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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
Joan Porter, Luke Mondor, Moira K Kapral, Jiming Fang, Ruth E Hall
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The reliability of diagnostic coding of acute stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in administrative data is uncertain. The purpose of this study is to determine the agreement between administrative data sources and chart audit for the identification of stroke type, stroke risk factors, and the use of hospital-based diagnostic procedures in patients with stroke or TIA. METHODS: Medical charts for a population-based sample of patients (n = 14,508) with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), or TIA discharged from inpatient and emergency departments (ED) in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were audited by trained abstractors...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Kacie Seil, Jennifer Marcum, Ramona Lall, Catherine Stayton
BACKGROUND: The New York City emergency department (ED) syndromic surveillance (SS) system provides near real-time data on the majority of ED visits. The utility of ED SS for injury surveillance has not been thoroughly evaluated. We created injury syndromes based on ED chief complaint information and evaluated their utility compared to administrative billing data. METHODS: Six injury syndromes were developed: traffic-related injuries to pedal cyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicle occupants; fall-related injuries; firearm-related injuries; and assault-related stabbings...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
Stephen B Freedman, Mohamed Eltorki, Linda Chui, Jianling Xie, Sharon Feng, Judy MacDonald, Andrew Dixon, Samina Ali, Marie Louie, Bonita E Lee, Lara Osterreicher, Jennifer Thull-Freedman
OBJECTIVE: To identify the gaps in the care of children infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), we sought to quantitate care received and management timelines. Such knowledge is crucial to the design of interventions to prevent the development of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective case-series study of 78 children infected with STEC in Alberta, Canada, through the linkage of microbiology and laboratory results, telephone health advice records, hospital charts, physician billing submissions, and outpatient antimicrobial dispensing databases...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
M Kennedy Hall, Jane Hall, Cary P Gross, Nir J Harish, Rachel Liu, Sean Maroongroge, Christopher L Moore, Christopher C Raio, R Andrew Taylor
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care ultrasound is a valuable tool with potential to expedite diagnoses and improve patient outcomes in the emergency department. However, little is known about national patterns of adoption. This study examined nationwide point-of-care ultrasound reimbursement among emergency medicine (EM) practitioners and examined regional and practitioner level variations. METHODS: Data from the 2012 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fee-for-Service Provider Utilization and Payment Data include all practitioners who received more than 10 Medicare Part B fee-for-service reimbursements for any Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code in 2012...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Anastasia Hudgins, Kristin L Rising
Patients' existential fears of unknowns associated with illness and unusual bodily signs and symptoms are common, but unexamined drivers to the emergency department (ED). This paper examines a May 2015 case study of a 51-year-old low-income, recently insured, African American man in Philadelphia (USA) who had two recent ED visits for evaluation of frequent headaches and described fear of being at risk for a stroke. Through ethnographic methods and anthropological analyses we find that fear of failing to fulfill social roles due to a potentially debilitating illness, and fear of burdening family members with medical bills resulting from doctor's visits affect this man's patterns of health-seeking behaviors...
September 20, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Brian R Sharp, Kristen M Sharp, Brian Patterson, Suzanne Dooley-Hash
INTRODUCTION: Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is a condition that commonly affects women in the first trimester of pregnancy. Despite frequently leading to emergency department (ED) visits, little evidence exists to characterize the nature of ED visits or to guide its treatment in the ED. Our objectives were to evaluate the treatment of NVP in the ED and to identify factors that predict return visits to the ED for NVP. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective database analysis using the electronic medical record from a single, large academic hospital...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Carolyn L McCarty, Leigh Nelson, Samantha Eitniear, Eric Zgodzinski, Amanda Zabala, Laurie Billing, Mary DiOrio
On August 1, 2014, routine testing at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant in Lucas County, Ohio, revealed microcystin toxin levels in drinking water had reached 3.19 μg/L, surpassing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water advisory threshold of 1.0 μg/L. Microcystin is a hepatoxin released by cyanobacteria in certain harmful algal blooms. Exposure to microcystin has been associated with gastrointestinal and hepatic illness in both humans and animals (1-3). On August 2, a do-not-drink advisory was issued, warning community members not to drink, boil, or use the water for cooking or brushing teeth...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Molly Moore Jeffery, M Fernanda Bellolio, Julian Wolfson, Jean M Abraham, Bryan E Dowd, Robert L Kane
OBJECTIVES: We propose a new claims-computable measure of the primary care treatability of emergency department (ED) visits and validate it using a nationally representative sample of Medicare data. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: This is a validation study using 2011-2012 Medicare claims data for a nationally representative 5% sample of fee-for-service beneficiaries to compare the new measure's performance to the Ballard variant of the Billings algorithm in predicting hospitalisation and death following an ED visit...
2016: BMJ Open
Ye Jin Kang, Danny McCormick, Leah Zallman
Immigrants' perceptions of affordability of insurance and knowledge of insurance after health reform are unknown. We conducted face-to-face surveys with a convenience sample of 1124 patients in three Massachusetts safety net Emergency Departments after the Massachusetts health reform (August 2013-January 2014), comparing immigrants and non-immigrants. Immigrants, as compared to non-immigrants, reported more concern about paying premiums (30 vs. 11 %, p = 0.0003) and about affording the current ED visit (38 vs...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Erin R Weeda, Christine G Kohn, W Frank Peacock, Gregory J Fermann, Concetta Crivera, Jeff R Schein, Craig I Coleman
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare hospital length of stay (LOS) and hospital treatment costs in low-risk patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) anticoagulated with rivaroxaban or heparin bridging to warfarin therapy. DESIGN: Retrospective review of electronic health records and hospital billing records. SETTING: Large, teaching hospital in the northeastern United States. PATIENTS: One hundred ninety adults with objectively confirmed acute PE presenting to the emergency department between November 1, 2012, and May, 12, 2015, who were classified as low risk of early mortality and received anticoagulation with either rivaroxaban or heparin (i...
