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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216841/medical-overuse-and-quaternary-prevention-in-primary-care-a-qualitative-study-with-general-practitioners
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Kathrin Alber, Thomas Kuehlein, Angela Schedlbauer, Susann Schaffer
BACKGROUND: Medical overuse is a topic of growing interest in health care systems and especially in primary care. It comprises both over investigation and overtreatment. Quaternary prevention strategies aim at protecting patients from unnecessary or harmful medicine. The objective of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of relevant aspects of medical overuse in primary care from the perspective of German general practitioners (GPs). We focused on the scope, consequences and drivers of medical overuse and strategies to reduce it (=quaternary prevention)...
December 8, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214596/preparing-for-the-future-of-rare-diseases
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Stephen C Groft, Manuel Posada de la Paz
Members of the rare disease community have devoted significant financial and personnel resources to address the numerous issues surrounding rare diseases. The past has been devoted to developing an emphasis on rare diseases including an emphasis on research studies or locating information on rare diseases and the requirements and limitations of conducting clinical trials with small patient populations. The expanded role of patient advocacy organizations and patient engagement in all aspects of clinical research continues to gain acceptance within the research community...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210308/using-multi-criteria-decision-analysis-to-appraise-orphan-drugs-a-systematic-review
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Carlotta Friedmann, Pierre Levy, Paul Hensel, Mickaël Hiligsmann
Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) could potentially solve current methodological difficulties in the appraisal of orphan drugs. Areas covered: We provide an overview of the existing evidence regarding the use of MCDA in the appraisal of orphan drugs worldwide. Three databases (Pubmed, Embase, Web of Science) were searched for English, French and German literature published between January 2000 and April 2017. Full-text articles were supplemented with conference abstracts. A total of seven articles and six abstracts were identified...
December 6, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184893/global-mhealth-policy-arena-status-check-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Donna M Malvey, Donna J Slovensky
In this review, we examine an important piece of the mHealth puzzle that has received scant attention-health policy. The question is whether health policy ultimately will serve to unite nations in advancing global mHealth or, as Mars and Scott suggested in 2010, keep nations isolated and ultimately making their policy decisions in "eHealth silos". Such a non-collaborative approach seriously hampers the potential for using mobile health technologies to deliver health care across borders, assuring individuals access to affordable, convenient, and quality healthcare in underserved regions...
2017: MHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180547/the-full-scope-of-family-physicians-work-is-not-reflected-by-current-procedural-terminology-codes
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Richard A Young, Sandy Burge, Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, Jocelyn Wilson
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to characterize the content of family physician (FP) clinic encounters, and to count the number of visits in which the FPs addressed issues not explicitly reportable by 99211 to 99215 and 99354 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes with current reimbursement methods and based on examples provided in the CPT manual. METHODS: The data collection instrument was modeled on the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Trained assistants directly observed every other FP-patient encounter and recorded every patient concern, issue addressed by the physician (including care barriers related to health care systems and social determinants), and treatment ordered in clinics affiliated with 10 residencies of the Residency Research Network of Texas...
November 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174721/adjuvant-breast-radiotherapy-how-to-trade-off-cost-and-effectiveness
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Chris Monten, Yolande Lievens
INTRODUCTION: A series of health economic evaluations (HEE) has analysed the efficiency of new fractionation schedules and techniques for adjuvant breast radiotherapy. This overview assembles the available evidence and evaluates to what extent HEE-results can be compared. METHODS: Based on a systematic literature review of HEEs from 1/1/2000 to 30/10/2016, all cost comparison (CC) and cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA) comparing different adjuvant breast radiotherapy approaches were analysed...
November 23, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172974/following-the-biosimilar-breadcrumbs-when-health-systems-and-manufacturers-approach-forks-in-the-road
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Sonia T Oskouei
Over 2 years have passed since the first biosimilar was approved for use in the United States. Despite a relatively slow start, biosimilar activity has significantly increased in recent months. Biologics are the most expensive drug category in the United States, costing patients hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. Biosimilars have the potential to significantly decrease cost of care, increase access, and improve patient outcomes. In order to realize the potential savings, biosimilar manufacturers, health care providers, and payers must develop strategies to navigate the challenging health care environment and understand where and how biosimilars bring the most value to patients...
December 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162140/using-a-multi-state-learning-community-as-an-implementation-strategy-for-immediate-postpartum-long-acting-reversible-contraception
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Carla L DeSisto, Cameron Estrich, Charlan D Kroelinger, David A Goodman, Ellen Pliska, Christine N Mackie, Lisa F Waddell, Kristin M Rankin
BACKGROUND: Implementation strategies are imperative for the successful adoption and sustainability of complex evidence-based public health practices. Creating a learning collaborative is one strategy that was part of a recently published compilation of implementation strategy terms and definitions. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partner agencies, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials recently convened a multi-state Learning Community to support cross-state collaboration and provide technical assistance for improving state capacity to increase access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in the immediate postpartum period, an evidence-based practice with the potential for reducing unintended pregnancy and improving maternal and child health outcomes...
