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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728808/wolves-in-sheep-s-clothing-is-non-profit-status-used-to-signal-quality
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Daniel B Jones, Carol Propper, Sarah Smith
Why do many firms in the healthcare sector adopt non-profit status? One argument is that non-profit status serves as a signal of quality when consumers are not well informed. A testable implication is that an increase in consumer information may lead to a reduction in the number of non-profits in a market. We test this idea empirically by exploiting an exogenous increase in consumer information in the US nursing home industry. We find that the information shock led to a reduction in the share of non-profit homes, driven by a combination of home closure and sector switching...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724463/china-s-national-health-guiding-principles-a-perspective-worthy-of-healthcare-reform
#2
Ping Zhang, Yuan Liang
For countries faced with much talk but little action on healthcare reform, China's National Health Guiding Principles (CNHGP), with its 60-year history, may provide a new perspective. There are four values of CNHGP for healthcare reform. First, these principles provide an innovative strategic framework for healthcare reform with three levels, from 'One priority population' to 'Four approaches' and then to 'Two aims.' The second is the importance of mass/grassroots participation, which runs through all three levels of CNHGP...
July 20, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722559/free-versus-subsidised-healthcare-options-for-fee-exemptions-access-to-care-for-vulnerable-groups-and-effects-on-the-health-system-in-burkina-faso
#3
Maurice Yaogo
BACKGROUND: The many forms of healthcare fee exemptions implemented in Burkina Faso since the 2000s have varied between total exemption (free) and cost subsidisation. This article examines both options, their contextual variations and the ways in which they affect access to healthcare for vulnerable people as well as the operation of the health system. This research is part of an interdisciplinary regional program on the elimination of user fees for health services in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger)...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711284/financialisation-in-health-care-an-analysis-of-private-equity-fund-investments-in-turkey
#4
Ipek Eren Vural
The 2007-2008 global financial crisis revived interest in the impacts of financial markets and actors on our social and economic life. Nevertheless, research on health care financialisation remains scant. This article presents findings from research on one modality of financial investments in health care: global private equity funds' investments in private hospitals. Adopting a political economy approach, it analyses the drivers and impacts of the upsurge of global private equity investments in the Turkish private hospital sector amid the global financial crisis...
June 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707630/how-innovative-and-conventional-curricula-prepare-medical-students-for-practice-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-comparative-study-from-mozambique
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Janneke M Frambach, Beatriz A F Manuel, Afonso M T Fumo, Bernard Groosjohan, Cees P M Van Der Vleuten, Erik W Driessen
BACKGROUND: Medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa is in need of reform to promote the number and quality of physicians trained. Curriculum change and innovation in this region, however, face a challenging context that may affect curriculum outcomes. Research on outcomes of curriculum innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa is scarce. We investigated curriculum outcomes in a Sub-Saharan African context by comparing students' perceived preparedness for practice within three curricula in Mozambique: a conventional curriculum and two innovative curricula...
January 2017: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702874/towards-a-transparent-credible-evidence-based-decision-making-process-of-new-drug-listing-on-the-hong-kong-hospital-authority-drug-formulary-challenges-and-suggestions
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Carlos King Ho Wong, Olivia Wu, Bernard M Y Cheung
The aim of this article is to describe the process, evaluation criteria, and possible outcomes of decision-making for new drugs listed in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority Drug Formulary in comparison to the health technology assessment (HTA) policy overseas. Details of decision-making processes including the new drug listing submission, Drug Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting, and procedures prior to and following the meeting, were extracted from the official Hong Kong Hospital Authority drug formulary management website and manual...
July 12, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697526/-quality-indicators-of-primary-health-care-facilities-in-austria
#7
Thomas Semlitsch, Muna Abuzahra, Florian Stigler, Klaus Jeitler, Nicole Posch, Andrea Siebenhofer
Background The strengthening of primary health care is one major goal of the current national health reform in Austria. In this context, a new interdisciplinary concept was developed in 2014 that defines structures and requirements for future primary health care facilities. Objective The aim of this project was the development of quality indicators for the evaluation of the scheduled primary health care facilities in Austria, which are in accordance with the new Austrian concept. Methods We used the RAND/NPCRDC method for the development and selection of the quality indicators...
