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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108941/factors-associated-with-emergency-department-useamong-veteran-psychiatric-patients
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Daniel M Blonigen, Kathryn S Macia, Xiaoyu Bi, Paola Suarez, Luisa Manfredi, Todd H Wagner
Frequent utilization of emergency department (ED) services contributes substantially to the cost of healthcare nationally and is often driven by psychiatric factors. Using national-level data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the present study examined patient-level factors associated with ED use among veteran psychiatric patients. Veterans who had at least one ED visit with a psychiatric diagnosis in fiscal years 2011-2012 (n = 226,122) were identified in VHA administrative records. Andersen's behavioral model of healthcare utilization was used to identify need, enabling, and predisposing factors associated with frequency of ED use (primary outcome) in multivariate regression models...
January 21, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108546/automatic-health-record-review-to-help-prioritize-gravely-ill-social-security-disability-applicants
#2
Kenneth Abbott, Yen-Yi Ho, Jennifer Erickson
OBJECTIVE: Every year, thousands of patients die waiting for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Some qualify for expedited service under the Compassionate Allowance (CAL) initiative, but CAL software focuses exclusively on information from a single form field. This paper describes the development of a supplemental process for identifying some overlooked but gravely ill applicants, through automatic annotation of health records accompanying new claims. We explore improved prioritization instead of fully autonomous claims approval...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108230/timeliness-and-risk-factors-associated-with-delay-for-pneumococcal-conjugate-10-valent-routine-immunization-in-brazilian-children
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Ana Lucia Sartori, Ruth Minamisava, Eliane Terezinha Afonso, Gabriela Moreira Policena, Grécia Carolina Pessoni, Ana Luiza Bierrenbach, Ana Lucia Andrade
BACKGROUND: Vaccination coverage is the usual metrics to evaluate the immunization programs performance. For the 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate (PCV10) vaccine, measuring the delay of vaccination is also important, particularly as younger children are at increased risk of disease. Routinely collected administrative data was used to assess the timeliness of PCV10 vaccination, and the factors associated with delay to receive the first and second doses, and the completion of the PCV10 3+1 schedule...
January 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106360/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-final-rule
#4
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The departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight...
19, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106358/national-vaccine-injury-compensation-program-revisions-to-the-vaccine-injury-table-final-rule
#5
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On July 29, 2015, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations governing the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP or program) by proposing revisions to the Vaccine Injury Table (Table). The Secretary based the Table revisions primarily on the 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality," the work of nine HHS workgroups who reviewed the IOM findings, and consideration of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines' (ACCV) recommendations...
19, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105639/persistent-variation-in-medicare-payment-authorization-for-home-hemodialysis-treatments
#6
Adam S Wilk, Richard A Hirth, Wei Zhang, John R C Wheeler, Marc N Turenne, Tammie A Nahra, Kathryn K Sleeman, Joseph M Messana
OBJECTIVE: To analyze variation in medical care use attributable to Medicare's decentralized claims adjudication process as exemplified in home hemodialysis (HHD) therapy. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Secondary data analysis using 2009-2012 paid Medicare claims for HHD and in-center hemodialysis (IHD). STUDY DESIGN: We compared variation across Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) in predicted paid treatments per standardized patient-month for HHD and IHD patients...
January 19, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103939/physician-migration-at-its-roots-a-study-on-the-emigration-preferences-and-plans-among-medical-students-in-romania
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Şoimita Mihaela Suciu, Codruta Alina Popescu, Mugur Daniel Ciumageanu, Anca Dana Buzoianu
BACKGROUND: Migration of healthcare workers is receiving increased attention worldwide. In Europe, the creation of a border-free labor market and its expansion with the EU enlargements of 2004, 2007, and 2013 endowed health professionals with the right to provide services and to relocate to another EU Member State. For the Romanian doctors, the EU-wide recognition of the medical degree obtained in Romania has created new opportunities, while inadequate working conditions and relatively low salaries pushed many of them to search for employment abroad...
