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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524730/recent-advances-in-genetic-testing-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Michael A Iacocca, Robert A Hegele
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic cause of premature coronary heart disease that is widely underdiagnosed and undertreated. To improve the identification of FH and initiate timely and appropriate treatment strategies, genetic testing is becoming increasingly offered worldwide as a central part of diagnosis. Areas covered: Recent advances have been propelled by an improved understanding of the genetic determinants of FH together with substantially reduced costs of appropriate screening strategies...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520605/reducing-postsurgical-wound-complications-a-critical-review
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Barbara Delmore, Joshua Mitchell Cohen, Daniel O'Neill, Andy Chu, Vinh Pham, Ernest Chiu
GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information on risk factors for surgical site infections (SSIs) and actions to mitigate that risk. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for surgeons, surgical teams, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1...
June 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511830/personality-disorders-and-the-difficult-dermatology-patient-maximizing-patient-satisfaction
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Mio Nakamura, John Koo
Personality disorders (PDs) are stable and enduring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that deviate from one's cultural norms and cause impairment in functionality. Patients with PDs are commonly encountered in the dermatologic setting and can be perceived by providers as "difficult." Given that PDs are chronic, rigid, and frustrating to deal with, it is important to be skillful in the approach to such patients, especially in the era of the value-based reimbursement system, in which patient satisfaction is crucial for reimbursement...
May 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504223/belgium-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
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Walter Desmet, Adel Aminian, Joëlle Kefer, Joseph Dens, Johan Bosmans, Marc Claeys, Christophe Dubois, Olivier Gach, Luc Janssens, Erwin Schroeder, Paul Vermeersch, Marc Carlier, Edouard Benit, Claude Hanet
In a ranking of the gross domestic product per capita in 2015, Belgium ranked 19th in the world according to the International Monetary Fun1d and the World Bank. It has a Human Development Index of 0.890, in which it is preceded by only 20 other countries in the world. This is, at least in part, due to a well-developed social security system on which all citizens can rely. Over the last 5-10 years, however, this system has come under increasing pressure. This has resulted in insufficient, incomplete and late reimbursement of all technologies that were introduced over the last ten years in the cathlab: intracoronary imaging techniques are not reimbursed at all, and FFR only to a vastly insufficient degree...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490614/value-in-cardiovascular-care
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Steven M Bradley, Craig E Strauss, P Michael Ho
Healthcare value, defined as health outcomes achieved relative to the costs of care, has been proposed as a unifying approach to measure improvements in the quality and affordability of healthcare. Although value is of increasing interest to payers, many providers remain unfamiliar with how value differs from other approaches to the comparison of cost and outcomes (ie, cost-effectiveness analysis). While cost-effectiveness studies can be used by policy makers and payers to inform decisions about coverage and reimbursement for new therapies, the assessment of healthcare can guide improvements in the delivery of healthcare to achieve better outcomes at lower cost...
May 10, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487001/effect-of-medicare-s-nonpayment-policy-on-surgical-site-infections-following-orthopedic-procedures
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Jereen Z Kwong, Yingjie Weng, Micaela Finnegan, Robyn Schaffer, Austin Remington, Catherine Curtin, Kathryn M McDonald, Jay Bhattacharya, Tina Hernandez-Boussard
OBJECTIVE Orthopedic procedures are an important focus in efforts to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs). In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) stopped reimbursements for additional charges associated with serious hospital-acquired conditions, including SSI following certain orthopedic procedures. We aimed to evaluate the CMS policy's effect on rates of targeted orthopedic SSIs among the Medicare population. DESIGN We examined SSI rates following orthopedic procedures among the Medicare population before and after policy implementation compared to a similarly aged control group...
May 10, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483242/prevention-of-post-operative-pediatric-tracheotomy-wounds-a-multidisciplinary-team-approach
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Timothy P McEvoy, Nolan B Seim, Abdullah Aljasser, Charles A Elmaraghy, Brenda Ruth, Leslie Justice, Sarah Begue, Kris R Jatana
OBJECTIVE: Tracheotomy-related pressure wounds have been reported as high as 29%. All advanced stage (stage 3 or 4) wounds are reported by hospitals, and CMS will no longer reimburse healthcare costs to manage them. We present the results of an intensive, multidisciplinary wound prevention strategy starting in the operating room at the time of tracheotomy placement. METHODS: Prospective analysis of a tracheostomy wound care protocol at an academic, tertiary-care pediatric hospital from September 2012 to February 2016...
June 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470135/a-decade-of-health-assessments-in-appalachia
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E Scott Sills, Xiang Li
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe standardized clinical process of care and quality performance metrics at Roane Medical Center (RMC) and compare data from 2005 to 2015. Design/methodology/approach Information was extracted from a nationwide sample of short-term acute care hospitals using the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) database, evaluating multiple parameters measured at RMC. HQA data from RMC were matched against state and national benchmarks; findings were also compared with similar reports from the same facility in 2005...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467009/a-school-based-public-health-model-to-reduce-oral-health-disparities
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Rebecca N Dudovitz, Jonathan E Valiente, Gloria Espinosa, Claudia Yepes, Cesar Padilla, Maryjane Puffer, Harold C Slavkin, Paul J Chung
OBJECTIVES: Although dental decay is preventable, it remains the most common pediatric chronic disease. We describe a public health approach to implementing a scalable and sustainable school-based oral health program for low-income urban children. METHODS: The Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health, a nonprofit affiliated with the Los Angeles Unified School District, applied a public health model and developed a broad-based community-coalition to a) establish a District Oral Health Nurse position to coordinate oral health services, and b) implement a universal school-based oral health screening and fluoride varnishing program, with referral to a dental home...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466392/preemptive-panel-based-pharmacogenetic-testing-the-time-is-now
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Kristin W Weitzel, Larisa H Cavallari, Lawrence J Lesko
While recent discoveries have paved the way for the use of genotype-guided prescribing in some clinical environments, significant debate persists among clinicians and researchers about the optimal approach to pharmacogenetic testing in clinical practice. One crucial factor in this debate surrounds the timing and methodology of genotyping, specifically whether genotyping should be performed reactively for targeted genes when a single drug is prescribed, or preemptively using a panel-based approach prior to drug prescribing...
