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Sora Al Rowas, Michael B Rothberg, Benjamin Johnson, Joel Miller, Mohanad AlMahmoud, Jennifer Friderici, Sarah L Goff, Tara Lagu
OBJECTIVES: Massachusetts has insurance rates similar to those projected under the Affordable Care Act, but many of the state's patients are insured through private insurance plans with high out-of-pocket costs. We aimed to explore the relationship between insurance type (private vs public) and delays in care due to cost, stratified by income. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We conducted a study of English-speaking adults recruited from the waiting rooms of the emergency department or outpatient clinics of a large healthcare system in western Massachusetts...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817654/investigating-spousal-concordance-of-diabetes-through-statistical-analysis-and-data-mining
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Jong-Yi Wang, Chiu-Shong Liu, Chi-Hsuan Lung, Ya-Tun Yang, Ming-Hung Lin
OBJECTIVE: Spousal clustering of diabetes merits attention. Whether old-age vulnerability or a shared family environment determines the concordance of diabetes is also uncertain. This study investigated the spousal concordance of diabetes and compared the risk of diabetes concordance between couples and noncouples by using nationally representative data. METHODS: A total of 22,572 individuals identified from the 2002-2013 National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan constituted 5,643 couples and 5,643 noncouples through 1:1 dual propensity score matching (PSM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817558/quickstats-percentage-of-currently-employed-adults-%C3%A2-with-no-health-insurance-%C3%A2-by-type-of-work-arrangement-%C3%A2-national-health-interview-survey-2010-and-2015
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August 18, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817441/response-health-insurance-coverage-is-critical-to-the-financial-wellbeing-of-trauma-patients-and-trauma-centers
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John W Scott, Mark G Shrime
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817334/community-health-worker-support-for-disadvantaged-patients-with-multiple-chronic-diseases-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Shreya Kangovi, Nandita Mitra, David Grande, Hairong Huo, Robyn A Smith, Judith A Long
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a community health worker (CHW) intervention improved outcomes in a low-income population with multiple chronic conditions. METHODS: We conducted a single-blind, randomized clinical trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2013-2014). Participants (n = 302) were high-poverty neighborhood residents, uninsured or publicly insured, and diagnosed with 2 or more chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, tobacco dependence, hypertension). All patients set a disease-management goal...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817322/diverging-life-expectancies-and-voting-patterns-in-the-2016-us-presidential-election
#6
Jacob Bor
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether voting patterns in the 2016 US presidential election were correlated with long-run trends in county life expectancy. METHODS: I examined county-level voting data from the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections and assessed Donald Trump's share of the 2016 vote, change in the Republican vote share between 2008 and 2016, and changes in absolute numbers of Democratic and Republican votes. County-level estimates of life expectancy at birth were obtained for 1980 and 2014 from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817319/medicaid-reimbursement-for-the-female-condom
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Susan S Witte, Colleen MacPhee, Natalie Ginsburg, Neha Deshmukh
OBJECTIVES: To examine state-level female condom use through Medicaid from 2004 to 2014, because in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed for expanded Medicaid coverage in many states, extending requirements for contraceptive care to more of the poorest women in the United States and to most women with private insurance. METHODS: We collected data via brief survey of Medicaid offices in all 50 states between March 2015 and March 2016...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817302/comparative-effectiveness-and-costs-of-insulin-pump-therapy-for-diabetes
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Ronald T Ackermann, Amisha Wallia, Raymond Kang, Andrew Cooper, Theodore A Prospect, Lewis G Sandy, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVES: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or "insulin pump" therapy, is an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) for management of diabetes. This study evaluates patterns of healthcare utilization, costs, and blood glucose control for patients with diabetes who initiate CSII. STUDY DESIGN: Pre-post with propensity-matched comparison design involving commercially insured US adults (aged 18-64 years) with insulin-requiring diabetes who transitioned from MDII to CSII between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012 ("CSII initiators"; n = 2539), or who continued using MDI (n = 2539)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817295/does-the-offer-of-free-prescriptions-increase-generic-prescribing
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Bruce Stuart, Franklin Hendrick, J Samantha Dougherty, Jing Xu
OBJECTIVES: To test if offering zero generic co-pays for oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) and statins increases generic dispensing for low-income subsidy (LIS) recipients with diabetes enrolled in Medicare Part D. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed a natural experiment in which LIS recipients were randomized to Part D plans in 2008. Some plans placed selected generic OADs and statins on zero co-pay tiers whereas others did not. Randomization eliminated selection effects which could bias the study findings...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817165/contraception-after-surgical-and-medical-abortion-a-review
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Andrea Hsu Roe, Deborah Bartz
Importance: To prevent subsequent unintended pregnancy, contraception should be initiated soon after surgical and medical abortion. Evidence regarding the safety of postabortion contraception, especially for longacting reversible methods, has accumulated in recent years. Objective: This review seeks to provide up-to-date recommendations about the provision and timing of contraception after surgical and medical abortion. Evidence Acquisition: Recommendations are based on the US Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) or on the authors' review of the current literature for topics that the MEC does not address...
