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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935138/characteristics-of-accredited-transcranial-doppler-ultrasound-laboratories-in-the-united-states
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Mary Beth Farrell, John Y Choi, Endrit Ziu, Kevin M Cockroft
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe in detail the characteristics and accreditation compliance of laboratories in the United States applying for Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) transcranial Doppler (TCD) accreditation. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of all applicant laboratories from 2012 to 2015. We used the IAC database to extract laboratory characteristics and guideline compliance metrics. RESULTS: Evaluation of 97 laboratories demonstrated that 67% were hospital-based and located in the South (43...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933568/healthcare-costs-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-comparison-of-costs-between-matched-decedent-and-survivor-cohorts
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Engels N Obi, Jason P Swindle, Stuart J Turner, Patricia A Russo, Aylin Altan
INTRODUCTION: Prior research suggests increased costs during the final months of life, yet little is known about healthcare cost differences between patients with heart failure (HF) who die or survive. METHODS: A retrospective claims study from a large US health plan [commercial and Medicare Advantage with Part D (MAPD)] was conducted. Patients were ≥18 years old with two non-inpatient or one inpatient claim(s) with HF diagnosis code(s). The earliest HF claim date during 1 January 2010-31 December 2011 was the index date...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932786/state-medicaid-expansion-tobacco-cessation-coverage-and-number-of-adult-smokers-enrolled-in-expansion-coverage-united-states-2016
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Anne DiGiulio, Meredith Haddix, Zach Jump, Stephen Babb, Anna Schecter, Kisha-Ann S Williams, Kat Asman, Brian S Armour
In 2015, 27.8% of adult Medicaid enrollees were current cigarette smokers, compared with 11.1% of adults with private health insurance, placing Medicaid enrollees at increased risk for smoking-related disease and death (1). In addition, smoking-related diseases are a major contributor to Medicaid costs, accounting for about 15% (>$39 billion) of annual Medicaid spending during 2006-2010 (2). Individual, group, and telephone counseling and seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications are effective treatments for helping tobacco users quit (3)...
December 9, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932263/long-term-disease-and-economic-outcomes-of-prior-authorization-criteria-for-hepatitis-c-treatment-in-pennsylvania-medicaid
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Mina Kabiri, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Julie M Donohue, Mark S Roberts, A Everette James, Michael A Dunn, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: Several highly effective but costly therapies for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are available. As a consequence of their high price, 36 state Medicaid programs limited treatment coverage to patients with more advanced HCV stages. States have only limited information available to predict the long-term impact of these decisions. METHODS: We adapted a validated hepatitis C microsimulation model to the Pennsylvania Medicaid population to estimate the existing HCV prevalence in Pennsylvania Medicaid and estimate the impact of various HCV drug coverage policies on disease outcomes and costs...
December 5, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927839/does-medicare-advantage-reduce-racial-disparity-in-30-day-rehospitalization-for-medicare-beneficiaries
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Yue Li, Xi Cen, Xueya Cai, Dongliang Wang, Caroline Pinto Thirukumaran, Laurent G Glance
This study determined potential racial and ethnic disparities in risk for all-cause 30-day readmission among traditional Medicare (TM) and Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries initially hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia. Our analyses of New York State hospital administrative data between 2009 and 2012 found that overall 30-day readmission rate declined from 22.0% in 2009 to 20.7% in 2012 for TM beneficiaries, and from 20.2% in 2009 to 17.9% in 2012 for MA beneficiaries...
December 6, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927591/utilization-trends-in-noncardiac-thoracic-imaging-2002-2014
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Sarah I Kamel, David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Vijay M Rao
PURPOSE: To analyze recent trends in utilization of the various noncardiac thoracic imaging modalities in the Medicare population. METHODS: The Medicare Part B databases for 2002 through 2014 were reviewed. All CPT codes pertaining to noninvasive imaging of the thorax were selected and grouped into seven categories: x-ray, CT, computed tomographic angiography (CTA), nuclear scans (noncardiac), MRI, MR angiography, and ultrasound. Yearly utilization rates per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries were calculated...
