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Volume: 109, June 2016

Was This Readmission Preventable? Qualitative Study of Patient and Provider Perceptions of Readmissions

Jacob Stein, MD, MPH, Paul Ossman, MD, MPH, Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, Carlton Moore, MD, MS, Beth Ann Brubaker, MD, John French, BA, Edmund Allen Liles, MD

Abstract: Objectives: Readmissions are a costly, burdensome, and potentially preventable occurrence in the healthcare system. With the renewed national focus on the cost and quality of health care, readmissions have become a major target for improvement; however, in general, the...
Volume: 109, June 2016

Positive Predictive Value of a Single Assessment of Estimated GFR in the Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease

Nikhil Satchidanand, PhD, Matthew Withiam-Leitch, MD, PhD, Miriam Dickinson, PhD, Wilson Pace, MD, Caroline Bublitz-Emsermann, PhD, Geoffrey M. Allen, BA, Min Yang, MD, PhD, Joseph Vassalotti, MD, Pradeep Arora, MD, Patrick Glasgow, MD, Chester Fox, MD

Abstract: Objectives: The positive predictive value (PPV) of a single assessment of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not known. Our objective was to determine the PPV of a single assessment of eGFR among adults with at...
Volume: 109, June 2016

Cardiovascular Health Status in Baby Boomers with Diabetes Mellitus

Dana E. King, MD, MS, Jun Xiang, MS, Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD, PhD

Abstract: Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the cardiovascular health status of baby boomers with diabetes mellitus (DM) in comparison to the same-age population with DM 10 years previously. Methods: The study was conducted in baby boomers with DM using data...
Volume: 109, June 2016

Therapeutic Error Calls Among Older Adults Reported to a Regional Poison Control Center in Alabama

Sophie Willis, PharmD, Ann Slattery, DrPH, RPh, William King, DrPH, MPH, Kimberley Benner, PharmD

Abstract: Objectives: Although Americans aged 65 years and older account for only 13.0% of the population, they consume one-third of all prescription medications each year. Increased life expectancy, age-related deterioration in health, and polypharmacy lead to a significant risk of...
Volume: 109, June 2016

Commentary on “Predictor of 90-Day Readmission Rate for Hepatic Encephalopathy”

Charles Broy, MD

Abstract: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with serious mortality and morbidity, including recurrent hospitalization. Readmission rates have always been a serious topic because they have a direct impact on patients’ well-being and the quality of medical management. They...