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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793065/infrastructure-evaluation-of-pharmaceutical-services-in-the-national-health-system-of-minas-gerais
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Mariana Michel Barbosa, Marina Morgado Garcia, Renata Cristina Rezende Macedo do Nascimento, Edna Afonso Reis, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco De Assis Acurcio, Juliana Álvares
Objectives: To characterize the infrastructure of public pharmacies in Minas Gerais, comparing municipalities that have received the RFM program to the ones that haven't, in order to verify if the State's Economic Incentives implied in improvement of local Pharmaceutical Services (PS). Methods: A cross-sectional, exploratory, evaluative study in a representative sample of the municipalities of Minas Gerais. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with users, physicians, and drug dispensers, as well as observation of pharmacy facilities and telephone interviews with municipal officials from the PS...
August 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767498/the-road-to-rural-primary-care-a-narrative-review-of-factors-that-help-develop-recruit-and-retain-rural-primary-care-physicians
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Anna Beth Parlier, Shelley L Galvin, Sarah Thach, David Kruidenier, Ernest Blake Fagan
PURPOSE: To examine the literature documenting successes in recruiting and retaining rural primary care physicians. METHOD: The authors conducted a narrative review of literature on individual, educational, and professional characteristics and experiences that lead to recruitment and retention of rural primary care physicians. In May 2016, they searched MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, ERIC, Web of Science, Google Scholar, the Grey Literature Report, and reference lists of included studies for literature published in or after 1990 in the United States, Canada, or Australia...
August 1, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766194/macra-and-the-changing-medicare-payment-landscape
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Steven L Chen, Matthew R Coffron
BACKGROUND: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is being implemented in 2017 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and will have important and far reaching effects on how physicians are reimbursed and on how they practice. The QPP modifies the Medicare physician payment system by eliminating the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and incorporating the existing Physician Quality Reporting System, EHR Incentive Program, and the Value Modifier into a single new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761626/identification-of-retention-strategies-for-neurosurgeons-in-iran-results-from-expert-panels
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Sima Rafiei, Sina Abdollahzadeh, Fariba Hashemi, Mohammad Ranjbar
Background: The key challenge is how to encourage and retain health professionals in their work location. There is a list of policy options for this purpose but applying an appropriate and effective set of strategies requires a country level research. Our study aimed to identify retention strategies for neurosurgeons and examine both the importance and feasibility of the identified strategies using expert panels' point of view. Methods: First of all, a literature review was conducted to identify retention strategies for physicians...
April 4, 2017: Iranian Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748535/financial-incentives-and-physician-practice-participation-in-medicare-s-value-based-reforms
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Adam M Markovitz, Patricia P Ramsay, Stephen M Shortell, Andrew M Ryan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether greater experience and success with performance incentives among physician practices are related to increased participation in Medicare's voluntary value-based payment reforms. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Publicly available data from Medicare's Physician Compare (n = 1,278; January 2012 to November 2013) and nationally representative physician practice data from the National Survey of Physician Organizations 3 (NSPO3; n = 907,538; 2013)...
July 26, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746136/using-organizational-philosophy-to-create-a-self-sustaining-compensation-plan-without-harming-academic-missions
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Robert Leverence, Richard Nuttall, Rachel Palmer, Mark Segal, Alicia Wood, Fay Yancey, Jonathon Shuster, Mark Brantly, Robert Hromas
PROBLEM: Academic physician reimbursement has moved to productivity-based compensation plans. To be sustainable, such plans must be self-funding. Additionally, unless research and education are appropriately valued, faculty involved in these efforts will become disillusioned, yet revenue generation in these activities is less robust than for clinical care activities. APPROACH: Faculty at the Department of Medicine, University of Florida Health, elected a committee of junior and senior faculty and division chiefs to restructure the compensation plan in fiscal year (FY) 2011...
August 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745906/challenges-of-family-physician-program-in-urban-areas-a-qualitative-research
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Raheleh Sabet Sarvestani, Majid Najafi Kalyani, Fariba Alizadeh, Alireza Askari, Hossain Ronaghy, Ehsan Bahramali
BACKGROUND: Family physicians play an essential role and act as a communicational bridge between people and the healthcare system in providing healthcare services efficiently and equitably. This study aimed at exploring the challenges of the family physician program in urban areas in Iran in 2015. METHODS: This research had a descriptive exploratory design with a qualitative content analysis approach. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews between 2014 and 2015...
