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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521814/access-to-healthcare-insurance-and-healthcare-services-among-syringe-exchange-program-clients-in-massachusetts-qualitative-findings-from-health-navigators-with-the-idu-i-do-care-collaborative
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Thomas J Stopka, Marguerite Hutcheson, Ashley Donahue
BACKGROUND: Little is known about access to health insurance among people who inject drugs (PWID) who attend syringe exchange programs (SEPs). The goal of the current study was to assess perceptions of SEP staff, including health navigators and program managers, on access to health insurance and healthcare access among SEP clients following implementation of state and federal policies to enhance universal healthcare access in Massachusetts. METHODS: Between December 2014 and January 2015, we conducted in-depth interviews (n = 14) with SEP staff, including both program managers and health navigators, to assess knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to health insurance enrollment and access to enhanced referrals among SEP clients...
May 18, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508184/nationwide-cross-sectional-adherence-to-mammography-screening-guidelines-national-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-survey-results
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Anand Narayan, Alexander Fischer, Zihe Zhang, Ryan Woods, Elizabeth Morris, Susan Harvey
PURPOSE: Varying recommendations about breast cancer screening have generated much confusion about when and how often to undergo mammography screening, yet there is limited population-based data about the extent to which patients adhere to various mammographic screening guidelines in practice. Our purpose was to evaluate population-based adherence to mammographic screening using criteria from major guideline-producing organizations. METHODS: Women aged 40-74 in the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey were included...
May 15, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508011/mandated-health-insurance-and-provider-reimbursement-via-private-insurance-evidence-from-the-massachusetts-health-reform
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Andrew Friedson, Allison Marier
In 2006, Massachusetts passed a reform that required individuals to purchase health insurance and provided subsidized health insurance to low-income individuals. The US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was modeled after this reform, making Massachusetts an ideal place to look at potential outcomes from the ACA. Postreform, the proportion of the health-insured population in Massachusetts greatly increased, which potentially changed physician reimbursement for procedures as usage of care, particularly preventative care for children increased...
January 2017: Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496344/adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapies-and-its-impact-on-relapse-health-resource-utilization-and-costs-among-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Jack Burks, Thomas S Marshall, Xiaolan Ye
PURPOSE: To evaluate adherence to disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) initiating oral and injectable DMTs, and to estimate the impact of adherence on relapse, health resource utilization, and medical costs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Commercially insured MS patients (aged 18-65 years, two or more MS diagnoses, one or more DMT claims) with continuous eligibility 12 months before and after the first DMT claim date (index date) and no DMT claim during the pre-index period were identified from a large commerical claims database for the period from January 1, 2008, to September 30, 2015...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492937/association-between-medication-use-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-and-risk-of-motor-vehicle-crashes
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Zheng Chang, Patrick D Quinn, Kwan Hur, Robert D Gibbons, Arvid Sjolander, Henrik Larsson, Brian M D'Onofrio
Importance: Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a major public health problem. Research has demonstrated that individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to experience MVCs, but the effect of ADHD medication treatment on the risk of MVCs remains unclear. Objective: To explore associations between ADHD medication use and risk of MVCs in a large cohort of patients with ADHD. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this study, a US national cohort of patients with ADHD (n = 2 319 450) was identified from commercial health insurance claims between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014, and followed up for emergency department visits for MVCs...
May 10, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490864/adherence-to-tobramycin-inhaled-powder-vs-inhaled-solution-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-analysis-of-us-insurance-claims-data
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Kamal Hamed, Valentino Conti, Hengfeng Tian, Emil Loefroth
PURPOSE: Tobramycin inhalation powder (TIP), the first dry-powder inhaled antibiotic for pulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, is associated with reduced treatment burden, increased patient satisfaction, and higher self-reported adherence for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. We compared adherence in CF patients newly treated with TIP with those newly treated with the traditional tobramycin inhalation solution (TIS), using US insurance claims data. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From the Truven MarketScan(®) database, we identified CF patients chronically infected with P...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486670/economic-evaluation-of-a-pre-esrd-pay-for-performance-programme-in-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Hui-Min Hsieh, Ming-Yen Lin, Yi-Wen Chiu, Ping-Hsun Wu, Li-Jeng Cheng, Feng-Shiuan Jian, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Shang-Jyh Hwang
Background: The National Health Insurance Administration in Taiwan initiated a nationwide pre-end-stage renal disease (ESRD) pay-for-performance (P4P) programme at the end of 2006 to improve quality of care for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. This study aimed to examine this programme's effect on patients' clinical outcomes and its cost-effectiveness among advanced CKD patients. Methods: We conducted a longitudinal observational matched cohort study using two nationwide population-based datasets...