May 2, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464558/prescribing-for-children-with-rheumatologic-disease-perceived-treatment-approaches-between-pediatric-and-adult-rheumatologists
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Heather Van Mater, Stephen J Balevic, Gary L Freed, Sarah J Clark
OBJECTIVE: To compare practice patterns and prescribing differences for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) between adult and pediatric rheumatologists, the perceived educational needs, and factors that enhance or impede co-management. METHODS: Two parallel, cross sectional surveys focusing on JIA were administered in 2009 to a random sample of 193 pediatric rheumatologists (PR) and 500 adult rheumatologists (AR) using the American College of Rheumatology membership file...
May 2, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462792/implementation-of-a-reimbursed-medication-review-program-corporate-and-pharmacy-level-strategies
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Linda D MacKeigan, Nadine Ijaz, Elizabeth A Bojarski, Lisa Dolovich
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Ontario drug plan greatly reduced community pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs. In exchange, a fee-for-service medication review program was introduced to help patients better understand their medication therapy and ensure that medications were taken as prescribed. A qualitative study of community pharmacy implementation strategies was undertaken to inform a mixed methods evaluation of the program. PURPOSE: To describe strategies used by community pharmacies to implement a government-funded medication review service...
March 31, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457214/costs-to-community-mental-health-agencies-to-sustain-an-evidence-based-practice
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Katrina D Roundfield, Jason M Lang
OBJECTIVE: Dissemination of evidence-based practices (EBPs) has become a priority in children's mental health services. Although implementation approaches and initiatives are proliferating, little is known about sustainment of EBPs, but evidence suggests that most EBPs are not sustained for more than a few years. Cost is the most frequently cited barrier to sustainment, yet very little is known about these costs. This study provides a method for quantifying incremental costs of an EBP compared with usual care and preliminary data on the costs in staff time, lost revenue, and other expenses of sustaining an EBP (trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy [TF-CBT]) in community mental health settings...
May 1, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441899/clinical-and-financial-outcomes-evaluation-of-multimodal-pharmacist-warfarin-management-of-a-statewide-urban-and-rural-population
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James C Lee, Kathleen E Horner, Michelle L Krummel, Deanna L McDanel
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety, and indirect financial outcomes of pharmacist face-to-face warfarin management with telephone-based distance management utilizing local laboratories or patient self-testing (PST). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a clinic population of 336 patients on established warfarin therapy distributed statewide in rural and urban settings over a 6-month period was conducted. Participants were stratified into face-to-face management, telephone-based management utilizing local laboratory testing, and telephone-based management utilizing PST...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439359/education-in-neurology-resident-documentation-using-payroll-simulation
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John W Liang, Vicki L Shanker
BACKGROUND: Approaches for teaching neurology documentation include didactic lectures, workshops, and face-to-face meetings. Few studies have assessed their effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: To improve the quality of neurology resident documentation through payroll simulation. METHODS: A documentation checklist was created based on Medicaid and Medicare evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines. In the preintervention phase, neurology follow-up clinic charts were reviewed over a 16-week period by evaluators blinded to the notes' authors...
April 2017: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438231/health-technology-assessment-in-evaluation-of-pharmaceuticals-in-the-czech-republic
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Lenka Vostalová, Jana Mazelová, Jiří Samek, Milan Vocelka
OBJECTIVES: In the Czech Republic, the health technology assessment (HTA) approaches have been implemented in evaluation of medicinal products since 2008. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of the implementation of HTA and different levels thereof in the evaluation process conducted by the State Institute for Drug Control (SUKL) and to describe the impact of HTA on the entrance of new medicinal entities into out-patient healthcare system including highly innovative and orphan drugs...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434417/health-technology-assessment-in-central-eastern-and-south-europe-countries-bosnia-and-herzegovina
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Vladimir Guzvic, Tarik Catic, Marina Kostic
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the healthcare system and health financing in Bosnia and Herzegovina and recent trends in health technology assessment (HTA) placement in the system. METHODS: A short review of PubMed published literature has been conducted using key words related to reimbursement, HTA, and health policy. We also revised legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina published in Official Gazettes related to healthcare financing and organization...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434416/introduction-of-health-technology-assessment-for-medicines-in-slovakia
#18
Tomas Tesar, Adam Hloska, Martin Wawruch, Lubica Lehocka, Miroslava Snopkova, Lucia Masarykova
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to describe approaches to health technology assessment (HTA) for medicines in the Slovak healthcare system and the related decision-making processes concerning reimbursement for medicines. METHODS: Analysis of the Slovak legislative framework related to HTA and the reimbursement process for medicines was performed. Additionally, current practices of the Working Group for Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Outcomes and Health Technology Assessment of the Slovak Ministry of Health were evaluated...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
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...
May 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
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