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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099788/deploying-and-measuring-a-risk-and-patient-safety-program
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Howard Orel, Molly McGroarty, Heather Marchegiani
Health care continues to evolve at a rapid rate. Over just the past decade, the industry has seen the introduction and widespread implementation of an electronic health record, increase in presence of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help manage the shortage of physicians, and the introduction of accountable care organizations. It is with these changes that new challenges and opportunities emerge. One such challenge is the increase in the severity of medical malpractice claims throughout the nation...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099071/an-observational-study-of-provider-perspectives-on-alternative-payment-models
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Drew Harris, Katherine Puskarz
Over the past decade, reimbursement in the US health care system has undergone rapid transformation. The Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act are some of the many changes challenging traditional modes of practice and raising concerns about practitioners' ability to adapt. Recently, physician satisfaction was proposed as an addition to the Triple Aim in acknowledgment of how the physician's attitude can affect outcomes. To understand how physicians perceive alternative payment models (APMs) and how those perceptions may vary by their organizational role, non-leader physicians (N = 31), physician leaders (N = 67), and health system leaders (N = 49) were surveyed using a mixed-methods approach...
January 18, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077697/point-counterpoint-what-is-the-optimal-approach-for-detection-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Ferric C Fang, Christopher R Polage, Mark H Wilcox
In 2010, we published an initial point-counterpoint on laboratory diagnosis of C. difficile infection (CDI). At that time, nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) were just becoming commercially available, and the idea of algorithmic approaches to CDI was being explored. Now there are numerous NAATs in the marketplace and based on recent proficiency test surveys, they have become the predominant method used for CDI diagnosis in the United States. At the same time, there is a body of literature that suggests that NAATs lack clinical specificity and thus inflate CDI rates...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073146/value-based-care-in-hepatology
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REVIEW
Mario Strazzabosco, John I Allen, Elizabeth O Teisberg
The migration from legacy fee-for-service reimbursement to payments linked to high value health care is accelerating in the United States because of new legislation and re-design of payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Since patients with chronic diseases account for substantial use of health care resources, payers and health systems are focusing on maximizing the value of care for these patients. Since chronic liver diseases impose a major health burden worldwide affecting the health and lives of many individuals and families as well as substantial costs for individuals and payers, hepatologists must understand how they can improve their practices ...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062898/why-vascular-surgeons-and-interventional-radiologists-collaborate-or-compete-a-look-at-endovascular-stent-placements
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Eric J Keller, Jeremy D Collins, Megan Crowley-Matoka, Howard B Chrisman, Magdy P Milad, Robert L Vogelzang
PURPOSE: To understand how cultural differences between vascular surgeons (VSs) and interventional radiologists (IRs) affect their clinical decision making and inter-specialty relationships. METHODS: Twenty-four conversational interviews were conducted with IRs and VSs about their approaches to patient care, views of their specialty and others, and solutions to any expressed concerns. Interview transcripts were systematically analyzed to identify and compare key themes according to the constructivist grounded theory and content analysis using NVivo 10 software...
January 6, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056832/telemedicine-and-primary-care-obesity-management-in-rural-areas-innovative-approach-for-older-adults
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John A Batsis, Sarah N Pletcher, James E Stahl
BACKGROUND: The growing prevalence of obesity is paralleling a rise in the older adult population creating an increased risk of functional impairment, nursing home placement and early mortality. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recognized the importance of treating obesity and instituted a benefit in primary care settings to encourage intensive behavioral therapy in beneficiaries by primary care clinicians. This benefit covers frequent, brief, clinic visits designed to address older adult obesity...
January 5, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031028/enablers-and-barriers-to-implementing-collaborative-care-for-anxiety-and-depression-a-systematic-qualitative-review
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REVIEW
Gritt Overbeck, Annette Sofie Davidsen, Marius Brostrøm Kousgaard
BACKGROUND: Collaborative care is an increasingly popular approach for improving quality of care for people with mental health problems through an intensified and structured collaboration between primary care providers and health professionals with specialized psychiatric expertise. Trials have shown significant positive effects for patients suffering from depression, but since collaborative care is a complex intervention, it is important to understand the factors which affect its implementation...
