Mary Jo Braid-Forbes

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BACKGROUND Cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) therapy can reduce morbidity and mortality, but this benefit can be diminished by CIED infection. Currently, there are limited published data on the mortality and cost associated with CIED infection. METHODS We analyzed the risk-adjusted total and incremental admission mortality, long-term(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective observational cohort analysis of administrative claims. OBJECTIVE Estimate readmission rates after spine stenosis decompression surgery in a 5% randomly selected sample of Medicare beneficiaries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Operative management of lumbar spinal stenosis has significant and measurable benefits compared with(More)
Device infection is a complication of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy that significantly increases mortality. Risk factors associated with death and ICD infection are poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to identify patient characteristics associated with death after cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED)(More)
OBJECTIVES While surgical ablation (SA) for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) can reduce recurrence of AF, its impact on longitudinal survival and health-care costs remains controversial. This study defines the clinical outcomes and costs associated with SA in patients with prior AF undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS A total of(More)
BACKGROUND Enteral nutrition (EN) supports many older and disabled Americans. This study describes the frequency and cost of acute care hospitalization with dehydration and/or malnutrition of Medicare beneficiaries receiving EN, focusing on those receiving home EN. METHODS Medicare 5% Standard Analytic Files were used to determine Medicare spending for EN(More)
BACKGROUND Fracture nonunion risk is related to severity of injury and type of treatment, yet fracture healing is not fully explained by these factors alone. We hypothesize that patient demographic factors assessable by the clinician at fracture presentation can predict nonunion. METHODS A prospective cohort study design was used to examine ~2.5 million(More)
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