November 21, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155929/pan-asian-adapted-esmo-consensus-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-jsmo-esmo-initiative-endorsed-by-csco-kaco-mos-sso-and-tos
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T Yoshino, D Arnold, H Taniguchi, G Pentheroudakis, K Yamazaki, R-H Xu, T W Kim, F Ismail, I B Tan, K-H Yeh, A Grothey, S Zhang, J B Ahn, D Chong, L-T Chen, S Kopetz, T Eguchi-Nakajima, H Ebi, A Ohtsu, A Cervantes, K Muro, J Tabernero, H Minami, F Ciardiello, J-Y Douillard
The most recent version of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) consensus guidelines for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) was published in 2016, identifying both a more strategic approach to the administration of the available systemic therapy choices, and a greater emphasis on the use of ablative techniques, including surgery. At the 2016 ESMO Asia Meeting, in December 2016, it was decided by both ESMO and the Japanese Society of Medical Oncology (JSMO) to convene a special guidelines meeting, endorsed by both ESMO and JSMO, immediately after the JSMO 2017 Annual Meeting...
November 16, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143367/risk-of-death-associated-with-new-benzodiazepine-use-among-persons-with-alzheimer-disease-a-matched-cohort-study
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Laura Saarelainen, Anna-Maija Tolppanen, Marjaana Koponen, Antti Tanskanen, Jari Tiihonen, Sirpa Hartikainen, Heidi Taipale
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk of death associated with new benzodiazepine and related drug (BZDR) use in a nationwide cohort of persons with Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS: The register-based MEDALZ cohort, including all community-dwelling Finns diagnosed with AD during 2005 to 2011 (n = 70 718), was used. Clinically verified AD diagnoses were obtained from the Special Reimbursement Register. Drug use periods were modeled from BZDR purchases, derived from the Prescription Register...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129193/experiences-of-three-states-implementing-the-medicaid-health-home-model-to-address-opioid-use-disorder-case-studies-in-maryland-rhode-island-and-vermont
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Lisa Clemans-Cope, Jane B Wishner, Eva H Allen, Nicole Lallemand, Marni Epstein, Brenda C Spillman
PURPOSE: The United States is facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) included several provisions designed to increase care coordination in state Medicaid programs and improve outcomes for those with chronic conditions, including substance use disorders. Three states-Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont - adopted the ACA's optional Medicaid health home model for individuals with opioid use disorder. The model coordinates opioid use disorder treatment that features opioid agonist therapy provided at opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and Office-based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) with medical and behavioral health care and other services, including those addressing social determinants of health...
December 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106920/single-visit-surgery-for-pediatric-ambulatory-surgical-procedures-a-satisfaction-and-cost-analysis
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Jacob K Olson, Lisa A Deming, Denis R King, Terrence M Rager, Sarah Gartner, Natalie Huibregtse, R Lawrence Moss, Gail E Besner
BACKGROUND: Single visit surgery (SVS) consists of same-day pre-operative assessment and operation with telephone post-operative follow-up. This reduces family time commitment to 1 hospital trip rather than 2-3. We began SVS for ambulatory patients with clear surgical indications in 2013. We sought to determine family satisfaction, cost savings to families, and institutional financial feasibility of SVS. METHODS: SVS patients were compared to age/case matched conventional surgery (CS) patients...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081334/different-settings-different-approaches-a-qualitative-comparison-of-portuguese-dietitians-beliefs-attitudes-and-practices-about-obesity-in-public-and-private-settings
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Filipa V Teixeira, José Luis Pais-Ribeiro, Ângela Maia
OBJECTIVE: With obesity being a major public health epidemic, dietitians are charged with the difficult task to assist clients in modifying their behaviours. Since there are inconsistent data about dietitians' beliefs, attitudes and practices concerning obesity and little is known concerning differences in public and private practice, we conducted the present study to address those gaps. DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews analysed according to thematic analysis procedures...
October 30, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076123/-diagnosis-related-groups-in-reconstructive-plastic-surgery-of-malignant-head-and-neck-skin-tumours
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Oliver Lotter, Manuela Micheel, Patrick Jaminet
Background Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) were introduced in Germany as a medico-economic classification system 13 years ago. In this analysis, we looked into the compensation for reconstructive plastic surgery after the excision of malignant head and neck skin tumours by DRGs. Material and methods Four main diagnoses (malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, carcinoma in situ) at a maximum of 6 different locations in the head and neck were combined with the following procedures: excision and primary wound closure, excision with temporary soft tissue coverage, split-thickness or full-thickness skin grafting, local, free or regional pedicle flaps, distant flaps as well as combined procedures for coverage...
