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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319581/can-claims-data-algorithms-identify-the-physician-of-record
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Eva H DuGoff, Emily Walden, Katie Ronk, Mari Palta, Maureen Smith
BACKGROUND: Claims-based algorithms based on administrative claims data are frequently used to identify an individual's primary care physician (PCP). The validity of these algorithms in the US Medicare population has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement of the PCP identified by claims algorithms with the PCP of record in electronic health record data. DATA: Electronic health record and Medicare claims data from older adults with diabetes...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318554/decubitus-ulcers-in-patients-undergoing-vascular-operations-do-not-influence-mortality-but-affect-resource-utilization
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J Hunter Mehaffey, Amani D Politano, Castigliano M Bhamidipati, Margaret C Tracci, Kenneth J Cherry, John A Kern, Irving L Kron, Gilbert R Upchurch
BACKGROUND: While it is anticipated that decubitus ulcers are detrimental to outcomes after vascular operations, the contemporary influence of perioperative decubitus ulcers in vascular surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the National Impatient Survey, all adult patients who underwent vascular operation were selected. Patients were stratified by the presence or absence (non-decubitus ulcers) of decubitus ulcer. Case-mix adjusted hierarchical mixed-models examined in-hospital mortality, the occurrence of any complication, and discharge disposition...
March 17, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317314/assessing-disruptions-in-adherence-to-antidepressant-treatments-after-breast-cancer-diagnosis
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Yi-Ting Chou, Aaron N Winn, Donald L Rosenstein, Stacie B Dusetzina
PURPOSE: Long-term treatment with antidepressants can lessen the symptoms of depression, but health-related crises-such as a cancer diagnosis-may disrupt ongoing depression care. The study aims to estimate the effect of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis on antidepressant adherence among women with depression. METHODS: Using SEER-Medicare administrative claims, we identified women aged 65+ with newly diagnosed breast cancer between 2008 and 2011, who were diagnosed with depression and used antidepressants during the year before pre-diagnosis year...
March 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306419/does-the-ranking-of-surgeons-in-a-publicly-available-online-platform-correlate-with-objective-outcomes
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Kimon Bekelis, Symeon Missios, Shannon Coy, Jeremiah N Johnson
OBJECTIVE The accuracy of public reporting in health care, especially from private vendors, remains an issue of debate. The authors investigated the association of the publicly reported physician complication rates in an online platform with real-world adverse outcomes of the same physicians for patients undergoing posterior lumbar fusion. METHODS The authors performed a cohort study involving physicians performing posterior lumbar fusions between 2009 and 2013 who were registered in the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304120/comparative-effectiveness-of-chemotherapy-versus-resection-of-the-primary-tumor-as-the-initial-treatment-in-older-patients-with-stage-iv-colorectal-cancer
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Hemalkumar B Mehta, Gabriela M Vargas, Deepak Adhikari, Francesca Dimou, Taylor S Riall
AIM: The objective was to determine trends in the use of chemotherapy as the initial treatment and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of initial chemotherapy versus resection of the primary tumour on survival (intention-to-treat analysis) in stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: This cohort study used Surveillance Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare (2000-2011) data, including patients ≥66 years presenting with stage IV CRC. Cox proportional hazards models and instrumental variable analysis were used to determine the association of chemotherapy versus resection of the primary tumour as the initial treatment with 2-year survival...
