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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
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Christian P Meyer, Anna Krasnova, Jesse D Sammon, Stuart R Lipsitz, Joel S Weissman, Maxine Sun, Quoc-Dien Trinh
Cancer preventive services, when used appropriately, result in improved health, better quality of life and decreased costs. For these reasons, cancer preventive services represent important priorities within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the many provisions to improve access to preventive services the ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as trajectory to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. In order to evaluate this benchmark, we analyzed (in 2016/Boston) screening prevalence of breast cancer, a recommended screening test according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and prostate cancer, for which screening is no longer recommended by the USPSTF, among traditional Medicare beneficiaries and those enrolled in ACOs...
May 17, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515182/health-assets-in-older-age-a-systematic-review
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Yvonne Claire Hornby-Turner, Nancye May Peel, Ruth Eleanor Hubbard
BACKGROUND: Finding ways to optimise health in older age is key to reducing the impact of population ageing on health and social care systems. A salutogenic approach takes into account an individual's health assets-internal or external strengths or accessible resources which improve and preserve physical, social and mental wellness, independence and quality of life. The aim of this narrative systematic review was to provide a summary and appraisal of the evidence for factors that act as health assets within personal, social, economic and environmental domains...
May 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500925/revisiting-racial-disparities-in-access-to-surgical-management-of-drug-resistant-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-post-implementation-of-affordable-care-act
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Kanika Sharma, Piyush Kalakoti, Miriam Henry, Vikas Mishra, Rosario Maria Riel-Romero, Christina Notarianni, Anil Nanda, Hai Sun
OBJECTIVES: Prior to enactment of the Affordable Care Act(ACA), several reports demonstrated remarkable racial disparities in access to surgical care for epileptic patients. Implementation of ACA provided healthcare access to 7-16 million uninsured Americans. The current study investigates racial disparity post ACA era in (1) access to surgical management of drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy (DRTLE); (2) short-term outcomes in the surgical cohort. PATIENT AND METHODS: Adult patients with DRTLE registered in the National Inpatient Sample (2012-2013) were identified...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484059/funding-instability-reduces-the-impact-of-the-federal-teaching-health-center-graduate-medical-education-program
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Troy Kurz, Winston Liaw, Peter Wingrove, Stephen Petterson, Andrew Bazemore
The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program is a decentralized residency training component of the Affordable Care Act, created to combat critical shortages and maldistribution of primary care physicians. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and federal data reveal that the THCGME program accounted for 33% of the net increase in family medicine residency positions between 2011 and 2015. However, amid concerns about the program's stability, the contribution of the THCGME program to the net increase fell to 7% after 2015...
May 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479414/is-higher-acceptance-associated-with-less-anticipatory-grief-among-patients-in-palliative-care
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Esther L Davis, Frank P Deane, Geoffrey C B Lyons, Gregory D Barclay
CONTEXT: Patients in palliative care can experience substantial psychological suffering. Acceptance based interventions from approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have demonstrated effectiveness in helping people cope with a range of life challenges. However, there is a dearth of research examining mechanisms of therapeutic change for patients in palliative care. OBJECTIVES: To assess the relationships between acceptance, anticipatory grief, anxiety and depression amongst patients in palliative care...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468663/evaluating-malaria-case-management-at-public-health-facilities-in-two-provinces-in-angola
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Mateusz M Plucinski, Manzambi Ferreira, Carolina Miguel Ferreira, Jordan Burns, Patrick Gaparayi, Lubaki João, Olinda da Costa, Parambir Gill, Claudete Samutondo, Joltim Quivinja, Eliane Mbounga, Gabriel Ponce de León, Eric S Halsey, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Filomeno Fortes
BACKGROUND: Malaria accounts for the largest portion of healthcare demand in Angola. A pillar of malaria control in Angola is the appropriate management of malaria illness, including testing of suspect cases with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treatment of confirmed cases with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). Periodic systematic evaluations of malaria case management are recommended to measure health facility readiness and adherence to national case management guidelines...
May 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466610/neonatal-cardiac-surgery-in-the-new-era-lessons-learned-from-1000-consecutive-cases
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Gabriel Amir, Georgy Frenkel, Elchanan Bruckheimer, Alexander Lowenthal, Amichay Rotstein, Jacob Katz, Yelena Zeitlin, Ofer Schiller, Einat Birk
BACKGROUND: neonatal cardiac surgery has evolved over the last 50 years with a large percentage of the patients achieving complete physiological repair in the neonatal period. The remaining patients achieve staged palliation with an increasing amount of success. OBJECTIVES: To report our experience with 1000 neonatal cardiac surgical procedures performed in the last 10 years. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of surgical outcome in all neonatal patients who underwent cardiac surgery between January 2007 and July 2016 at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel...
