242942 Stroke care in Maine: Measuring quality of care with all-payer claims data

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:50 PM

Robert Keith, PhD, MBA, MA , Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, New Gloucester, ME
Danielle Louder, BS , Division of Health Improvement, Medical Care Development/Maine CDC CVH Program, Augusta, ME
Margaret I. Gradie, PhD , Division of Health Improvement, Medical Care Development, Augusta, ME
Kala E. Ladenheim, PhD, MSPH , Division of Health Improvement, Medical Care Development, Augusta, ME
Background: Ongoing analysis of stroke care is vital to improving quality and outcomes. However, few of Maine's 36 acute care hospitals currently collect or report such data. Objectives: Assess feasibility of using medical claims data to: measure quality of care for individuals hospitalized for stroke; Establish state-wide baselines; Inform ongoing quality improvement efforts. Data/Methods: An analytic file of inpatient stays (n=12,202)was constructed using all 2003-2006 Medical and pharmacy claims for cerebrovascular diagnoses (ICD-9 430-436) paid by private insurers and Medicare. Comparisons of quality metrics were made by diagnosis, year, age, gender, and location. Confidence intervals were calculated for proportions in frequency tables and chi-square p-values for 2x2 crosstabs. Metrics derived from claims were compared with national data including CDC data and American Stroke Association's registry-based Get With the Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG) databases. Results: Maine claims data were comparable to GWTG (shown below as Maine claims/GWTG) for: Stroke diagnoses: ischemic 60%/66%; hemorrhagic 11%/7%; TIA 29%/28% EMS: 53.9% /54% stroke admissions had corresponding EMS claim Thrombolytic use for ischemic admissions: 2.9%/2.9% Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium; Length of stay: 5.21/5.3 days; Mortality: 7.2%/6.6% Comparisons of medications on discharge, diagnostics, neurological visits and surgical procedures were considered unreliable due to discrepancies or lack of comparable measures between sources. Conclusions: Claims data can support studies of state-wide stroke diagnosis and treatment quality and be utilized to plan ongoing systems improvements efforts.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the design and results of the Maine Stroke all-payer claims data analysis 2) Assess whether claims data may be a viable source to measure and plan diagnosis specific system improvement efforts in your state

Keywords: Strokes, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I supervise the project described in the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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