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Medicare Wellness Visits

Hooman Kamel, Traci M Bartz, Mitchell S V Elkind, Peter M Okin, Evan L Thacker, Kristen K Patton, Phyllis K Stein, Christopher R deFilippi, Rebecca F Gottesman, Susan R Heckbert, Richard A Kronmal, Elsayed Z Soliman, W T Longstreth
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that an underlying atrial cardiopathy may result in thromboembolism before atrial fibrillation (AF) develops. We examined the association between various markers of atrial cardiopathy and the risk of ischemic stroke. METHODS: The CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study) prospectively enrolled community-dwelling adults ≥65 years of age. For this study, we excluded participants diagnosed with stroke or AF before baseline...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Barbara Guerard, Vincent Omachonu, Blake Perez, Bisakha Sen
The issue of medication nonadherence has generated significant interest because of its complexity from both cost and outcomes perspectives. Of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written annually in the United States, estimates indicate that half are not taken as prescribed, especially among patients with asymptomatic chronic conditions. The objective of this study was to assess whether a comprehensive wellness assessment (CWA) program helps improve medication adherence for oral diabetic medications, statins, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ACE/ARBs) in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan diabetic population...
March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Brad Wright, Xuan Zhang, Momotazur Rahman, Keith Kocher
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Outpatient observation stays are increasingly substituting for standard inpatient hospitalizations. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted the controversial Two-Midnight Rule policy to curb long observation stays and better define the use of hospital-based observation services versus inpatient hospitalizations. We seek to determine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries exposed to long observation stays (>48 hours) are clinically similar to those with short observation stays (≤48 hours) because this has relevance to the Two-Midnight Rule...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Jason D Wright, Laura J Havrilesky, David E Cohn, Yongmei Huang, Jill Rathbun, Laurel W Rice, Carol L Brown, Ronald D Alvarez, Emily M Ko
OBJECTIVE: To design an endometrial cancer (EC) alternative payment (ECAP) model focused on surgical management of EC, as well as identify drivers of cost in order to develop opportunities for cost-savings while maintaining quality of care. METHODS: National practice patterns and reimbursements were compared between private payers (MarketScan data, years 2009-13) and public payers (Medicare, year 2014) of EC patients who underwent hysterectomy. An episode of care for EC included the hysterectomy, stratified by surgical approach (laparotomy versus robotic versus laparoscopy), and in- and outpatient reimbursements from 30days preoperatively to 60days postoperatively...
February 26, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
John F Steiner, Sandra H Stenmark, Andrew T Sterrett, Andrea R Paolino, Matthew Stiefel, Wendolyn S Gozansky, Chan Zeng
OBJECTIVES: To estimate food insecurity prevalence and develop a statistical prediction model for food insecurity. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Kaiser Permanente Colorado. PARTICIPANTS: Adult members who completed a pre-Medicare Annual Wellness Visit survey. MEASUREMENTS: Food insecurity was assessed using a single screening question. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics from electronic health records and self-reported characteristics from the survey were used to develop the prediction model...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Joseph K Canner, Omar Harfouch, Lisa M Kodadek, Danielle Pelaez, Devin Coon, Anaeze C Offodile, Adil H Haider, Brandyn D Lau
Importance: Little is known about the incidence of gender-affirming surgical procedures for transgender patients in the United States. Objectives: To investigate the incidence and trends over time of gender-affirming surgical procedures and to analyze characteristics and payer status of transgender patients seeking these operations. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this descriptive observational study from 2000 to 2014, data were analyzed from the National Inpatient Sample, a representative pool of inpatient visits across the United States...
February 28, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Emily Leckman-Westin, Molly Finnerty, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Riti Pritam, Deborah Layman, Edith Kealey, Sepheen Byron, Emily Morden, Scott Bilder, Sheree Neese-Todd, Sarah Horwitz, Kimberly Hoagwood, Stephen Crystal
BACKGROUND: Concerns about antipsychotic prescribing for children, particularly those enrolled in Medicaid and with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), continue despite recent calls for selective use within established guidelines. OBJECTIVES: To (a) examine the application of 6 quality measures for antipsychotic medication prescribing in children and adolescents receiving Medicaid and (b) understand distinctive patterns across eligibility categories in order to inform ongoing quality management efforts to support judicious antipsychotic use...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Chien-Jung Lin, Eric Novak, Michael W Rich, Joseph J Billadello
BACKGROUND: Adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) have traditionally been viewed as an underinsured population. Whether this is true in the Affordable Care Act era is unknown. We determined insurance patterns in ACHD patients compared to the non-ACHD cardiology population in a contemporary cohort. METHODS: All cardiology outpatient visits between July 2016 and February 2017 to a large referral center in the United States were reviewed. The primary payer was categorized as health maintenance organization (HMO), preferred provider organization (PPO), Medicare, Medicaid, self-pay, or other...
