HospitalCompare Adds Care Measures for Kids

Monday, August 25th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

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. Get more details in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

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.

Children with obesity are two to three times more likely than all children to have a hospital stay during the year. To find out what more than 150 of your colleagues are doing to address the obesity epidemic in adult and pediatric populations, take our e-survey of the month. Complete the survey by August 31 and you’ll receive a complimentary e-summary of the results, including emerging trends in obesity management, incentives and reimbursement.

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