March 17, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302290/statin-intolerance-and-risk-of-coronary-heart-events-and-all-cause-mortality-following-myocardial-infarction
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Maria-Corina Serban, Lisandro D Colantonio, Angelika D Manthripragada, Keri L Monda, Vera A Bittner, Maciej Banach, Ligong Chen, Lei Huang, Ricardo Dent, Shia T Kent, Paul Muntner, Robert S Rosenson
BACKGROUND: Many patients report adverse reactions to, and may not tolerate, statin therapy. These patients may be at increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) events and mortality. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the risk for recurrent myocardial infarction (MI), CHD events, and all-cause mortality in Medicare beneficiaries with statin intolerance and in those with high adherence to statin therapy. METHODS: We studied 105,329 Medicare beneficiaries who began a moderate- or high-intensity statin dosage after hospitalization for MI between 2007 and 2013...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301976/medicare-expenditures-associated-with-hospital-and-emergency-department-use-among-beneficiaries-with-dementia
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Laura Coots Daras, Zhanlian Feng, Joshua M Wiener, Yevgeniya Kaganova
Understanding expenditure patterns for hospital and emergency department (ED) use among individuals with dementia is crucial to controlling Medicare spending. We analyzed Health and Retirement Study data and Medicare claims, stratified by beneficiaries' residence and proximity to death, to estimate Medicare expenditures for all-cause and potentially avoidable hospitalizations and ED visits. Analysis was limited to the Medicare fee-for-service population age 65 and older. Compared with people without dementia, community residents with dementia had higher average expenditures for hospital and ED services; nursing home residents with dementia had lower average expenditures for all-cause hospitalizations...
January 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301213/academic-radiologist-subspecialty-identification-using-a-novel-claims-based-classification-system
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Luke A Ginocchio, David A Rosman, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to assess the feasibility of a novel claims-based classification system for payer identification of academic radiologist subspecialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a categorization scheme based on the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) system, we mapped the Medicare Part B services billed by all radiologists from 2012 to 2014, assigning them to the following subspecialty categories: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and neuroradiology...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298324/the-esrd-quality-incentive-program-can-we-bridge-the-chasm
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Daniel Weiner, Suzanne Watnick
The ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) is the first mandatory federal pay for performance program launched on January 1, 2012. The QIP is tied to the ESRD prospective payment system and mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, which directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand the payment bundle for renal dialysis services and legislated that payment be tied to quality measures. The QIP links 2% of the payment that a dialysis facility receives for Medicare patients on dialysis to the facility's performance on quality of care measures...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296674/impact-of-medicaid-expansion-on-medicaid-covered-utilization-of-buprenorphine-for-opioid-use-disorder-treatment
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Hefei Wen, Jason M Hockenberry, Tyrone F Borders, Benjamin G Druss
BACKGROUND: Buprenorphine has been proven effective in treating opioid use disorder. However, the high cost of buprenorphine and the limited prescribing capacity may restrict access to this effective medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether Medicaid expansion and physician prescribing capacity may have impacted buprenorphine utilization covered by Medicaid. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used a quasi experimental difference-in-differences design to compare the pre-post changes in Medicaid-covered buprenorphine prescriptions and buprenorphine spending between the 26 states that implemented Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and those that did not...
April 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291765/cervical-spine-surgery-complications-and-risks-in-the-elderly
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Kris Radcliff, Kevin L Ong, Scott Lovald, Edmund Lau, Mark Kurd
STUDY DESIGN: Cervical decompression (CD) and cervical fusion (CF) patients in 5% Medicare Part B claims data. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the complication rate and associated risk factors after cervical spine surgery using a national sample of elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The number of cervical spine procedures in the United States has risen along with associated hospital costs. Postoperative complications lead to longer hospitalizations and greater costs...
March 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291598/identifying-radiology-s-place-in-the-expanding-landscape-of-episode-payment%C3%A2-models
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Joshua A Hirsch, Bibb Allen, H Benjamin Harvey, Gregory N Nicola
The current fee-for-service system for health care reimbursement in the United Stated is argued to encourage fragmented care delivery and a lack of accountability that predisposes to insufficient focus on quality as well as unnecessary or duplicative resource utilization. Episode payment models (EPMs) seek to improve coordination by linking payments for all services related to a patient's condition or procedure, thereby improving quality and efficiency of care. The CMS Innovation Center has implemented a broadening array of EPMs...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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/28288072/dissecting-leapfrog-how-well-do-leapfrog-safe-practices-scores-correlate-with-hospital-compare-ratings-and-penalties-and-how-much-do-they-matter
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Shawna N Smith, Heidi A Reichert, Jessica M Ameling, Jennifer Meddings
BACKGROUND: Voluntary Leapfrog Safe Practices Score (SPS) measures were among the first public reports of hospital performance. Recently, Medicare's Hospital Compare website has reported compulsory measures. Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score (HSS) grades incorporate SPS and Medicare measures. We evaluate associations between Leapfrog SPS and Medicare measures, and the impact of SPS on HSS grades. METHODS: Using 2013 hospital data, we linked Leapfrog HSS data with central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) standardized infection ratios (SIRs), and Hospital Readmission and Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program penalties incorporating 2013 performance...
