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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/28421638/renal-replacement-therapy-and-incremental-hemodialysis-for-veterans-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Susan T Crowley, Srinivasan Beddhu, Joline L T Chen, John T Daugirdas, David S Goldfarb, Anna Jin, Csaba P Kovesdy, David J Leehey, Hamid Moradi, Sankar D Navaneethan, Keith C Norris, Yoshitsugu Obi, Ann O'Hare, Tariq Shafi, Elani Streja, Mark L Unruh, Tushar J Vachharajani, Steven Weisbord, Connie M Rhee
Each year approximately 13,000 Veterans transition to maintenance dialysis, mostly in the traditional form of thrice-weekly hemodialysis from the start. Among >6000 dialysis units nationwide, there are currently approximately 70 Veterans Affairs (VA) dialysis centers. Given this number of VA dialysis centers and their limited capacity, only 10% of all incident dialysis Veterans initiate treatment in a VA center. Evidence suggests that, among Veterans, the receipt of care within the VA system is associated with favorable outcomes, potentially because of the enhanced access to healthcare resources...
April 18, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418834/reduction-in-costs-after-treating-comorbid-panic-disorder-with-agoraphobia-and-generalized-anxiety-disorder
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Vedrana Ikic, Claude Belanger, Stephane Bouchard, Patrick Gosselin, Frederic Langlois, Joane Labrecque, Michel J Dugas, Andre Marchand
BACKGROUND: Panic disorder with agoraphobia (PDA) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are impairing and costly disorders that are often misdiagnosed and left untreated despite multiple consultations. These disorders frequently co-occur, but little is known about the costs associated with their comorbidity and the impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) on cost reduction. AIMS OF THE STUDY: The first objective of this study was to assess the mental health-related costs associated with the specific concomitance of PDA and GAD...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416322/nephrologists-and-integrated-kidney-disease-care-roles-and-skills-essential-for-nephrologists-for-future-success
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Allen R Nissenson, Franklin W Maddux
As the costs of caring for patients with end-stage renal disease have grown, so has the pressure to provide high-quality care at a lower cost. Prompted in large part by regulatory and legislative changes, reimbursement is shifting from a fee-for-service environment to one of value-based payment models. Nephrologists in this new environment are increasingly responsible not only for direct patient care, but also for population management and the associated clinical outcomes for this vulnerable population. This Perspective article aims to recognize the key role and skills needed in order to successfully practice within these new value-based care models...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413942/barriers-to-offering-vasectomy-at-publicly-funded-family-planning-organizations-in-texas
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Kari White, Anthony Campbell, Kristine Hopkins, Daniel Grossman, Joseph E Potter
Few publicly funded family planning clinics in the United States offer vasectomy, but little is known about the reasons this method is not more widely available at these sources of care. Between February 2012 and February 2015, three waves of in-depth interviews were conducted with program administrators at 54 family planning organizations in Texas. Participants described their organization's vasectomy service model and factors that influenced how frequently vasectomy was provided. Interview transcripts were coded and analyzed using a theme-based approach...
May 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412775/defining-value-in-radiation-oncology-approaches-to-weighing-benefits-vs-costs
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Andre A Konski
The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 initiated discussion regarding transitioning from a fee-for-service arrangement of care reimbursement to value-based care. Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) has been used in the past to quantify value as it relates to the provision of healthcare. New treatments or techniques being compared with other new or existing therapies or approaches to care were determined to be cost-effective if the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio was less than $50,000/life-year or quality-adjusted life-year...
