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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433333/effects-of-hospital-safety-net-burden-and-hospital-volume-on-failure-to-rescue-after-open-abdominal-aortic-surgery
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Eric B Rosero, Girish P Joshi, Abu Minhajuddin, Carlos H Timaran, J Gregory Modrall
OBJECTIVE: Failure to rescue (FTR) is defined as the inability to rescue a patient from major perioperative complications, resulting in operative mortality. FTR is a known contributor to operative mortality after open abdominal aortic surgery. Understanding the causes of FTR is essential to designing interventions to improve perioperative outcomes. The objective of this study was to determine the relative contributions of hospital volume and safety-net burden (the proportion of uninsured and Medicaid-insured patients) to FTR...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431415/potential-impact-of-affordable-care-act-related-insurance-expansion-on-trauma-care-reimbursement
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John W Scott, Pooja U Neiman, Peter A Najjar, Thomas C Tsai, Kirstin W Scott, Mark G Shrime, David M Cutler, Ali Salim, Adil H Haider
BACKGROUND: Nearly one quarter of trauma patients are uninsured and hospitals recoup less than 20% of inpatient costs for their care. This study examines changes to hospital reimbursement for inpatient trauma care if the full coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were in effect. METHODS: We abstracted nonelderly adults (ages 18-64 years) admitted for trauma from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample during 2010-the last year before most major ACA coverage expansion policies...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430143/associations-between-temperature-and-hospital-admissions-for-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-korea
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Suji Lee, Matthias Guth
The relationship between temperature and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is less studied than that between temperature and myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated the association between daily temperature and risk of SAH by analyzing the hospital admission records of 111,316 SAH patients from 2004 to 2012 in Korea. A Poisson regression model was used to examine the association between temperature and daily SAH hospital admissions. To analyze data and identify vulnerable groups, we used the following subgroups: sex, age, insurance type, area (rural or urban), and different climate zones...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430046/an-outpatient-methadone-weaning-program-by-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Andrew Lai, Patrick Philpot, Jenny Boucher, Andrew Meyer
Through retrospective chart review, this study described characteristics and length of stay for a cohort of newborns discharged on methadone following an inpatient weaning for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Data were assessed for all term infants born between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, admitted to the hospital with a co-diagnosis of NAS at discharge, for gestational age, length of stay, days on treatment protocol before discharge, time to once-daily interval methadone dosing, and hospital charges, as well as for categorical characteristics...
April 21, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430029/legal-mapping-analysis-of-state-telehealth-reimbursement-policies
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Kate E Trout, Sankeerth Rampa, Fernando A Wilson, Jim P Stimpson
BACKGROUND: There exists rapid growth and inconsistency in the telehealth policy environment, which makes it difficult to quantitatively evaluate the impact of telehealth reimbursement and other policies without the availability of a legal mapping database. INTRODUCTION: We describe the creation of a legal mapping database of state-level policies related to telehealth reimbursement of healthcare services. Trends and characteristics of these policies are presented...
April 21, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429990/medicaid-waivers-and-negotiated-federalism-in-the-us-is-there-relevance-to-other-federal-systems
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Carol S Weissert, William G Weissert
Medicaid waivers have been a principal tool of innovation in health policy in the US since at least the mid 1970s. As Republicans seek to give the states more flexibility in their implementation and management of both Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act or its replacement, waiver authority is likely to be one of the key work arounds for avoiding political barriers in the US Senate. While block-granting Medicaid may require 60 senate votes, waiver authority already exists in both Medicaid law and the Affordable Care Act...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427755/do-maternity-care-coordination-services-encourage-use-of-behavioral-health-treatment-among-pregnant-women-on-medicaid
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Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Marisa E Domino, Rebecca Wells, Regina Rutledge, Marianne M Hillemeier, Courtney H Van Houtven
OBJECTIVE: Maternity care coordination (MCC) may provide an opportunity to enhance access to behavioral health treatment services. However, this relationship has not been examined extensively in the empirical literature. This study examines the effect of MCC on use of behavioral health services among perinatal women. METHODS: Medicaid claims data from October 2008 to September 2010 were analyzed using linear fixed effects models to investigate the effects of receipt of MCC services on mental health and substance use-related service use among Medicaid-eligible pregnant and postpartum women in North Carolina (n = 7,406)...