November 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463931/multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-prostate-repeatability-of-volume-and-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-quantification
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Andriy Fedorov, Mark G Vangel, Clare M Tempany, Fiona M Fennessy
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the repeatability of a region of interest (ROI) volume and mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in standard-of-care 3 T multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) of the prostate obtained with the use of endorectal coil. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant, with institutional review board approval and written informed consent...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444519/intention-to-enact-and-enactment-of-gatekeeper-behaviors-for-suicide-prevention-an-application-of-the-theory-of-planned-behavior
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Shane T W Kuhlman, Susan E Walch, Kristina N Bauer, April D Glenn
Gatekeeper training for suicide prevention was evaluated on a college campus to examine the impact of training on gatekeeper enactment of behaviors in support of suicide prevention and identify predictors of enactment of gatekeeper behaviors. Trained gatekeepers (N = 216) displayed greater perceived knowledge and self-efficacy for suicide prevention and reported higher rates of self-reported actual gatekeeper behaviors, including inquiring about suicidal ideation and referring for mental health treatment when they encountered someone in distress, compared to their untrained counterparts (N = 169)...
April 25, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442899/approaches-to-drug-therapy-for-copd-in-russia-a-proposed-therapeutic-algorithm
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Kirill A Zykov, Svetlana I Ovcharenko
Until recently, there have been few clinical algorithms for the management of patients with COPD. Current evidence-based clinical management guidelines can appear to be complex, and they lack clear step-by-step instructions. For these reasons, we chose to create a simple and practical clinical algorithm for the management of patients with COPD, which would be applicable to real-world clinical practice, and which was based on clinical symptoms and spirometric parameters that would take into account the pathophysiological heterogeneity of COPD...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441271/alternative-payment-models-and-urology
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Deborah R Kaye, David C Miller, Chad Ellimoottil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a historic bill that was recently passed that establishes how quality measurement and practice patterns will affect physician reimbursement. Alternative payment models (APMs) are an essential component of MACRA and Medicare's vision of paying for high-value care. This review describes APMs in the context of MACRA and their impact on urology. RECENT FINDINGS: The majority of urologists will be affected by MACRA...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438918/does-the-impact-of-biodiversity-differ-between-emerging-and-endemic-pathogens-the-need-to-separate-the-concepts-of-hazard-and-risk
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Parviez R Hosseini, James N Mills, Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, Vanessa O Ezenwa, Xavier Bailly, Annapaola Rizzoli, Gerardo Suzán, Marion Vittecoq, Gabriel E García-Peña, Peter Daszak, Jean-François Guégan, Benjamin Roche
Biodiversity is of critical value to human societies, but recent evidence that biodiversity may mitigate infectious-disease risk has sparked controversy among researchers. The majority of work on this topic has focused on direct assessments of the relationship between biodiversity and endemic-pathogen prevalence, without disentangling intervening mechanisms; thus study outcomes often differ, fuelling more debate. Here, we suggest two critical changes to the approach researchers take to understanding relationships between infectious disease, both endemic and emerging, and biodiversity that may help clarify sources of controversy...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414044/the-impact-of-the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-macra-on-the-field-of-ophthalmology
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Brenton Kinker, Kaitlyn Dobesh, Nariman Nassiri, Mark S Juzych, M Roy Wilson
PURPOSE: To analyze the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) on the field of ophthalmology. DESIGN: A perspective on the effects of MACRA's Quality Payment Program after analysis of the proposed rule, final rule, and commentary submitted by relevant stakeholders. RESULTS: Physicians will need to use one of two payment structures: Merit Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS), or Alternative Payment Models (APMs)...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407748/the-role-of-ethnicity-in-pathways-to-emergency-psychiatric-services-for-clients-with-psychosis
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Martin Rotenberg, Andrew Tuck, Rachel Ptashny, Kwame McKenzie
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the role of ethnicity in pathways to emergency mental health care in Toronto for clients with psychosis, while taking into account neighborhood factors. Previous literature has focused on Afro-Caribbean clients, reporting an increased risk of accessing mental health care through negative pathways. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for clients from 6 different ethnic origin groups presenting with psychosis - East Asian, South Asian, Black African, Black Caribbean, White European, and White North American - was undertaken in a psychiatric emergency department (ED)...
