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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207344/the-future-of-the-affordable-care-act-and-insurance-coverage
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Sherry Glied, Adlan Jackson
We describe the patterns of coverage gains associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansions and use these patterns to assess the potential impact of alternative repeal or repeal and replace strategies because Congress and the president are weighing options to repeal or replace the ACA. We find that specific provisions of the ACA, including the Medicaid expansion and the structure of premium subsidies, have been associated with large and robust gains in insurance coverage. We evaluate the impact of retaining dependent coverage and high-risk pool provisions and show, on the basis of the ACA experience, that these provisions would have little effect on coverage...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203262/participatory-epidemiology-the-contribution-of-participatory-research-to-epidemiology
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Mario Bach, Susanne Jordan, Susanne Hartung, Claudia Santos-Hövener, Michael T Wright
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology has contributed in many ways to identifying various risk factors for disease and to promoting population health. However, there is a continuing debate about the ability of epidemiology not only to describe, but also to provide results which can be better translated into public health practice. It has been proposed that participatory research approaches be applied to epidemiology as a way to bridge this gap between description and action. A systematic account of what constitutes participatory epidemiology practice has, however, been lacking...
2017: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203062/what-are-the-highly-important-and-desirable-patient-engagement-actions-for-self-care-as-perceived-by-individuals-living-in-the-southern-united-states
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Huey-Ming Tzeng, James Marcus Pierson
AIM: This exploratory survey study aimed to identify patient engagement actions that are the most frequently named as being highly important (top 30 by importance) or ones that they want to do (top 30 by desire) for community-dwelling adult patients living in the southern United States. Items not making the list of the top 30 by ability were also identified. BACKGROUND: Patient engagement is still an ambiguous term among population health and health care professionals in the United States as we lack a clear understanding of what it entails...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202932/the-use-and-impact-of-digital-technology-on-population-health-and-health-equity-gains-a-sponsored-e-supplement
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December 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197620/measuring-practicing-clinicians-information-literacy-an-exploratory-analysis-in-the-context-of-panel-management
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Brian E Dixon, Katherine Barboza, Ashley E Jensen, Katelyn J Bennett, Scott E Sherman, Mark D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: As healthcare moves towards technology-driven population health management, clinicians must adopt complex digital platforms to access health information and document care. OBJECTIVES: This study explored information literacy, a set of skills required to effectively navigate population health information systems, among primary care providers in one Veterans' Affairs (VA) medical center. METHODS: Information literacy was assessed during an 8-month randomized trial that tested a population health (panel) management intervention...
February 15, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196089/taxes-and-subsidies-for-improving-diet-and-population-health-in-australia-a-cost-effectiveness-modelling-study
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Linda J Cobiac, King Tam, Lennert Veerman, Tony Blakely
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of countries are implementing taxes on unhealthy foods and drinks to address the growing burden of dietary-related disease, but the cost-effectiveness of combining taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on healthy foods is not well understood. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Using a population model of dietary-related diseases and health care costs and food price elasticities, we simulated the effect of taxes on saturated fat, salt, sugar, and sugar-sweetened beverages and a subsidy on fruits and vegetables, over the lifetime of the Australian population...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193279/change-in-life-expectancy-with-type-2-diabetes-a-study-using-claims-data-from-lower-saxony-germany
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Denise Muschik, Juliane Tetzlaff, Karin Lange, Jelena Epping, Sveja Eberhard, Siegfried Geyer
BACKGROUND: This study estimates life expectancy with and without type 2 diabetes for individuals in Lower Saxony, Germany in order to detect a trend in population health. METHODS: Morbidity and mortality data derived from German administrative claims data (statutory health insurance, AOK Niedersachsen, N = 2,900,065) were used covering 10 years from 2005 to 2014. Life table analysis was applied for calculating life expectancy, life expectancy free of type 2 diabetes, life expectancy with type 2 diabetes, and the proportion of life expectancy free of diabetes to total life expectancy using the Sullivan method...
