February 21, 2018

Further integration of ICD-10 data: ICD-10 includes significantly more codes than ICD-9 and allows you to get more insight into diseases, injuries, and procedures. The analytic sections of the Hospitals and Physicians databases now include ICD-10 search boxes in place of the ICD-9 search boxes to provide quick access to all the new codes (note: users can still search by exact ICD-9 code). ICD-10 data is now also fully integrated into Hospital and Physician profiles under the relevant “Diagnosis” and “Procedures” tabs.

Historical claims data now available across databases: Within individual provider profiles, you can now access historical claims data in a few clicks, making it easy to review and compare claims from year-to-year. Previous years of claims are available as far back as 2012 in some instances and across all areas of the database where claims are tracked by code such as a DRG, ICD, and CPT code.

“Practice Location Search” added to Physician Groups: For physician groups that operate in multiple locations, users can now search based on individual practice locations, rather than just headquarter location. This search is particularly useful when researching a physician group’s geographic footprint. A “Locations” tab has been added to Physician Group profiles reflecting all places where they have set up practice.

Update on Physician Group Technology Data: Physician-level technology information will no longer appear within Physician Group profiles. Only technology implementations, like ambulatory EHR, related to the group as a whole will appear— giving a clearer representation of technology used by the group.

New DHC Visual – Quality Performance: this dashboard provides an overview of hospitals participating in core CMS quality initiatives – the Value Based Purchasing, Readmission Reduction, and Hospital-Acquired Conditions programs – allowing you to quickly glean which hospitals are underperforming and where opportunity exists.

New DHC Visual – Financial Measure Comparisons: This dashboard offers a tool to compare how hospitals perform across key metrics drawn from financial statements. Users can plot metrics such as total operating expenses by EBIDTA or days cash on hand by the current ratio. Filters allow you to choose hospitals in a selected location, of a certain type or within a specific network to review and analyze the financial health of hospitals. 

December 11, 2017

New DHC Visual – Technology Market Share: This visual dashboard uses an interactive map, bar graph and table to  visually display the full universe of hospitals. Users can now view technology module information at the hospital level for EHR, HIS, Patient Portal and computerized physicians order entry (CPOE) systems, gathering insight on vendor penetration by market. This dashboard is available for subscribers of the Hospitals database via the DHC Visuals tab.

Improved Physician Group Technology Search Results: As a default, all technology results shown reflect practice-wide implementations or technologies that are reported by 100% of a group’s member physicians. Users still have the option to revert to the original search results showing all technologies used by any physician within the group.

New DHC Visual – Population Health – Care by Provider Type: This visual dashboard, embedded within hospital profiles, brings insight to Definitive’s population health analytics. Graduated circles allow users to quickly gain insight on where a hospital’s patient population is receiving care based on percent of total Medicare payments, with larger circles representing which settings captured greater dollar expenditures.

New Predicted Physician Employment: A new predictive algorithm enables users to find out if physicians are employed by their primary affiliated hospital or IDN. The predicted employer will now appear on Physician profiles.

New Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) utilization data: Seven new healthcare facility designations are now being tracked within the Hospital database including designations for facilities recognized as CMS Teaching Hospitals and those part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

Added Hospital Designations: Over 4,000 hospice profiles now feature new clinical and demographic information, providing further insight into the types of patients that utilize hospice services. These metrics include information on primary diagnoses, charges and payments, days of care, site of service, and other demographic information. This new data can be found on the financial and clinical metrics tab for hospices.

October 18 2017

Improved Search Pages: All search pages across the product have been redesigned to now group filter options into broad category subtabs, giving users a better view of all available search filters. Several additional search filters have been added, and others were reordered to group related search options.

Improved Physician Group Technology Search Results: As a default, all technology results shown reflect practice-wide implementations or technologies that are reported by 100% of a group’s member physicians. Users still have the option to revert to the original search results showing all technologies used by any physician within the group.

Addition of Retail Clinics: Over 2,000 retail clinics have been added to the Definitive Healthcare Clinics database. Retail clinics provide non-emergency care to patients in a convenient retail setting, ranging from independent clinics all the way to corporations such as CVS MinuteClinic and Walgreens Healthcare Clinic. These newly added profiles feature key intelligence on population-based metrics and affiliations to other providers.

Addition of Assisted Living Facilities: Over 38,000 assisted living facilities (ALFs) have been added to the Definitive Healthcare Long Term Care database. ALFs are senior living residences that provide limited assistance with daily activities. ALF profiles display specific clinical metrics common across all facilities including total beds, delivery of mental health services, and state license detail.

