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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633411/surgeon-level-variability-in-outcomes-cost-and-comorbidity-adjusted-cost-for-elective-lumbar-decompression-and-fusion
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Silky Chotai, Ahilan Sivaganesan, John A Sielatycki, Kristin R Archer, Richard Call, Matthew J McGirt, Clinton J Devin
BACKGROUND: The costs and outcomes following degenerative spine surgery may vary from surgeon to surgeon. Patient factors such as comorbidities may increase the health care cost. These variations are not well studied. OBJECTIVE: To understand the variation in outcomes, costs, and comorbidity-adjusted cost for surgeons performing lumbar laminectomy and fusions surgery. METHODS: A total of 752 patients undergoing laminectomy and fusion, performed by 7 surgeons, were analyzed...
June 14, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633152/state-of-pelvic-and-acetabular-surgery-in-the-developing-world-a-global-survey-of-orthopaedic-surgeons-at-surgical-implant-generation-network-sign-hospitals
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Paul S Whiting, Duane R Anderson, Daniel D Galat, Lewis G Zirkle, Douglas W Lundy, Hassan R Mir
OBJECTIVES: To document the current state of pelvic and acetabular surgery in the developing world and to identify critical areas for improvement in the treatment of these complex injuries. DESIGN: A 50-question online survey. SETTING: International, multicenter. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: One hundred eighty-one orthopaedic surgeons at Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) hospitals, which represent a cross-section of institutions in low- and middle-income countries that treat high-energy musculoskeletal trauma...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631999/adapting-healthcare-quality-measures-to-transgender-individuals
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Landon D Hughes, Olivia K G Berzin, Musetta Leung, Catherine Hersey, Sarah Grallert
The healthcare system's rapid shift toward value-based payment poses unique quality measurement challenges and new foci for researchers and policy makers. Quality measures that use sex-specific criteria may inappropriately include or exclude transgender individuals. More large-scale studies must be conducted to incorporate transgender individuals into measures that use sex-specific criteria, and "measure stewards" should consider the existing clinical guidelines and recommendations regarding transgender individuals when developing measures...
June 20, 2017: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631247/choice-of-reserve-capacity-by-hospitals-a-problem-for-prospective-payment
#4
Philippe K Widmer, Maria Trottmann, Peter Zweifel
This contribution analyzes the impact of prospective payment on hospital decisions with regard to reserve capacity, using Swiss hospital data covering the years 2004-2009. This data set is unique because it permits distinguishing of institutional characteristics (e.g., ownership status) from the mode of payment as determinants of hospital efficiency, due to the fact that some Swiss cantons introduced prospective payment early while others waited for federal legislation to be enacted in 2012. Since a hospital's choice of reserve capacity depends also on the risk preferences of management while affecting the cost function, heterogeneity is predicted even in the presence of identical technology and factor prices...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629906/can-bundled-payments-be-successful-in-the-medicaid-population-for-primary-joint-arthroplasty
#5
P Maxwell Courtney, Tori Edmiston, Brian Batko, Brett R Levine
BACKGROUND: Although some bundled payment models have had success in total joint arthroplasty, concerns exist about access to care for higher cost patients who use more resources. The purpose of this study is to determine whether Medicaid patients have increased hospital costs and more resource utilization in a 90-day episode of care than Medicare or privately insured patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a consecutive series of 7268 primary hip and knee arthroplasty patients at a single institution...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629871/a-review-of-patterns-of-practice-and-clinical-guidelines-in-the-palliative-radiation-treatment-of-uncomplicated-bone-metastases
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Vithusha Ganesh, Stephanie Chan, Srinivas Raman, Ronald Chow, Peter Hoskin, Henry Lam, Bo Angela Wan, Leah Drost, Carlo DeAngelis, Edward Chow
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Single fraction radiation treatment (SFRT) is recommended for its equivalence to multiple-fraction (MF) RT in the palliation of uncomplicated bone metastases (BM). However, adoption of SFRT has been slow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Literature searches for studies published following 2014 were conducted using online repositories of gray literature, Ovid MEDLINE, Embase and Embase Classic, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases...
