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OBJECT Even with improved prenatal and neonatal care, intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) occurs in approximately 25%-30% of preterm infants, with a subset of these patients developing hydrocephalus. This study was undertaken to describe current trends in hospitalization of preterm infants with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) using the Nationwide(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Because of recent advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) has become the primary treatment option in prostate cancer. RARP, however, necessitates patients to be placed in a steep Trendelenberg position, which presents multiple opportunities for complications relating to the(More)
CONTEXT In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began funding health departments to implement integrated electronic systems for disease surveillance. OBJECTIVE Determine the impact of discontinuing provider reporting for chronic hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A, and select enteric diseases. DESIGN Laboratory and provider surveillance(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies have suggested disparities in quality of health care and time to treatment across socioeconomic groups. Such differences can be of greatest consequence in the setting of emergent medical conditions. Surgical or endovascular treatment of ruptured cerebral aneurysms within the first 3 days of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage(More)
The mouse incisor is a valuable but under-utilized model organ for studying the behavior of adult stem cells. This remarkable tooth grows continuously throughout the animal's lifetime and houses two distinct epithelial stem cell niches called the labial and lingual cervical loop (laCL and liCL, respectively). These stem cells produce progeny that undergo a(More)
We evaluated the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database for increased hospital acquired condition (HAC) rate as a function of weekend admission in patients receiving thoracolumbar fusions. In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) compiled a list of HAC for a new payment policy for preventable adverse events without reimbursement of(More)
BACKGROUND Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are defined by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as preventable adverse events that do not qualify for reimbursement of resulting hospital costs. HACs have been employed as a metric for quality of patient care. Patients undergoing cervical spine fusions are at risk for occurrence of HACs(More)
AIMS In recent years, patient satisfaction has been integrated into residency training practices through core competency requirements as set forth by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In 2006, the UCLA Health Systems established a program designed to obtain patient feedback and assess the communication abilities of resident(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with cerebrovascular disease undergo complex surgical procedures, often requiring prolonged inpatient hospitalization. Previous studies have demonstrated associations between racial/demographic factors and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing cerebrovascular procedures (CVPs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have(More)
OBJECT As health care administrators focus on patient safety and cost-effectiveness, methodical assessment of quality outcome measures is critical. In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a series of "never events" that included 11 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) for which related costs of treatment are not reimbursed.(More)