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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102093/the-effects-of-kentucky-s-comprehensive-opioid-legislation-on-patients-presenting-with-prescription-opioid-or-heroin-abuse-to-one-urban-emergency-department
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Kiran A Faryar, Clifford L Freeman, Annuradha K Persaud, Stephen P Furmanek, Brian E Guinn, William A Mattingly, Timothy L Wiemken, Kimberley A Buckner, Martin R Huecker
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid abuse has increased to epidemic proportions in the United States. Kentucky, along with other states, passed comprehensive legislation to monitor and curb opioid prescribing. OBJECTIVES: This paper characterizes patients who presented to the emergency department (ED) after abusing prescription opioids and heroin prior to and after the passage of House Bill 1 (HB1) in April 2012. METHODS: Based on a retrospective review of ED visits from 2009-2014 in one urban adult facility, patients were included if the chief complaint or diagnosis was directly related to prescription opioid or heroin abuse...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095388/identifying-nonprovider-factors-affecting-pediatric-emergency-medicine-provider-efficiency
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Fareed Saleh, Kristen Breslin, Paul C Mullan, Zachary Tillett, James M Chamberlain
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to create a multivariable model of standardized relative value units per hour by adjusting for nonprovider factors that influence efficiency. METHODS: We obtained productivity data based on billing records measured in emergency relative value units for (1) both evaluation and management of visits and (2) procedures for 16 pediatric emergency medicine providers with more than 750 hours worked per year. Eligible shifts were in an urban, academic pediatric emergency department (ED) with 2 sites: a tertiary care main campus and a satellite community site...
October 31, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084098/psychological-predictors-of-postconcussive-symptoms-following-traumatic-injury
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Karen A Sullivan, Shannon L Edmed, Jaimi H Greenslade, Melanie White, Kevin Chu, Bill Lukin, Rael T Lange, Janine K Lurie
OBJECTIVE: To determine the contribution of demographics, injury type, pain, and psychological factors on postconcussive symptoms. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Recently injured (n = 54) and noninjured (n = 184) adults were recruited from a hospital emergency department or the community. Thirty-eight individuals met the diagnostic criteria for a mild traumatic brain injury and 16 individuals received treatment for a minor traumatic non-brain injury. MAIN MEASURES: Standardized tests were administered to assess 4 postconcussion symptom types and theorized predictors including a "physiogenic" variable (injury type) and "psychogenic" variables (symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress) within 1 month of the injury...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066070/net-revenue-analysis-of-inpatient-and-emergency-department-thyroid-ultrasound-at-a-us-quaternary-care-center-from-2012-to-2015
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Kushal Parikh, Matthew S Davenport
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to understand the financial ramifications of performing nonemergent inpatient and emergency department (ED) adult thyroid ultrasound studies at a US quaternary care center. METHODS: A HIPAA-compliant, institutional review board-exempt retrospective review of 10,334 thyroid ultrasound studies performed between February 2012 and December 2015 was conducted. Demographic, imaging, clinical, and financial data were reviewed. Labor cost analysis was calculated using national salary data and local scheduling practices...
October 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064752/improving-clinical-information-on-head-ct-requisitions-from-the-emergency-department-to-aid-interpretation-and-billing-efficiency
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Dillon Barron, Thomas Spiegel, Gregory L Katzman, Kateland Haas, Saad Ali
OBJECTIVE: The accuracy of radiologic interpretations is higher when appropriate clinical information is provided, as is the likelihood of reimbursement for the studies. The purpose of this project was to evaluate and improve the quality of clinical information provided on head CT requisitions from an urban emergency department (ED). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In a prospective study conducted from July 2015 to May 2016, attending neuroradiologists evaluated 1100 randomly selected ED requisitions for unenhanced head CT, grading them for clinical and billing adequacy on a scale of 0-2...
October 24, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054492/a-cost-analysis-of-an-interdisciplinary-pediatric-chronic-pain-clinic
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Nicole E Mahrer, Jeffrey I Gold, Michael Luu, Patricia Herman
Chronic pain is characterized by high rates of functional impairment, healthcare utilization, and associated costs. Research supports the use of comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment approaches. However, many hospitals hesitate to offer this full range of services, especially to Medi-Cal/Medicaid patients whose services are reimbursed at low rates. This cost analysis examines the impact on hospital and insurance costs of patients' enrollment in an interdisciplinary pediatric pain clinic, which includes medication management, psychotherapy, biofeedback, acupuncture, and massage...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049488/concentration-of-potentially-preventable-spending-among-high-cost-medicare-subpopulations-an-observational-study
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Jose F Figueroa, Karen E Joynt Maddox, Nancy Beaulieu, Robert C Wild, Ashish K Jha
Background: Little is known about whether potentially preventable spending is concentrated among a subset of high-cost Medicare beneficiaries. Objective: To determine the proportion of total spending that is potentially preventable across distinct subpopulations of high-cost Medicare beneficiaries. Design: Beneficiaries in the highest 10% of total standardized individual spending were defined as "high-cost" patients, using a 20% sample of Medicare fee-for-service claims from 2012...