June 16, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628853/willingness-to-pay-for-opioid-agonist-treatment-among-opioid-dependent-people-who-inject-drugs-in-ukraine
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Iuliia Makarenko, Alyona Mazhnaya, Ruthanne Marcus, Martha J Bojko, Lynn Madden, Sergii Filippovich, Sergii Dvoriak, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: In the context of decreasing external and limited Ukrainian governmental funding for opioid agonist treatments (OAT) for opioid dependent people who inject drugs in Ukraine, information on sustainable financial models is needed. METHODS: Data on 855 opioid dependent people who inject drugs (PWID) were drawn from a cross-sectional nationwide survey of 1613 PWID. They comprised 434 participants who were receiving OAT and 421 who were on OAT in the past or have never been on OAT and were interested in receiving the treatment...
June 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626986/trends-in-sleep-studies-performed-for-medicare-beneficiaries
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Whitney Chiao, Megan L Durr
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To quantify trends and characteristics of sleep studies performed for Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal study of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Part B National Summary Data and Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data from 2000 to 2014. METHODS: Sleep study data were analyzed according to type of study performed, total expenditure amount, provider specialty, and geographic location...
June 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625625/economic-burden-of-clinical-trials-in-lung-cancer-in-a-german-comprehensive-cancer-center
#9
F Kron, A Kostenko, M Scheffler, D Müller, J-P Glossmann, R Fischer, S Michels, L Nogova, M Hallek, T Zander, J Wolf
OBJECTIVES: The recent success of individualized lung cancer therapy has triggered fundamental changes in clinical research strategies. To date there is a strong focus on early proof of concept trials in genetically preselected small patient subgroups. This analysis focuses on the economic burden caused by such trials for advanced lung cancer patients in a German Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). METHODS: The profit margins between recruiting groups with ≤3 and >3 patients were compared...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625170/indirect-versus-direct-standardization-methods-for-reporting-healthcare-associated-infections-an-analysis-of-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-maryland
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Lyndsay M O'Hara, Max Masnick, Surbhi Leekha, Sarah S Jackson, Natalia Blanco, Anthony D Harris
Whether healthcare-associated infection data should be presented using indirect (current CMS/CDC methodology) or direct standardization remains controversial. We applied both methods to central-line-associated bloodstream infection data from 45 acute-care hospitals in Maryland from 2012 to 2014. We found that the 2 methods generate different hospital rankings with payment implications. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1-4.
June 19, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624003/there-is-still-time-to-avoid-the-4-cms-payment-penalty
#11
Patrick Ryan, Brad Johnson, Jill Rathbun, Karen Woo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623124/development-and-implementation-of-the-compensation-plan-for-pharmacy-services-in-alberta-canada
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Rene R Breault, Jeff G Whissell, Christine A Hughes, Theresa J Schindel
OBJECTIVE: To describe experiences with development and implementation of a compensation plan for pharmacy services delivered by pharmacists in community pharmacies. SETTING: Community pharmacy practice in Alberta, Canada. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Pharmacists in Alberta have one of the most progressive scopes of practice in North America. They have authority to prescribe drugs independently, administer drugs by injection, access electronic health records, and order laboratory tests...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622969/probability-of-undiagnosed-obstructive-sleep-apnea-does-not-correlate-with-adverse-pulmonary-events-nor-length-of-stay-in-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-using-intrathecal-opioid
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Matthew J Thompson, Bryce N Clinger, Robert M Simonds, Camille J Hochheimer, Laura A Lahaye, Gregory J Golladay