October 26, 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061293/methylphenidate-gender-trends-in-adult-and-pediatric-populations-over-a-7year-period
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Carole Ehrhardt, Quentin Boucherie, Vanessa Pauly, David Braunstein, Eléonore Ronflé, Xavier Thirion, Elisabeth Frauger, Joelle Micallef
OBJECTIVE: Methylphenidate (MPH) is a prescription-stimulant medication which is authorized in France for two indications: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children (aged≥6years) and narcolepsy in cases where modafinil is ineffective (for children and adults). MPH use has increased worldwide in the past 2 decades in children and adults. Different pharmacoepidemiological Europeans studies have described MPH patterns of use. To our knowledge, few pharmacoepidemiological studies have described MPH patterns of use in France...
December 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059428/cost-effectiveness-analysis-comparing-conventional-hypofractionated-and-intraoperative-radiotherapy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ashish A Deshmukh, Shervin M Shirvani, Lincy Lal, J Michael Swint, Scott B Cantor, Benjamin D Smith, Anna Likhacheva
Background: Early-stage breast cancer is among the most prevalent and costly malignancies treated in the American health care system. Adjuvant radiotherapy after lumpectomy represents a substantial portion of breast cancer expenditures. The relative value of novel radiotherapeutic approaches such as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) and hypofractionated whole breast irradiation (HF-WBI) compared with conventionally fractionated whole breast irradiation (CF-WBI) is unknown. Therefore, we used prospectively collected outcomes from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to compare the cost-effectiveness of these approaches...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054492/a-cost-analysis-of-an-interdisciplinary-pediatric-chronic-pain-clinic
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Nicole E Mahrer, Jeffrey I Gold, Michael Luu, Patricia Herman
Chronic pain is characterized by high rates of functional impairment, healthcare utilization, and associated costs. Research supports the use of comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment approaches. However, many hospitals hesitate to offer this full range of services, especially to Medi-Cal/Medicaid patients whose services are reimbursed at low rates. This cost analysis examines the impact on hospital and insurance costs of patients' enrollment in an interdisciplinary pediatric pain clinic, which includes medication management, psychotherapy, biofeedback, acupuncture, and massage...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052156/the-identification-review-and-synthesis-of-health-state-utility-values-from-the-literature
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REVIEW
Roberta Ara, John Brazier, Tessa Peasgood, Suzy Paisley
Systematic literature reviews of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) evidence that are to inform economic models can be challenging due to the volume of hits identified in searches using generic terms for HRQoL. Nevertheless, a robust review of the literature is required to ensure that the health state utility values (HSUVs) used in the economic model are the most appropriate available. This article provides a synopsis of literature relating to identifying, reviewing and synthesising HSUVs. The process begins with scoping the needs of the economic model, including the definitions of health states and the requirements of any reimbursement agencies...
October 19, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049512/time-requirements-for-electronic-health-record-use-in-an-academic-ophthalmology-center
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Sarah Read-Brown, Michelle R Hribar, Leah G Reznick, Lorinna H Lombardi, Mansi Parikh, Winston D Chamberlain, Steven T Bailey, Jessica B Wallace, Thomas R Yackel, Michael F Chiang
Importance: Electronic health record (EHR) systems have transformed the practice of medicine. However, physicians have raised concerns that EHR time requirements have negatively affected their productivity. Meanwhile, evolving approaches toward physician reimbursement will require additional documentation to measure quality and cost of care. To date, little quantitative analysis has rigorously studied these topics. Objective: To examine ophthalmologist time requirements for EHR use...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042060/australian-general-practitioners-initiate-statin-therapy-primarily-on-the-basis-of-lipid-levels-new-zealand-general-practitioners-use-absolute-risk
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REVIEW
Chris Schilling, Josh Knight, Duncan Mortimer, Dennis Petrie, Philip Clarke, John Chalmers, Andrew Kerr, Rod Jackson
OBJECTIVES: To compare the determinants of initial statin prescribing between New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand has a system-wide absolute risk-based approach to primary care cardiovascular disease (CVD) management, while Australia has multiple guidelines. METHOD: Classification and Regression Tree (CART) analysis of two observational studies of primary care CVD management from New Zealand (PREDICT-CVD) and Australia (AusHeart). Over 80% of eligible New Zealanders have been screened for CVD risk...
October 10, 2017: Health Policy
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