July 11, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696250/american-heart-association-s-call-to-action-for-payment-and-delivery-system-reform
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REVIEW
Vincent J Bufalino, Scott A Berkowitz, Timothy J Gardner, Ileana L PiƱa, Madeleine Konig
The healthcare system is undergoing a transition from paying for volume to paying for value. Clinicians, as well as public and private payers, are beginning to implement alternative delivery and payment models, such as the patient-centered medical home, accountable care organizations, and bundled payment arrangements. Implementation of these new models will necessitate delivery system transformation and will actively involve all fields of medical care, in particular medicine and surgery. This call to action, on behalf of the American Heart Association's Expert Panel on Payment and Delivery System Reform, serves to offer support and direction for further involvement by the American Heart Association...
July 10, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692718/physician-reimbursement-in-medicare-advantage-compared-with-traditional-medicare-and-commercial-health-insurance
#9
Erin Trish, Paul Ginsburg, Laura Gascue, Geoffrey Joyce
Importance: Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, yet little is known about the prices that MA plans pay for physician services. Medicare Advantage insurers typically also sell commercial plans, and the extent to which MA physician reimbursement reflects traditional Medicare (TM) rates vs negotiated commercial prices is unclear. Objective: To compare prices paid for physician and other health care services in MA, traditional Medicare, and commercial plans...
July 10, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688994/comparison-of-30-day-emergency-department-bouncebacks-after-pediatric-versus-adult-urologic-surgery
#10
Courtney L Shepard, Julian Wan
INTRODUCTION: More pediatric patients seem to present to the emergency department (ED) for non-urgent matters after urologic procedures than adult patients. Under new and expanding healthcare reform, pediatric urologists may be penalized for these visits. We compare our 30-day postoperative bounceback rates to the ED and the acuity of the concerns in these populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All urology consults at our institution are maintained on a prospectively tracked database...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688188/quality-indicators-of-laryngeal-cancer-care-in-commercially-insured-patients
#11
Christopher J Britt, Hsien-Yen Chang, Harry Quon, Hyunseok Kang, Ana P Kiess, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick, Christine G Gourin
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between quality, complications, and costs in commercially insured patients treated for laryngeal cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of MarketScan Commercial Claim and Encounters data (Truven Health Analytics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.). METHODS: We evaluated 10,969 patients diagnosed with laryngeal cancer from 2010 to 2012 using cross-tabulations and multivariate regression. Using quality indicators derived from guidelines for recommended care, summary measures of quality were calculated for diagnosis, initial treatment, surveillance, treatment for recurrence, performance, and an overall summary measure of quality...
July 8, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687089/it-s-all-about-the-money-a-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-worker-motivation-in-urban-china
#12
Ross Millar, Yaru Chen, Meng Wang, Liang Fang, Jun Liu, Zhidong Xuan, Guohong Li
BACKGROUND: China's healthcare reform programme continues to receive much attention. Central to these discussions has been how the various financial incentives underpinning reform efforts are negatively impacting on the healthcare workforce. Research continues to document these trends, however, qualitative analysis of how these incentives impact on the motivation of healthcare workers remains underdeveloped. Furthermore, the application of motivational theories to make sense of healthcare worker experiences has yet to be undertaken...
July 7, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685830/treatment-short-term-outcomes-and-costs-associated-with-larynx-cancer-care-in-commercially-insured-patients
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Andrew T Day, Hsien-Yen Chang, Harry Quon, Hyunseok Kang, Ana P Kiess, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick, Christine G Gourin
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To examine associations between treatment, complications, and costs in patients with laryngeal cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of MarketScan Commercial Claim and Encounters data. METHODS: We evaluated 10,969 patients diagnosed with laryngeal cancer from 2010 to 2012 using cross-tabulations and multivariate regression. RESULTS: Chemoradiation was significantly associated with supraglottic tumors (relative risk ratio [RRR] = 5...
