In This Issue
Partnership's New Report Highlights Benefits of Worksite Flu Vaccination Programs
Joint Commission Adopts New Tobacco Cessation Performance Measure
CMS Proposes Covering Aspirin Counseling Based on Partnership's Research
Chlamydia Implementation Guide Joins AHRQ's Healthcare Innovations Exchange
Partnership and Others Urge Sebelius to Help Smokers Quit
Partnership Releases Baseline Evaluation of ActionToQuit State Summits
Partnership's Maloney Interviewed about STDs and Medicare
Partnership's Zauche Joins C-Change's Risk Reduction Advisory Committee
Partnership's Chief Medical Officer Invited to Join NQF Steering Committee
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Partnership Pulse

 September 2011

 

Partnership's New Report Highlights Benefits of Worksite Flu Vaccination Programs

Partnership released a report that describes the business case for worksite influenza vaccination programs. These programs can improve employee health, increase productivity, and boost national vaccination rates. The report outlines actions employers can take for starting a new program or reinvigorating an existing program. It also includes best practices that are supported by research and experience, and case studies of successful programs.

 

Joint Commission Adopts New Tobacco Cessation Performance Measure

Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative advocated for and funded the development of a new set of tobacco cessation performance measures for hospitals. Starting in January 2012, hospitals may select these measures to meet certification requirements. The measures require hospitals to routinely screen all inpatients for tobacco use and provide cessation treatment to tobacco users. Hospitals can play a significant role in helping tobacco users to quit. Patients are in a tobacco-free environment during their hospital stay and are likely to be particularly motivated to quit if their tobacco use helped caused their hospitalization.

 

CMS Proposes Covering Aspirin Counseling Based on Partnership's Research

CMS used Partnership's research and advice in proposing to cover intensive behavioral therapy to reduce cardiovascular disease. Partnership and its Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention petitioned CMS to cover aspirin counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS would cover one face-to-face visit every two years that would include encouraging aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease, screening for high blood pressure, and behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet.

 

Chlamydia Implementation Guide Joins AHRQ's Healthcare Innovations Exchange

The AHRQ Healthcare Innovations Exchange has accepted the implementation guide developed by Partnership's National Chlamydia Coalition to improve chlamydia screening. The Innovations Exchange allows health care professionals to share, learn about, and adopt evidence-based innovations and quality tools to help assess, measure, promote, and improve health care quality. The implementation guide contains recommendations for screening and treating chlamydia, as well as notifying and treating partners and issues relating to confidentiality

 

Partnership and Others Urge Sebelius to Help Smokers Quit

Partnership, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the American Lung Association jointly urged Secretary Sebelius to include comprehensive tobacco cessation as part of the minimum federal standard all states must use in the Essential Health Benefit (EHB). Under the Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014, health plans sold in state health insurance exchanges must use the EHB as the minimum standard of services to cover. This requirement also applies to those newly eligible for Medicaid.  Adding a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit to the EHB would help millions of Americans access cessation therapies.

 

Partnership Releases Baseline Evaluation of ActionToQuit State Summits
A survey distributed to registrants of Partnership's ActionToQuite state summits finds that nearly all think that insurers should provide free or low-cost therapies to tobacco users. The survey measured the beliefs and opinions of participants at 11 Partnership-funded state tobacco cessation alliance summits. Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative funds states to form alliances to implement innovative strategies to increase access to tobacco cessation treatments.

 

Partnership's Maloney Interviewed about STDs and Medicare
Susan Maloney, Managing Senior Fellow and Senior Program Officer, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that preventive screenings are important not only to detect infections, but also because some untreated infections can lead to serious diseases. CMS is proposing to cover chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B screenings, as well as intensive behavioral counseling, under Medicare Parts A and B for seniors, pregnant women, and others enrolled in the program. Maloney noted that hepatitis B is a leading cause of liver cancer and human papilloma virus is now being studied as a possible cause of throat cancer in men. Preventive screenings can identify these infections early, before they lead to more serious conditions.

 

Partnership's Zauche Joins C-Change's Risk Reduction Advisory Committee
David Zauche, Managing Senior Fellow and Senior Program Officer, will serve on C-Change's Risk Reduction Advisory Committee. C-Change is a national cancer control organization. The committee will develop and implement a long-term, sustained national strategy that integrates cancer prevention and early detection policy and practice recommendations. Zauche was chosen for his expertise in tobacco control.

 

Partnership's Chief Medical Officer Invited to Join NQF Steering Committee
Jason Spangler, Partnership's Chief Medical Officer, was invited to join the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Steering Committee for the Population Health Project. The Population Health: Prevention Endorsement project seeks to expand NQF's previous efforts in prevention and healthy behaviors by gaining consensus among multiple stakeholders, and endorsing preventive health and population health measures for public reporting and quality improvement.

 

Partnership for Prevention was founded in 1991 by leaders dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Partnership seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.