April 13, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384862/enzymatic-and-non-enzymatic-virulence-activities-of-dermatophytes-on-solid-media
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Elangovan Elavarashi, Anupma Jyoti Kindo, Sudha Rangarajan
INTRODUCTION: Dermatophytes are keratinophilic fungi causing superficial cutaneous infections that account 20-25% of the global population. As per literature search, there is a dearth in the study on virulence factors of dermatophytes from the Indian sub-continent and moreover the association of the virulence factors and the host tissue in vitro helps in understanding the host-pathogen interaction. AIM: To analyse the enzymatic and non-enzymatic virulence activities of dermatophytes on solid media...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376842/pattern-of-acute-organophosphorus-poisoning-at-university-of-gondar-teaching-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
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Getnet Mequanint Adinew, Assefa Belay Asrie, Eshetie Melese Birru
BACKGROUND: Despite the apparent benefits of organophosphate compounds (OPCs) acute organophosphate (OP) pesticide poison is an increasing problem worldwide. In a country like Ethiopia, where agriculture is a major component of the economy, these compounds are readily available to the general public. There is paucity of evidence from Ethiopia showing the pattern of organophosphate poisoning (OPP) in healthcare facilities. The objective of this study was to evaluate retrospectively the pattern of acute OPP at the University of Gondar Teaching Hospital in northwest Ethiopia, during September 2010 through December 2014 was conducted...
April 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375590/medicaid-program-disproportionate-share-hospital-payments-treatment-of-third-party-payers-in-calculating-uncompensated-care-costs-final-rule
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This final rule addresses the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments under section 1923(g)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act (Act), and the application of such limitation in the annual DSH audits required under section 1923(j) of the Act, by clarifying that the hospital-specific DSH limit is based only on uncompensated care costs. Specifically, this rule makes explicit in the text of the regulation, an existing interpretation that uncompensated care costs include only those costs for Medicaid eligible individuals that remain after accounting for payments made to hospitals by or on behalf of Medicaid eligible individuals, including Medicare and other third party payments that compensate the hospitals for care furnished to such individuals...
April 3, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375501/seven-ethical-issues-affecting-neurosurgeons-in-the-context-of-health-care-reform
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T Forcht Dagi
Ethical discussions around health care reform typically focus on problems of social justice and health care equity. This review, in contrast, focuses on ethical issues of particular importance to neurosurgeons, especially with respect to potential changes in the physician-patient relationship that may occur in the context of health care reform.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (H.R. 3590) was not the first attempt at health care reform in the United States but it is the one currently in force...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375499/episode-based-payment-and-direct-employer-purchasing-of-healthcare-services-recent-bundled-payment-innovations-and-the-geisinger-health-system-experience
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Jonathan R Slotkin, Olivia A Ross, Eric D Newman, Janet L Comrey, Victoria Watson, Rachel V Lee, Megan M Brosious, Gloria Gerrity, Scott M Davis, Jacquelyn Paul, E Lynn Miller, David T Feinberg, Steven A Toms
One significant driver of the disjointed healthcare often observed in the United States is the traditional fee-for-service payment model which financially incentivizes the volume of care delivered over the quality and coordination of care. This problem is compounded by the wide, often unwarranted variation in healthcare charges that purchasers of health services encounter for substantially similar episodes of care. The last 10 years have seen many stakeholder organizations begin to experiment with novel financial payment models that strive to obviate many of the challenges inherent in customary quantity-based cost paradigms...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375497/a-direct-experience-in-a-new-accountable-care-organization-results-challenges-and-the-role-of-the-neurosurgeon
#20
Dong H Kim, Christopher Lloyd, Douglas K Fernandez, Amanda Spielman, David Bradshaw
The passage of the Affordable Care Act saw the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a new approach to healthcare delivery moving from fee-for-service toward population health. This paper presents a case study of the Memorial Hermann ACO (MHACO), launched in response to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, with goals to align physician and hospital incentives, practice evidence-based medicine, develop care coordination, and increase efficiency. Building blocks included an affiliated primary care network, a clinical integration program (involving shared electronic medical record platforms and quality data reporting), and significant investments in information technology...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
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