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Which DRGs have the highest Kcentra Usage?

By: Avinash Kumar  Apr. 18, 2019

Kcentra’s ICD 10 procedure code of 30283B1 is used by Hospitals to get NTAP payments over and above the DRG payment amount. Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) is a classification system which assigns a hospital stay to one of approximately 750 DRG codes. CMS pays a flat payment for a specific DRG to cover all costs associated with a hospital stay. Dexur analyzed medicare claims data (Jan 2017 to Dec 2017) when Kcentra was used a primary procedure and the top DRGs where it was used. The below table lists the top DRGs where KCentra was used.

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Eylea Market Share 2x more Than Lucentis in WMD and 3x more in DME/DR based on Medicare Claims Analysis

By: Avinash Kumar  Apr. 08, 2019

Dexur’s analysis of medicare claims shows that Eylea (Aflibercept) is being used twice as much as Lucentis (Ranibizumab) for Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD) and three times as much for Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) causes. The claims analysis was from Jan 2016 to June 2018 based on a 5% sample of all Medicare patients. The claims analysis looked at the J Code usage of Aflibercept (J0178) & Ranibizumab (J2778).

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More New Yorkers are surviving sepsis. What happens when they leave the hospital?

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By: James Pitt  Mar. 28, 2019

Sepsis contributes to up to half of in-hospital deaths. New York State launched the Sepsis Care Improvement Initiative in 2014, after the tragic death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton in Queens.

It's working. Sepsis is killing fewer children and adults at New York hospitals.

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“How are you going to treat your family, how are you going to treat your friends? That's how you should treat your patients”: an interview with Dr. Chris Evanich

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 28, 2019

Dr. Christopher J. Evanich is a top-ranked orthopedic surgeon who practices at the Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin. James Pitt interviewed Dr. Evanich about his practice, his method of patient education, what's good and bad in EHRs, and how his time as an engineer helped him in medicine. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Five Cardiac Surgeons Affiliated with Methodist Hospital San Antonio Among Top in Texas, Nation

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 17, 2019

Dr. William C.L. Wu performed more stent procedures on Medicare inpatients than any other doctor in Texas over a five year period from 2013 to 2017. This also placed him among the top 30 stent procedure surgeons in the entire United States over this period.

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Cardiovascular Specialists Dr. Luber, Dr. Hampton, and Dr. Gaba at CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center Top Washington State Rankings

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 16, 2019

Dr. John M. Luber has practiced at CHI Franciscan St. Joseph for twenty years, following five years as Cardiothoracic-Surgeon-in-Chief at Albany Medical Center. He is also an accomplished scientist, a principal investigator on over 30 clinical trials.

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Lee Memorial Hospital Top Ranked Cardiovascular Doctors Include Dr. Arcement, Dr. Hummel, Dr. DiGiorgi, and Dr. Buss

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 08, 2019

Four cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons affiliated with Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Meyers, FL were among the highest-ranked doctors in the state in their specialties.

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How much I should I budget for Healthcare after Insurance?

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 07, 2019

Health insurance can save you a lot of money. But even if you have insurance, you'll still pay some money out-of-pocket on healthcare. The average out-of-pocket expenditure was $747 (in 2016, among middle-income Americans who spent any money out-of-pocket on healthcare), according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Dr. Magovern & Dr. Brown, Two Morristown Memorial Hospital - Affiliated Cardiac Surgeons, Top New Jersey State Rankings

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 07, 2019

Dr. Christopher J. Magovern & Dr. John M. Brown, two Cardiac Surgeons affiliated with Morristown Medical Center (an Atlantic Health System hospital), topped New Jersey state rankings for two major categories of cardiac procedures.

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In-Hospital Quality Outcomes for Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage

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By: James Pitt  Dec. 19, 2018

Gastrointestinal hemorrhage contributed to 3% of hospitalizations and 2.35% of in-hospital deaths among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma as a primary or secondary diagnosis, according to a Dexur analysis of 2013-2017 Medicare claims data.

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