April 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410945/diagnostic-approach-in-fetal-coarctation-of-the-aorta-a-cost-utility-analysis
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Patrick D Evers, Daksha Ranade, Mark Lewin, Bhawna Arya
BACKGROUND: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is difficult to diagnose by fetal echocardiogram (F-Echo), often requiring multiple F-Echos during gestation and neonatal echocardiograms (N-Echos) after birth. Furthermore, CoA is the most common ductal-dependent lesion missed on routine physical exam. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the most cost-effective diagnostic approach in caring for infants in whom an initial F-Echo is concerning for CoA. METHODS: Four paradigms for management after initial F-Echo could not rule out CoA were compared, with a single paradigm involving additional F-Echos: (1) multiple F-Echos for diagnostic clarity and performance of N-Echo on neonates with remaining high suspicion for CoA on F-Echos (prenatal-multiple), (2) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on neonates with high suspicion for CoA on initial F-Echo (postnatal-selective), (3) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on all neonates (postnatal-all), and (4) no further F-Echo or N-Echo with reliance on routine physical exam to identify afflicted infants (postnatal-none)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409741/impact-of-comorbidities-among-medicaid-enrollees-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-united-states-2009
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Gloria Westney, Marilyn G Foreman, Junjun Xu, Marshaleen Henriques King, Eric Flenaugh, George Rust
INTRODUCTION: Multimorbidity, the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions, frequently affects people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many have high-cost, highly complex conditions that have a substantial impact on state Medicaid programs. We quantified the cost of Medicaid-insured patients with COPD co-diagnosed with other chronic disorders. METHODS: We used nationally representative Medicaid claims data to analyze the impact of comorbidities (other chronic conditions) on the disease burden, emergency department (ED) use, hospitalizations, and total health care costs among 291,978 adult COPD patients...
April 13, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408255/supraorbital-versus-endoscopic-endonasal-approaches-for-olfactory-groove-meningiomas-a-cost-minimization-study
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Gurpreet S Gandhoke, Matthew Pease, Kenneth J Smith, Raymond F Sekula
INTRODUCTION: We performed a cost-minimization study comparing the supraorbital and endoscopic, endonasal (EEA) approaches with or without the addition of craniotomy for the resection of olfactory groove meningioma. METHODS: We built a decision tree using probabilities of gross total resection and CSF leak rates with the supraorbital approach versus EEA with and without additional craniotomy. The cost (not charge or reimbursement) at each 'stem' of this decision tree, for both surgical options was obtained from our hospital's finance department...
April 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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/28400312/assigning-clinical-codes-with-data-driven-concept-representation-on-dutch-clinical-free-text
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Elyne Scheurwegs, Kim Luyckx, Léon Luyten, Bart Goethals, Walter Daelemans
Clinical codes are used for public reporting purposes, are fundamental to determining public financing for hospitals, and form the basis for reimbursement claims to insurance providers. They are assigned to a patient stay to reflect the diagnosis and performed procedures during that stay. This paper aims to enrich algorithms for automated clinical coding by taking a data-driven approach and by using unsupervised and semi-supervised techniques for the extraction of multi-word expressions that convey a generalisable medical meaning (referred to as concepts)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390298/androgen-deprivation-therapy-and-cardiovascular-risk-no-meaningful-difference-between-gnrh-antagonist-and-agonists-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study-based-on-2010-2013-french-health-insurance-data
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Lucie-Marie Scailteux, Sébastien Vincendeau, Frédéric Balusson, Christophe Leclercq, André Happe, Béranger Le Nautout, Elisabeth Polard, Emmanuel Nowak, Emmanuel Oger
BACKGROUND: Observational studies suggested that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is associated with an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. They all compared ADT-treated cancer patients to non-treated patients or non-cancer subjects. Our aim was to evaluate whether CV risk differs by type of ADT. METHODS: Through nationwide population-based claims reimbursement database linked to hospital discharge database, we identified adult men with prostate cancer who initiated ADT (gonadotrophin releasing hormone [GnRH] agonist or antagonist, antiandrogen [AA], combined androgen blockade [CAB]) or had orchiectomy (OT) between 1st July, 2010, and the 31st December, 2011, and followed them up to 31st December, 2013...