December 28, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029298/unintended-consequences-in-cancer-care-delivery-created-by-the-medicare-part-b-proposal-is-the-clinical-rationale-for-the-experiment-flawed
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Lucio Gordan, Amy Grogg, Marlo Blazer, Barry Fortner
PURPOSE: Medicare currently enrolls ≥ 45 million adults, and by 2030 this is projected to increase to ≥ 80 million beneficiaries. With this growth, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal, the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model, to shrink drug expenditures, a major contributor to overall health care costs. For this to not adversely affect patient outcomes, lower-cost alternative medications with equivalent efficacy and no increased toxicity must be available...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997508/cost-variation-of-anterior-cervical-fusions-in-elderly-medicare-beneficiaries
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Varun Puvanesarajah, David J Kirby, Amit Jain, Brian C Werner, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective database review OBJECTIVE.: To determine how demographics and comorbid diagnoses influence hospital costs during admission for anterior cervical fusions (ACFs) in the elderly Medicare population. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Elective ACFs to treat degenerative cervical pathology are extremely common within the elderly population. Though it is well known that every patient has a significantly different medical profile that guides treatment and post-operative care, little information is available regarding how hospital costs vary from patient to patient...
December 16, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994287/a-human-rights-based-approach-to-the-reimbursement-of-expensive-medicines
#10
Katrina Perehudoff, Brigit Toebes, Hans Hogerzeil
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December 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987645/health-economics-as-rhetoric-the-limited-impact-of-health-economics-on-funding-decisions-in-four-european-countries
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Margreet Franken, Emelie Heintz, Andreas Gerber-Grote, James Raftery
BACKGROUND: A response to the challenge of high-cost treatments in health care has been economic evaluation. Cost-effectiveness analysis presented as cost per quality-adjusted life-years gained has been controversial, raising heated support and opposition. OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of economic evaluation in decisions on what to fund in four European countries and discuss the implications of our findings. METHODS: We used a protocol to review the key features of the application of economic evaluation in reimbursement decision making in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, reporting country-specific highlights...
December 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987628/arbitration-board-setting-reimbursement-amounts-for-pharmaceutical-innovations-in-germany-when-price-negations-between-payers-and-manufacturers-fail-an-empirical-analysis-of-5-years-experience
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Saskia Ludwig, Charalabos-Markos Dintsios
BACKGROUND: In Germany, an arbitration board is setting reimbursement amounts for drug innovations when price negations between payers and manufacturers fail. OBJECTIVE: To empirically analyze all arbitrations since the reform of Germany's Act to Reorganize the Pharmaceuticals' Market in the Statutory Health Insurance System came into effect. METHODS: All available relevant documents up to January 2016 were screened and the identified contentious issues between the negotiation parties extracted...
December 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27969560/an-assessment-of-the-continuing-surgical-education-program-a-surgical-preceptor-program-for-faculty-members
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Geoffrey W Cundiff, Roxana Geoffrion
OBJECTIVE: The Continuing Surgical Education Preceptor program (CSEP) was designed to meet population needs by facilitating development of new skills by practising surgeons. Elements include entry criteria, dedicated OR time, assigned preceptors, structured assessment of competence, a mechanism for credentialing, and a reimbursement model. This study analyzed the effectiveness of the CSEP in increasing the number of clinician educators performing laparoscopic hysterectomy (LH) without compromising rates of vaginal hysterectomy (VH) and in enhancing residents' training in performing minimally invasive hysterectomy (MIH; either LH or VH)...
