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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932442/contraceptive-sales-in-the-setting-of-the-zika-virus-epidemic
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Luis Bahamondes, Moazzam Ali, Ilza Monteiro, Arlete Fernandes
STUDY QUESTION: Has there been any influence of the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak on the sales of contraceptive methods in Brazil? SUMMARY ANSWER: Contraceptive sales in the 24 months of evaluation showed little variation and no significant change has been observed since the ZIKV outbreak. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Transmission of ZIKV is primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes; however, sexual transmission has also been described. The association of several birth defects and the ZIKV infection during pregnancy has been established, and it was estimated in Bahia, Brazil that the infection rate could range from 10% to 80%...
December 7, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930356/impact-of-insurance-status-on-outcomes-and-use-of-rehabilitation-services-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-findings-from-get-with-the-guidelines-stroke
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Laura N Medford-Davis, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Haolin Xu, Eric E Smith, Robert Suter, Eric D Peterson, Ying Xian, Roland A Matsouaka, Lee H Schwamm
BACKGROUND: Insurance status affects access to care, which may affect health outcomes. The objective was to determine whether patients without insurance or with government-sponsored insurance had worse quality of care or in-hospital outcomes in acute ischemic stroke. METHODS AND RESULTS: Multivariable logistic regressions with generalized estimating equations stratified by age under or at least 65 years were adjusted for patient demographics and comorbidities, presenting factors, and hospital characteristics to determine differences in in-hospital mortality and postdischarge destination...
November 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924584/the-health-conditions-and-the-health-care-consumption-of-the-uninsured
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Marco A Castaneda, Meryem Saygili
This paper investigates the difference in the health conditions and the health care consumption of uninsured individuals as compared to individuals with private insurance, using a nationally representative data set of inpatient hospital admissions from the US. In line with the previous literature, our results indicate that uninsured individuals are, on average, in worse health conditions. However, if we compare individuals within the same diagnosis category, the uninsured are actually healthier, with a lower number of chronic conditions and a lower risk of mortality...
December 2016: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924173/predictors-of-recurrent-hospital-admission-for-patients-presenting-with-diabetic-ketoacidosis-and-hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar-state
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Annabel L Bradford, Courtney Champagne Crider, Xizheng Xu, Syed Hasan Naqvi
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS) are two serious, preventable complications of diabetes mellitus. Analysis of variables associated with recurrent DKA and HHS admission has the potential to improve patient outcomes by identifying possible areas for intervention. The aim of this study was to evaluate potential predictors of recurrent DKA or HHS admission. METHODS: This was a retrospective case-control study of 367 patients presenting during a 5-year period with DKA or HHS at a US tertiary academic medical center...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920314/medicaid-meets-its-equal-access-requirement-for-dental-care-but-oral-health-disparities-remain
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Jaffer A Shariff, Burton L Edelstein
Most US children today have public or private dental health insurance, yet oral health among publicly insured children remains a policy concern. We analyzed data for 2011-12 from the National Survey of Children's Health to compare oral health status and the use of dental care among publicly and privately insured children. After we adjusted for demographic and parent characteristics, we found no differences between the two groups in parent-reported use of dental care or unmet need for dental care. However, compared to parents of privately insured children, parents of publicly insured children were less likely to report that the condition of their child's teeth was excellent or very good and more likely to report that the child had had a dental problem in the past twelve months...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919177/economic-burden-of-inadequate-symptom-control-among-us-commercially-insured-irritable-bowel-syndrome-patients-with-diarrhea
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
AIMS: To assess healthcare resource use and costs among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea (IBS-D) patients with and without evidence of inadequate symptom control on current prescription therapies and estimate incremental all-cause costs associated with inadequate symptom control. METHODS: IBS-D patients aged ≥18 years with ≥1 medical claim for IBS (ICD-9-CM 564.1x) and either ≥2 claims for diarrhea (ICD-9-CM 787.91, 564.5x), or ≥1 claim for diarrhea plus ≥1 claim for abdominal pain (ICD-9-CM 789...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913569/national-health-spending-faster-growth-in-2015-as-coverage-expands-and-utilization-increases
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Anne B Martin, Micah Hartman, Benjamin Washington, Aaron Catlin
Total nominal US health care spending increased 5.8 percent and reached $3.2 trillion in 2015. On a per person basis, spending on health care increased 5.0 percent, reaching $9,990. The share of gross domestic product devoted to health care spending was 17.8 percent in 2015, up from 17.4 percent in 2014. Coverage expansions that began in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act continued to affect health spending growth in 2015. In that year, the faster growth in total health care spending was primarily due to accelerated growth in spending for private health insurance (growth of 7...
