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Ethan K Sobol, Anne Barmettler
An 11-year-old healthy girl was noted to have intermittent, spontaneous, and bilateral hemolacria of 14 months' duration. Examination and workup failed to identify an organic or psychogenic cause. The patient was expectantly managed with eventual spontaneous resolution. This report draws attention to this unusual and often concerning clinical entity. The case report is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
October 20, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
J Ellison, C Nagamuthu, S Vanderloo, B McRae, C Waters
INTRODUCTION: Chronic disease rates are produced from the Public Health Agency of Canada's Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) using administrative health data from provincial/territorial health ministries. Denominators for these rates are based on estimates of populations derived from health insurance files. However, these data may not be accessible to all researchers. Another source for population size estimates is the Statistics Canada census. The purpose of our study was to calculate the major differences between the CCDSS and Statistics Canada's population denominators and to identify the sources or reasons for the potential differences between these data sources...
October 2016: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
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This document provides the final text of regulations governing employee protection (retaliation or whistleblower) claims under section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act, which added section 18C to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide protections to employees who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain affordability assistance provisions (for example, health insurance premium tax credits) or for reporting potential violations of the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections (for example, the prohibition on rescissions)...
October 13, 2016: Federal Register
C Jason Wang, Skye H Cheng, Jen-You Wu, Yi-Ping Lin, Wen-Hsin Kao, Chia-Li Lin, Yin-Jou Chen, Shu-Ling Tsai, Feng-Yu Kao, Andrew T Huang
Importance: Value-driven payment system reform is a potential tool for aligning economic incentives with the improvement of quality and efficiency of health care and containment of cost. Such a payment system has not been researched satisfactorily in full-cycle cancer care. Objective: To examine the association of outcomes and medical expenditures with a bundled-payment pay-for-performance program for breast cancer in Taiwan compared with a fee-for-service (FFS) program...
October 20, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Pamela A Lowry, Morganna L Freeman, Jeffery S Russell
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and lethal skin cancer with few known treatment options. Management of this disease is challenging, and oncology nurses must understand the medical, physical, and psychosocial burden that MCC places on the patient and family caregivers. Patients must navigate a complex medical and insurance network that often fails to support patients with rare cancers. Nurses must advocate for these patients to ensure quality comprehensive cancer care.
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
K Malkiewicz, E Malkiewicz, K A Eaton, E Widström
Poland is one of the largest European countries in terms of area and population. The country's economic situation does not allow for the allocation of sufficient public funds for healthcare in general and oral healthcare in particular. The health policy of the state focuses primarily on prophylaxis and treatment of diseases, directly threatening the health and lives of the inhabitants. Currently, expenditure on oral health accounts for only 2.7% of the public funds allocated to healthcare. In this context, providing oral care financed from public funds at an appropriate level constitutes a challenge for state institutions, centres providing medical and dental services and private practices...
October 21, 2016: British Dental Journal
Y-M Chiu, C-H Tang, S-T Hung, Y-W Yang, C-H Fang, H-Y Lin
OBJECTIVES: Few studies on tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor-associated tuberculosis (TB) and hepatic events have been performed in regions where these risks are elevated. This study aimed to provide a direct comparison between adalimumab and etanercept in a high-risk population and to address the implications for physicians working with patients in such an environment. METHOD: Data collected from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan between 2007 and 2011 were analysed retrospectively for incidences of eight adverse events associated with TNF-α inhibitors...
October 21, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Denggui Wen, Yutong He, Lizhen Wei, Nan Zhang, Shumei Li, Xiaoduo Wen, Yi Yang, Guiying Wang, Shijie Wang, Cuizhi Geng, Yunjiang Liu, Baoen Shan
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is diagnosed more frequently among urban than rural women in China; however, the incidence among women in Shijiazhuang is unknown. METHODS: As registered Chinese citizens are entitled to complete public medical insurance coverage, the incidence rate was estimated using reimbursement records of first hospitalization. RESULTS: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Shijiazhuang. The crude rate and age-standardized incidence rates by China (ASRC) and world (ASRW) standards were 59...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Marisa Elena Domino, Mona Kilany, Rebecca Wells, Joseph P Morrissey
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether medical homes have heterogeneous effects in different subpopulations, leveraging the interpretations from a variety of statistical techniques. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary claims data from the NC Medicaid program for 2004-2007. The sample included all adults with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression who were not dually enrolled in Medicare or in a nursing facility. STUDY DESIGN: We modeled a number of monthly service use, adherence, and expenditure outcomes using fixed effects, generalized estimating equation with and without inverse probability of treatment weights, and instrumental variables analyses...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
David Y Lee, Annabelle Teng, Rose C Pedersen, Farees R Tavangari, Vikram Attaluri, Elisabeth C McLemore, Stacey L Stern, Anton J Bilchik, Melanie R Goldfarb
INTRODUCTION: Stage II-III rectal cancer requires multidisciplinary cancer care, and adolescents and young adults (AYA, ages 15-39 years) often do not receive optimal cancer therapy. METHODS: Overall, 3295 AYAs with clinical stage II-III rectal cancer were identified in the National Cancer Database. Factors associated with the receipt of adjuvant and surgical therapies, as well as overall survival (OS), were examined. RESULTS: The majority of patients were non-Hispanic White (72...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Ajaratu Keshinro, Ioannis Hatzaras, Kenneth Rifkind, Shubhada Dhage, Kathie-Ann Joseph
INTRODUCTION: Cancer screening is a key component of primary care, and access to regular screening mammography (SMG) is highly dependent on recommendation and referral by a primary care provider (PCP). Women with no health insurance or who are underinsured often lack access to a regular PCP and thus access to routine screening. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 173 surgical patients diagnosed between January 2012 and December 2013. The main outcome variables were PCP status, method of cancer detection, and breast cancer stage at diagnosis...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Vincent Yi-Fong Su, Chia-Jen Liu, Yuh-Min Chen, Teh-Ying Chou, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Sang-Hue Yen, Tzeon-Jye Chiou, Jin-Hwang Liu, Yu-Wen Hu
BACKGROUND: Currently, no large study addressing the relationship between lung cancer patients with different therapies and second primary malignancies (SPMs) is available. METHODS: Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, we conducted a population-based cohort study. Patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer between 1997 and 2005 were enrolled and followed up until Dec. 31, 2011. The endpoint of the study was SPM occurrence. Standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of cancers were calculated to compare the cancer incidence of the study cohort to that of the general population...