July 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740617/supply-side-and-demand-side-policies-for-biosimilars-an-overview-in-10-european-member-states
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Cécile Rémuzat, Anna Kapuśniak, Aleksandra Caban, Dan Ionescu, Guerric Radière, Cyril Mendoza, Mondher Toumi
This study aimed to provide an overview of biosimilar policies in 10 EU MSs. Methods: Ten EU MS pharmaceutical markets (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK) were selected. A comprehensive literature review was performed to identify supply-side and demand-side policies in place in the selected countries. Results: Supply-side policies for biosimilars commonly include price linkage, price re-evaluation, and tendering; the use of internal or external reference pricing varies between countries; health technology assessment is conducted in six countries...
2017: Journal of Market Access & Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727487/improving-care-with-a-portfolio-of-physician-led-cancer-quality-measures-at-an-academic-center
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Julie Bryar Porter, Eben Lloyd Rosenthal, Marcy Winget, Andrea Segura Smith, Sridhar Belavadi Seshadri, Yohan Vetteth, Eileen F Kiamanesh, Amogh Badwe, Ranjana H Advani, Mark K Buyyounouski, Steven Coutre, Frederick Dirbas, Vasu Divi, Oliver Dorigo, Kristen N Ganjoo, Laura J Johnston, Lawrence David Recht, Joseph B Shrager, Eila C Skinner, Susan M Swetter, Brendan C Visser, Douglas W Blayney
PURPOSE: Development and implementation of robust reporting processes to systematically provide quality data to care teams in a timely manner is challenging. National cancer quality measures are useful, but the manual data collection required is resource intensive, and reporting is delayed. We designed a largely automated measurement system with our multidisciplinary cancer care programs (CCPs) to identify, measure, and improve quality metrics that were meaningful to the care teams and their patients...
August 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720558/my-team-of-care-study-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-web-based-communication-tool-for-collaborative-care-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Teja Voruganti, Eva Grunfeld, Trevor Jamieson, Allison M Kurahashi, Bhadra Lokuge, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Muhammad Mamdani, Rahim Moineddin, Amna Husain
BACKGROUND: The management of patients with complex care needs requires the expertise of health care providers from multiple settings and specialties. As such, there is a need for cross-setting, cross-disciplinary solutions that address deficits in communication and continuity of care. We have developed a Web-based tool for clinical collaboration, called Loop, which assembles the patient and care team in a virtual space for the purpose of facilitating communication around care management...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716650/the-use-of-prostate-specific-antigen-screening-in-purchased-versus-direct-care-settings-data-from-the-tricare-military-database
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Alexander P Cole, Wei Jiang, Stuart R Lipsitz, Peter A Learn, Maxine Sun, Toni K Choueiri, Paul L Nguyen, Adam S Kibel, Mani Menon, Jesse D Sammon, Tracey Koehlmoos, Adil Haider, Quoc-Dien Trinh
PURPOSE: Fee for service (FFS) reimbursement incentives may affect care. We sought to compare odds of PSA screening among former and active duty United States (US) military service members based on receipt of primary care from integrated military health facilities versus community providers reimbursed via FFS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all active duty and retired male service members (40-64) covered by the TRICARE military health benefit in 2010...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700508/hospitals-use-of-hospitalists-implications-for-financial-performance
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Josué Patien Epané, Robert Weech-Maldonado, Larry Hearld, Nir Menachemi, Bisakha Sen, Stephen O'Connor, Zo Ramamonjiarivelo
BACKGROUND: Hospitalists, or physicians specializing in hospital-based practice, have grown significantly since they were first introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s. Prior studies on the impact of hospitalists have focused on costs and length of stay. However, there is dearth of research exploring the relationship between hospitals' use of hospitalists and organizational performance. PURPOSE: Using a national longitudinal sample of acute care hospitals operating in the United States between 2007 and 2014, this study explores the impact of hospitalists staffing intensity on hospitals' financial performance...
