July 18, 2018

Around the nation: ECRI Institute to bring back medical guideline database—on a subscription basis

Daily Briefing

    ECRI Institute said in September it will re-launch the shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse database containing nearly 20 years of evidence-backed medical guidelines for thousands of conditions and procedures, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania.

    • Arkansas: More than 7,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas did not meet the state's new work requirements—which require certain beneficiaries to perform 80 hours of work, work training, or community service each month—during the first month of implementation. According to the state's Department of Human Services, about 15,500 beneficiaries who were subject to the requirements were not required to report whether they complied with the requirements because state officials already had determined that the individuals had complied, nearly 2,400 reported that they were exempt from the requirements,  and 445 met the requirements (AP/Modern Healthcare, 7/16; Baker, "Vitals," Axios, 7/17).

    • Hawaii: Wahiawa General Hospital in Oahu has received the Stroke Plus Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The hospital earned the award by meeting a number of quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a specific period, including evaluation of medication use and other stroke treatments (Peterkin, Hawaii News Now, 7/17).

    • Pennsylvania: The ECRI Institute on Tuesday announced that in September it will re-open the shuttered National Guideline Clearinghouse database containing nearly 20 years of evidence-backed medical guidelines for thousands of conditions and procedures. Karen Schoelles, director of ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine Evidence-based Practice Center and project director for the National Guideline Clearinghouse, said the re-launched website will contain the same information, but instead of being open-access, the database will be available on a subscription basis (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 7/17).

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