December 2, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905996/type-2-diabetes-detection-and-management-among-insured-adults
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Timothy M Dall, Weyna Yang, Pragna Halder, Jerry Franz, Erin Byrne, April P Semilla, Ritashree Chakrabarti, Bruce Stuart
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.9 million adults had diabetes in 2012 in the US, though many patients are undiagnosed or not managing their condition. This study provides US national and state estimates of insured adults with type 2 diabetes who are diagnosed, receiving exams and medication, managing glycemic levels, with diabetes complications, and their health expenditures. Such information can be used for benchmarking and to identify gaps in diabetes detection and management...
November 21, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905896/the-impact-of-medical-tourism-on-colorectal-screening-among-korean-americans-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Linda K Ko, Victoria M Taylor, Jihye Yoon, Wade K Copeland, Joo Ha Hwang, Eun Jeong Lee, John Inadomi
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Korean Americans (KAs) in part due to low screening rates. Recent studies suggest that some KA patients engage in medical tourism and receive medical care in their home country. The impact of medical tourism on CRC screening is unknown. The purpose of this paper was to 1) investigate the frequency of medical tourism, 2) examine the association between medical tourism and CRC screening, and 3) characterize KA patients who engage in medical tourism...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905011/under-treatment-of-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-in-the-united-states-analysis-of-medication-usage-with-health-plan-data
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April W Armstrong, J Will Koning, Simon Rowse, Huaming Tan, Carla Mamolo, Mandeep Kaur
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disorder with significant morbidity and mortality, but a persistent gap appears to exist for the adequate treatment of patients with moderate to severe disease. As the extent of under-treatment is unknown, we attempted to determine overall treatment patterns and estimate under-treatment using a large database. METHODS: Data from the US National Health and Wellness Survey was used to estimate the proportion of patients with mild, moderate or severe psoriasis...
November 30, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899520/is-adherence-to-the-american-college-of-chest-physicians-recommended-anticoagulation-treatment-duration-associated-with-different-outcomes-among-patients-with-venous-thromboembolism
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Alex C Spyropoulos, Ron Preblick, Winghan J Kwong, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Jay Lin
Clinical and economic outcomes associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE) patient adherence to the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) anticoagulant (AC) treatment guidelines are incompletely understood. Patients with ≥1 inpatient or ≥2 separate outpatient claims for deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism, based on International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes, were identified from the IMS PharMetrics Plus database. Patients had continuous insurance coverage for 12 months before (baseline) and after (follow-up) the index event (first VTE claim) but no baseline VTE claims...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895533/type-2-diabetes-detection-and-management-among-insured-adults
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Timothy M Dall, Weyna Yang, Pragna Halder, Jerry Franz, Erin Byrne, April P Semilla, Ritashree Chakrabarti, Bruce Stuart
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 28.9 million adults had diabetes in 2012 in the US, though many patients are undiagnosed or not managing their condition. This study provides US national and state estimates of insured adults with type 2 diabetes who are diagnosed, receiving exams and medication, managing glycemic levels, with diabetes complications, and their health expenditures. Such information can be used for benchmarking and to identify gaps in diabetes detection and management...