February 26, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Joanna-Grace M Manzano, Ming Yang, Hui Zhao, Linda S Elting, Marina C George, Ruili Luo, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
PURPOSE: Readmission within 30 days has been used as a metric for quality of care received at hospitals for certain diagnoses. In the era of accountability, value-based care, and increasing cancer costs, policymakers are looking into cancer readmissions as well. It is important to describe the readmission profile of patients with cancer in the most clinically relevant approach to inform policy and health care delivery that can positively impact patient outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using linked Texas Cancer Registry and Medicare claims data...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
Hector S Izurieta, Yoganand Chillarige, Jeffrey A Kelman, Richard Forshee, Yandong Qiang, Michael Wernecke, Jill M Ferdinands, Yun Lu, Yuqin Wei, Wenjie Xu, Michael Lu, Alicia Fry, Douglas Pratt, David K Shay
Background: Statins are used to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Recent studies suggest that statin use may be associated with an increased influenza risk among influenza vaccinees. We used Medicare data to evaluate associations between statins and risks of influenza-related encounters among vaccinees. Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we identified Medicare beneficiaries aged >65 years who received high-dose (HD) or standard-dose (SD) influenza vaccines at pharmacies from 2010-11 through 2014-15...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Ishani Ganguli, Jeffrey Souza, J Michael McWilliams, Ateev Mehrotra
In 2011 Medicare introduced the annual wellness visit to help address the health risks of aging adults. The visit also offers primary care practices an opportunity to generate revenue, and may allow practices in accountable care organizations to attract healthier patients while stabilizing patient-practitioner assignments. However, uptake of the visit has been uneven. Using national Medicare data for the period 2008-15, we assessed practices' ability and motivation to adopt the visit. In 2015, 51.2 percent of practices provided no annual wellness visits (nonadopters), while 23...
February 2018: Health Affairs
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Health care providers are in the midst of a massive effort to diffuse innovative approaches to patient care. While most innovations fail, a few diffuse successfully and are sustained. This month's DataGraphic describes the spread or outcomes of four important health care delivery innovations adopted by hospitals or primary care clinicians: hospital palliative care, electronic consults for preoperative anesthesiology assessment, Medicare's free annual wellness visit, and a primary care improvement network.
February 2018: Health Affairs
Heather Bogrett, Maura Carriel
RNs in ambulatory practice must expand their role to assist primary care physicians meet the growing demands of the aging American population. This article explores the benefits of RNs performing annual wellness visits (AWVs) for Medicare patients. Having RNs conduct AWVs can decrease the workload of primary care providers, improve patient outcomes, contribute to the revenue of the practice, and elevate nursing standards in the ambulatory setting.
January 4, 2018: Journal of Nursing Administration
Rahul Jain, An-Chen Fu, Jonathan Lim, Cheng Wang, Jessica Elder, Stephen D Sander, Hiangkiat Tan
BACKGROUND: Warfarin has a long history of use to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but it requires frequent laboratory monitoring to maintain international normalized ratio levels in the therapeutic range. Dabigatran, a novel oral anticoagulant (OAC), has demonstrated efficacy in reducing the risk of stroke and systemic embolism and does not require laboratory monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To compare health care resource utilization (HCRU) and costs of OAC-naive patients newly diagnosed with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), using dabigatran or warfarin...
January 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Catherine Slota, Scott A Davis, Susan J Blalock, Delesha M Carpenter, Kelly W Muir, Alan L Robin, Betsy Sleath
SIGNIFICANCE: This article is the first to investigate the nature of medication cost discussions between ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients. Only 87 of the 275 office visits analyzed had a discussion of medication cost. Providers should consider discussing medication cost with patients to identify potential cost-related barriers to medication use. PURPOSE: Glaucoma is an incurable chronic eye disease affecting a growing portion of the aging population. Some of the most commonly utilized treatments require lifelong use, requiring high patient adherence to ensure effectiveness...
December 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Sei J Lee, Christine M Kim
Prevention can help older adults avoid illness by identifying and addressing conditions before they cause symptoms, but prevention can also harm older adults if conditions that are unlikely to cause symptoms in the individual's lifetime are identified and treated. To identify older adults who preventive interventions are most likely to benefit (and most likely to harm), we propose a framework that compares an individual's life expectancy (LE) with the time to benefit (TTB) for an intervention. If LE is less than the TTB, the individual is unlikely to benefit but is exposed to the risks of the intervention, and the intervention should generally NOT be recommended...
February 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Jessica L Colburn, Stephanie Nothelle
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is an annual preventive health benefit, which was created in 2011 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The visit provides an opportunity for clinicians to review preventive health recommendations and screen for geriatric syndromes. In this article, the authors review the requirements of the Annual Wellness Visit, discuss ways to use the Annual Wellness Visit to improve the care of geriatric patients, and provide suggestions for how to incorporate this benefit into a busy clinic...
February 2018: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Anne Elizabeth Glassgow, Molly A Martin, Rachel Caskey, Melishia Bansa, Michael Gerges, Mary Johnson, Monika Marko, Kenita Perry-Bell, Heather J Risser, Peter J Smith, Benjamin Van Voorhees
Children with medical complexity (CMC) account for a disproportionate share of pediatric health-care utilization and cost that is largely attributable to long hospitalizations, frequent hospital readmissions, and high use of emergency departments. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation Center supports the development and testing of innovative health-care payment and service delivery models. The purpose of this article is to describe the CMS-funded coordinated health care for complex kids (CHECK) program, an innovative system of health-care delivery that provides improved, comprehensive, and well-coordinated services to CMC...
September 2017: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
Regine C Beliard, Jessica W Merrey
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate and compare the number and types of medication and non-medication-related interventions by clinical pharmacists and nonpharmacists conducting an Annual Medicare Wellness Visit (MWV). DESIGN: Multi-center, retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Two community primary care internal medicine clinics in urban Maryland. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who had a MWV performed January 2014 through October 2015...
November 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Angela K Shen, Rob Warnock, Jeffrey A Kelman
INTRODUCTION: The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a Medicare benefit designed to help prevent disease and disability based on individualized health and risk factors. METHODS: This study analyzes Medicare Part B fee-for-service claims from 2011 to 2016 to assess AWV and seasonal influenza and pneumococcal conjugate vaccinations utilization over time. RESULTS: Utilization of the AWV has increased from 8% of Medicare beneficiaries in 2011 to 19% in 2015...
December 15, 2017: Vaccine
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