February 13, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192044/an-early-look-at-the-association-between-state-medicaid-expansion-and-disparities-in-cardiovascular-diseases-a-comprehensive-population-health-management-approach
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Christopher K Rogers, Ning Jackie Zhang
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases nationally and disproportionately affects low-income individuals. There are substantial disparities on CVD outcomes that stem from the lack of health insurance among low-income populations. The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid health insurance to low-income populations, and aims to increase the utilization of health, social, and economic preventive services to reduce health disparities and prevent chronic diseases. The authors analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to understand the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on disparities in CVD among low-income populations...
February 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192033/seven-foundational-principles-of-population-health-policy
#9
Dru Bhattacharya, Jay Bhatt
In 2016, Keyes and Galea issued 9 foundational principles of population health science and invited further deliberations by specialists to advance the field. This article presents 7 foundational principles of population health policy whose intersection with health care, public health, preventive medicine, and now population health, presents unique challenges. These principles are in response to a number of overarching questions that have arisen in over a decade of the authors' collective practice in the public and private sectors, and having taught policy within programs of medicine, law, nursing, and public health at the graduate and executive levels...
February 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187304/medicaid-s-lasting-impressions-population-health-and-insurance-at-birth
#10
Heeju Sohn
This article examines lasting mortality improvements associated with availability of Medicaid at time and place of birth. Using the US Vital Statistics (1959-2010), I exploit the variation in when each of the 50 states adopted Medicaid to estimate overall infant mortality improvements that coincided with Medicaid participation. 0.23 less infant deaths per 1000 live births was associated with states' Medicaid implementation. Second, I find lasting associations between Medicaid and mortality improvements across the life-course...
January 24, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187216/the-lexicocalorimeter-gauging-public-health-through-caloric-input-and-output-on-social-media
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Sharon E Alajajian, Jake Ryland Williams, Andrew J Reagan, Stephen C Alajajian, Morgan R Frank, Lewis Mitchell, Jacob Lahne, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds
We propose and develop a Lexicocalorimeter: an online, interactive instrument for measuring the "caloric content" of social media and other large-scale texts. We do so by constructing extensive yet improvable tables of food and activity related phrases, and respectively assigning them with sourced estimates of caloric intake and expenditure. We show that for Twitter, our naive measures of "caloric input", "caloric output", and the ratio of these measures are all strong correlates with health and well-being measures for the contiguous United States...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186011/mapping-local-codes-to-read-codes
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Wilfred Bonney, James Galloway, Christopher Hall, Mikhail Ghattas, Leandro Tramma, Thomas Nind, Louise Donnelly, Emily Jefferson, Alexander Doney
: Background & Objectives: Legacy laboratory test codes make it difficult to use clinical datasets for meaningful translational research, where populations are followed for disease risk and outcomes over many years. The Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee hosts continuous biochemistry data from the clinical laboratories in Tayside and Fife dating back as far as 1987. However, the HIC-managed biochemistry dataset is coupled with incoherent sample types and unstandardised legacy local test codes, which increases the complexity of using the dataset for reasonable population health outcomes...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185587/local-self-governance-in-health-a-study-of-it-s-functioning-in-odisha-india
#13
Bhuputra Panda, Sanjay P Zodpey, Harshad P Thakur
BACKGROUND: Local decision making is linked to several service quality improvement parameters. Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) at peripheral decision making health units (DMHU) are composite bodies that are mandated to ensure accountability and transparency in governance, improve quality of services, and facilitate local responsiveness. There is scant literature on the nature of functioning of these institutions in Odisha. This study aimed to assess the perception of RKS members about their roles, involvement and practices with respect to local decision making and management of DMHUs; it further examined perceptual and functional differences between priority and non-priority district set-ups; and identified predictors of involvement of RKS members in local governance of health units...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181969/a-population-health-driver-diagram-to-address-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Paul Campbell Erwin, Laurie L Meschke, Samantha F Ehrlich, John W Moran
This article describes the process for developing a population health driver diagram to address a priority health issue in East Tennessee: neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Population health driver diagrams are used in quality improvement processes for determining and aligning actions that a community can take to achieve a specified outcome. The Tennessee Department of Health contracted with the University of Tennessee's Department of Public Health to conduct a community participatory process to contribute to a statewide health improvement plan...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181666/a-partnership-model-to-improve-population-health-screening-for-noncommunicable-conditions-and-their-common-risk-factors-qazvin-islamic-republic-of-iran
#15
S Alikhani, B Damari
Early findings and management of health conditions are among the key functions of health care systems. We developed a partnership framework to establish an extended primary health care-based selective screening service for the entire population of a small town as a key project of Qazvin Health Plan, Qazvin, Islamic Republic of Iran. Eight scientific associations and a diverse technical taskforce extensively reviewed evidence to adapt the grade A and B preventive recommendations of the American Preventive Service Taskforce...