October 17, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031848/local-national-and-regional-viral-haemorrhagic-fever-pandemic-potential-in-africa-a-multistage-analysis
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David M Pigott, Aniruddha Deshpande, Ian Letourneau, Chloe Morozoff, Robert C Reiner, Moritz U G Kraemer, Shannon E Brent, Isaac I Bogoch, Kamran Khan, Molly H Biehl, Roy Burstein, Lucas Earl, Nancy Fullman, Jane P Messina, Adrian Q N Mylne, Catherine L Moyes, Freya M Shearer, Samir Bhatt, Oliver J Brady, Peter W Gething, Daniel J Weiss, Andrew J Tatem, Luke Caley, Tom De Groeve, Luca Vernaccini, Nick Golding, Peter Horby, Jens H Kuhn, Sandra J Laney, Edmond Ng, Peter Piot, Osman Sankoh, Christopher J L Murray, Simon I Hay
BACKGROUND: Predicting when and where pathogens will emerge is difficult, yet, as shown by the recent Ebola and Zika epidemics, effective and timely responses are key. It is therefore crucial to transition from reactive to proactive responses for these pathogens. To better identify priorities for outbreak mitigation and prevention, we developed a cohesive framework combining disparate methods and data sources, and assessed subnational pandemic potential for four viral haemorrhagic fevers in Africa, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Ebola virus disease, Lassa fever, and Marburg virus disease...
October 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984514/inpatient-costs-and-blood-transfusion-rates-of-sarcopenic-patients-following-thoracolumbar-spine-surgery
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Steven L Bokshan, Alex Han, J Mason DePasse, Stephen E Marcaccio, Adam E M Eltorai, Alan H Daniels
OBJECTIVE Sarcopenia, the muscle atrophy associated with aging and disease progression, accounts for nearly $18.5 billion in health care expenditures annually. Given the high prevalence of sarcopenia in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery, the goal of this study was to assess the impact of sarcopenia on inpatient costs following thoracolumbar spine surgery. METHODS Patients older than 55 years undergoing thoracolumbar spine surgery from 2003 to 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Sarcopenia was measured using total psoas area at the L-4 vertebra on perioperative CT scans...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970260/effectiveness-of-a-financial-incentive-to-physicians-for-timely-follow-up-after-hospital-discharge-a-population-based-time-series-analysis
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Lauren Lapointe-Shaw, Muhammad Mamdani, Jin Luo, Peter C Austin, Noah M Ivers, Donald A Redelmeier, Chaim M Bell
BACKGROUND: Timely follow-up after hospital discharge may decrease readmission to hospital. Financial incentives to improve follow-up have been introduced in the United States and Canada, but it is unknown whether they are effective. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of an incentive program on timely physician follow-up after hospital discharge. METHODS: We conducted an interventional time series analysis of all medical and surgical patients who were discharged home from hospital between Apr...
October 2, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956286/all-cause-and-drug-related-medical-events-associated-with-overuse-of-gabapentin-and-or-opioid-medications-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis-of-a-commercially-insured-us-population
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Alyssa M Peckham, Kathleen A Fairman, David A Sclar
INTRODUCTION: Overuse of gabapentin and/or opioids occurs in a small percentage of patients at > 3-fold labeled dosages. Gabapentin may potentiate opioid effects. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to assess patient harm, defined as use of inpatient hospital (IPH) or emergency department (ED) services, associated with overuse of gabapentin with or without concomitant overuse of opioids. DATA SOURCE: Data were sourced from the Truven Health MarketScan(®) Commercial Claims and Encounters database, for the years 2013-2015...
September 27, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940546/measuring-emergency-department-patient-population-acuity
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Maame Yaa A B Yiadom, Christopher W Baugh, Tyler W Barrett, Xulei Liu, Alan B Storrow, Timothy J Vogus, Vikram Tiwari, Corey M Slovis, Stephan Russ, Dandan Liu
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) acuity is the general level of patient illness, urgency for clinical intervention, and intensity of resource use in an ED environment. The relative strength of commonly used measures of ED acuity is not well understood. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of ED-level data to evaluate the relative strength of association between commonly used proxy measures with a full spectrum measure of ED acuity...
September 23, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936486/the-burden-and-social-determinants-of-asthma-for-adults-in-the-state-of-georgia
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Mark Ebell, Christian Marchello, Jean O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a serious chronic health condition, and social determinants may affect its prevalence. METHODS: Data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), the Georgia Asthma Call-back Survey (ACBS), and the Georgia hospital and emergency department survey for patients with a diagnosis of asthma were used. All data were from the years 2011 through 2014. SAS and SUDAAN software were used to calculate weighted prevalence estimates and to perform univariate and multivariate analyses of the association between social determinants, other risk factors, and asthma outcomes...
