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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441617/the-magic-survey-in-hormone-receptor-positive-hr-her2-negative-her2-breast-cancer-when-might-multigene-assays-be-of-value
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Matti Aapro, Michelino De Laurentiis, Dan Rea, Juan Enrique Bargallo Rocha, Roberto Elizalde, László Landherr, Barbro Linderholm, Eleftherios Mamounas, Christos Markopoulos, Patrick Neven, Alexander Petrovsky, Roman Rouzier, Vincent Smit, Christer Svedman, Daniel Schneider, Christoph Thomssen, Miguel Martin
BACKGROUND: A modest proportion of patients with early stage hormone receptor-positive (HR+), HER2-negative (HER2-) breast cancer benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Traditionally, treatment recommendations are based on clinical/pathologic criteria that are not predictive of chemotherapy benefit. Multigene assays provide prognostic and predictive information that can help to make more informed treatment decisions. The MAGIC survey evaluated international differences in treatment recommendations, how traditional parameters are used for making treatment choices, and for which patients treating physicians feel most uncertain about their decisions...
April 22, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441271/alternative-payment-models-and-urology
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Deborah R Kaye, David C Miller, Chad Ellimoottil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a historic bill that was recently passed that establishes how quality measurement and practice patterns will affect physician reimbursement. Alternative payment models (APMs) are an essential component of MACRA and Medicare's vision of paying for high-value care. This review describes APMs in the context of MACRA and their impact on urology. RECENT FINDINGS: The majority of urologists will be affected by MACRA...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435755/comparison-of-primary-care-physician-reimbursement-rates-in-the-united-states
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Nathan Riley, Kelley Withy, Kevin Rogers, Ragan DuBose-Morris, Tiffany Kurozawa
With a growing shortage of physicians, particularly primary care physicians, the issue of adequate pay in Hawai'i is increasingly important. Anecdotal reports of low pay in Hawai'i have rarely been substantiated. Data from FAIR Health, a company that tracks private insurance reimbursement rates, is compared across the United States (US) for the CPT code 99213. In addition, FAIR Health and Medicare rates are compared for cities with both similar and disparate cost of living to Hawai'i. Hawai'i is in the second lowest quintile for payment in the US for private insurances, and providers are reimbursed significantly lower than in cities with similar cost of living by both Medicare and private insurances...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433453/attending-documentation-contribution-to-billing-at-an-academic-emergency-department-with-an-electronic-health-record
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Brian J Yun, Stephen C Dorner, Brian M Baccari, John Brennan, Karen Smith, Ali S Raja, Benjamin A White
INTRODUCTION: In emergency medicine (EM), patient care documentation serves many functions, including supporting reimbursement. In addition, many electronic health record systems facilitate automatically populating certain data fields. As a result, in the academic model, the attending's note may now more often recapitulate many of the same elements found in the resident's or physician assistant's (PA) note. We sought to determine the value of additional attending documentation, and how often the attending documentation prevented a downcoding event...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430675/identifying-risk-factors-leading-to-unanticipated-postoperative-readmission
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Peter A Felice, David T Kerekes, Bruce A Mast
INTRODUCTION: Unanticipated postoperative readmissions are a grading metric directly linked to both the quality of patient care and physician reimbursement. However, little data exist to define factors responsible for these readmissions in the plastic surgery patient population. This study aims to identify patient risk factors contributing to unanticipated postoperative readmissions to optimize perioperative patient care and mitigate negative financial impact upon providers. METHODS: We present an institutional review board-approved study retrospective review of 819 plastic surgery patients undergoing operative procedures performed at our institution between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429976/reimbursement-changes-and-drug-switching-are-severe-patients-more-affected
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Shou-Hsia Cheng, Chi-Chen Chen, Hung-Chih Kuo, Chi-Chuan Wang