October 20, 2016: Targeted Oncology
V Bühren, M Perl
The Hospital Group of the Statutory Accident Insurance (BG hospitals) was affected by the new requirements for severe injury procedures (SAV) in the same manner as all other maximum care hospitals. Simultaneously, the BG clinics were merged to form a centrally organized hospital group. A substantial need for adjustment existed for specialties, such as neurosurgery and visceral surgery at some sites. Needless to say, all trauma victims benefit from the high standards required by the Statutory Accident Insurance regardless of their insurance status...
October 20, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
Joseph E Tanenbaum, Vincent J Alentado, Jacob A Miller, Daniel Lubelski, Edward C Benzel, Thomas E Mroz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar fusion is a common and costly procedure in the United States. Reimbursement for surgical procedures is increasingly tied to care quality and patient safety as part of value-based reimbursement programs. The incidence of adverse quality events among lumbar fusion patients is unknown using the definition of care quality (patient safety indicators [PSI]) utilized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The association between insurance status and the incidence of PSI is similarly unknown in lumbar fusion patients...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Erika Roddy, Mohammad Diab
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Short-term readmission rates are becoming widely utilized as a quality and performance metrics for hospitals. Data on unplanned short-term readmission after spine fusion for deformity in pædiatric patients is limited. PURPOSE: To characterize the rate and risk factors for short-term readmission after spine fusion for deformity in pædiatric patients. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study PATIENT SAMPLE: State In-Patient Databases from NY, UT, NE, FL, NC (years 2006-2010) and CA (years 2006-2011)...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Yin-Yi Han, Sheng-Ru Lai, Jamie S Partridge, Michael Y Wang, Suela Sulo, Fang-Wei Tsao, Refaat A Hegazi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) often need enteral nutrition (EN) support. For patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), standard EN formulas may not provide ideal nutrients. The purpose was to investigate whether use of a diabetes-specific formula (DSF) could provide clinical and health economic benefits (compared to standard formulas) in critically ill patients with T2D. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of medical records and expenditure data covering a 5-year period (2009-2013) from the hospitalization database of the National Taiwan University Hospital...
October 6, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Helmuth Cremer, Jean-Marie Lozachmeur, Pierre Pestieau
This paper studies the design of long term care (LTC) insurance contracts in the presence of ex post moral hazard. While this problem bears some similarity with the study of health insurance (Blomqvist, 1997) the significance of informal LTC affects the problem in several crucial ways. It introduces the potential crowding out of informal care by market care financed through insurance coverage. Furthermore, the information structure becomes more intricate. Informal care is not publicly observable and, unlike the insurer, caregivers know the true needs of their relatives...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
Jianhua Chen, Hai Yu, Hengjin Dong
BACKGROUND: Many countries are developing health mechanisms to pursue the goal of universal coverage. In China, a rural health insurance system entitled New Cooperative Medical System (NCMS) has being developed since 2003. This paper aims to explore the changes in the health service needs and utilization among rural residents in Ningbo, China after the implementation of the new rural cooperative medical system (NCMS), and provide evidence to further improve the strategies of NCMS in China...
October 20, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
James Weatherall, Lisa Bloudek, Sarah Buchs
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the annual budget impact if all United States (US) commercially insured type 1 diabetes mellitus patients on basal-bolus therapy (T1DMBBT), type 2 diabetes mellitus patients on basal-oral therapy (T2DMBOT), and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients on basal-bolus therapy (T2DMBBT) switched from insulin glargine (IGlar) to insulin degludec (IDeg). METHODS: A short-term (1-year) budget impact model was developed to evaluate the costs of IDeg vs...
October 21, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Bo Kyung Koo, Joon Ho Lee, Jimin Kim, Eun Jin Jang, Chang-Hoon Lee
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153107.].
2016: PloS One
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