2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893028/out-of-pocket-spending-and-financial-burden-among-medicare-beneficiaries-with-cancer
#13
Amol K Narang, Lauren Hersch Nicholas
Importance: Medicare beneficiaries with cancer are at risk for financial hardship given increasingly expensive cancer care and significant cost sharing by beneficiaries. Objectives: To measure out-of-pocket (OOP) costs incurred by Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and identify which factors and services contribute to high OOP costs. Design, Setting, and Participants: We prospectively collected survey data from 18 166 community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries, including 1409 individuals who were diagnosed with cancer during the study period, who participated in the January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2012, waves of the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative panel study of US residents older than 50 years...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888035/racial-differences-in-food-allergy-phenotype-and-health-care-utilization-among-us-children
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Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, Susan R Fox, Bridget M Smith, Christine James, Erica L Palmisano, Aisha Mohamed, Zeeshan Zahid, Amal H Assa'ad, Mary C Tobin, Ruchi S Gupta
BACKGROUND: Food allergy (FA) is a prevalent condition in the United States, but little is known about its phenotypes in racial minority groups. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize disease phenotypes and disparities in health care utilization among African American (AA), Hispanic, and white children with FA. METHODS: We conducted a large, 2-center, retrospective cohort study of children aged 0-17 years with FA seen in allergy/immunology clinics at 2 urban tertiary care centers in the United States...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887691/cost-effectiveness-of-achieving-targets-of-low-density-lipoprotein-particle-number-versus-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-level
#15
Michael Grabner, Deborah A Winegar, Rajeshwari S Punekar, Ralph A Quimbo, Mark J Cziraky, William C Cromwell
A recent analysis of a commercially insured US population found fewer cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in high-risk patients attaining low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), as measured by LDL particle number (LDL-P) versus low LDL cholesterol (LDL-C). Here, we investigated the cost effectiveness of LDL-lowering therapy guided by LDL-P. Patients were selected from the HealthCore Integrated Research Database and followed for 12 to 36 months. Patients who achieved LDL-P <1,000 nmol/l were placed into the LDL-P cohort, whereas those without LDL-P tests, but who achieved LDL-C <100 mg/dl, were placed into the LDL-C cohort...
October 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887677/outcome-disparities-between-african-americans-and-caucasians-in-contemporary-kidney-transplant-recipients
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David J Taber, Leonard E Egede, Prabhakar K Baliga
BACKGROUND: Racial disparities in African-American (AA) kidney transplant have persisted for nearly 40 years, with limited data available on the scope of this issue in the contemporary era of transplantation. METHODS: Descriptive retrospective cohort study of US registry data including adult solitary kidney transplants between Jan 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2009. RESULTS: 60,695 recipients were included; 41,426 Caucasians (68%) and 19,269 AAs (32%)...
November 18, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885552/prep-awareness-familiarity-comfort-and-prescribing-experience-among-us-primary-care-providers-and-hiv-specialists
#17
Andrew E Petroll, Jennifer L Walsh, Jill L Owczarzak, Timothy L McAuliffe, Laura M Bogart, Jeffrey A Kelly
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was FDA approved in 2012, but uptake remains low. To characterize what would facilitate health care providers' increased PrEP prescribing, we conducted a 10-city, online survey of 525 primary care providers (PCPs) and HIV providers (HIVPs) to assess awareness, knowledge, and experience with prescribing PrEP; and, comfort with and barriers to PrEP-related activities. Fewer PCPs than HIVPs had heard of PrEP (76 vs 98%), felt familiar with prescribing PrEP (28 vs. 76%), or had prescribed it (17 vs...
November 24, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881281/value-and-service-quality-assessment-of-the-national-health-insurance-scheme-in-ghana-evidence-from-ashiedu-keteke-district
#18
Eric Nsiah-Boateng, Moses Aikins, Francis Asenso-Boadi, Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei
BACKGROUND: Ghana introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 to provide financial access to health care for all residents. OBJECTIVES: This article analyzed claims reimbursement data of the NHIS to assess the value of the benefit package to the insured and responsiveness of the service to the financial needs of health services providers. METHODS: Medical claims data reported between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, were retrieved from the database of Ashiedu Keteke District Office of the National Health Insurance Authority...
September 2016: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881257/economic-burden-of-osteoporotic-fracture-of-the-elderly-in-south-korea-a-national-survey
#19
Jinhyun Kim, Eunhee Lee, Sungjae Kim, Tae Jin Lee
BACKGROUND: Osteoporotic fractures (OFs) in the elderly are common worldwide, and the predicted number of the aging population is increasing the burden of OF on health care systems. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the economic burden of OF in people older than 65 years in South Korea from a societal perspective. METHODS: National Health Insurance claim databases were used to analyze health care utilization and medical costs of OF in the Korean population (49 million)...
May 2016: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876245/perioperative-medicine-and-taiwan-national-health-insurance-research-database
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C C Chang, C C Liao, T L Chen
"Big data", characterized by 'volume', 'velocity', 'variety', and 'veracity', being routinely collected in huge amounts of clinical and administrative healthcare-related data are becoming common and generating promising viewpoints for a better understanding of the complexity for medical situations. Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), one of large and comprehensive nationwide population reimbursement databases in the world, provides the strength of sample size avoiding selection and participation bias...
November 18, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica: Official Journal of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists
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