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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424062/health-system-factors-influencing-management-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-four-european-union-countries-learning-from-country-experiences
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Gerard de Vries, Svetla Tsolova, Laura F Anderson, Agnes C Gebhard, Einar Heldal, Vahur Hollo, Laura Sánchez-Cambronero Cejudo, Daniela Schmid, Bert Schreuder, Tonka Varleva, Marieke J van der Werf
BACKGROUND: In the European Union and European Economic Area only 38% of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients notified in 2011 completed treatment successfully at 24 months' evaluation. Socio-economic factors and patient factors such as demographic characteristics, behaviour and attitudes are associated with treatment outcomes. Characteristics of healthcare systems also affect health outcomes. This study was conducted to identify and better understand the contribution of health system components to successful treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis...
April 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408363/wittyfit-live-your-work-differently-study-protocol-for-a-workplace-delivered-health-promotion
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Frédéric Dutheil, Martine Duclos, Geraldine Naughton, Samuel Dewavrin, Thomas Cornet, Pascal Huguet, Jean-Claude Chatard, Bruno Pereira
BACKGROUND: Morbidity before retirement has a huge cost, burdening both public health and workplace finances. Multiple factors increase morbidity such as stress at work, sedentary behavior or low physical activity, and poor nutrition practices. Nowadays, the digital world offers infinite opportunities to interact with workers. The WittyFit software was designed to understand holistic issues of workers by promoting individualized behavior changes at the workplace. OBJECTIVE: The shorter term feasibility objective is to demonstrate that effective use of WittyFit will increase well-being and improve health-related behaviors...
April 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408255/supraorbital-versus-endoscopic-endonasal-approaches-for-olfactory-groove-meningiomas-a-cost-minimization-study
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Gurpreet S Gandhoke, Matthew Pease, Kenneth J Smith, Raymond F Sekula
INTRODUCTION: We performed a cost-minimization study comparing the supraorbital and endoscopic, endonasal (EEA) approaches with or without the addition of craniotomy for the resection of olfactory groove meningioma. METHODS: We built a decision tree using probabilities of gross total resection and CSF leak rates with the supraorbital approach versus EEA with and without additional craniotomy. The cost (not charge or reimbursement) at each 'stem' of this decision tree, for both surgical options was obtained from our hospital's finance department...
April 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400312/assigning-clinical-codes-with-data-driven-concept-representation-on-dutch-clinical-free-text
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Elyne Scheurwegs, Kim Luyckx, Léon Luyten, Bart Goethals, Walter Daelemans
Clinical codes are used for public reporting purposes, are fundamental to determining public financing for hospitals, and form the basis for reimbursement claims to insurance providers. They are assigned to a patient stay to reflect the diagnosis and performed procedures during that stay. This paper aims to enrich algorithms for automated clinical coding by taking a data-driven approach and by using unsupervised and semi-supervised techniques for the extraction of multi-word expressions that convey a generalisable medical meaning (referred to as concepts)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399824/long-term-impact-of-self-financed-rotavirus-vaccines-on-rotavirus-associated-hospitalizations-and-costs-in-the-valencia-region-spain
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Alejandro Orrico-Sanchez, Mónica López-Lacort, Silvia Pérez-Vilar, Javier Díez-Domingo
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccines are available in Spain from 2007. They are recommended by the Spanish Pediatric Association, but not funded by the National Health System (NHS) and its coverage rate reached 40-50%. The hospitalization rate reduction of rotavirus caused gastroenteritis (RVAGE) directly attributable to vaccination remains unclear due to the large differences described in published studies, ranging from 14 to 44.5% in children <5 years of age, even with similar vaccination coverage...
April 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390774/surgeon-leadership-in-the-coding-billing-and-contractual-negotiations-for-fenestrated-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-increases-medical-center-contribution-margin-and-physician-reimbursement
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Francesco Aiello, Jonathan Durgin, Vijaya Daniel, Louis Messina, Danielle Doucet, Jessica Simons, James Jenkins, Andres Schanzer
BACKGROUND: Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) allows endovascular treatment of thoracoabdominal and juxtarenal aneurysms previously outside the indications of use for standard devices. However, because of considerable device costs and increased procedure time, FEVAR is thought to result in financial losses for medical centers and physicians. We hypothesized that surgeon leadership in the coding, billing, and contractual negotiations for FEVAR procedures will increase medical center contribution margin (CM) and physician reimbursement...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388752/-acute-kidney-injury-potentials-to%C3%A2-improve-aki-related-health-care-structure
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REVIEW
Christian Nusshag, Konrad Obermann, Markus Weigand, Vedat Schwenger
Since 2005 the AKI numbers nearly increased threefold. The prevailing health care structure for AKI-management in Germany possesses major potential for improvement. Despite a clear advantage regarding mortality and renal recovery, the cost-intensive CRRT is the predominant procedure in AKI-therapy. Conversion of 85 % of the CRRT-procedures to a dialysis procedure (IHD/SLED) enables annual savings in AKI-therapy by 7.3 million Euros. A reinvestment can finance a strengthened collaboration with licensed nephrologists to improve therapy quality and availability of RRT-units in local hospitals...