April 17, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426457/race-differences-in-initial-presentation-early-treatment-and-1-year-outcomes-of-pediatric-crohn-s-disease-results-from-the-improvecarenow-network
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Jennifer L Dotson, Michele Cho, Josh Bricker, Michael D Kappelman, Deena J Chisolm, Gitit Tomer, Wallace V Crandall
BACKGROUND: Racially disparate care has been shown to contribute to suboptimal health care outcomes for minorities. Using the ImproveCareNow network, we investigated differences in management and outcomes of pediatric patients with Crohn's disease at diagnosis and 1-year postdiagnosis. METHODS: ImproveCareNow is a learning health network for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. It contains prospective, longitudinal data from outpatient encounters. This retrospective study included all patients with Crohn's disease ≤21 years, September 2006 to October 2014, with the first recorded encounter ≤90 days from date of diagnosis and an encounter 1 year ±60 days...
May 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426315/medicaid-expansion-and-aca-repeal-evidence-from-ohio
#9
Eric E Seiber, Micah L Berman
OBJECTIVES: To examine the health insurance coverage options for Medicaid expansion enrollees if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, using evidence from Ohio, where more than half a million adults have enrolled in the state's Medicaid program through the ACA expansion. METHODS: The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey interviewed 42 000 households in 2015. We report data from a unique battery of questions designed to identify insurance coverage immediately prior to Medicaid enrollment...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426313/substance-use-criteria-to-restrict-medicaid-coverage-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-cost-versus-ethics
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Joshua M Liao, Michael A Fischer
Medicaid programs provide health insurance coverage for many patients with hepatitis C, a public health problem for which effective but very expensive treatments are now available. Facing constrained budgets, most states adopted prior authorization criteria for sofosbuvir, the first of these agents. Using fee-for-service utilization data from 42 Medicaid programs in 2014, we found that strict behavioral criteria-those that limited coverage on the basis of drug or alcohol use and included specific abstinence or treatment requirements-were associated with significantly less spending on sofosbuvir...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426189/issues-confronting-rural-pharmacies-after-a-decade-of-medicare-part-d
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Fred Ullrich, Abiodun Salako, Keith Mueller
Purpose. The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis has been monitoring the status of rural independent pharmacies since the implementation of Medicare Part D in 2005. After a decade of Part D, we reassess in this brief the issues that concern rural pharmacies and may ultimately challenge their provision of services. This reassessment is based on survey responses from rural pharmacists. Key Findings: (1) Rural pharmacists indicated that two challenges--direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees, and delayed maximum allowable cost (MAC) adjustment--ranked highest on scales of both magnitude and immediacy...
April 2017: Rural Policy Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425687/patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-market-stabilization-final-rule
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This rule finalizes changes that will help stabilize the individual and small group markets and affirm the traditional role of State regulators. This final rule amends standards relating to special enrollment periods, guaranteed availability, and the timing of the annual open enrollment period in the individual market for the 2018 plan year; standards related to network adequacy and essential community providers for qualified health plans; and the rules around actuarial value requirements.
April 18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424215/medical-marijuana-laws-may-be-associated-with-a-decline-in-the-number-of-prescriptions-for-medicaid-enrollees
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Ashley C Bradford, W David Bradford
In the past twenty years, twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of medical marijuana law. Using quarterly data on all fee-for-service Medicaid prescriptions in the period 2007-14, we tested the association between those laws and the average number of prescriptions filled by Medicaid beneficiaries. We found that the use of prescription drugs in fee-for-service Medicaid was lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without such laws in five of the nine broad clinical areas we studied...
