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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874478/health-care-market-concentration-trends-in-the-united-states-evidence-and-policy-responses
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Brent D Fulton
Policy makers and analysts have been voicing concerns about the increasing concentration of health care providers and health insurers in markets nationwide, including the potential adverse effect on the cost and quality of health care. The Council of Economic Advisers recently expressed its concern about the lack of estimates of market concentration in many sectors of the US economy. To address this gap in health care, this study analyzed market concentration trends in the United States from 2010 to 2016 for hospitals, physician organizations, and health insurers...
September 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866578/bring-it-to-the-pitch-combining-video-and-movement-data-to-enhance-team-sport-analysis
#2
Manuel Stein, Halldor Janetzko, Andreas Lamprecht, Thorsten Breitkreutz, Philipp Zimmermann, Bastian Goldlucke, Tobias Schreck, Gennady Andrienko, Michael Grossniklaus, Daniel A Keim
Analysts in professional team sport regularly perform analysis to gain strategic and tactical insights into player and team behavior. Goals of team sport analysis regularly include identification of weaknesses of opposing teams, or assessing performance and improvement potential of a coached team. Current analysis workflows are typically based on the analysis of team videos. Also, analysts can rely on techniques from Information Visualization, to depict e.g., player or ball trajectories. However, video analysis is typically a time-consuming process, where the analyst needs to memorize and annotate scenes...
August 29, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845348/tricare-applied-behavior-analysis-aba-benefit-comparison-with-medicaid-and-commercial-benefits
#3
Margaret Maglione, Srikanth Kadiyala, Amii Kress, Jaime L Hastings, Claire E O'Hanlon
This study compared the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) benefit provided by TRICARE as an early intervention for autism spectrum disorder with similar benefits in Medicaid and commercial health insurance plans. The sponsor, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, was particularly interested in how a proposed TRICARE reimbursement rate decrease from $125 per hour to $68 per hour for ABA services performed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst compared with reimbursement rates (defined as third-party payment to the service provider) in Medicaid and commercial health insurance plans...
January 2017: Rand Health Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840158/utilizing-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-prediction-of-cognitive-workload-in-noisy-work-environments
#4
Ryan Gabbard, Mary Fendley, Irfaan A Dar, Rik Warren, Nasser H Kashou
Occupational noise frequently occurs in the work environment in military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. This impacts cognitive performance by acting as a stressor, potentially interfering with the analysts' decision-making process. We investigated the effects of different noise stimuli on analysts' performance and workload in anomaly detection by simulating a noisy work environment. We utilized functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to quantify oxy-hemoglobin (HbO) and deoxy-hemoglobin concentration changes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), as well as behavioral measures, which include eye tracking, reaction time, and accuracy rate...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630819/concerns-about-the-registered-behavior-technician%C3%A2-in-relation-to-effective-autism-intervention
#5
Justin B Leaf, Ronald Leaf, John McEachin, Mitchell Taubman, Tristram Smith, Sandra L Harris, B J Freeman, Toby Mountjoy, Tracee Parker, Todd Streff, Fred R Volkmar, Andi Waks
In 2014, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) initiated a program for credentialing behavior technicians. The new credential, Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT®), is for providers of behavioral intervention to a wide range of individuals with mental health needs and developmental delays, including individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The RBT® would represent the entry-level position within the range of the BACB® credentials. Despite the increasing acceptance of this newest level of credential from the behavioral community, the authors of this paper have substantial concerns with the RBT® credential as it relates to the delivery of intervention to individuals diagnosed with ASD...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630818/ethical-considerations-for-interdisciplinary-collaboration-with-prescribing-professionals
#6
Mindy K Newhouse-Oisten, Kimberly M Peck, Alissa A Conway, Jessica E Frieder
Behavior analysts often work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and different team members may prescribe different interventions for a single client. One such intervention that is commonly encountered is a change in medication. Changes in medication regimens have the potential to alter behavior in a number of ways. As such, it is important for all team members to be aware of every intervention and to consider how different interventions may interact with each other. These facts make regular and clear communication among team members vital for treatment success...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630814/normative-emotional-responses-to-behavior-analysis-jargon-or-how-not-to-use-words-to-win-friends-and-influence-people
