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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645266/poorer-outcomes-among-cancer-patients-diagnosed-with-clostridium-difficile-infections-in-united-states-community-hospitals
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Andrew Delgado, Ivan A Reveles, Felicia T Cabello, Kelly R Reveles
BACKGROUND: Cancer predisposes patients to Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) due to health care exposures and medications that disrupt the gut microbiota or reduce immune response. Despite this association, the national rate of CDI among cancer patients is unknown. Furthermore, it is unclear how CDI affects clinical outcomes in cancer. The objective of this study was to describe CDI incidence and health outcomes nationally among cancer patients in the United States (U.S.). METHODS: Data for this study were obtained from the U...
June 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627151/-assessment-of-an-algorithm-to-identify-paediatric-onset-celiac-disease-cases-through-administrative-healthcare-databases
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Gisella Pitter, Roberto Gnavi, Pierantonio Romor, Renzo Zanotti, Lorenzo Simonato, Cristina Canova
OBJECTIVES: to assess the role of four administrative healthcare databases (pathology reports, copayment exemptions, hospital discharge records, gluten-free food prescriptions) for the identification of possible paediatric cases of celiac disease. DESIGN: population-based observational study with record linkage of administrative healthcare databases. SETTING AND PARTICIPANT S: children born alive in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Northern Italy) to resident mothers in the years 1989-2012, identified using the regional Medical Birth Register...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614561/association-of-preoperative-anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-therapy-with-adverse-postoperative-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-abdominal-surgery-for-ulcerative-colitis
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Audrey S Kulaylat, Afif N Kulaylat, Eric W Schaefer, Andrew Tinsley, Emmanuelle Williams, Walter Koltun, Christopher S Hollenbeak, Evangelos Messaris
Importance: Despite the increasing use of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in ulcerative colitis, its effects on postoperative outcomes remain unclear, with many patients requiring surgical intervention despite optimal medical management. Objective: To assess the association of preoperative use of anti-TNF agents with adverse postoperative outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: This analysis used insurance claims data from a large national database to identify patients 18 years or older with ulcerative colitis...
June 14, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554211/the-breathmobile-improves-the-asthma-medication-ratio-and-decreases-emergency-department-utilization
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Tricia Morphew, Wendy Altamirano, Stanley L Bassin, Stanley P Galant
OBJECTIVES: An Asthma Medication Ratio (AMR) of ≥0.50 has gained recognition as a metric related to improved asthma outcomes. The goals of this study were to evaluate asthma outcomes in relation to this threshold in Hispanic children with high-risk asthma and to compare the effectiveness of the Breathmobile (BM) program with usual care (UC), utilizing the AMR-related emergency department utilization (ED) rate. STUDY DESIGN: Healthcare utilization and prescription claims recorded January 1, 2011, to June 23, 2014, were evaluated pre- versus post year in 164 Medicaid-enrolled children, aged 2 to 18 years, with high-risk persistent asthma (BM group: n = 72; UC group: n = 92)...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499829/characteristics-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-usage-in-children-with-precocious-puberty-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Yi-Chun Lin, Tung-Ti Chang, Husan-Ju Chen, Chung-Hsing Wang, Mao-Feng Sun, Hung-Rong Yen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Precocious puberty (PP) occurs in children with the early onset of pubertal development leading to physical and psychological problems. Current medical treatment is expensive and has its side effects. However, little is known about the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) among patients with PP. To characterize the application of TCM among these patients, we conducted a nationwide population-based study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), to perform a nationwide population-based study...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485202/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476375/provider-specific-quality-measurement-for-ercp-using-natural-language-processing
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Timothy D Imler, Stuart Sherman, Thomas F Imperiale, Huiping Xu, Fangqian Ouyang, Christopher Beesley, Charity Hilton, Gregory A Coté
BACKGROUND: Natural language processing (NLP) is an information retrieval technique that has been shown to accurately identify quality measures for colonoscopy. There are no systematic methods by which to track adherence to quality measures for ERCP, the highest risk endoscopic procedure widely used in practice. AIM: Our aim was to demonstrate the feasibility of using NLP to measure adherence to ERCP quality indicators across individual providers. METHODS: ERCPs performed by 6 providers at a single institution from 2006 to 2014 were identified...