July 7, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681277/availability-and-pricing-new-medicines-in-ireland-reflections-and-reform
#14
Paul K Gorecki
This paper argues that the current method of determining the availability and pricing of new medicines for public reimbursement in Ireland likely results in too large a share of public healthcare expenditure allocated to medicines. Resources are misallocated. Welfare is lowered. In contrast to some other areas of public healthcare, patients exercise 'voice' rather than 'exit' concerning the public provision of high-cost new medicines. Setting publicly agreed cost-effectiveness thresholds, with clear predictable criteria for when the cost-effectiveness thresholds can be exceeded, would contribute to the creation of a more appropriate new medicine decision-making framework...
July 5, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677848/the-impact-of-regulatory-perspectives-and-practices-on-professional-innovation-in-nursing
#15
Sarah Stahlke Wall
Since at least the 1970s in Canada, there have been calls for health system reforms based on innovative roles and expanded scopes of practice for nurses. Professional regulatory organizations, through legislation, define the standards and parameters of professional nursing practice. Nursing regulators emphasize public protection over the advancement of nursing; regulatory processes and decisions tend to be conservative and risk-averse. This study explored the impact that regulatory processes have on innovation in nursing roles...
July 5, 2017: Nursing Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673344/the-association-of-health-insurance-with-institutional-delivery-and-access-to-skilled-birth-attendants-evidence-from-the-kenya-demographic-and-health-survey-2008-09
#16
Lawrence P O Were, Edwin Were, Richard Wamai, Joseph Hogan, Omar Galarraga
BACKGROUND: Healthcare financing through health insurance is gaining traction as developing countries strive to achieve universal health coverage and address the limited access to critical health services for specific populations including pregnant women and their children. However, these reforms are taking place despite limited evaluation of impact of health insurance on maternal health in developing countries including Kenya. In this study we evaluate the association of health insurance with access and utilization of obstetric delivery health services for pregnant women in Kenya...
July 3, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662685/policy-entrepreneurship-and-policy-networks-in-healthcare-systems-the-case-of-israel-s-pediatric-dentistry-reform
#17
Nissim Cohen, Tuvia Horev
BACKGROUND: Can the entry of a policy entrepreneur challenge the equilibrium of a policy network and promote changes that might clash with the goals of powerful civil-servants and/or interest groups and, if so, why and how? Our goal is to examine two sides of the same coin: how does an in-depth analysis of Israel's dental care reform enrich our understanding of policy networks and policy entrepreneurship? Second, how does the literature on policy networks and policy entrepreneurship help us understand this reform? Based on a theoretical framework that appears in the literature of policy entrepreneurship and policy networks, we analyze the motivations, goals and strategies of the main actors involved in the process of reforming pediatric dental care in Israel...
April 21, 2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661248/moving-to-the-next-phase-of-reform
#18
Stuart M Butler
Better health requires sectors like housing and education, and healthcare, to collaborate. That needs three strategies. Make full use of waivers to foster experimentation. Use techniques to encourage agencies at all levels to work together. And use new incentives to foster local partnerships.
December 2016: Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics: a Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658092/healthcare-affiliation-networks-a-unique-quality-partnership-to-aid-in-making-communities-healthier
#19
Karen Frush, Harry Phillips, Cynthia Nordlund, Russell Holman
As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, many community hospitals of all sizes are finding it difficult to thrive and grow in the headwinds of increasing regulatory requirements, decreased reimbursements amidst healthcare reform efforts, increased requirements for efficiency, demands for improvement in the patient experience, and increasing penalties for lagging performance in patient safety and quality metrics. A unique partnership, involving an organization built upon expertise in operating community hospitals and an academic center with expertise in patient safety, quality, innovation, and care delivery, has provided a successful solution for a growing number of challenged community facilities...
July 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647442/the-impact-of-the-transition-from-volume-to-value-on-heart-failure-care-implications-of-novel-payment-models-and-quality-improvement-initiatives
#20
REVIEW
Dushyanth Srinivasan, Nihar R Desai
In response to wide variation in quality and outcomes as well as escalating health care costs, the U.S. health care system is transitioning away from a volume based payment system to a quality- and value-based system. Medicare, the largest insurer and payer of healthcare, has accelerated the movement towards value-based care with the development and implementation of myriad alternative payment models and pay for performance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act. Given that heart failure affects a significant number of Medicare patients and these patients account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare utilization and spending, heart failure has become a focal point for these initiatives...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
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