platelet counts and a tendency toward increased bleeding and bruising. We aimed to describe bleeding frequency and use of rescue ITP therapy to treat or prevent bleeding in elderly ITP patients in a real-world setting. METHODS: Using Medicare 20% sample data, 2007-2012, we identified elderly (ages ≥67 years) Medicare fee-for-service enrollees diagnosed with primary ITP January 1, 2009-September 30, 2012...
July 27, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736045/comparative-effectiveness-of-high-dose-versus-standard-dose-influenza-vaccination-on-numbers-of-us-nursing-home-residents-admitted-to-hospital-a-cluster-randomised-trial
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Stefan Gravenstein, H Edward Davidson, Monica Taljaard, Jessica Ogarek, Pedro Gozalo, Lisa Han, Vincent Mor
BACKGROUND: Immune responses to influenza vaccines decline with age, reducing clinical effectiveness. We compared the effect of the more immunogenic high-dose trivalent influenza vaccine with a standard-dose vaccine to identify the effect on reducing hospital admissions of nursing home residents in the USA. METHODS: We did a single-blind, pragmatic, comparative effectiveness, cluster-randomised trial with a 2 × 2 factorial design. Medicare-certified nursing homes in the USA located within 50 miles of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention influenza reporting city were recruited, so long as the facilities were not located in a hospital, had more than 50 long-stay residents, had less than 20% of the population aged under 65 years, and were not already planning to administer the high-dose influenza vaccine to residents...
July 20, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732590/cost-utility-of-evaluation-for-posterior-vitreous-detachment-and-prophylaxis-of-retinal-detachment
#10
Nicolas A Yannuzzi, Jonathan S Chang, Gary C Brown, William E Smiddy
PURPOSE: To evaluate the costs and cost-utility of examination for posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and treatment of associated pathology, and of managing various other peripheral retinal disorders to prevent retinal detachment (RD). DESIGN: A decision analysis model of cost-utility. PARTICIPANTS: There were no participants. METHODS: Published retrospective data on the natural course of PVD, retinal tears, and lattice degeneration were used to quantitate the visual benefits of examination and treatment...
July 18, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719084/defending-a-never-event
#11
John R Shepperd
There are medical mishaps that have been deemed "Never Events" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This term refers generally to preventable occurrences so egregious that they should never occur. But they do occur. And when they do, litigation often follows. This article focuses on one such Never Event-the operating room fire-with strategies on how to defend it. Information provided in this article was derived from a review of the relevant literature and from the author's personal experience defending lawsuits arising from Never Events, including a jury trial involving a surgeon who was sued for a patient's injuries after a fire erupted in the operating room...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718382/establishing-clinical-pharmacy-services-with-prescribing-privileges-in-a-federally-qualified-health-center-primary-care-clinic
#12
Jeany K Jun
OBJECTIVES: To describe the process and cost of establishing clinical pharmacy services with prescribing privileges in a federally qualified health center (FQHC) primary care clinic. SETTING: The primary care clinic was located in a low-income area of Southern California and served patients with Medicaid and Medicare. The primary care clinic had preventive medicine and family medicine physicians, a family medicine residency program, behavioral health services, and a registered dietician...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716014/the-comprehensive-post-acute-stroke-services-compass-study-design-and-methods-for-a-cluster-randomized-pragmatic-trial
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Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Wayne D Rosamond, Sara B Jones Berkeley, Sabina B Gesell, Ralph B D'Agostino, Walter T Ambrosius, Blair Barton-Percival, Janet Prvu Bettger, Sylvia W Coleman, Doyle M Cummings, Janet K Freburger, Jacqueline Halladay, Anna M Johnson, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Gladys Lundy-Lamm, Barbara J Lutz, Laurie H Mettam, Amy M Pastva, Mysha E Sissine, Betsy Vetter
BACKGROUND: Patients discharged home after stroke face significant challenges managing residual neurological deficits, secondary prevention, and pre-existing chronic conditions. Post-discharge care is often fragmented leading to increased healthcare costs, readmissions, and sub-optimal utilization of rehabilitation and community services. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study is an ongoing cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, post-acute care model on patient-centered outcomes...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689056/patient-navigation-for-lung-cancer-screening-in-an-urban-safety-net-system-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial
#14
David E Gerber, Heidi A Hamann, Noel O Santini, Suhny Abbara, Hsienchang Chiu, Molly McGuire, Lisa Quirk, Hong Zhu, Simon J Craddock Lee
The National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated improved lung cancer mortality with annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening, leading to lung cancer screening endorsement by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and coverage by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Adherence to annual CT screens in that trial was 95%, which may not be representative of real-world, particularly medically underserved populations. This pragmatic trial will determine the effect of patient-focused, telephone-based patient navigation on adherence to CT-based lung cancer screening in an urban safety-net population...