November 10, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476262/facility-level-state-and-financial-factors-associated-with-changes-in-the-provision-of-smoking-cessation-services-in-us-substance-abuse-treatment-facilities-results-from-the-national-survey-of-substance-abuse-treatment-services-2006-to-2012
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Amy Cohn, Hoda Elmasry, Ray Niaura
Cigarette smoking is common among patients in substance abuse treatment. Tobacco control programs have advocated for integrated tobacco dependence treatment into behavioral healthcare, including within substance abuse treatment facilities (SATFs) to reduce the public health burden of tobacco use. This study used data from seven waves (2006 to 2012) of the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (n=94,145) to examine state and annual changes in the provision of smoking cessation services within US SATFs and whether changes over time could be explained by facility-level (private vs public ownership, receipt of earmarks, facility admissions, acceptance of government insurance) and state-level factors (cigarette tax per pack, smoke free policies, and percent of CDC recommended tobacco prevention spending)...
June 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476125/performance-of-claims-based-algorithms-for-identifying-incident-thyroid-cancer-in-commercial-health-plan-enrollees-receiving-antidiabetic-drug-therapies
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Donnie Funch, Douglas Ross, Betsey M Gardstein, Heather S Norman, Lauren A Sanders, Atheline Major-Pedersen, Helge Gydesen, David D Dore
BACKGROUND: Thyroid cancer incidence is increasing in the United States (US) and many other countries. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate algorithms using administrative medical claims data for identification of incident thyroid cancer. METHODS: This effort was part of a prospective cohort study of adults initiating therapy on antidiabetic drugs and used administrative data from a large commercial health insurer in the US. Patients had at least 6 months of continuous enrollment prior to initiation during 2009-2013, with follow-up through March, 2014 or until disenrollment...
May 5, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461353/the-medicare-access-and-chip-reauthorization-act-and-the-corporate-transformation-of-american-medicine
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Lawrence P Casalino
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) may accelerate the movement of physicians into corporate employment by hospitals and, to a lesser extent, by health insurers and other corporations. This article briefly summarizes the demographics of US physician practice, the potential advantages and disadvantages of physician employment by large corporations, and the evidence to date on the performance of large versus small physician practices and hospital-employed versus independent physicians...
May 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461348/outpatient-office-wait-times-and-quality-of-care-for-medicaid-patients
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Tamar Oostrom, Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein
The time patients spend in a doctor's waiting room prior to a scheduled appointment is an important component of the quality of the overall health care experience. We analyzed data on twenty-one million outpatient visits obtained from electronic health record systems, which allowed us to measure time spent in the waiting room beyond the scheduled appointment time. Median wait time was a little more than four minutes. Almost one-fifth of visits had waits longer than twenty minutes, and 10 percent were more than thirty minutes...
May 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457336/association-of-socioeconomics-surgical-therapy-and-survival-of-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Niek A Peters, Ammar A Javed, Jin He, Christopher L Wolfgang, Matthew J Weiss
BACKGROUND: Underutilization of potential curative surgical treatment remains a problem in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Demographic and socioeconomic disparities continue to be important factors impacting utilization patterns, and exact mechanisms underlying these disparities remain largely unclarified. Focusing on these mechanisms provides us with a potential approach to improve survival of HCC patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Database to assess patients with early stage HCC diagnosed between January 2004 and December 2012...
April 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455944/patterns-of-medical-management-of-overactive-bladder-oab-and-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-bph-in-the-united-states
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Jennifer T Anger, Howard B Goldman, Xuemei Luo, Martin O Carlsson, Douglass Chapman, Kelly H Zou, David Russell, Fady Ntanios, Canan B Esinduy, J Quentin Clemens
AIMS: Overactive bladder (OAB) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are highly prevalent conditions that place a large burden on the United States (US) health care system. We sought to analyze patterns of prescription medication usage for incident OAB in men and women, and for incident BPH in men using US health insurance claims data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study used Truven Health MarketScan® Commercial and Medicare Supplemental Research databases. The data were pooled from diverse points of care...
