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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423397/trends-in-use-of-the-us-medicare-annual-wellness-visit-2011-2014
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Ishani Ganguli, Jeffrey Souza, J Michael McWilliams, Ateev Mehrotra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400254/community-pharmacist-delivered-medicare-annual-wellness-visits-within-a-family-medicine-practice
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Taylor A Evans, Patricia H Fabel, Bryan Ziegler
OBJECTIVE: To identify the steps to implement a community pharmacist into a family medicine practice to deliver Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs). SETTING: Medicine Mart Pharmacy is a locally owned and operated pharmacy that has served the West Columbia, South Carolina, area for over 30 years. The services offered by the pharmacy have expanded over the past 3 years through the addition of a community pharmacy resident. PRACTICE INNOVATION: A stepwise approach was developed for a community pharmacist to identify, market, and establish an AWV service through a collaborative practice agreement with a local family medicine practice...
April 8, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379822/improving-patient-clinician-conversations-during-annual-wellness-visits
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Zsolt J Nagykaldi, Ami Dave, Connor J Kristof, Tanya N Watts, Sravanthi Utpala, Elizabeth Wickersham
BACKGROUND: Health risk assessments (HRAs) have been implemented and studied for decades in various settings, but little is known about the effect of introducing HRAs on the dynamics and content of patient-clinician conversations during Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs) and whether the effective use of HRAs requires additional training and resources. METHODS: We used Conversation Analysis techniques to analyze 40 AWVs conducted in an academic family medicine residency practice...
March 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319581/can-claims-data-algorithms-identify-the-physician-of-record
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Eva H DuGoff, Emily Walden, Katie Ronk, Mari Palta, Maureen Smith
BACKGROUND: Claims-based algorithms based on administrative claims data are frequently used to identify an individual's primary care physician (PCP). The validity of these algorithms in the US Medicare population has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement of the PCP identified by claims algorithms with the PCP of record in electronic health record data. DATA: Electronic health record and Medicare claims data from older adults with diabetes...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295145/variation-in-hospice-services-by-location-of-care-nursing-home-versus-assisted-living-facility-versus-home
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Kathleen T Unroe, Brittany Bernard, Timothy E Stump, Wanzhu Tu, Christopher M Callahan
OBJECTIVES: To describe differences in hospice services for patients living at home, in nursing homes or in assisted living facilities, including the overall number and duration of visits by different hospice care providers across varying lengths of stay. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using hospice patient electronic medical record data. SETTING: Large, national hospice provider. PARTICIPANTS: Data from 32,605 hospice patients who received routine hospice care from 2009 to 2014 were analyzed...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291306/medicare-annual-wellness-visits-how-to-get-patients-and-physicians-on-board
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Daniel Bluestein, Ryan Diduk-Smith, Laura Jordan, Kelsie Persaud, Travonia Hughes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Family Practice Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256998/ambulatory-surgery-data-from-hospitals-and-ambulatory-surgery-centers-united-states-2010
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Margaret J Hall, Alexander Schwartzman, Jin Zhang, Xiang Liu
Objectives-This report presents national estimates of surgical and nonsurgical ambulatory procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States during 2010. Patient characteristics, including age, sex, expected payment source, duration of surgery, and discharge disposition are presented, as well as the number and types of procedures performed in these settings. Methods-Estimates in this report are based on ambulatory surgery data collected in the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)...
February 2017: National Health Statistics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230421/medicare-expenditure-correlates-of-atrophy-and-cerebrovascular-disease-in-older-adults
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Briana S Last, Maria-José García Rubio, Carolyn W Zhu, Stephanie Cosentino, Jennifer J Manly, Charles DeCarli, Yaakov Stern, Adam M Brickman
Background/Study Context: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) markers of cerebrovascular disease and atrophy are common in older adults and are associated with cognitive and medical burden. However, the extent to which they are related to health care expenditures has not been examined. We studied whether increased Medicare expenditures were associated with brain markers of atrophy and cerebrovascular disease in older adults. METHODS: A subset of participants (n = 592; mean age = 80 years; 66% women) from the Washington Heights Inwood Columbia Aging Project (WHICAP), a community-based observational study of aging in upper Manhattan, received high-resolution MRI and had Medicare expenditure data on file...
