Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

For the first time, CMS' Hospital Compare Web site is reporting on the quality of children's care in hospitals, including pediatric hospitals, by adding two care measures for inpatient treatment of children with asthma.

This is good news for parents of children with asthma — 335,000 U.S. children were hospitalized for asthma in 2006, according to an AHRQ analysis, a number that's about 1.5 percent higher than adult hospitalizations for asthma as a principal condition. Excluding newborns, asthma-related hospital stays accounted for 13.5 percent of all pediatric hospitalizations.

This is the right direction for Hospital Compare, given the prevalence of the condition and the popularity of the Web site among consumers and caregivers. Page views for the site for this year to date have totaled 20 million. Next, we'd like to see CMS add care measures for inpatient treatment of diabetes in children, which has increased exponentially over the last decade.

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Patricia Donovan
Editor, Healthcare Business Weekly Update

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Volume VIX, No. 22
August 25, 2008

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Table of Contents
  1. AMA Unveils Health Insurer Report Card
  2. PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models
  3. CMS Adds Measures for Care of Children with Asthma to Hospital Compare Site
  4. 101 Tools for Improving Health Care Performance
  5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: New Developments and Enhancements in Health Risk Assessments
  6. SAMHSA Awards More Than $16 Million for Youth Suicide Prevention in Tribes/Tribal Organizations
  7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guidline
  8. Medicaid Long-Term Care Funds Not Fully Utilized
  9. Adult Day Services Letter
  10. HHS Proposes Adoption of ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards
  11. SpeedECoder
  12. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Patient Registries: The Track to Better Quality Healthcare


1. AMA Unveils Health Insurer Report Card

The AMA has unveiled its first national health insurer report card on claims processing as part of a larger campaign to help heal the ailing system of processing medical claims. The new National Health Insurer Report Card provides physicians and the public with an objective and reliable source of information on the timeliness, transparency and accuracy of claims processing by health insurance companies.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/Hindustry_MC082508.html



2. PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models

Get a FREE copy of PBM Contracting and Transparency Issues and Models. This 102-page report examines which contracting strategies have been successful and which have failed or have contributed to confusion among pharmacy benefit clients. It shares real-life experiences that companies including Medco, Express Scripts and Prime Therapeutics have had with rebates and other models. Click here or visit http://www.aishealth.com/Products/freereports_HIN.html to get your report today.



3. CMS Adds Measures for Care of Children with Asthma to Hospital Compare Site

CMS has made important additions to the Hospital Compare consumer Web site that will give consumers even better insight into the quality of care provided by their local hospitals. The improvements include the addition of a mortality measure for pneumonia and, for the first time on Hospital Compare, publicly reported measures for hospital care of children. The measure on pneumonia 30-day mortality joins existing 30-day mortality measures for heart failure (HF) and heart attack (AMI), which CMS began reporting last summer.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/hospital_HSmanagement082508.html



4. 101 Tools for Improving Health Care Performance

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5. Featured Healthcare Podcast: New Developments and Enhancements in Health Risk Assessments

In a joint interview, Wes Alles, Ph.D., director of the Stanford University Prevention Research Center, and Yann Meunier, M.D., health improvement manager at Stanford School of Medicine Health Improvement Program, described the interactions between their individual Stanford programs, the science and methods behind Stanford's health risk and behavior change assessments, and incentives that encourage Stanford employees to complete HRAs and participate in health promotion programs.

To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#63



6. SAMHSA Awards More Than $16 Million for Youth Suicide Prevention in Tribes/Tribal Organizations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded 12 grants, totaling more than $16 million over three years, to support suicide prevention efforts undertaken by tribes/tribal organizations. This grant program is authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which provides funding for programs to combat suicide. Additional grants will be awarded this year for suicide prevention efforts under the Garrett Lee Smith program.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/behavioral_health082508.html



7. Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guidline

Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder — Evaluation and Management Guidline is 109 pages of clinical guidelines for the evaluation and management of these two common disorders with extensive references and resources.

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8. Medicaid Long-Term Care Funds Not Fully Utilized

Only four states utilized at least half of Medicaid long-term care (LTC) funds on home- and community-based services (HCBS) such as adult day care and home health. The remainder of the states preferred funding institutional care, according to a new report. The AARP Public Policy Institute researched Medicaid spending in each state for the older population and physically disabled adults in 2006. The results are found in the report, "A Balancing Act: State Long-Term Care Reform."

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/long_term_care082508.html


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9. Adult Day Services Letter

Adult Day Services Letter provides the latest management intelligence regarding financing, marketing and staffing adult day services programs, program planning, funding opportunities and legislative alerts.

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10. HHS Proposes Adoption of ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards

HHS has proposed replacing the ICD-9-CM code sets now used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures with greatly expanded ICD-10 code sets effective Oct. 1, 2011. In a separate proposed regulation, HHS has proposed adopting the updated X12 standard, Version 5010, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs standard, Version D.0, for electronic transactions, such as healthcare claims. Version 5010 is essential to use of the ICD-10 codes.

To read this story in its entirety, go to:
http://www.hin.com/sw/healthLaw_regulation082508.html



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12. Featured Healthcare Business White Paper: Patient Registries: The Track to Better Quality Healthcare

Patient registries are clinical information systems physicians use to identify and track patients with a defined disease or condition. In addition to creating realistic views of clinical practices, patient outcomes, safety and comparative effectiveness and supporting evidence development and decision-making, patient registries are associated with improved care for patients with chronic diseases.

To download this complimentary white paper, please visit:
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