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Persistent Post-Treatment (Apical) Periodontitis. by Dr. Jason Hales Doctor of Dentistry Posted Wed 17 Aug 2011 11:36am When endodontically treating a tooth experiencing symptoms to percussion, that is symptomatic apical periodontitis or acute apical abscess, it is reasonable and normal to expect those symptoms to persist a few days following treatment. I make it a point to explain to patients that this sensitivity is emanating from the periodontal ligament ... Read on »
The Risk of (Improper) Risk Adjustment: Why The Doctor May See You Now by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted Tue 26 Feb 2013 8:27pm The stats guys go to work The Disease Management Care Blog continues to welcome blog posts from outside authors. This is another one, courtesy of Erik Tollefson, who works in the health policy field. He can be reached at erikDOTmDOTtollefsonATgmailDOTcom As payers increasingly pursue reimbursement strategies that share risk ... Read on »
Risk Adjusted Cost Index – Blue Cross in Texas Agrees to not terminate physician contract for referring to physicians outside ne by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 12 Apr 2009 11:51pm If this is not risk management by insurance companies calling the shots for healthcare, I don’t know what is, and stands to completely work to disintegrate the doctor-patient relationship, not to mention the insurance company doctor relationship.  It seems like every week there’s some new risk management guideline established that is something w ... Read on »
Re-Identifying Medical Records All Depends on the Query Master and How Much Money Can Be Saved or Made With Adjusting Risk, Up o by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 06 Jun 2013 12:27pm I’m glad someone finally made a visual on this so consumers can get an idea of how the data mining processes work as it is complicated.  It’s all about queries and that’s what business intelligence software does for the most part.  There have been articles out to where medical records are sold for research without having the Safe Harbor suggest ... Read on »
Adjusted Risk Ratios by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Tue 07 Apr 2009 11:16pm How do you estimate the specific risk a smoking has on the probability of being hospitalized.  If smokers on average have lower income and less educational achievement, is smoking truly causing the increase in hospitalization or could the covariates fully or partially explain the increased hospitalization rates? A paper by Kleinman and Norton ... Read on »
Risks Specific to Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:39pm The Lap-Band System is a much less complicated procedure than the other bariatric operations. Because of this, there are few potential complications possible immediately after placement of the Lap-Band System. There are some long-term complications possible that are unique. Slippage In order for the band to function prop ... Read on »
Risk Adjustment Tools for Measuring Physician Quality by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Thu 12 Nov 2009 10:00pm A paper by Thomas, Grazier, and Ward (2004) analyzes a variety of risk adjustment software products. Using these six risk adjustment products to calculate physician efficiency scores, they found “moderate to high levels of agreement were observed among the six risk-adjusted measures of practice efficiency.” However: “ And even though our an ... Read on »
Risk Adjustment Models by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Thu 09 Sep 2010 1:25am Risk adjustment is important for many aspects of health care.  Medicare uses risk adjustment to modify payments to Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans based on the health of the beneficiaries they cover.  Private insurance companies can use risk adjustment to fine-tune capitation payments to physicians or determine a potential enrollee’s premium. ... Read on »
Risk Adjustment: Predicting Future Expenditures by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Nov 2010 7:18am Many states rely on managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide medical services for their Medicaid beneficiaries.  Contracting out medical services to private providers relies on the government’s capacity to accurately predict expected cost of care for each beneficiary.  This is typically done through risk-adjusted capitation rates. Which ... Read on »
Problems with Risk Adjustment by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted Tue 30 Nov 2010 2:09am To evaluate providers based on the health outcomes or the cost of care, one must attempt to evaluate dimensions of care which are strictly within the providers control. For instance, if a physicians treats two patients with breast cancer, but one patient has a more advanced form of breast cancer, one should take this difference into account. P ... Read on »