April 19, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424149/comparative-safety-of-sulfonylurea-and-metformin-monotherapy-on-the-risk-of-heart-failure-a-cohort-study
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Christianne L Roumie, Jea Young Min, Lucy D'Agostino McGowan, Caroline Presley, Carlos G Grijalva, Amber J Hackstadt, Adriana M Hung, Robert A Greevy, Tom Elasy, Marie R Griffin
BACKGROUND: Medications that impact insulin sensitivity or cause weight gain may increase heart failure risk. Our aim was to compare heart failure and cardiovascular death outcomes among patients initiating sulfonylureas for diabetes mellitus treatment versus metformin. METHODS AND RESULTS: National Veterans Health Administration databases were linked to Medicare, Medicaid, and National Death Index data. Veterans aged ≥18 years who initiated metformin or sulfonylureas between 2001 and 2011 and whose creatinine was <1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423147/adherence-to-high-intensity-statins-following-a-myocardial-infarction-hospitalization-among-medicare-beneficiaries
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Lisandro D Colantonio, Lei Huang, Keri L Monda, Vera Bittner, Maria-Corina Serban, Benjamin Taylor, Todd M Brown, Stephen P Glasser, Paul Muntner, Robert S Rosenson
Importance: High-intensity statins are recommended following myocardial infarction. However, patients may not continue taking this medication with high adherence. Objective: To estimate the proportion of patients filling high-intensity statin prescriptions following myocardial infarction who continue taking this medication with high adherence and to analyze factors associated with continuing a high-intensity statin with high adherence after myocardial infarction...
April 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421672/a-transplant-specific-quality-initiative-introducing-transqip-a-joint-effort-of-the-asts-and-acs
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Justin Parekh, Clifford Ko, Jacqueline Lappin, Stuart Greenstein, Ryutaro Hirose
In an attempt to improve surgical quality in the field of transplantation, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society and Transplant Surgeons have initiated a national quality improvement program in transplantation. This transplant specific quality improvement program, called TransQIP, has been built from the ground up by transplant surgeons and captures detailed information on donor and recipient factors as well as transplant specific outcomes. It is built upon the existing ACS/NSQIP infrastructure and is designed to capture 100% of liver and kidney transplants performed at participating sites...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420595/using-an-array-of-implementation-strategies-to-improve-success-rates-of-pharmacist-initiated-medication-therapy-management-services-in-community-pharmacies
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Rachel Stafford, Jeremy Thomas, Nalin Payakachat, Tiffany Diemer, Michele Lang, Brooke Kordsmeier, Geoffrey Curran
BACKGROUND: With the introduction of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Stars Measure program has come a greater expectation of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services from community pharmacies. To meet the growing demand of these services, pharmacies have sought out various methods of engaging pharmacists to provide MTM. Barriers for completing MTM include inadequate time to complete the services, insufficient staffing, lack of sufficient compensation, billing difficulty, lack of interest among patients (including refusing MTM services when offered), inadequate training/experience, and lack of support from management...
April 8, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420593/sexual-health-in-the-community-services-for-people-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities
#18
Carli Friedman, Aleksa L Owen
BACKGROUND: Sexuality is a central dimension of overall health and well-being. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to experience disparities in healthcare, particularly regarding access to sexual health related services. Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers are ideally situated to provide sexual and reproductive healthcare in accessible settings. OBJECTIVE: This preliminary study analyzed national Medicaid HCBS waivers to determine how they provide sexuality services for people with IDD...
April 6, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420438/distance-traveled-for-medicaid-covered-abortion-care-in-california
#19
Nicole E Johns, Diana Greene Foster, Ushma D Upadhyay
BACKGROUND: Access to abortion care in the United States is limited by the availability of abortion providers and their geographic distribution. We aimed to assess how far women travel for Medicaid-funded abortion in California and identify disparities in access to abortion care. METHODS: We obtained data on all abortions reimbursed by the fee-for-service California state Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) in 2011 and 2012 and examined distance traveled to obtain abortion care by several demographic and abortion-related factors...
April 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420358/healthcare-utilization-in-older-patients-using-personal-emergency-response-systems-an-analysis-of-electronic-health-records-and-medical-alert-data-brief-description-a-longitudinal-retrospective-analyses-of-healthcare-utilization-rates-in-older-patients-using
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Stephen Agboola, Sara Golas, Nils Fischer, Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Jorn Op den Buijs, Linda Schertzer, Joseph Kvedar, Kamal Jethwani
BACKGROUND: Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are traditionally used as fall alert systems for older adults, a population that contributes an overwhelming proportion of healthcare costs in the United States. Previous studies focused mainly on qualitative evaluations of PERS without a longitudinal quantitative evaluation of healthcare utilization in users. To address this gap and better understand the needs of older patients on PERS, we analyzed longitudinal healthcare utilization trends in patients using PERS through the home care management service of a large healthcare organization...
April 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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