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1. In this observational study involving women aged 70 to 84 years with a life expectancy of at least 10 years, continuing screening past the age of 75 offered no survival benefits versus stopping screening. 2. Participants in the “stop screening” group were, on average, more likely to be diagnosed...
1. Older adults who undergo emergency general surgeries face similar rates of hospital use, days away from home and work, and one-year mortality rates compared to other acute medical patients Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Pneumonia, myocardial infarction, and heart failure are common acute medical conditions that result in hospitalization, post-discharge...
Association of Intrinsic Brain Architecture With Changes in Attentional and Mood Symptoms During Development 1. Resting-state functional connectivity between several brain regions may serve as a useful biomarker to predict future neuropsychiatric symptoms such as attention deficits, anxiety, and depression in children. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Neurodevelopment has become an important...
1. In this repeated cross-sectional study, there were no significant differences observed between hospital discharges before or after the implementation of Medicaid and Medicare. 2. The ACA implementation, similarly, did not significantly increase mean days in hospital or hospital discharges across the study population. Evidence Rating Level: 3 (Average) Study Rundown: This...
1. In this retrospective cohort study, the authors observed that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have a higher risk of readmission compared to traditional Medicare in with regards to congestive heart failure, pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction. 2. There were higher readmission rates for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries compared to traditional Medicare beneficiaries...
1. The results of this observational study using data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study, indicate that older adults living with disabilities were in worse health compared to those without disabilities. 2. Participants with a disability who reported inadequate support at home were found to have higher median...
1. In this retrospective cohort study, there was very little variation in 30-day readmission rates between different primary care physicians (PCPs). 2. Programs holding PCPs accountable for readmissions may be ineffective. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: Readmissions are costly for the patient and the healthcare system and may be the...
1. Intensive care unit (ICU) admission rates decreased from 2006 to 2015. 2. No association was found between percentage change in ICU beds and admissions to ICUs across states. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study Rundown: ICU admissions require significant resources and are costly for healthcare systems. Therefore, large-scale data regarding admission...
1. Medicare patients randomized to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundle payment model were less likely to be discharged to a post-acute care facility. 2. There was no difference in overall Medicare spending among patients covered by the CJR bundle payment model compared to Medicare patients without the...
1. In this retrospective cost analysis, Medicare spending exceeded $2.9 billion for the 10 most costly brand-name combination medications available from 2011 to 2016. 2. By switching to generic alternatives for these combination drugs, Medicare Part D beneficiaries would have been estimated to save $2.7 billion. Evidence Rating: 2 (Good) Study Rundown:...