#7
Thomas S Critchfield, Karla J Doepke, L Kimberly Epting, Amel Becirevic, Derek D Reed, Daniel M Fienup, Jamie L Kremsreiter, Cheryl L Ecott
It has been suggested that non-experts regard the jargon of behavior analysis as abrasive, harsh, and unpleasant. If this is true, excessive reliance on jargon could interfere with the dissemination of effective services. To address this often discussed but rarely studied issue, we consulted a large, public domain list of English words that have been rated by members of the general public for the emotional reactions they evoke. Selected words that behavior analysts use as technical terms were compared to selected words that are commonly used to discuss general science, general clinical work, and behavioral assessment...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520796/a-hierarchical-model-for-estimating-the-spatial-distribution-and-abundance-of-animals-detected-by-continuous-time-recorders
#8
Robert M Dorazio, K Ullas Karanth
MOTIVATION: Several spatial capture-recapture (SCR) models have been developed to estimate animal abundance by analyzing the detections of individuals in a spatial array of traps. Most of these models do not use the actual dates and times of detection, even though this information is readily available when using continuous-time recorders, such as microphones or motion-activated cameras. Instead most SCR models either partition the period of trap operation into a set of subjectively chosen discrete intervals and ignore multiple detections of the same individual within each interval, or they simply use the frequency of detections during the period of trap operation and ignore the observed times of detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500214/efficacy-of-the-telemedical-lifestyle-intervention-program-telipro-in-advanced-stages-of-type-2-diabetes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Kerstin Kempf, Bernd Altpeter, Janine Berger, Oliver Reuß, Matthias Fuchs, Michael Schneider, Babette Gärtner, Katja Niedermeier, Stephan Martin
OBJECTIVE: Lifestyle interventions are the foundation of treatment in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. However, their therapeutic potential in advanced disease stages is unknown. We evaluated the efficacy of the Telemedical Lifestyle intervention Program (TeLiPro) in improving metabolic control in advanced-stage type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this single-blind, active comparator, intervention study, patients with type 2 diabetes (with glycated hemoglobin [HbA1c] ≥7...
July 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498831/dynamics-of-analyst-forecasts-and-emergence-of-complexity-role-of-information-disparity
#10
Chansoo Kim, Daniel S Kim, Kwangwon Ahn, M Y Choi
We report complex phenomena arising among financial analysts, who gather information and generate investment advice, and elucidate them with the help of a theoretical model. Understanding how analysts form their forecasts is important in better understanding the financial market. Carrying out big-data analysis of the analyst forecast data from I/B/E/S for nearly thirty years, we find skew distributions as evidence for emergence of complexity, and show how information asymmetry or disparity affects financial analysts' forming their forecasts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467023/the-discounting-model-selector-statistical-software-for-delay-discounting-applications
#11
Shawn P Gilroy, Christopher T Franck, Donald A Hantula
Original, open-source computer software was developed and validated against established delay discounting methods in the literature. The software executed approximate Bayesian model selection methods from user-supplied temporal discounting data and computed the effective delay 50 (ED50) from the best performing model. Software was custom-designed to enable behavior analysts to conveniently apply recent statistical methods to temporal discounting data with the aid of a graphical user interface (GUI). The results of independent validation of the approximate Bayesian model selection methods indicated that the program provided results identical to that of the original source paper and its methods...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430545/effects-of-motivation-rewarding-hackers-for-undetected-attacks-cause-analysts-to-perform-poorly
#12
Zahid Maqbool, Nidhi Makhijani, V S Chandrasekhar Pammi, Varun Dutt
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine how monetary motivations influence decision making of humans performing as security analysts and hackers in a cybersecurity game. BACKGROUND: Cyberattacks are increasing at an alarming rate. As cyberattacks often cause damage to existing cyber infrastructures, it is important to understand how monetary rewards may influence decision making of hackers and analysts in the cyber world. Currently, only limited attention has been given to this area...
May 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418263/systematic-bias-in-predictions-of-new-drugs-budget-impact-analysis-of-a-sample-of-recent-us-drug-launches
#13
Michael S Broder, Jenelle M Zambrano, Jackie Lee, Richard S Marken
OBJECTIVE: Expectations about the budget impact of new drug launches may affect payer behavior and ultimately consumer costs. Therefore, we evaluated the accuracy of pre-launch US budget impact estimates for a sample of new drugs. METHODS: We searched for publicly available budget impact estimates made pre-launch for drugs approved in the US from 1 September 2010 to 1 September 2015 and compared them to actual sales. Accuracy was calculated as the ratio of pre-launch estimate to actual sales...