July 11, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694270/swimming-against-the-tide-primary-care-physicians-views-on-deprescribing-in-everyday-practice
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Katharine A Wallis, Abby Andrews, Michelle Henderson
PURPOSE: Avoidable hospitalizations due to adverse drug events and high-risk prescribing are common in older people. Primary care physicians prescribe most on-going medicines. Deprescribing has long been essential to best prescribing practice. We sought to explore the views of primary care physicians on the barriers and facilitators to deprescribing in everyday practice to inform the development of an intervention to support safer prescribing. METHODS: We used a snowball sampling technique to identify potential participants...
July 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681175/optimizing-cooperation-between-general-practitioners-occupational-health-and-rehabilitation-physicians-in-germany-a-qualitative-study
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Jan Stratil, Monika A Rieger, Susanne Voelter-Mahlknecht
PURPOSE: To achieve successful medical rehabilitation and timely return to work, general practitioners, occupational health and rehabilitation physicians need to cooperate effectively. This cooperation, however, can be hampered by organizational, interpersonal, and structural barriers. In this article, we present and discuss suggestions proposed by physicians and patients on how these barriers can be overcome. METHODS: We conducted eight qualitative focus group discussions with general practitioners (GPs), occupational health physicians (OPs), rehabilitation physicians (RPs) and rehabilitation patients, which we analyzed with qualitative content analysis methods...
July 5, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676415/emergency-department-flow-measures-for-adult-and-pediatric-patients-in-british-columbia-and-ontario-a-retrospective-repeated-cross-sectional-study
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Gregory Georgio, Astrid Guttmann, Quynh H Doan
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests emergency department (ED) overcrowding is associated with poor health outcomes. Children comprise 20-25% of general ED visits, yet few studies have examined the differential impact of ED overcrowding on pediatric and adult populations. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to compare flow measures, such as wait time to see a physician, length of stay (LOS), and rate of patients leaving without being seen by a physician (LWBS) between adults and children in British Columbia and Ontario, clustered by province, and then stratified by acuity level during the study period...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675578/a-time-series-analysis-of-the-effects-of-financial-incentives-and-mandatory-clinical-applications-as-interventions-to-improve-spontaneous-adverse-drug-reaction-reporting-by-hospital-medical-staff-in-china
#17
Feng Chang, Yue Xi, Jie Zhao, Xiaojian Zhang, Yun Lu
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in hospitals is often under-reported, which may lead to problems in patient management. This study was aimed to assess the effectiveness of a financial intervention based on a fine and a bonus for improving spontaneous reporting of ADRs by physicians in a hospital setting. METHODS: This study was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University (China). Starting in 2009, a bonus of 20 RMB (Chinese currency) was given for each spontaneous ADR report, and a fine of 50 RMB was given for any withheld ADR report...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674836/qualitative-analysis-of-direction-of-public-hospital-reforms-in-china
#18
Dahai Zhao, Zhiruo Zhang
Reforms in public hospitals are among the most important improvements in China's health care system over the last two decades. However, the reforms that should be implemented in public hospitals are unclear. Thus, a feasible direction of reforms in Chinese public hospitals is suggested and reliable policy suggestions are provided for the government to reform public hospitals. The data used in this study were mainly derived from a qualitative study. Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted in Shanghai, Guangdong, and Gansu between May and December 2014...
July 3, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664439/sages-quality-initiative-an-introduction
#19
Anne Lidor, Dana Telem, Curtis Bower, Prashant Sinha, Rocco Orlando, John Romanelli
The Medicare program has transitioned to paying healthcare providers based on the quality of care delivered, not on the quantity. In May 2015, SAGES held its first ever Quality Summit. The goal of this meeting was to provide us with the information necessary to put together a strategic plan for our Society over the next 3-5 years, and to participate actively on a national level to help develop valid measures of quality of surgery. The transition to value-based medicine requires that providers are now measured and reimbursed based on the quality of services they provide rather than the quantity of patients in their care...
August 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661763/resisting-throughput-pressures-physicians-and-patients-strategies-to-manage-hospital-discharge
#20
Hyeyoung Oh
In recent years, quickly discharging patients has become a collective goal at hospitals, as excessive medical workups and extended hospital stays have been associated with unnecessary healthcare spending. Physicians, however, frequently encounter numerous barriers when trying to discharge patients. Presenting ethnographic and interview data collected from September 2010 to September 2013, this paper examines one of the most difficult discharge cases physicians encounter on the internal medicine service at a U...
March 2017: Journal of Health and Social Behavior
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