2017: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884818/the-effect-of-medicaid-on-dental-care-of-poor-adults-evidence-from-the-oregon-health-insurance-experiment
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Katherine Baicker, Heidi L Allen, Bill J Wright, Sarah L Taubman, Amy N Finkelstein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicaid coverage on dental care outcomes, a major health concern for low-income populations. DATA SOURCES: Primary and secondary data on health care use and outcomes for participants in Oregon's 2008 Medicaid lottery. STUDY DESIGN: We used the lottery's random selection to gauge the causal effects of Medicaid on dental care needs, medication, and emergency department visits for dental care. DATA COLLECTION: Data were collected for lottery participants over 2 years, including mail surveys (N = 23,777) and in-person questionnaires (N = 12,229)...
September 8, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869019/-treatment-of-recurrent-posterior-epistaxis
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Søren Pauli Bro, Jesper Bille, Kristian Bruun Petersen
30% of the patients presenting with epistaxis at emergency wards and otorhinolaryngeal specialist departments have posterior bleeding. Traditional treatment with packing often leads to initial treatment failure, and many patients experience recurrent bleeding within the following month. Recurrent posterior epistaxis should be treated with local electrocautery or endoscopic ligation of the sphenopalatine artery to reduce patient discomfort, hospital stay, risk of treatment failure and recurrence.
August 21, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868733/national-study-of-parental-confidence-in-general-practitioners
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Gary L Freed, Neil Spike, Jonathan O'Hara, Harriet Hiscock, Anthea L Rhodes
AIM: To assess a national sample of Australian parental confidence in general practitioner (GP) care for illness and injury for their children. METHODS: Cross-sectional, internet-based survey of a national, representative sample of parents of children birth - 17 years in Australia was used. Purposeful recruitment was used to achieve a national, representative sample of 2100 Australian parents, reflective of demographic and geographic distribution based on census data...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866896/hospitalizations-in-elderly-glioblastoma-patients
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Claire Moroney, James R Perry, Derek S Tsang, Denise Bilodeau, Chris Mueller, Hany Soliman, Sten Myrehaug, Arjun Sahgal, Chia-Lin Tseng, May N Tsao
BACKGROUND: Elderly glioblastoma (GB) patients are at risk of hospitalizations due to the morbidity of the disease and possible treatment toxicity. METHODS: In this observational cohort study, 255 newly diagnosed GB patients age 65 years and older were included. Survival, emergency room visits and admissions to an acute care hospital were determined. Mean and median total health care costs were calculated. Risk factors for Emergency room visits and acute care hospital admissions were determined...
August 11, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806942/impact-of-inpatient-care-in-emergency-department-on-outcomes-a-quasi-experimental-cohort-study
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Aisha Lateef, Soo Hoon Lee, Dale Andrew Fisher, Wei-Ping Goh, Hui Fen Han, Uma Chandra Segara, Tiong Beng Sim, Malcolm Mahadehvan, Khean Teik Goh, Noel Cheah, Aymeric Yt Lim, Phillip H Phan, Reshma A Merchant
BACKGROUND: Hospitals around the world are faced with the issue of boarders in emergency department (ED), patients marked for admission but with no available inpatient bed. Boarder status is known to be associated with delayed inpatient care and suboptimal outcomes. A new care delivery system was developed in our institution where boarders received full inpatient care from a designated medical team, acute medical team (AMT), while still residing at ED. The current study examines the impact of this AMT intervention on patient outcomes...
August 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710646/-outpatient-emergency-treatment-of-nursing-home-residents-analysis-of-insurance-claims-data
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Insa Seeger, Andres Luque Ramos, Falk Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Utilization of outpatient emergency services by nursing home residents is increasing; however, out of hours medical care (OOHC) in Germany has not yet been studied. OBJECTIVE: In Bremen the used billing codes enabled a comparison between the use of outpatient emergency care in the year before and the year after admission to a nursing home stratified by emergency departments and OOHC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study we used insurance claims data of residents in Bremen, who were insured in a large German statutory health insurance (DAK-Gesundheit)...
July 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692016/time-well-spent-patient-industry-and-occupation-data-collection-in-emergency-departments
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Jennifer A Taylor, Shannon A Widman, Samantha J James, Judith Green-McKenzie, Cydney McGuire, Erica J Harris
OBJECTIVE: No comprehensive national system tracking work-related diseases and injuries exists in the United States. Industry and occupation (I/O) are the missing data elements that would make existing healthcare data useful for occupational health. The authors previously petitioned the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC) to adopt I/O standards for states to consider during their healthcare data rulemaking processes. METHODS: The NUBC asked for a pilot study to ascertain the potential burden...
August 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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