August 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816917/factors-associated-with-developmental-behavioral-pediatricians-prescribing-psychotropic-medication-to-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-study-of-three-dbpnet-sites
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Carissa Jackel, Justine Shults, Susan Wiley, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Marilyn Augustyn, Nathan Blum
OBJECTIVE: Psychotropic medications are frequently prescribed to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but little is known about the prescribing practices of developmental-behavioral pediatricians (DBPs). Our objective was to determine whether clinical site, age, insurance, or comorbidities influenced DBPs prescribing psychotropic medication for children with ASD. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed using electronic health record data of all patients with ASD seen at 3 academic developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) clinical programs from January 2010 to December 2011...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816891/computed-tomography-use-plateaus-among-children-with-emergency-visits-for-abdominal-pain
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Jahan Fahimi, Aaron E Kornblith, Hemal Kanzaria, Andrew Herring, Ralph C Wang
OBJECTIVES: Abdominal pain is a common pediatric complaint to emergency departments (EDs), and clinicians often rely on imaging for diagnosis. Studies have demonstrated an increase in computed tomography (CT) in this population. Following emphasis on radiation reduction by researchers and organizations, this study evaluates recent national trends in CT use among pediatric patients presenting to EDs with abdominal pain. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of ED patients 18 years or younger with chief complaint of abdominal pain in the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2008 to 2011...
August 14, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816637/the-impact-of-exceeding-tanf-time-limits-on-the-access-to-healthcare-of-low-income-mothers
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Kimberly Narain, Susan Ettner
The objective of this article is to estimate the relationship of exceeding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) time limits, with health insurance, healthcare, and health outcomes. The authors use Heckman selection models that exploit variability in state time-limit duration and timing of policy implementation as identifying exclusion restrictions to adjust the effect estimates of exceeding time limits for possible correlations between the probability of exceeding time limits and unobservable factors influencing the outcomes...
August 17, 2017: Social Work in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816634/disability-benefits-as-an-incentive-for-hysterectomy-uterine-fibroid-patients-in-taiwan
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Ya-Lee Ho, Chu-Shiu Li, Chwen-Chi Liu, Che-Chen Lin, Chih-Jen Hung, Chia-Hung Kao
OBJECTIVE: Worker compensation insurance in Taiwan ensures that a woman under the age of 45 years who has her uterus removed can receive disability compensation benefits. The present study investigated whether such a compensation policy was related to a woman's inclination to have a hysterectomy. METHODS: We extracted the records of 16,030 women diagnosed with uterine fibroids (UF) between 2000 and 2010 from the Longitudinal Taiwan Health Insurance Database. RESULTS: Each younger and older age group had a significantly lower hysterectomy rate compared to that of the 44-year-old age group...