May 2, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436256/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427448/capture-recapture-methodology-to-study-rare-conditions-using-surveillance-data-for-fragile-x-syndrome-and-muscular-dystrophy
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Michael G Smith, Julie Royer, Joshua Mann, Suzanne McDermott, Rodolfo Valdez
BACKGROUND: Rare conditions can be catastrophic for families and the implications for public health can be substantial. Our study compared basic surveillance through active medical record review with a linked administrative data file to assess the number of cases of two rare conditions, fragile X syndrome (FXS) and muscular dystrophy (MD) in a population. METHODS: Two methods of data collection were used to collect information from five counties comprising two standard metropolitan statistical areas of South Carolina...
April 21, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426558/combat-surgical-workload-in-operation-iraqi-freedom-and-operation-enduring-freedom-the-definitive-analysis
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Caryn A Turner, Zsolt T Stockinger, Jennifer M Gurney
BACKGROUND: Relatively few publications exist on surgical workload in the deployed military setting. This study analyzes US military combat surgical workload in Iraq and Afghanistan to gain a more thorough understanding of surgical training gaps and personnel requirements. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the Department of Defense Trauma Registry was performed for all Role 2 (R2) and Role 3 (R3) military treatment facilities from January 2001 to May 2016. International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification procedure codes were grouped into 18 categories based on functional surgical skill sets...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371226/patterns-of-healthcare-encounters-experienced-by-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Janet L Welch, Julie Meek, Rebecca J Bartlett Ellis, Roberta Ambuehl, Brian S Decker
BACKGROUND: Patterns of healthcare encounters by patients in each stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) have not been fully described. OBJECTIVE: This study describes patterns of healthcare resource use by patients with CKD. DESIGN: A retrospective descriptive design was used. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with Stages 1-5 CKD were identified in five existing de-identified healthcare insurance claims databases in the United States using codes from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360241/protocol-for-validating-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-icd-9-cm-codes-in-healthcare-administrative-databases-the-umbria-data-value-project
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Francesco Cozzolino, Iosief Abraha, Massimiliano Orso, Anna Mengoni, Maria Francesca Cerasa, Paolo Eusebi, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Alessandro Montedori
INTRODUCTION: Administrative healthcare databases can provide a comprehensive assessment of the burden of diseases in terms of major outcomes, such as mortality, hospital readmissions and use of healthcare resources, thus providing answers to a wide spectrum of research questions. However, a crucial issue is the reliability of information gathered. Aim of this protocol is to validate International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision-Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for major cardiovascular diseases, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), atrial fibrillation (AF) and stroke...
March 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345443/economic-burden-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea-retrospective-analysis-of-a-u-s-commercially-insured-population
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
BACKGROUND: The economic burden associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To (a) evaluate total annual all-cause, gastrointestinal (GI)-related, and symptom-related (i.e., IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain) health care resource use and costs among IBS-D patients in a U.S. commercially insured population and (b) estimate incremental all-cause health care costs of IBS-D patients versus matched controls. METHODS: Patients aged ≥ 18 years with 12 months of continuous medical and pharmacy benefit eligibility in 2013 were identified from the Truven Health MarketScan research database...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345441/prevalence-and-cost-of-subsequent-fractures-among-u-s-patients-with-an-incident-fracture
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Jessica Weaver, Shiva Sajjan, E Michael Lewiecki, Steven T Harris, Panagiotis Marvos
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and cost of subsequent fractures among patients with an incident fracture are not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of, and costs associated with, subsequent fractures in the year after an incident fracture. METHODS: This was a retrospective claims database analysis using data from Humana Medicare Advantage claims (Medicare group) and Optum Insight Clinformatics Data Mart commercial claims (commercial group)...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334584/delayed-workup-of-rectal-bleeding-in-adult-primary-care-examining-process-of-care-failures
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Saul N Weingart, Elena M Stoffel, Daniel C Chung, Thomas D Sequist, Ruth I Lederman, Stephen R Pelletier, Helen M Shields
BACKGROUND: Although delayed colorectal cancer diagnoses figure prominently in medical malpractice claims, little is known about the quality of primary care clinicians' workup of rectal bleeding. METHODS: In this study, 438 patients were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for rectal bleeding, hemorrhoids, and blood in the stool at 10 Boston adult primary care practices. Following nurse chart abstraction, physician reviewers assessed the overall quality of care and key care processes...