April 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379066/an-analysis-of-the-massachusetts-healthcare-law
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James H Stephens, Gerald R Ledlow, Michael V Sach, Julie K Reagan
Healthcare in the United States has been one topic of the debates and discussion in the country for many years. The challenge for affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare for most Americans has been on the agenda of federal and state legislatures. There is probably no other state that has drawn as much individual attention regarding this challenge as the state of Massachusetts. While researching the topic for this article, it was discovered that financial and political perspectives on the success or failure of the healthcare model in Massachusetts vary depending on the aspect of the system being discussed...
April 5, 2017: Hospital Topics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377260/infection-after-fracture-fixation-of-the-tibia-analysis-of-healthcare-utilization-and-related-costs
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Willem-Jan Metsemakers, Bart Smeets, Stefaan Nijs, Harm Hoekstra
INTRODUCTION: One of the most challenging complications in musculoskeletal trauma surgery is the development of infection after fracture fixation (IAFF). It can delay healing, lead to permanent functional loss, or even amputation of the affected limb. The main goal of this study was to investigate the total healthcare costs and length-of-stay (LOS) related to the surgical treatment of tibia fractures and furthermore identify the subset of clinical variables driving these costs within the Belgian healthcare system...
March 22, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367780/impact-of-self-financed-rotavirus-vaccines-on-hospital-stays-and-costs-in-spain-after-a-3-year-introductory-period
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O Redondo-González, J M Tenías-Burillo, J Ruiz-Gonzalo
Vaccination has reduced rotavirus hospitalizations by 25% in European regions with low-moderate vaccine availability. We aimed to quantify the reduction in hospital costs after the longest period in which Rotarix® and Rotateq® were simultaneously commercially available in Spain. Cases, length of stay (LOS), and diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) were retrieved from the Minimum Basic Data Set. Healthcare expenditure was estimated through the cost accounting system Gescot®. DRGs were clustered: I, non-bacterial gastroenteritis with complications; II, without complications; III, requiring surgical/other procedures or neonatal cases (highest DRG weights)...
April 3, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361839/peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-achieves-similar-clinical-response-but-incurs-lesser-charges-compared-to-robotic-heller-myotomy
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Mouen A Khashab, Vivek Kumbhari, Alan H Tieu, Mohamad H El Zein, Amr Ismail, Saowanee Ngamruengphong, Vikesh K Singh, Anthony N Kalloo, John O Clarke, Ellen M Stein
BACKGROUND/AIM: Several uncontrolled studies comparing peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and Heller myotomy have demonstrated equivalent short-term efficacy and safety. However, no data exists rergarding the cost of POEM and how it compares to that of robotic Heller myotomy (RHM). The primary aim of this study was to compare the inpatient charges incurred in patients who underwent POEM or RHM for the treatment of achalasia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective single center review was conducted among 52 consecutive POEM patients (2012-2014) and 52 consecutive RHM patients (2009-2014)...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352463/pervasive-antibiotic-misuse-in-the-cambodian-community-antibiotic-seeking-behaviour-with-unrestricted-access
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Chhorvoin Om, Frances Daily, Erika Vlieghe, James C McLaughlin, Mary-Louise McLaws
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic misuse is widespread in resource-limited countries such as Cambodia where the burden of infectious diseases is high and access to antibiotics is unrestricted. We explored healthcare seeking behaviour related to obtaining antibiotics and drivers of antibiotic misuse in the Cambodian community. METHODS: In-depth interviews were held with family members of patients being admitted in hospitals and private pharmacies termed pharmacy attendants in the catchment areas of the hospitals...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343793/critical-analysis-and-review-of-the-literature-on-healthcare-privatization-and-its-association-with-access-to-medical-care-in-saudi-arabia
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REVIEW
Abdulwahab A Alkhamis
This paper is a review of the literature on hospitals privatization to assess the influence of privatization on access to medical care. The results are used to complete further analysis on the situation in Saudi Arabia. Over 979 references were initially identified through a database search, and an additional 237 were included from other sources. From these sources, only 11 articles were considered for review after excluding the ineligible articles, such as those that did not meet the hospitals privatization's definition or other exclusion criteria...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342441/building-a-community-of-practice-in-rural-medical-education-growing-our-own-together
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Randall L Longenecker, David Schmitz
CONTEXT: This article chronicles the rise, decline, and recent resurgence of rural training track residency programs (RTTs) in the USA over the past 30 years and the emergence of a healthy community of practice in rural medical education. This has occurred during a time in the USA when federal and state funding of graduate medical education has been relatively stagnant and the rules around finance and accreditation of rural programs have been challenging. ISSUE: Many of the early family residency programs developed in the 1970s included a curricular focus on rural practice...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341117/progress-and-challenges-in-maternal-health-in-western-china-a-countdown-to-2015-national-case-study
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Yanqiu Gao, Hong Zhou, Neha S Singh, Timothy Powell-Jackson, Stephen Nash, Min Yang, Sufang Guo, Hai Fang, Melisa Martinez Alvarez, Xiaoyun Liu, Jay Pan, Yan Wang, Carine Ronsmans
BACKGROUND: China is one of the few Countdown countries to have achieved Millennium Development Goal 5 (75% reduction in maternal mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015). We aimed to examine the health systems and contextual factors that might have contributed to the substantial decline in maternal mortality between 1997 and 2014. We chose to focus on western China because poverty, ethnic diversity, and geographical access represent particular challenges to ensuring universal access to maternal care in the region...