Objectives To examine the long-term effects of drug reimbursement adjustments on drug-switching decisions and to investigate whether patients with complicated or severe conditions are more affected. Methods A population-based, longitudinal study with a before-and-after design. Analysis of 141,703 patients with type 2 diabetes covered by the universal health insurance program in Taiwan. Observation of five 6-month phases before and after a drug reimbursement adjustment implemented in October 2009. Drug switching was defined as a brand change within the same anatomical therapeutic chemical group between two consecutive physician visits...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427593/economic-outcomes-of-bioresorbable%C3%A2-vascular-scaffolds-versus%C3%A2-everolimus-eluting-stents-in-patients%C3%A2-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-1-year-results-from-the-absorb%C3%A2-iii-trial
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Suzanne J Baron, Yang Lei, Khaja Chinnakondepalli, Katherine Vilain, Elizabeth A Magnuson, Dean J Kereiakes, Stephen G Ellis, Gregg W Stone, David J Cohen
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the economic impact of the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold compared with the Xience everolimus-eluting stent in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND: The ABSORB III trial (Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Scaffolds for Coronary Artery Disease) demonstrated that the Absorb scaffold was noninferior to the Xience stent with respect to target lesion failure at 1 year. Whether health care costs differ between the Absorb scaffold and the Xience stent is unknown...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421812/the-frequency-of-incidental-findings-and-subsequent-evaluation-in-low-dose-ct-scans-for-lung-cancer-screening
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Lillie Morgan, Humberto Choi, Michal Reid, Ali Khawaja, Peter J Mazzone
RATIONALE: The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening with low-dose chest CT scans (LDCT) for a well-defined high-risk population. Data on the frequency and impact of incidental findings on LDCT scans performed within a centralized lung cancer screening program has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have reported IFs in the setting of clinical trials. We present our findings in a real clinical setting where the decision to manage these findings may depend on factors that are not captured in a research trial such as disclosing IFs, patient preferences, severity of comorbidities, and physician expertise...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419487/the-effect-of-medicaid-physician-fee-increases-on-health-care-access-utilization-and-expenditures
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Kevin Callison, Binh T Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicaid fee changes on health care access, utilization, and spending for Medicaid beneficiaries. DATA SOURCE: We use the 2008 and 2012 waves of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey linked to state-level Medicaid-to-Medicare primary care reimbursement ratios obtained through surveys conducted by the Urban Institute. We also incorporate data from the Current Population Survey and the Area Resource Files. STUDY DESIGN: Using a control group made up of the low-income privately insured, we conduct a difference-in-differences analysis to assess the relationship between Medicaid fee changes and access to care, utilization of health care services, and out-of-pocket medical expenditures for Medicaid enrollees...
April 16, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414044/the-impact-of-the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-macra-on-the-field-of-ophthalmology
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Brenton Kinker, Kaitlyn Dobesh, Nariman Nassiri, Mark S Juzych, M Roy Wilson
PURPOSE: To analyze the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) on the field of ophthalmology. DESIGN: A perspective on the effects of MACRA's Quality Payment Program after analysis of the proposed rule, final rule, and commentary submitted by relevant stakeholders. RESULTS: Physicians will need to use one of two payment structures: Merit Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS), or Alternative Payment Models (APMs)...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403462/medicaid-coverage-of-smoking-cessation-counseling-and-medication-is-underutilized-for-pregnant-women
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Taneisha S Scheuermann, Kimber P Richter, Lisette T Jacobson, Theresa I Shireman
Introduction: Policies to promote smoking cessation among Medicaid-insured pregnant women have the potential to assist a significant proportion of pregnant smokers. In 2010, Kansas Medicaid began covering smoking cessation counseling for pregnant smokers. Our aim was to evaluate the use of smoking cessation benefits provided to pregnant women as a result of the Kansas Medicaid policy change that provided reimbursement for physician-provided smoking cessation counseling. Methods: We examined Kansas Medicaid claims data to estimate rates of delivery of smoking cessation treatment to Medicaid-insured pregnant women in Kansas from fiscal year 2010 through 2013...