March 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182472/integrating-health-care-for-high-need-medicaid-beneficiaries-with-serious-mental-illness-and-chronic-physical-health-conditions-at-managed-care-provider-and-consumer-levels
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Jung Y Kim, Tricia Collins Higgins, Dominick Esposito, Allison Hamblin
OBJECTIVE: Policies supporting value-based care and alternative payment models, notably in the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, offer hope to advance care integration for individuals with behavioral and chronic physical health conditions. The potential for integration to improve quality while managing costs for individuals with high needs, coupled with the remaining financial, operational, and policy challenges, underscores a need for continued discussion of integration programs' preliminary outcomes and lessons...
February 9, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179248/provision-of-annual-wellness-visits-with-comprehensive-medication-management-by-a-clinical-pharmacist-practitioner
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Tasha Woodall, Suzanne E Landis, Shelley L Galvin, Tim Plaut, Mary T Roth McClurg
PURPOSE: The effectiveness and financial benefit of pharmacist-led annual wellness visits (AWVs) in conjunction with comprehensive medication management (CMM) for older, high-risk patients were examined. METHODS: Eligible patients were 65 years of age or older with three or more chronic medical conditions, taking five or more long-term prescription or nonprescription medications and receiving primary care in a retirement community clinic. The intervention involved two components, an AWV and CMM...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046001/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-renal-colic-across-a-sample-of-us-hospitals-high-ct-utilization-despite-low-rates-of-admission-and-inpatient-urologic-intervention
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Elizabeth M Schoenfeld, Penelope S Pekow, Meng-Shiou Shieh, Charles D Scales, Tara Lagu, Peter K Lindenauer
OBJECTIVES: Symptomatic ureterolithiasis (renal colic) is a common Emergency Department (ED) complaint. Variation in practice surrounding the diagnosis and management of suspected renal colic could have substantial implications for both quality and cost of care as well as patient radiation burden. Previous literature has suggested that CT scanning has increased with no improvements in outcome, owing at least partially to the spontaneous passage of kidney stones in the majority of patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882836/comparison-of-pharmacist-and-physician-managed-annual-medicare-wellness-services
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Mary Jean Sewell, Daniel M Riche, Joshua W Fleming, Scott S Malinowski, R Terry Jackson
BACKGROUND: Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) are a benefit provided for Medicare beneficiaries to increase focus on wellness and preventive measures. Pharmacists can conduct AWVs, which offers a potential avenue for outpatient revenue generation. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: To compare a composite of interventions and screenings and revenue generated by a pharmacist with those made by a physician during a subsequent AWV. A report generated through the electronic health record was used to determine AWVs conducted by a pharmacist or 3 participating physicians from December 2013 to March 2016, including revenue generated...
December 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856783/analysis-of-actual-versus-projected-medical-claims-under-the-first-year-of-aca-mandated-coverage
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Michael J McCue, Jennifer R Palazzolo
For the individual market, 2014 was the first year Affordable Care Act medical claims experience data were available to set 2016 rates. Accessing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rate data for 175 state insurers, this study compares projected medical claims with actual medical claims of 2014, as well as the cost and utilization of benefit categories for inpatient, outpatient, professional, and prescription drug spending. Actual costs per member per month (pmpm) were greater than projected in 2014 for inpatient, outpatient, and prescription spending but not for professional care...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769219/advanced-practice-pharmacists-a-retrospective-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-and-cost-of-clinical-pharmacist-practitioners-managing-ambulatory-medicare-patients-in-north-carolina-apple-nc
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Michèle M Kislan, Adam T Bernstein, Loretta R Fearrington, Timothy J Ives
BACKGROUND: Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners are advanced practicing pharmacists in North Carolina that provide disease-specific management. The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to compare the efficacy and charges from referrals to a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner by the primary care provider, to those managed by a primary care provider alone. METHODS: Patients were separated into cohorts depending if they had at least two appointments with a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner from November 2008 to November 2011...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763962/the-role-of-radiographs-and-office-visits-in-the-follow-up-of-healed-intertrochanteric-hip-fractures-an-economic-analysis