August 17, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816556/maternal-mortality-in-the-last-triennium-of-the-millennium-development-goal-era-at-the-obafemi-awolowo-university-teaching-hospitals-complex-ile-ife-nigeria
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Ibraheem Olayemi Awowole, Olusegun Olalekan Badejoko, Oluwafemi Kuti, Omotade Adebimpe Ijarotimi, Oluwaseun Oludotun Sowemimo, Ifeoluwa Emmanuel Ogunduyile
The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of Nigeria remains high. This retrospective study aims to suggest evidence-based strategies towards achieving the sustainable development goal target 3.1 at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Nigeria by providing contemporary data on MMR between October 2012 and September 2015. There were 86 maternal deaths and 5243 live births over the triennium, with annual MMRs of 1744, 1622 and 1512/100,000 live births, respectively. Fifty-six (65.2%) were postpartum deaths, while 44 (51...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816541/variability-in-thyroid-cancer-management-and-prognosis-among-hispanic-versus-non-hispanic-patients-17-years-data-from-university-of-texas-health-science-center-and-university-health-system-at-san-antonio
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Sara Ahmadi, Carol Ramirez Rojas, Maria Luisa Policarpio-Nicolas, Darlene Metter, Diane Avery, Thomas J Prihoda, Mona M Sabra
Abstracts: Objective : Given the increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer in the United States, and it's potential public health implications, patient studies assessing ethnic, disparity and health care access are important. In this study, we retrospectively examined the variability in stage of thyroid cancer at presentation and final outcome among Hispanic vs non-Hispanic patients. METHOD: After obtaining IRB approval, we retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 220 adult patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma(PTC) who were treated at UT Health Science Center San Antonio between1996 and 2013...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816532/comparing-clinical-outcomes-and-costs-for-different-treatment-intensification-approaches-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-uncontrolled-on-basal-insulin-adding-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-vs-adding-rapid-acting-insulin-or-increasing-basal-insulin
#17
Philip Levin, Tao Fan, Xue Song, Damion Nero, Brian Davis, Bong-Chul Chu
Objective-Not all patients with type 2 diabetes achieve the recommended glycated hemoglobin A1c (A1C) levels after adequate titration of basal insulin (BI). Current intensification approaches include addition of rapid-acting insulin (RAI) or a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), but it is not clear which strategy results in better long-term outcomes. Methods-This retrospective analysis of health insurance claims data in the US MarketScan database compared glycemic control and healthcare resource utilization and costs 12 months after adding GLP-1 RA to BI vs adding RAI or increasing BI doses...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816219/primary-or-specialist-medical-care-which-is-more-equitable-a-policy-brief
#18
Prasanta Mahapatra, Sanjeev Upadhyaya, G Surendra
BACKGROUND: Equity in health and equitable access to healthcare has been at the core of health policy in India. The key policy challenge has been how to make that possible? Various health insurance schemes such as the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and Arogyasri seek to improve poor people's access to specialist medical care in the public and private sectors. On the other hand, access to primary medical care has been left to the supply side interventions. METHODS: We did a focused review of evidence on equity aspects of primary medical care versus specialist medical care...
March 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815803/validity-of-cancer-diagnosis-in-the-national-health-insurance-database-compared-with-the-linked-national-cancer-registry-in-taiwan
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Wei-Heng Kao, Ji-Hong Hong, Lai-Chu See, Huang-Ping Yu, Jun-Te Hsu, I-Jun Chou, Wen-Chi Chou, Meng-Jiun Chiou, Chun-Chieh Wang, Chang-Fu Kuo
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the validity of cancer diagnosis in the National Health Insurance (NHI) database, which has routinely collected the health information of almost the entire Taiwanese population since 1995, compared with the Taiwan National Cancer Registry (NCR). METHODS: There were 26,542,445 active participants registered in the NHI database between 2001 and 2012. National Cancer Registry and NHI database records were compared for cancer diagnosis; date of cancer diagnosis; and 1, 2, and 5 year survival...
August 16, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815617/disparities-in-sinonasal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-short-and-long-term-outcomes-analysis-from-the-national-cancer-database
#20
Ryan M Carey, Arjun K Parasher, Alan D Workman, Carol H Yan, Jordan T Glicksman, Jinbo Chen, James N Palmer, Nithin D Adappa, Jason G Newman, Jason A Brant
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To examine sociodemographic, hospital-specific, and disease-related characteristics in relation to outcomes in sinonasal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). STUDY DESIGN: The National Cancer Database was queried for location codes corresponding to the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses and histology codes representing SCC malignancy. Multivariate analyses were performed against short- and long-term outcomes (overall survival, days to discharge, 30-day readmission, and 30- and 90-day mortality)...
August 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
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