January 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332105/emergency-department-burden-of-diverticulitis-in-the-usa-2006-2013
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Andrea Bollom, Jasmine Austrie, William Hirsch, Judy Nee, Daniel Friedlander, Kelli Ellingson, Vivian Cheng, Anthony Lembo
GOALS: The aim of this study was to analyze recent trends in emergency department (ED) visits for diverticulitis between 2006 and 2013. BACKGROUND: Acute diverticulitis is a serious medical condition that frequently leads to ED visits, hospitalizations, and surgeries resulting in a significant health care burden. METHODS: Data were obtained from the National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) records in which diverticulitis (ICD-9-CM codes 562...
March 22, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316039/public-health-data-in-action-an-analysis-of-using-louisiana-vital-statistics-for-quality-improvement-and-payment-reform
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Valery A Danilack, Rebekah E Gee, Danielle P Berthelot, Rebecca Gurvich, Janet H Muri
Introduction In 2012, the Louisiana (LA) Department of Health and Hospitals revised the LA birth certificate to include medical reasons for births before 39 completed weeks' gestation. We compared the completeness and validity of these data with hospital discharge records. Methods For births occurring 4/1/2012-9/30/2012 at Woman's Hospital of Baton Rouge, we linked maternal delivery and newborn birth data collected through the National Perinatal Information Center with LA birth certificates. Among early term births (37-38 completed weeks' gestation), we quantified the reasons for early delivery listed on the birth certificate and compared them with ICD-9-CM codes from Woman's discharge data...
March 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287043/healthcare-and-economic-burden-of-adverse-events-among-patients-with-chronic-myelogenous-leukemia-treated-with-bcr-abl1-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
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Jay Lin, Dinara Makenbaeva, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Robyn Bilmes
OBJECTIVES: BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are established treatments for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML); however, they are associated with infrequent, but clinically serious adverse events (AEs). The objective of this analysis was to assess healthcare resource utilization and costs associated with AEs, previously identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) in another study, among TKI-treated patients. METHODS: Adult patients with ≥1 inpatient or ≥2 outpatient ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes for CML and ≥1 claim for a TKI treatment between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2012 were identified from the Commercial and Medicare MarketScan databases...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260911/increased-risk-of-endotracheal-intubation-and-heart-failure-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-urolithiasis-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Shun-Ku Lin, Jui-Ming Liu, Ying-Hsu Chang, Yuan-Tien Ting, See-Tong Pang, Ren-Jun Hsu, Po-Hung Lin
BACKGROUND: Urolithiasis is a common urinary tract disease worldwide. It has been connected to systemic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate the relationship between urolithiasis and the complications of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 of the National Health Insurance Research Database...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238515/factors-influencing-hospital-stay-for-pulmonary-embolism-a-cohort-study
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Nuria Rodríguez-Núñez, Alberto Ruano-Raviña, Romina Abelleira, Lucía Ferreiro, Adriana Lama, Francisco J González-Barcala, Antonio Golpe, María E Toubes, José M Álvarez-Dobaño, Luis Valdés
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing hospital stay due to pulmonary embolism. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients hospitalized between 2010 and 2015. Patients were identified using information recorded in hospital discharge reports (ICD-9-CM codes 415.11 and 415.19). RESULTS: We included 965 patients with a median stay of 8 days (IQR 6-13 days). Higher scores on the simplified Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index (sPESI) were associated with increased probability of longer hospital stay...
February 23, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
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