February 1, 2017: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180084/italian-wolves-canis-lupus-italicus-altobello-1921-and-molecular-detection-of-taeniids-in-the-foreste-casentinesi-national-park-northern-italian-apennines
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Giovanni Poglayen, Francesca Gori, Benedetto Morandi, Roberta Galuppi, Elena Fabbri, Romolo Caniglia, Pietro Milanesi, Marco Galaverni, Ettore Randi, Barbara Marchesi, Peter Deplazes
After centuries of massive decline, the recovery of the wolf (Canis lupus italicus) in Italy is a typical conservation success story. To learn more about the possible role of parasites in the wolves' individual and population health and conservation we used non-invasive molecular approaches on fecal samples to identify individual wolves, pack membership, and the taeniids present, some of which are zoonotic. A total of 130 specimens belonging to 54 wolves from eight packs were collected and examined. Taeniid eggs were isolated using a sieving/flotation technique, and the species level was identified by PCR (gene target: 12S rRNA and nad1)...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167709/tracking-the-changing-landscape-of-corporate-wellness-companies
#17
Jean Abraham, Katie M White
The corporate wellness industry is diversifying and now includes legacy wellness companies, divisions of health plans or delivery systems, and new technology-focused solution enterprises. We conducted in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry to understand the changes in its supply side, the drivers of these changes, future trends, and their implications for employers and policy makers. Three key trends emerged from the interviews: The industry is expanding and becoming increasingly diverse and competitive; wellness companies are redefining their business models to promote a culture of health; and the value proposition of employee wellness programs is shifting from a return on investment to a new idea: value on investment...
February 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166801/assessing-the-health-impact-of-transnational-corporations-a-case-study-on-mcdonald-s-australia
#18
Julia Anaf, Frances E Baum, Matt Fisher, Elizabeth Harris, Sharon Friel
BACKGROUND: The practices of transnational corporations affect population health through production methods, shaping social determinants of health, or influencing the regulatory structures governing their activities. There has been limited research on community exposures to TNC policies and practices. Our pilot research used McDonald's Australia to test methods for assessing the health impacts of one TNC within Australia. METHODS: We adapted existing Health Impact Assessment methods to assess McDonald's activities...
February 6, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164817/primary-care-issues-in-inner-city-america-and-internationally
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REVIEW
Ramon Cancino
Inner-city patient populations are high-risk for poor outcomes, including increased risk of mortality. Barriers to delivering high-quality primary care to inner-city patients include lack of access, poor distribution of primary care providers (PCPs), competing demands, and financial restraints. Health care issues prevalent in this population include obesity, diabetes, cancer screening, asthma, infectious diseases, and obstetric and prenatal care. Population health management and quality improvement (QI) activities must target disparities in care...
March 2017: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163918/health-system-performance-assessment-landscape-at-the-eu-level-a-structured-synthesis-of-actors-and-actions
#20
Nataša Perić, Maria M Hofmarcher-Holzhacker, Judit Simon
BACKGROUND: Many policy makers and other stakeholders in the EU have expressed interest in better understanding the performance of their own health systems to identify opportunities for improvement in effectiveness, efficiency and equity. Health system performance assessment (HSPA) has received considerable attention at EU level as an instrument to improve transparency and accountability. This is equally important for population health and sustainable health spending. The goal of this paper is to synthesise and map the current state and developments in the field of HSPA relevant in the EU context and by this aid the navigation in the growing HSPA system, understand the available tools and identify opportunities for improvement...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
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