December 4, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926675/improvement-in-total-joint-replacement-quality-metrics-year-one-versus-year-three-of-the-bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-initiative
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John M Dundon, Joseph Bosco, James Slover, Stephen Yu, Yousuf Sayeed, Richard Iorio
BACKGROUND: In January 2013, a large, tertiary, urban academic medical center began participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative for total joint arthroplasty, a program implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011. Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) 469 and 470 were included. We participated in BPCI Model 2, by which an episode of care includes the inpatient and all post-acute care costs through 90 days following discharge...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925868/overlapping-buprenorphine-opioid-and-benzodiazepine-prescriptions-among-veterans-dually-enrolled-in-va-and-medicare-part-d
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Walid F Gellad, Xinhua Zhao, Carolyn T Thorpe, Joshua M Thorpe, Florentina E Sileanu, John P Cashy, Maria Mor, Jennifer A Hale, Thomas Radomski, Leslie R M Hausmann, Michael J Fine, Chester B Good
BACKGROUND: Buprenorphine is a key tool in the management of opioid use disorder, but there are growing concerns about abuse, diversion and safety. These concerns are amplified for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), whose patients may receive care concurrently from multiple prescribers within and outside VA. To illustrate the extent of this challenge, we examined overlapping prescriptions for buprenorphine, opioids, and benzodiazepines among Veterans dually enrolled in VA and Medicare Part D...
December 7, 2016: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919580/variation-in-diagnoses-for-hip-arthroplasty-among-new-york-state-hospitals-implications-for-the-comprehensive-care-for-joint-replacement-model
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John A Buza, Jeffrey M Jancuska, James D Slover, Richard Iorio, Joseph A Bosco
BACKGROUND: The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model is designed to minimize costs and improve quality for Medicare patients undergoing joint arthroplasty. The cost of hip arthroplasty (HA) episode varies depending on the preoperative diagnosis and is greater for fracture than for osteoarthritis. Hospitals that perform a higher percentage of HA for OA may therefore have an advantage in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. The purposes of this study are to (1) determine the variability in underlying diagnosis for HA in New York State hospitals, and (2) determine hospital characteristics, such as volume, associated with this...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917479/hospital-postacute-care-referral-networks-is-referral-concentration-associated-with-medicare-style-bundled-payments
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Ramandeep Kaur, Jennifer N Perloff, Christopher Tompkins, Christine E Bishop
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether Medicare-style bundled payments are lower or higher for beneficiaries discharged from hospitals with postacute care (PAC) referrals concentrated among fewer PAC providers. DATA SOURCE: Medicare Part A and Part B claim (2008-2012) for all beneficiaries residing in any of 17 market areas: the Provider of Service file, the Healthcare Cost Report Information System, and the Dartmouth Atlas. STUDY DESIGN: An observational study in which hospitals were distinguished according to PAC referral concentration, which is the tendency to utilize fewer rather than more PAC providers...
December 5, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914950/access-to-medications-for-medicare-enrollees-related-to-race-ethnicity-results-from-the-2013-medicare-current-beneficiary-survey
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Deborah A Taira, Chengli Shen, Marshaleen King, Doug Landsittel, Mary Helen Mays, Tetine Sentell, Janet Southerland
BACKGROUND: Prescription medications are taken by millions of Americans to manage chronic conditions and treat acute conditions. These medications, however, are not equally accessible to all. OBJECTIVE: To examine medication access by race/ethnicity among Medicare beneficiaries. METHODS: Using the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (n = 10.515), this study examined access to medications related to race/ethnicity, comparing non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics to whites...
November 23, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910290/radiation-therapy-staffing-model-2014
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Leigh J Smith, Rachel Kearvell, Anthony J Arnold, Kevina Choma, Aniko Cooper, Michael R Young, Donna L Matthews, Bronwyn Hilder, Debbie Howson, Katherine Fox, Katheryn Churcher
INTRODUCTION: In 2001, the Radiation Therapy Advisory Panel (RTAP) of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) (formerly known as Australian Institute of Radiography) published a model for radiation therapist staffing in Australian radiation oncology departments. Between 2012-2013, the model was reviewed to ensure it reflected current radiation therapy practice, technology, and to facilitate forward planning of the radiation therapy workforce. METHOD: Twenty-four sites from all states participated and provided data on megavoltage simulation, planning and treatment delivery...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909200/anticoagulation-use-and-clinical-outcomes-after-major-bleeding-on-dabigatran-or-warfarin-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Inmaculada Hernandez, Yuting Zhang, Maria M Brooks, Paul K L Chin, Samir Saba
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Little is known about the clinical outcomes associated with posthemorrhage anticoagulation resumption for atrial fibrillation. This study had 2 objectives: first, to evaluate anticoagulation use after a first major bleed on warfarin or dabigatran and, second, to compare effectiveness and safety outcomes between patients discontinuing anticoagulation after a major bleed and patients restarting warfarin or dabigatran. METHODS: Using 2010 to 2012 Medicare Part D data, we identified atrial fibrillation patients who experienced a major bleeding event while using warfarin (n=1135) or dabigatran (n=404) and categorized them by their posthemorrhage use of anticoagulation...