March 10, 2017: Medical Care
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...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286931/association-between-baseline-frailty-and-driving-status-over-time-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-national-health-and-aging-trends-study
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Elizabeth G Bond, Laura L Durbin, Jodi A Cisewski, Min Qian, Jack M Guralnik, Judith D Kasper, Thelma J Mielenz
BACKGROUND: Continued automobile driving is important for the wellbeing and independence of older adults. Frailty has been associated with a variety of negative health outcomes, but studies are lacking on the potential association between frailty and driving status. The present study uses data from The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) to assess if the presence of frailty is associated with being a current non-driver. METHODS: NHATS is a nationally representative cohort study of Medicare beneficiaries (aged ≥65) that have been followed since 2011...
December 2017: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285039/the-lawrence-d-dorr-surgical-techniques-technologies-award-differences-in-postoperative-outcomes-between-total-hip-arthroplasty-for-fracture-vs-osteoarthritis
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Charles D Qin, Mia M Helfrich, David W Fitz, Kevin D Hardt, Matthew D Beal, David W Manning
BACKGROUND: Hip fracture is an increasingly common expanded indication for total hip arthroplasty (THA) and warrants outcome analysis so as to best inform risk assessment models, public reporting of outcome, and value-based reimbursement schemes. METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data file from 2011 to 2014 was used to identify all patients undergoing THA via current procedural terminology code 27130. Propensity score matching in a 1:5 fashion was used to compare 2 cohorts: THA for osteoarthritis and THA for fracture...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283281/trends-in-vitreoretinal-procedures-for-medicare-beneficiaries-2000-to-2014
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Michael D McLaughlin, John C Hwang
TOPIC: The purpose of this study was to identify changes in use for vitreoretinal procedures by measuring the number of allowed services using data from the US Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries and their providers. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: To analyze vitreoretinal procedural trends, which may indicate standard of care and importance of developing methods of treatments. METHODS: Medicare Part B National Summary Data Files for calendar years 2000 to 2014 were used to identify the number of allowed services for vitreoretinal procedures and commonly used pharmacologic agents...
March 7, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281245/medicare-modernization-and-diffusion-of-endoscopy-in-ffs-medicare
#19
Lee R Mobley, Pedro Amaral, Tzy-Mey Kuo, Mei Zhou, Srimoyee Bose
OBJECTIVE: To examine how FFS Medicare utilization of endoscopy procedures for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening changed after implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) in 2006, which provided subsidized drug coverage and expanded the geographic availability of Medicare managed care plans across the US. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Using secondary data from 100% FFS Medicare enrollees, we analyzed endoscopy utilization during two intervals, 2001-2005 and 2006-2009...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279748/burden-of-readmissions-among-patients-with-critical-limb-ischemia
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Shikhar Agarwal, James M Pitcavage, Karan Sud, Badal Thakkar
BACKGROUND: Readmissions constitute a major healthcare burden among critical limb ischemia (CLI) patients. We aimed to study the incidence of readmission and factors affecting readmission in CLI patients. METHODS: All adult hospitalizations with a diagnosis code for CLI were included from State Inpatient Databases from Florida (2009-2013), New York (2010-2013) and California (2009-2011). Data were merged with the directory available from the American Hospital Association to obtain detailed information on hospital related characteristics...
March 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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