May 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331837/public-health-relevance-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-among-afb-positive-sputa
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Prabha Desikan, Karuna Tiwari, Nikita Panwalkar, Saima Khaliq, Manju Chourey, Reeta Varathe, Shaina Beg Mirza, Arun Sharma, Sridhar Anand, Manoj Pandey
BACKGROUND: Sputum smear microscopy for acid fast bacilli (AFB) is used by most public health programmes to detect tuberculosis. While most AFB in countries endemic for tuberculosis are Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), some may also be non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The inability to differentiate NTM from MTB by sputum smear microscopy may lead to erroneous diagnoses of tuberculosis, leading in turn to inappropriate therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of consecutive sputum samples received from November 2013 to March 2015 in the Department of Microbiology, Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, Bhopal, India...
March 2017: Germs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325860/economic-costs-of-automated-and-continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-in-taiwan-a-combined-survey-and-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Chao-Hsiun Tang, Yu-Ting Wu, Siao-Yuan Huang, Hsi-Hsien Chen, Ming-Ju Wu, Bang-Gee Hsu, Jer-Chia Tsai, Tso-Hsiao Chen, Yuh-Mou Sue
OBJECTIVES: Taiwan succeeded in raising the proportion of peritoneal dialysis (PD) usage after the National Health Insurance (NHI) payment scheme introduced financial incentives in 2005. This study aims to compare the economic costs between automated PD (APD) and continuous ambulatory PD (CAPD) modalities from a societal perspective. DESIGN AND SETTING: A retrospective cohort of patients receiving PD from the NHI Research Database was identified during 2004-2011...
March 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292289/at-first-glance-informal-payments-experience-on-track-why-accept-or-refuse-patients-perceive-in-cardiac-surgery-department-of-public-hospitals-northeast-of-iran-2013
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Ali Vafaei Najar, Hossein Ebrahimipour, Arefeh Pourtaleb, Habibollah Esmaily, Mehdi Jafari, Zohre Nejatzadegan, Yasamin Molavi Taleghani
BACKGROUND: Patient's Informal payments is among the main source of health care financing in some countries. This paper aimed at determining the patient informal payments and relative factors in Cardiac Surgery Departments (CSD) in hospitals affiliated to Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (MUMS) in 2013. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 316 discharged patients were selected using multi-stage sampling. Data gathering tool was a questionnaire which was filled by structured telephone interviews...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283141/the-economic-and-social-impact-of-informal-caregivers-at-mulago-national-referral-hospital-kampala-uganda
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Mitra Sadigh, Faith Nawagi, Majid Sadigh
BACKGROUND: The severe deficit of health care workers in Uganda necessitates hospitalized patients to be cared for by a relative. These informal caregivers constitute a crucial component of patient care. Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, is one of the nation's national referral hospitals, receiving very sick patients. Although studies have been conducted on challenges facing informal caregivers in the home setting, no study has addressed the caregiver burden in the hospital setting...
September 2016: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270209/innovative-regenerative-medicines-in-the-eu-a-better-future-in-evidence
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EDITORIAL
Mark S Corbett, Andrew Webster, Robert Hawkins, Nerys Woolacott
BACKGROUND: Despite a steady stream of headlines suggesting they will transform the future of healthcare, high-tech regenerative medicines have, to date, been quite inaccessible to patients, with only eight having been granted an EU marketing licence in the last 7 years. Here, we outline some of the historical reasons for this paucity of licensed innovative regenerative medicines. We discuss the challenges to be overcome to expedite the development of this complex and rapidly changing area of medicine, together with possible reasons to be more optimistic for the future...
March 8, 2017: BMC Medicine
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