December 1, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908393/association-of-30-day-readmission-metric%C3%A2-for-heart-failure-under-the-hospital%C3%A2-readmissions-reduction-program%C3%A2-with-quality-of-care-and%C3%A2-outcomes
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Haolin Xu, Adam D DeVore, Roland Matsouaka, Michael Pencina, Dharam J Kumbhani, Adrian F Hernandez, Deepak L Bhatt, Paul A Heidenreich, Clyde W Yancy, James A de Lemos, Gregg C Fonarow
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether processes of care and long-term clinical outcomes for heart failure (HF) admissions across Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) program participating centers differ according to HF-specific risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR]) as determined by the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). BACKGROUND: HRRP penalizes hospitals with higher than expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (ERR >1) for common conditions including HF...
December 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908335/the-past-present-and-future-of-the-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-quality-measure-sep-1-the-early-management-bundle-for-severe-sepsis-septic-shock
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Jeremy S Faust, Scott D Weingart
SEP-1, the new national quality measure on sepsis, resulted from an undertaking to standardize care for severe sepsis and septic shock regardless of the size of the emergency department where the patient is being treated. SEP-1 does not necessarily follow the best current evidence available. Nevertheless, a thorough understanding of SEP-1 is crucial because all hospitals and emergency providers will be accountable for meeting the requirements of this measure. SEP-1 is the first national quality measure on early management of sepsis care...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905888/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-coverage-and-payment-for-renal-dialysis-services-furnished-to-individuals-with-acute-kidney-injury-end-stage-renal-disease-quality-incentive-program-durable-medical-equipment-prosthetics-orthotics
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This rule updates and makes revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2017. It also finalizes policies for coverage and payment for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, including the inclusion of new quality measures beginning with payment year (PY) 2020 and provides updates to programmatic policies for the PY 2018 and PY 2019 ESRD QIP...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899108/geographic-variation-of-parathyroidectomy-in-patients-receiving-hemodialysis-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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James B Wetmore, Jiannong Liu, Paul J Dluzniewski, Areef Ishani, Geoffrey A Block, Allan J Collins
BACKGROUND: Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) is associated with adverse outcomes in patients receiving maintenance dialysis. Parathyroidectomy is a treatment for SHPT; whether parathyroidectomy utilization varies geographically in the US is unknown. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis was undertaken to identify all patients aged 18 years or older who were receiving in-center hemodialysis between 2007 and 2009, were covered by Medicare Parts A and B, and had been receiving hemodialysis for at least 1 year...
November 29, 2016: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896680/what-does-a-shoulder-mri-cost-the-consumer
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Robert W Westermann, Cameron Schick, Christopher M Graves, Kyle R Duchman, Stuart L Weinstein
BACKGROUND: More than 100 MRIs per 1000 inhabitants are performed in the United States annually, more than almost every other country. Little is known regarding the cost of obtaining an MRI and factors associated with differences in cost. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: By surveying all hospital-owned and independent imaging centers in Iowa, we wished to determine (1) the cost to the consumer of obtaining a noncontrast shoulder MRI, (2) the frequency and magnitude of discounts provided, and (3) factors associated with differences in cost including location (hospital-owned or independent) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services designation (rural, urban, and critical access)...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894148/catastrophic-failure-of-regenerex-tibial-components-a-case-series
#19
Gavin Stormont, Daniel Stormont
The aim of this study was to analyze short-term metal failures in well-placed Signature-guided Regenerex (Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN) tibial components in a limited patient series. A retrospective, consecutive, nonrandomized, unblinded study from a limited cohort of young active osteoarthritis patients was conducted. All cases received a Regenerex tibial component which we evaluated for metal failure. Patients met the then current indications from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guidelines for knee replacement...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890437/trends-of-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-use-in-ophthalmology-among-privately-insured-and-medicare-advantage-patients
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Ravi Parikh, Joseph S Ross, Lindsey R Sangaralingham, Ron A Adelman, Nilay D Shah, Andrew J Barkmeier
PURPOSE: To characterize the first 10 years of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) medication use for ophthalmic disease, including bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and aflibercept. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study using administrative claims data from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2015. SUBJECTS: Total of 124 835 patients 18 years of age or over in the United States. METHODS: OptumLabs Data Warehouse, which includes administrative claims data for over 100 million commercially insured and Medicare Advantage individuals, was used to identify patients receiving intravitreal anti-VEGF injections based on Current Procedural Terminology codes...
November 24, 2016: Ophthalmology
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