January 19, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103861/the-saskatchewan-new-brunswick-healthy-start-d%C3%A3-part-sant%C3%A3-intervention-implementation-cost-estimates-of-a-physical-activity-and-healthy-eating-intervention-in-early-learning-centers
#8
Nazmi Sari, Nazeem Muhajarine, Amanda Froehlich Chow
BACKGROUND: Participation in daily physical activity and consuming a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods are behaviours associated with positive health outcomes during all stages of life. Previous literature suggests that the earlier these behaviours are established the greater the health benefits. As such, early learning settings have been shown to provide an effective avenue for exploring and influencing the physical activity and healthy eating behaviours of children before school entry...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103079/adhd-treatment-in-primary-care
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Tanya S Hauck, Cindy Lau, Laura Li Foa Wing, Paul Kurdyak, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and characteristics of youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Ontario, Canada, and to determine the predictors of psychotropic medication prescriptions in youth with ADHD. METHOD: This is a cross-sectional retrospective chart abstraction of more than 250 000 medical records from youth aged 1 to 24 years in a large geographical region in Ontario, Canada, linked to population-based health administrative data...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102997/confidentiality-of-substance-use-disorder-patient-records-final-rule
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations and facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. These modifications also help clarify the regulations and reduce unnecessary burden.
18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102985/medicare-program-changes-to-the-medicare-claims-and-entitlement-medicare-advantage-organization-determination-and-medicare-prescription-drug-coverage-determination-appeals-procedures-final-rule
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This final rule revises the procedures that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) follows at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level for appeals of payment and coverage determinations for items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries, enrollees in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other Medicare competitive health plans, and enrollees in Medicare prescription drug plans, as well as appeals of Medicare beneficiary enrollment and entitlement determinations, and certain Medicare premium appeals...
17, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100255/early-life-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-greater-use-of-academic-support-services-in-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-urban-children
#12
Jeanette A Stingone, Katharine H McVeigh, Luz Claudio
BACKGROUND: There is a growing literature showing associations between prenatal and early-life exposure to air pollution and children's neurodevelopment. However, it is unclear if decrements in neurodevelopment observed in epidemiologic research translate into observable functional outcomes in the broader pediatric population. The objective of this study was to examine the association between early-life exposures to common urban air toxics and the use of academic support services, such as early intervention and special education within a population-based cohort of urban children...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100208/access-to-primary-health-care-for-acute-vascular-events-in-rural-low-income-settings-a-mixed-methods-study
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Shyfuddin Ahmed, Muhammad Ashique Haider Chowdhury, Md Alfazal Khan, Nafisa Lira Huq, Aliya Naheed
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of global mortality. Among the CVDs, acute vascular events (AVE) mainly ischemic heart diseases and stroke are the largest contributors. To achieve 25% reduction in preventable deaths from CVDs by 2025, health systems need to be equipped with extended service coverage in order to provide person-centered care. The overall goal of this proposed study is to assess access to health care in-terms of service availability, care seeking patterns and barriers to access care after AVE in rural Bangladesh...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100201/developing-a-practice-guideline-for-the-occupational-health-services-by-using-a-community-of-practice-approach-a-process-evaluation-of-the-development-process
#14
Lydia Kwak, Charlotte Wåhlin, Kjerstin Stigmar, Irene Jensen
BACKGROUND: One way to facilitate the translation of research into the occupational health service practice is through clinical practice guidelines. To increase the implementability of guidelines it is important to include the end-users in the development, for example by a community of practice approach. This paper describes the development of an occupational health practice guideline aimed at the management of non-specific low back pain (LBP) by using a community of practice approach...