April 28, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455559/prevalence-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-united-states-adult-population-in-healthcare-claims-databases-2004-2014
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Theresa M Hunter, Natalie N Boytsov, Xiang Zhang, Krista Schroeder, Kaleb Michaud, Andre B Araujo
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the United States (US) adult insured population from 2004 to 2014. This was an observational, retrospective, cross-sectional study based on US administrative health insurance claims databases (Truven Health MarketScan(®) Research database and IMS PharMetrics Plus database). Trends in RA prevalence focusing on the 10-year period covering January 1, 2004-December 31, 2014 were analyzed using a validated algorithm for the identification of RA...
April 28, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454834/trends-in-health-care-expenditure-among-us-adults-with-heart-failure-the-medical-expenditure-panel-survey-2002-2011
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Justin B Echouffo-Tcheugui, Kinfe G Bishu, Gregg C Fonarow, Leonard E Egede
Population-based national data on the trends in expenditures related to heart failure (HF) are scarce. Assessing the time trends in health care expenditures for HF in the United States can help to better define the burden of this condition. METHODS: Using 10-year data (2002-2011) from the national Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (weighted sample of 188,708,194US adults aged ≥18years) and a 2-part model (adjusting for demographics, comorbidities, and time); we estimated adjusted mean and incremental medical expenditures by HF status...
April 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451875/prevalence-of-gabapentin-abuse-comparison-with-agents-with-known-abuse-potential-in-a-commercially-insured-us-population
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Alyssa M Peckham, Kathleen A Fairman, David A Sclar
BACKGROUND: Despite international calls to make gabapentin a controlled substance, studies of gabapentin use/abuse patterns are limited to small/high-risk samples and adverse event reports. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic assessment of the abuse potential/prevalence of gabapentin in a large sample. DATA SOURCE: Truven Health MarketScan(®) Commercial Claims and Encounters database, years 2013-2015. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Patients with two or more claims for one or more abusable drugs and ≥12 months' continuous enrollment were sampled for Lorenz curve analysis...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440864/breast-cancer-stage-variation-and-survival-in-association-with-insurance-status-and-sociodemographic-factors-in-us-women-18-to-64-years-old
#17
Christine D Hsu, Xiaoyan Wang, David V Habif, Cynthia X Ma, Kimberly J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Few population-based studies have examined the association between health insurance status and breast cancer stage at diagnosis and survival. The degree to which sociodemographic characteristics explain this association is also unclear. This study examined associations between insurance status and sociodemographic characteristics and stage at diagnosis and survival. METHODS: Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results 18 registries database, we identified 52,048 women aged 18 to 64 years who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and 2008...
April 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439403/policy-entrepreneurship-and-policy-networks-in-healthcare-systems-the-case-of-israel-s-pediatric-dentistry-reform
#18
Nissim Cohen, Tuvia Horev
BACKGROUND: Can the entry of a policy entrepreneur challenge the equilibrium of a policy network and promote changes that might clash with the goals of powerful civil-servants and/or interest groups and, if so, why and how? Our goal is to examine two sides of the same coin: how does an in-depth analysis of Israel's dental care reform enrich our understanding of policy networks and policy entrepreneurship? Second, how does the literature on policy networks and policy entrepreneurship help us understand this reform? Based on a theoretical framework that appears in the literature of policy entrepreneurship and policy networks, we analyze the motivations, goals and strategies of the main actors involved in the process of reforming pediatric dental care in Israel...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439178/hispanic-residential-isolation-adhd-diagnosis-and-stimulant-treatment-among-medicaid-insured-youth
#19
Dinci Pennap, Mehmet Burcu, Daniel J Safer, Julie M Zito
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate a conceptual framework that assessed the effect of Hispanic residential isolation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) health service utilization among 2.2 million publicly insured youth. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Medicaid administrative claims data for ambulatory care services from a US Pacific state linked with US census data. PARTICIPANTS: Youth, aged 2-17 years, continuously enrolled in 2009...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435755/comparison-of-primary-care-physician-reimbursement-rates-in-the-united-states
#20
Nathan Riley, Kelley Withy, Kevin Rogers, Ragan DuBose-Morris, Tiffany Kurozawa
With a growing shortage of physicians, particularly primary care physicians, the issue of adequate pay in Hawai'i is increasingly important. Anecdotal reports of low pay in Hawai'i have rarely been substantiated. Data from FAIR Health, a company that tracks private insurance reimbursement rates, is compared across the United States (US) for the CPT code 99213. In addition, FAIR Health and Medicare rates are compared for cities with both similar and disparate cost of living to Hawai'i. Hawai'i is in the second lowest quintile for payment in the US for private insurances, and providers are reimbursed significantly lower than in cities with similar cost of living by both Medicare and private insurances...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
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