November 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968907/occupational-challenges-of-physicians-involved-in-tuberculosis-control-in-china-a-qualitative-study
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Shanquan Chen, Hui Zhang, Yan Qu, Yushan Wu, Qian Long, Limei Ran, Qiuji Xue, Kai Chen, Fei Luo, Lan Yao, Lai-Yi Wong, Hong Fung, Manli Chen, Li Xiang
BACKGROUND: Despite its dramatic improvement, China's tuberculosis burden is still high according to the 2015 WHO TB report. Evidence show that experienced physicians do better in reducing delay diagnosis and patient mortality and are more likely to follow the treatment guidelines. However, in China, few studies have focused on physicians specialised in tuberculosis; and these few studies were mainly centred on the prevalence and risk factors among them. We assessed the occupational challenges of these physicians in China...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938361/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-a-short-course-personalized-self-management-and-intensive-spa-therapy-intervention-as-active-prevention-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-of-the-upper-extremities-muska-a-research-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Charlotte Lanhers, Bruno Pereira, Chloé Gay, Christian Hérisson, Christine Levyckyj, Arnaud Dupeyron, Emmanuel Coudeyre
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) constitute a major occupational health problem in the working population, substantially impacting the quality of life of employees. They also cause considerable economic cost to the healthcare system, with, notably, the reimbursement of treatments and compensation for lost income. MSDs manifest as localized pain or functional difficulty in one or more anatomical areas, such as the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist. Although prevalence varies depending on the region considered and the method of assessment, a prevalence of 30% is found in different epidemiological studies...
December 9, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925451/improving-access-and-systems-of-care-for-evidence-based-childhood-obesity-treatment-conference-key-findings-and-next-steps
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REVIEW
Denise E Wilfley, Amanda E Staiano, Myra Altman, Jeanne Lindros, Angela Lima, Sandra G Hassink, William H Dietz, Stephen Cook
OBJECTIVE: To improve systems of care to advance implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for childhood obesity treatment (i.e., clinicians offer/refer children with obesity to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions of >25 h over 6 to 12 months to improve weight status) and to expand payment for these services. METHODS: In July 2015, 43 cross-sector stakeholders attended a conference supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, and The Obesity Society...
January 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918401/establishing-a-viable-workforce-pipeline-of-primary-care-nurse-practitioners-benefits-of-a-health-system-and-academic-partnership
#17
Billie Madler, Mary Helland
Maldistribution and shortages of primary care providers, changing reimbursement structures, movement from inpatient to community-based models of care, an aging population, and health care reform lead to increased numbers of patients seeking care. All of these phenomena have a part in creating a health care landscape that requires industry leaders enlist innovative strategies to meet the health care needs of their communities. Delivery of high-quality, efficient care by qualified providers is essential for the success of any health care system...
January 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909140/longterm-work-productivity-costs-due-to-absenteeism-and-permanent-work-disability-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-nationwide-register-study-of-7831-patients
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Janne A Martikainen, Hannu Kautiainen, Vappu Rantalaiho, Kari T Puolakka
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the development and potential disproportional distribution of longterm productivity costs (PC) and their determinants leading to work absenteeism and permanent work disability in working-aged patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A cohort of subjects with early RA was created by identifying the new cases of RA from the national drug reimbursement register that had been granted a special reimbursement for their antirheumatic medications for RA from 2000-2007...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889785/overcoming-cost-implications-of-mutational-analysis-in-patients-with-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-a-pragmatic-approach
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Patrick Schöffski, Agnieszka Wozniak, Oliver Schöffski, Liesbet van Eycken, Maria Debiec-Rychter
BACKGROUND: Genetic analysis of tissue derived from patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is not uniformly applied on a national and international level, even though mutational data can provide clinically relevant prognostic and predictive information, especially in patients qualifying for treatment with expensive targeted agents. METHODS: The current article describes the rationale for genetic testing of GIST tissue, looks at financial implications associated with such analysis and speculates on potential cost savings introduced by routine mutational testing and tailored use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors based on genotyping...
2016: Oncology Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886354/a-retrospective-analysis-of-the-merits-and-challenges-associated-with-simultaneous-bilateral-tha-using-the-direct-anterior-approach
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Matthew L Brown, Johannes F Plate, David C Holst, Daniel N Bracey, Matthew W Bullock, Jason E Lang
INTRODUCTION: 15%-20% of patients presenting for total hip arthroplasty (THA) have bilateral disease. While simultaneous bilateral THA is of interest to patients and surgeons, debate persists regarding its merits. The majority of previous reports on simultaneous bilateral THA involve patients in the lateral decubitus position, which require repositioning, prepping and draping, and exposure of a fresh wound to pressure and manipulation for the contralateral THA. The purpose of this study was to compare complications, component position, and financial parameters for simultaneous versus staged bilateral THAs using the direct anterior approach (DAA)...
November 14, 2016: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
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