May 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392925/antibiotic-knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviours-of-albanian-health-care-professionals-and-patients-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Susanne Kaae, Admir Malaj, Iris Hoxha
BACKGROUND: The inappropriate use of antimicrobials is a problem worldwide. To target future interventions, a thorough understanding of the reasons behind this current behaviour is needed. Within the EU, the culture of antimicrobial use has been intensely studied, but this is not the case in non-EU southeastern European countries, despite the frequent use of (broad-spectrum) antibiotics (ABs) in this region. The aim of this study was to explore AB knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of health care professionals (HCPs) and patients in one southeastern European country, Albania...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390883/is-orthopedic-department-teaching-status-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-of-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Matthew R Boylan, Dean C Perfetti, Qais Naziri, Aditya V Maheshwari, Carl B Paulino, Michael A Mont
BACKGROUND: Although resident physicians play a vital role in the US health care system, they are believed to create inefficiencies in the delivery of care. Under the regional component of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, teaching hospitals are forced to compete on efficiency and outcomes with nonteaching hospitals. METHODS: We identified 86,021 patients undergoing elective primary total hip arthroplasty in New York State between January 1, 2009, and September 30, 2014...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390774/surgeon-leadership-in-the-coding-billing-and-contractual-negotiations-for-fenestrated-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-increases-medical-center-contribution-margin-and-physician-reimbursement
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Francesco Aiello, Jonathan Durgin, Vijaya Daniel, Louis Messina, Danielle Doucet, Jessica Simons, James Jenkins, Andres Schanzer
BACKGROUND: Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) allows endovascular treatment of thoracoabdominal and juxtarenal aneurysms previously outside the indications of use for standard devices. However, because of considerable device costs and increased procedure time, FEVAR is thought to result in financial losses for medical centers and physicians. We hypothesized that surgeon leadership in the coding, billing, and contractual negotiations for FEVAR procedures will increase medical center contribution margin (CM) and physician reimbursement...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389134/private-bundles-the-nuances-of-contracting-and-managing-total-joint-arthroplasty-episodes
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Ameer M Elbuluk, Owen R O'Neill
In recent years, bundled payment reimbursement models have been used to address the unsustainable rising cost of healthcare. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiatives, such as Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Program, have already demonstrated their ability to create financial and performance accountability in the public sector. More recently, these value-based models have been introduced among private payers to increase coordination, quality, and efficiency. Bundled payment strategies provide incentives for physicians and healthcare professionals to eliminate unnecessary services and reduce costs...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383312/information-delivery-in-health-care-preparing-a-professional-presentation-to-key-stakeholders
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Timothy Rotarius, Velmarie Rotarius
Today's professional health care managers are routinely asked to share information with important stakeholders. For example, the manager of a clinical practice may be asked to present to physician owners the financial effects to be expected from a new managed care contract that will likely include lower reimbursements. When faced with these types of information requests, health care managers must find the best method of delivering information to their key stakeholders. This article presents a structured approach that health care management can use to prepare presentations to key stakeholders about different types of situations that are likely be encountered during a professional career...
April 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375500/neurosurgical-practice-in-transition-a-review
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Dong H Kim, T Forcht Dagi, James R Bean
Neurosurgery is experiencing a period of acute change driven by 2 forces: (1) the perception that the healthcare system in the United States is wasteful and that patients are receiving low "value" care, (2) the belief that quality and long-term outcomes can be measured accurately. We believe 3 important shifts will emerge as a result of these forces. First, payment models will change. They will become anchored to a concept of population health, with capitation payments on a per-patient basis going to provider entities that undertake financial risk...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373334/evaluating-the-role-of-payment-policy-in-driving-vertical-integration-in-the-oncology-market
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Abby Alpert, Helen Hsi, Mireille Jacobson
The health care industry has experienced massive consolidation over the past decade. Much of the consolidation has been vertical (with hospitals acquiring physician practices) instead of horizontal (with physician practices or hospitals merging with similar entities). We documented the increase in vertical integration in the market for cancer care in the period 2003-15, finding that the rate of hospital or health system ownership of practices doubled from about 30 percent to about 60 percent. The two most commonly cited explanations for this consolidation are a 2005 Medicare Part B payment reform that dramatically reduced reimbursement for chemotherapy drugs, and the expansion of hospital eligibility for the 340B Drug Discount Program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370510/socio-economic-burden-of-participation-in-clinical-trials-in-patients-with-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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Swati Goel, Chiara Paoli, Alessandra Iurlo, Arturo Pereira, Fabio Efficace, Tiziano Barbui, Ayalew Tefferi, Alessandro M Vannucchi, Francisco Cervantes
OBJECTIVE: To determine the financial and psycho-social impact of participation in clinical trials of patients with BCR/ABL-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). METHODS: An international, observational cross section study was performed in 143 consecutive MPN patients (51% myelofibrosis, 36% polycythemia vera, 13% essential thrombocythemia), 68% from Italy, 17% from USA, and 15% from Spain. RESULTS: Thirty-five percent of patients reported having spent more money during the trial than in previous treatments and 21% having missed more workdays...
March 31, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361405/impact-of-safety-related-regulations-on-codeine-use-in-children-a-quasi-experimental-study-using-taiwan-s-national-health-insurance-research-database
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Chih-Wan Lin, Ching-Huan Wang, Wei-I Huang, Wei-Ming Ke, Pi-Hui Chao, Wen-Wen Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
INTRODUCTION: Safety concerns regarding potential life-threatening adverse events associated with codeine have resulted in policy decisions to restrict its use in pediatrics. However, whether these drug safety communications have had an immediate and strong impact on codeine use remains in question. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the impact of the two implemented safety-related regulations (label changes and reimbursement regulations) on the use of codeine for upper respiratory infection (URI) or cough...
March 30, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
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