BACKGROUND: Recent emphasis on bundled payments and outcomes tracking has increased the focus on preoperative optimization in patients undergoing elective lower extremity arthroplasty. Since patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have an increased risk of adverse perioperative pulmonary events, screening for undiagnosed OSA is sometimes included as part of preoperative risk assessment. However, there are limited data regarding quantification of OSA risk in lower extremity arthroplasty patients, and little is known about the utility of quantitative OSA screening and the risk of pulmonary complications in hip and knee arthroplasty patients who receive intrathecal morphine anesthetic...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622481/hospice-visit-patterns-in-the-last-seven-days-of-life-and-the-service-intensity-add-on-payment
#14
Pedro L Gozalo, Joan M Teno, Carol Spence
BACKGROUND: Hospice in-person visits in the last week of life are critical to ensure quality of care. In 2016, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a Service Intensity Add-on (SIA) payment for in-person routine home care (RHC) visits by a registered nurse or social worker in the last 7 days of life. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to examine visit patterns in the last week of life and provide SIA payment impact estimates. DESIGN/MEASUREMENTS: Hospice data from 42 volunteer hospice programs for the 6-year period of 2005-2010 were examined...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622186/a-90-day-bundled-payment-for-primary-single-level-lumbar-discectomy-decompression-what-does-big-data-say
#15
Nikhil Jain, Sohrab S Virk, Frank M Phillips, Elizabeth Yu, Safdar N Khan
Episode-based bundling may become the major form of reimbursement for many elective spine procedures. As the amount for a 90-day episode of care is not known for a lumbar discectomy, we analyzed the previous reimbursements from Commercial payers (2007-Q2 2015), Medicare Advantage (2007-Q2 2015), and Medicare (2005-2012) for a primary single-level lumbar discectomy/decompression. Distribution of payments among various service providers was studied and a 90-day bundle was simulated. Depending on the payer type, the average facility costs constituted 59...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619564/clinical-registries-should-physicians-accept-payments-for-enrolling-patients
#16
Neha Jariwala, Jules B Lipoff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619299/comparative-cost-analysis-of-inpatient-integrative-medicine-results-of-a-pilot-study
#17
Thomas Ostermann, Romy Lauche, Holger Cramer, Gustav Dobos
BACKGROUND: Costs of integrative treatment alone and in comparison with other treatment approaches have scarcely been reported in the past. This study presents results of a comparative cost analysis of an inpatient integrative medicine treatment costs. METHODS: Data from 2006 for inpatients referred to a Department of Integrative Medicine in Germany were used. Case-related treatment costs were calculated, and transformed into Casemix-Indices and revenues per DRG...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617752/quality-payment-program-engaging-in-improvement-activity-for-the-merit-based-incentive-payment-system
#18
Cathy Thomas Hess
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617216/the-effect-of-performance-based-financing-on-maternal-healthcare-use-in-burundi-a-two-wave-pooled-cross-sectional-analysis
#19
Martin Rudasingwa, Robert Soeters, Olivier Basenya
BACKGROUND: Several developing countries, especially in Africa, have implemented performance-based financing (PBF) schemes with the aim of improving healthcare provision. PBF was first implemented in Burundi in 2006 as a pilot programme in three provinces and was rolled out nationwide in 2010. OBJECTIVE: To enrich existing studies on Burundi in three ways. Firstly, by evaluating the effect of PBF on maternal care at primary and hospital levels; secondly, on the possession of maternity logbooks for maternal care records; and thirdly, how the amount of subsidies influences healthcare outputs...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617013/the-role-of-policy-in-supporting-clinician-led-research-on-behavioral-health-integration
#20
Nathaniel Z Counts
In Best Care at Lower Cost, the Institute of Medicine laid out a vision for continuously learning health systems (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2016). This issue of Families, Systems, & Health represents a substantial step toward this vision, with on-the-ground clinicians and administrators testing empirically informed hypotheses about practice transformation and population health management, and using those results to produce shared learning within and across systems. While the studies in this issue demonstrate that producing generalizable knowledge from clinician-led initiatives is feasible, they also demonstrate that the current system does not adequately support clinicians in doing so...
June 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
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