July 5, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677991/purpose-in-life-and-positive-health-outcomes-among-older-adults
#15
Shirley Musich, Shaohung S Wang, Sandra Kraemer, Kevin Hawkins, Ellen Wicker
Purpose in life (PIL) is conceptualized as having goals, a sense of direction, and a feeling that there is meaning to present and past life. PIL has been associated with positive health outcomes among older adults, including fewer chronic conditions, less disability, and reduced mortality. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of PIL among AARP Medicare Supplement insureds, identify associated characteristics, and measure impact on selected health outcomes. In 2016, surveys were sent to a random stratified sample; PIL was measured using a 7-item scale with 5 responses...
July 5, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655370/antibiotic-stewardship-in-long-term-care-a-call-to-action
#16
Caren McHenry Martin
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are focused heavily on curbing the misuse of antibiotics in health care facilities. Regulations governing the management of antibiotics in the nursing facility will likely be changing in the near future, which will put the pharmacist at the forefront of a clinical team that is dedicated to proper antibiotic utilization. Savvy pharmacists are embracing this opportunity to engage long-term care facility staff to improve the care of their residents...
May 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635549/a-missed-primary-care-appointment-correlates-with-a-subsequent-emergency-department-visit-among-children-with-asthma
#17
Colleen Marie McGovern, Margaret Redmond, Kimberly Arcoleo, David R Stukus
OBJECTIVE: Since the Affordable Care Act's implementation, emergency department (ED) visits have increased. Poor asthma control increases the risk of acute exacerbations and preventable ED visits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services support the reduction of preventable ED visits to reduce healthcare spending. Implementation of interventions to avoid preventable ED visits has become a priority for many healthcare systems yet little data exist examining children's missed asthma management primary care (PC) appointments and subsequent ED visits...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583465/functional-status-is-associated-with-30-day-potentially-preventable-hospital-readmissions-after-inpatient-rehabilitation-among-aged-medicare-fee-for-service-beneficiaries
#18
Addie Middleton, James E Graham, Kenneth J Ottenbacher
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between patients' functional status at discharge from inpatient rehabilitation and 30-day potentially preventable hospital readmissions. A secondary objective was to examine the conditions resulting in these potentially preventable readmissions. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Inpatient rehabilitation facilities submitting claims to Medicare. PARTICIPANTS: National cohort (N=371,846) of inpatient rehabilitation discharges among aged Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in 2013 to 2014...
June 3, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580498/falls-related-drug-use-and-risk-of-falls-among-older-adults-a-study-in-a-us-medicare-population
#19
Shirley Musich, Shaohung S Wang, Joann Ruiz, Kevin Hawkins, Ellen Wicker
BACKGROUND: Approximately one-third of community-dwelling older adults fall each year, and approximately 10% have falls requiring medical services. Among other factors, research studies have linked certain medications with an increased risk of falls. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the risk of falls relative to use patterns among new and continuing falls-related drug (FRD) users. METHODS: A 10% random sample, insured in AARP(®) Medicare Supplement and AARP Medicare Part D Rx plans, was utilized to define new and continuing FRD users...
July 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575258/examination-of-chronic-smoking-behavior-and-eligibility-for-low-dose-computed-tomography-for-lung-cancer-screening-among-older-chinese-male-smokers
#20
Chien-Ching Li, Alicia K Matthews, XinQi Dong
Background: Low-dose computed tomography lung cancer (LDCT) screening is an effective way to decrease lung cancer mortality. Both Medicare and private insurers offer coverage of LDCT screening to beneficiaries who are at high risk of developing lung cancer. In this study, we examined rates and predictors of chronic smoking behavior and eligibility for coverage of LDCT screening among older Chinese men living in the greater Chicago area. Methods: Data were obtained from the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago, a population-based survey of community-dwelling, older Chinese adults in the Chicago metropolitan area...
July 1, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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