January 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099663/primary-health-care-care-coordinator-in-regionalized-networks
#15
Patty Fidelis de Almeida, Adriano Maia Dos Santos
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the breadth of care coordination by Primary Health Care in three health regions. METHODS: This is a quantitative and qualitative case study. Thirty-one semi-structured interviews with municipal, regional and state managers were carried out, besides a cross-sectional survey with the administration of questionnaires to physicians (74), nurses (127), and a representative sample of users (1,590) of Estratégia Saúde da Família (Family Health Strategy) in three municipal centers of health regions in the state of Bahia...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097713/pharmacist-industry-relationships
#16
Keene Saavedra, Bonnie O'Connor, Adriane Fugh-Berman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to document, in their own words, beliefs and attitudes that American pharmacists have towards the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacists' interactions with industry. METHODS: An ethnographic-style qualitative study was conducted utilizing open-ended interviews with four hospital pharmacists, two independent pharmacists, two retail pharmacists and one administrative pharmacist in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to elicit descriptions of and attitudes towards pharmacists' relationships with industry...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097610/on-the-interdependence-of-ambulatory-and-hospital-care-in-the-german-health-system
#17
Tugba Büyükdurmus, Thomas Kopetsch, Hendrik Schmitz, Harald Tauchmann
For some considerable time now the interface between ambulatory and hospital care has been mooted as a cause of inefficiencies in the German health system and there have been calls for a softening of the strict separation between the two sectors. This debate emphasizes the need for detailed empirical information on the interdependence between the two sectors. Using extensive administrative data at the level of the 412 German counties for the years 2007 to 2009 and a simultaneous equation model which allows the numbers of ambulatory and hospital cases to be mutually interdependent, we examine the connection between ambulatory and hospital specialist care separately for ten medical specialties...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095911/mistreatment-of-women-during-childbirth-in-abuja-nigeria-a-qualitative-study-on-perceptions-and-experiences-of-women-and-healthcare-providers
#18
Meghan A Bohren, Joshua P Vogel, Özge Tunçalp, Bukola Fawole, Musibau A Titiloye, Akinpelu Olanrewaju Olutayo, Modupe Ogunlade, Agnes A Oyeniran, Olubunmi R Osunsan, Loveth Metiboba, Hadiza A Idris, Francis E Alu, Olufemi T Oladapo, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Michelle J Hindin
BACKGROUND: Global efforts have increased facility-based childbirth, but substantial barriers remain in some settings. In Nigeria, women report that poor provider attitudes influence their use of maternal health services. Evidence also suggests that women in Nigeria may experience mistreatment during childbirth; however, there is limited understanding of how and why mistreatment this occurs. This study uses qualitative methods to explore women and providers' experiences and perceptions of mistreatment during childbirth in two health facilities and catchment areas in Abuja, Nigeria...
January 17, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093724/the-potential-of-high-dimensional-propensity-scores-in-health-services-research-an-exemplary-study-on-the-quality-of-care-for-elective-percutaneous-coronary-interventions
#19
Dirk Enders, Christoph Ohlmeier, Edeltraut Garbe
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating the potential of the high-dimensional propensity score (HDPS) to control for residual confounding in studies analyzing quality of care based on administrative health insurance data. DATA SOURCE: Secondary data from 2004 to 2009 from three German statutory health insurance providers. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in patients with elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) and compared the mortality risk between the in- and outpatient setting using Cox regression...
January 16, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093688/kentucky-health-access-nurturing-development-services-home-visiting-program-improves-maternal-and-child-health
#20
Corrine M Williams, Sarah Cprek, Ibitola Asaolu, Brenda English, Tracey Jewell, Kylen Smith, Joyce Robl
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Home visitation programs are one of the numerous efforts to help reduce the rates of preterm birth and low birth weight as well as offering other improvements in maternal and child health and development. The Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) is a voluntary, home visiting program serving first-time, high-risk mothers. This study's objective was to evaluate the impact of HANDS on maternal and child health outcomes. METHODS: HANDS administrative data, live birth certificate records and data from the Division of Child Protection and Safety were used in these analyses...
January 16, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
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