May 3, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408014/cost-effectiveness-thresholds-in-global-health-taking-a-multisectoral-perspective
#14
Michelle Remme, Melisa Martinez-Alvarez, Anna Vassall
Good health is a function of a range of biological, environmental, behavioral, and social factors. The consumption of quality health care services is therefore only a part of how good health is produced. Although few would argue with this, the economic framework used to allocate resources to optimize population health is applied in a way that constrains the analyst and the decision maker to health care services. This approach risks missing two critical issues: 1) multiple sectors contribute to health gain and 2) the goods and services produced by the health sector can have multiple benefits besides health...
April 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371546/surface-imprinted-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-the-selective-enrichment-and-fast-separation-of-fluoroquinolones-in-human-serum
#15
Liming Su, Yulong Jin, Yanyan Huang, Rui Zhao
Surface enrofloxacin-imprinted magnetic nanoparticles were prepared for the selective recognition and fast separation of fluoroquinolones in human serum by surface-initiated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. The surface morphology and imprinted behavior were investigated and optimized. The living/controlled nature of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization reaction allowed the successful construction of well-defined imprinted polymer layer outside the Fe3 O4 core...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352506/blurred-lines-ethical-implications-of-social-media-for-behavior-analysts
#16
Patrick N O'Leary, Megan M Miller, Melissa L Olive, Amanda N Kelly
Social networking has a long list of advantages: it enables access to a large group of people that would otherwise not be geographically convenient or possible to connect with; it reaches several different generations, particularly younger ones, which are not typically involved in discussion of current events; and these sites allow a cost effective, immediate, and interactive way to engage with others. With the vast number of individuals who use social media sites as a way to connect with others, it may not be possible to completely abstain from discussions and interactions on social media that pertain to our professional practice...
March 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352503/maintaining-staff-performance-following-a-training-intervention-suggestions-from-a-30-year-case-example
#17
Dennis H Reid, Marsha B Parsons, Joyce M Jensen
A frequent challenge encountered by behavior analysts in human service agencies is maintaining effects of their training interventions with agency staff. A case example is provided to illustrate how effects of a staff training intervention initiated by a behavior analyst maintained for an extended period in a center-based program for adolescents and adults with severe disabilities. The process involved the behavior analyst working closely with the program supervisor and a professional staff member in a collaborative team approach to increase involvement of center participants in functional (vs...
March 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338839/alternative-approaches-to-assessing-nonresponse-bias-in-longitudinal-survey-estimates-an-application-to-substance-use-outcomes-among-young-adults-in-the-united-states
#18
Brady Thomas West, Sean Esteban McCabe
We evaluated alternative approaches to assessing and correcting for nonresponse bias in a longitudinal survey. We considered the changes in substance-use outcomes over a 3-year period among young adults aged 18-24 years (n = 5,199) in the United States, analyzing data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. This survey collected a variety of substance-use information from a nationally representative sample of US adults in 2 waves: 2001-2002 and 2004-2005. We first considered nonresponse rates in the second wave as a function of key substance-use outcomes in wave 1...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314059/deterrence-and-risk-preferences-in-sequential-attacker-defender-games-with-continuous-efforts
#19
Vineet M Payyappalli, Jun Zhuang, Victor Richmond R Jose
Most attacker-defender games consider players as risk neutral, whereas in reality attackers and defenders may be risk seeking or risk averse. This article studies the impact of players' risk preferences on their equilibrium behavior and its effect on the notion of deterrence. In particular, we study the effects of risk preferences in a single-period, sequential game where a defender has a continuous range of investment levels that could be strategically chosen to potentially deter an attack. This article presents analytic results related to the effect of attacker and defender risk preferences on the optimal defense effort level and their impact on the deterrence level...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282239/the-role-of-teamwork-in-the-analysis-of-big-data-a-study-of-visual-analytics-and-box-office-prediction
#20
Verica Buchanan, Yafeng Lu, Nathan McNeese, Michael Steptoe, Ross Maciejewski, Nancy Cooke
Historically, domains such as business intelligence would require a single analyst to engage with data, develop a model, answer operational questions, and predict future behaviors. However, as the problems and domains become more complex, organizations are employing teams of analysts to explore and model data to generate knowledge. Furthermore, given the rapid increase in data collection, organizations are struggling to develop practices for intelligence analysis in the era of big data. Currently, a variety of machine learning and data mining techniques are available to model data and to generate insights and predictions, and developments in the field of visual analytics have focused on how to effectively link data mining algorithms with interactive visuals to enable analysts to explore, understand, and interact with data and data models...
March 2017: Big Data
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