October 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Bill Lukin, Li-Jun Fan, Jing-Zhou Zhao, Jian-Dong Sun, Kaeleen Dingle, Rhonda Purtill, Sam Tapp, Xiang-Yu Hou
BACKGROUND: Hospital emergency department (ED) use by patients from residential aged care facilities (RACFs) is not always appropriate, and this calls for interventions to avoid some unnecessary uses. This study aims to compare patterns of ED use by RACF patients with and without a Hospital in the Nursing Home (HiNH) program. METHODS: RACF patients presenting to EDs of a hospital with and a hospital without this program during pre- and post-intervention periods were included...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Ruth Lavergne, Michael R Law, Sandra Peterson, Scott Garrison, Jeremiah Hurley, Lucy Cheng, Kimberlyn McGrail
BACKGROUND: In 2007, the province of British Columbia implemented incentive payments to primary care physicians for the provision of comprehensive, continuous, guideline-informed care for patients with 2 or more chronic conditions. We examined the impact of this program on primary care access and continuity, rates of hospital admission and costs. METHODS: We analyzed all BC patients who qualified for the incentive based on their diagnostic profile. We tracked primary care contacts and continuity, hospital admissions (total, via the emergency department and for targeted conditions), and cost of physician services, hospital care and pharmaceuticals, for 24 months before and 24 months after the intervention...
October 18, 2016: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Allison Bryant, Tiffany Blake-Lamb, Ida Hatoum, Milton Kotelchuck
Objectives We sought to determine rates and correlates of accessing health care in the 2 years following delivery among women at an urban academic medical center. Methods We used electronic medical records, discharge, and billing data to determine the occurrence of primary care, other non-primary outpatient care, emergency department visits, and inpatient admissions among women delivering at a single medical center who had a known primary care affiliation to that medical center over a 5 year period. We explored sociodemographic, clinical, and health care-related factors as correlates of care, using bivariate and multivariable modeling...
August 9, 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Karsten Kortüm, Christoph Hirneiß, Michael Müller, Alexander Babenko, Anselm Kampik, Thomas C Kreutzer
BACKGROUND: A specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) for ophthalmology was introduced in an academic center in Germany. As diagnoses coding corresponding to the International Classification of Diseases Version 10 (ICD-10) is mandatory for billing reasons in Germany, we analyzed whether a change occurred in the diversity and number of diagnoses after the EHR introduction. The number of patients was also analyzed. Proper diagnoses coding is of the utmost importance for further data analysis or billing...
2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Sarah D Ronis, Kenneth M McConnochie, Hongyue Wang, Nancy E Wood
BACKGROUND: Children with care for acute illness available through the Health-e-Access telemedicine model at childcare and schools were previously found to have 22% less emergency department (ED) use than counterparts without this service, but they also had 24% greater acute care use overall. INTRODUCTION: We assessed the hypothesis that increased utilization reflected improved access among impoverished inner-city children to a level experienced by more affluent suburban children...
July 6, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Myat Pan Hmone, Michael J Dibley, Mu Li, Ashraful Alam
BACKGROUND: Undernutrition is a major concern for Myanmar children with low exclusive breastfeeding rate (24%). A formative study was conducted to explore the perceptions and practices relating to exclusive breastfeeding, and barriers and facilitators to using mobile communications for exclusive breastfeeding counselling. The results inform the design of a randomized control trial to promote exclusive breastfeeding practices among Myanmar mothers. METHODS: We conducted twenty in-depth interviews with pregnant women and accompanying family members attending an antenatal clinic at the Central Women's Hospital, Yangon, seven key-informant interviews and one focus group discussion with fifteen service providers such as nurses, doctors, managers and staff from the National Nutrition Centre, Department of Health, United Nations Children's Fund International and National Non-Government Organizations and Ooredoo, a private mobile company...
2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Sujoy Chakravarty, Joel C Cantor
BACKGROUND: Health care spending is concentrated among a small number of high-cost patients, and the popularity of initiatives to improve care and reduce cost among such "superusers" (SUs) is growing. However, SU costs decline naturally over time, even without intervention, a statistical phenomenon known as regression-to-the-mean (RTM). OBJECTIVES: We assess the magnitude of RTM in hospital costs for cohorts of hospital SUs identified on the basis of high inpatient (IP) or emergency department (ED) utilization...
September 2016: Medical Care
Resa E Lewiss, Jessica Cook, Allison Sauler, Nicholas Avitabile, Nicole L Kaban, Jeffrey Rabrich, Turandot Saul, Sebastian D Siadecki, Dan Wiener
BACKGROUND: Emergency point-of-care ultrasound (POC u/s) is an example of a health information technology that improves patient care and time to correct diagnosis. POC u/s examinations should be documented, as they comprise an integral component of physician decision making. Incomplete documentation prevents coding, billing and physician group compensation for ultrasound-guided procedures and patient care. We aimed to assess the effect of directed education and personal feedback through a task force driven initiative to increase the number of POC u/s examinations documented and transferred to medical coders by emergency medicine physicians...
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Melissa K Accordino, Jason D Wright, Sowmya Vasan, Alfred I Neugut, Grace C Hillyer, Jim C Hu, Dawn L Hershman
PURPOSE: The optimal frequency of monitoring patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is unknown; however, data suggest that intensive monitoring does not improve outcomes. We performed a population-based analysis to evaluate patterns and predictors of extreme use of disease-monitoring tests (serum tumor markers [STMs] and radiographic imaging) among women with MBC. METHODS: The SEER-Medicare database was used to identify women with MBC diagnosed from 2002 to 2011 who underwent disease monitoring...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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