April 5, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
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 5, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382687/stakeholders-views-on-maternity-care-shortcomings-in-rural-ghana-an-ethnographic-study-among-women-providers-public-and-quasiprivate-policy-sector-actors
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Martin Amogre Ayanore, Milena Pavlova, Regien Biesma, Wim Groot
Access to skilled provider and emergency obstetric care is not universal across all districts in Ghana. The lived experiences of 3 stakeholder groups on maternity care shortcomings in 3 rural Ghanaian districts are examined in this study. We applied an ethnographic study approach where field data were collected between March to May 2015 in 3 rural districts of northern Ghana. Data were collected among women with recent births experiences (n = 90), health care providers (n = 16), and policy actors (n = 6)...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364508/financial-analysis-of-an-intensive-pediatric-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-program
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E Brooks Riley, Evan S Fieldston, Melissa S Xanthopoulos, Suzanne E Beck, Mary Kate Menello, Edward Matthews, Carole L Marcus
Study Objectives: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in children, but adherence to therapy is low. Our center created an intensive program that aimed to improve adherence. Our objective was to estimate the program's efficacy, cost, revenue and break-even point in a generalizable manner relative to a standard approach. Methods: The intensive program included device consignment, behavioral psychology counseling, and follow-up telephone calls...
February 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361179/-frequency-and-doses-of-diagnostic-and-interventional-x%C3%A2-ray-applications-trends-between-2007-and-2014
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E A Nekolla, A A Schegerer, J Griebel, G Brix
BACKGROUND: In Germany, approximately 95% of man-made radiation exposure of the population results from diagnostic and interventional X‑ray procedures. Thus, radiation protection of patients in this field of application is of great importance. OBJECTIVE: Quantification and evaluation of current data on the frequency and doses of X‑ray procedures as well as temporal trends for the years 2007-2014. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For outpatients the frequency of X‑ray procedures was estimated using reimbursement data from health insurances and for inpatients by means of hospital statistics...
March 30, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359273/a-comparison-of-generic-drug-prices-in-seven-european-countries-a-methodological-analysis
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Olivier J Wouters, Panos G Kanavos
BACKGROUND: Policymakers and researchers frequently compare the prices of medicines between countries. Such comparisons often serve as barometers of how pricing and reimbursement policies are performing. The aim of this study was to examine methodological challenges to comparing generic drug prices. METHODS: We calculated all commonly used price indices based on 2013 IMS Health data on sales of 3156 generic drugs in seven European countries. RESULTS: There were large differences in generic drug prices between countries...
March 31, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359063/reimbursed-price-of-orphan-drugs-current-strategies-and-potential-improvements
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Pierpaolo Mincarone, Carlo Giacomo Leo, Saverio Sabina, Antonio Sarriá-Santamera, Domenica Taruscio, Pedro Guillermo Serrano-Aguilar, Panos Kanavos
The pricing and reimbursement policies for pharmaceuticals are relevant to balance timely and equitable access for all patients, financial sustainability, and reward for valuable innovation. The proliferation of high-cost specialty medicines is particularly true in rare diseases (RDs) where the pricing mechanism is characterised by a lack of transparency. This work provides an overall picture of current strategies for the definition of the reimbursed prices of orphan drugs (ODs) and highlights some potential improvements...
March 31, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353502/looking-under-the-streetlight-a-framework-for-differentiating-performance-measures-by-level-of-care-in-a-value-based-payment-environment
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James M Naessens, Monica B Van Such, Robert E Nesse, James A Dilling, Stephen J Swensen, Kristine M Thompson, Janis M Orlowski, Paula J Santrach
The majority of quality measures used to assess providers and hospitals are based on easily obtained data, focused on a few dimensions of quality, and developed mainly for primary/community care and population health. While this approach supports efforts focused on addressing the triple aim of health care, many current quality report cards and assessments do not reflect the breadth or complexity of many referral center practices.In this article, the authors highlight the differences between population health efforts and referral care and address issues related to value measurement and performance assessment...
March 28, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350223/potential-facilitators-and-barriers-to-adopting-standard-treatment-guidelines-in-clinical-practice
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Sangeeta Sharma, Ajay Pandit, Fauzia Tabassum
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess medicines information sources accessed by clinicians, if sources differed in theory and practice and to find out the barriers and facilitators to effective guideline adoption. Design/methodology/approach In all, 183 doctors were surveyed. Barriers and facilitators were classified as: communication; potential adopters; innovation; organization characteristics and environmental/social/economic context. Findings Most of the clinicians accessed multiple information sources including standard treatment guidelines, but also consulted seniors/colleagues in practice...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
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