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Harish Kempegowda, Raveesh Richard, Amrut Borade, Akhil Tawari, Abby M Howenstein, Erik N Kubiak, Michael Suk, Daniel S Horwitz
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role and the necessity of radiographs and office visits obtained during follow-up of intertrochanteric hip injuries. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Two level I trauma centers. PATIENTS: Four hundred sixty-five elderly patients who were surgically treated for an intertrochanteric fracture of the femur at 2 level I trauma centers between January 2009 and August 2014 were retrospectively identified from orthopaedic trauma databases...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753746/one-year-outcomes-of-diabetes-self-management-training-among-medicare-beneficiaries-newly-diagnosed-with-diabetes
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Larisa M Strawbridge, Jennifer T Lloyd, Ann Meadow, Gerald F Riley, Benjamin L Howell
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is highly prevalent among Medicare beneficiaries, resulting in costly health care utilization. Strategies to improve health outcomes, such as disease self-management, could help reduce the increasing burden of diabetes. OBJECTIVES: Short-term benefits of diabetes self-management training (DSMT) are established; however, longer-term impacts among Medicare beneficiaries are unknown. RESEARCH DESIGN: Claims-based observational study with 1-year follow-up beginning 6 months after diabetes diagnosis...
April 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611713/emergency-department-visits-following-joint-replacement-surgery-in-an-era-of-mandatory-bundled-payments
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Susan M Nedza, Donald E Fry, Susan DesHarnais, Eric Spencer, Patrick Yep
OBJECTIVES: The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is actively testing bundled payments models. This study sought to identify relevant details for 90-day postdischarge emergency department (ED) visits of Medicare beneficiaries following total joint replacement (TJR) surgery meeting eligibility for a CMS bundled payment program. METHODS: The CMS research identifiable file for the State of Texas for 2011-2012 was used to identify patients who underwent TJR...
February 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590738/cost-of-a-lymphedema-treatment-mandate-10-years-of-experience-in-the-commonwealth-of-virginia
#18
Robert Weiss
Treatment of chronic illness accounts for over 90 % of Medicare spending. Chronic lymphedema places over 3 million Americans at risk of recurrent cellulitis. Health insurers and legislators have taken an active role in fighting attempts to mandate the treatment of lymphedema for fear that provision of the physical therapy and compression materials would result in large and uncontrollable claim costs. The author knows of no open source of lymphedema treatment cost data based on population coverage or claims...
December 2016: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27579830/estimated-budget-impact-of-increased-use-of-mirabegron-a-novel-treatment-for-overactive-bladder
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Sinem Perk, Ronald C Wielage, Noll L Campbell, Timothy M Klein, Anthony Perkins, Linda M Posta, Thomas Yuran, Robert W Klein, Daniel B Ng
BACKGROUND: Oral pharmacological treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) consists of antimuscarinics and the beta-3 adrenergic agonist mirabegron. Antimuscarinic adverse events (AEs) such as dry mouth, constipation, and blurry vision can result in frequent treatment discontinuation rates, leaving part of the OAB population untreated. Antimuscarinics also contribute to a patient's anticholinergic cognitive burden (ACB), so the Beers Criteria recommends cautious use of antimuscarinics in elderly patients who take multiple anticholinergic medications or have cognitive impairment...
September 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574750/estimated-budget-impact-of-increased-use-of-mirabegron-a-novel-treatment-for-overactive-bladder
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Sinem Perk, Ronald C Wielage, Noll L Campbell, Timothy M Klein, Anthony Perkins, Linda M Posta, Thomas Yuran, Robert W Klein, Daniel B Ng
BACKGROUND: Oral pharmacological treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) consists of antimuscarinics and the beta-3 adrenergic agonist mirabegron. Antimuscarinic adverse events (AEs) such as dry mouth, constipation, and blurry vision can result in frequent treatment discontinuation rates, leaving part of the OAB population untreated. Antimuscarinics also contribute to a patient's anticholinergic cognitive burden (ACB), so the Beers Criteria recommends cautious use of antimuscarinics in elderly patients who take multiple anticholinergic medications or have cognitive impairment...
September 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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