New Physician Drug Deciles: Physician profiles now include a new visual representation of prescription drug data, in which physicians are ranked by decile based on individual prescribing volume within key drug classes. Users gain enhanced insight into relative prescriber volumes of crucial drug classes, such as opioids, antidepressants, and ACE inhibitors. These new rankings can be found with the other prescription drug data in the Physicians product.

New Hospice Utilization Data: Over 4,000 hospice profiles now feature new clinical and demographic information, providing further insight into the types of patients that utilize hospice services. These metrics include information on primary diagnoses, charges and payments, days of care, site of service, and other demographic information. This new data can be found on the financial and clinical metrics tab for hospices.

September 13 2017

Improved Global Search Functionality: The global search functionality has been enhanced to deliver a more targeted and precise list of search results by provider type.

Improved Hospitals Search Page: The main search within the Hospital Database has been redesigned to better organize filters and showcase all the search options available. Users no longer have to scroll down the web page and expand sections, but instead can find the right metrics to filter on at a quick glance.

Daily Entries for News, RFPs and CONs Made Easier to Read: Product pages displaying opportunities like news articles highlighting acquisitions or RFPs focused on new construction projects are now easier to read, making it quick to digest the most important information and stay up-to-date.

Account Settings and Help Center Pages Made Easier to Navigate: Account settings, the help center, and product resources pages like the glossary have a new and improved look.

Consolidated Hospital & Health System Purchasing Information: All purchasing-related information for Hospitals & Health Systems can now be found together on a new “Purchasing” tab. With an aim to bring all related data together, this tab includes details on purchasing organization memberships, key purchasing metrics, and relevant CONs and RFPs.

New Geographic Patient Characteristics: A variety of demographic, clinical, and utilization metrics have been added to CBSA, state, and region profiles in the Hospital Database. This information is located on the “Patient Characteristics” tab, providing new insights into patient population characteristics based on residence.

New Data on Physician Groups Participating in Value-Based Care: Data on Physician Groups participating in the CMS Oncology Care Model (OCM) or Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiatives are now available in the Physician Group Database. Program participation is searchable by key filters to identify the providers committed to providing higher quality and more highly coordinated care at the same or lower cost to Medicare.

Enhancements to the Physician Database: through Definitive’s proprietary analytics, more than 40,000 physicians have now been tagged as “Hospitalists” based on key practice attributes. In addition, newly released 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System measures are available in Physician profiles and include reporting on cancer metrics and use of tobacco cessation interventions among young adults.

Home Health Agency Clinical Information: New Medicare-specific clinical metrics have been added to Home Health Agency (HHA) profiles to allow users to see the breakout of episodes a patient might have. HHA related claims are now characterized in three categories based on episode type: Originating Claims, Continuation of Care (e.g., no break in care), and Resumption of Care (e.g. break in care).

Newly Available Hospice Quality Information: Quality metrics from the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program are available for the first time and displayed on a new “Quality Metrics” tab in Hospice profiles, sharing insights into these organizations and comparisons across locations.

More Clinical Information on Canadian Hospitals: To gain insights on Hospital and patient characteristics in the Canadian market, clinical information has been added to the profiles in the Canada Database.

June 27 2017

Reordering of Profiles Tabs: To enhance product usability and improve the flow of intelligence, the tabs in each profile have been reordered across all databases. Tabs are now grouped together by type of data, making it easier for users to effectively navigate the breadth of information. Specifically, information on Executives, Financials, Affiliations, News, and Technology appears first in company profiles, followed by in depth claims analytics and quality metrics.

Expansion of Population Health Analytics to Clinics & Long Term Care Databases: Population health analytics are now available for Renal Dialysis Facilities, Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Heath Centers, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, and Hospices. With the focus on optimizing outpatient services and delivering care outside of hospitals, population health analytics provide insights on where patients seek care across the continuum and where there is potential leakage to unaffiliated providers.

New Physician Search Analytics for Hospital-Based Services: Four new search capabilities have been added to the Physicians database, providing new ways to analyze the physician universe and the care they deliver in both the hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. The new searches allow for analysis by the attending or operating physician and draw insights on the procedures performed and diagnoses treated.

Enhanced MSSP ACO Information: Total assigned ACO beneficiaries by Medicare enrollment type are now available by county for Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs in the Connected Care database. This geographic information provides insight into possible regional influence of an ACO. Additionally, with the creation of the SNF Three Day Admission Rule Waiver, a new designation has been established for the MSSP ACOs that have met the waiver standards. The waiver allows qualified ACOs to admit patients into associated SNFS without a prior three day inpatient hospital stay.

Updated Physician CPT Data: Physician Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) data has been updated to reflect procedures billed in 2015, the most recently available data.

 April 13 2017

Enhanced Physician Claims Data: Outpatient diagnosis and procedural data has been added to physician profiles to provide an additional dimension of institutional care. Newly added Medicare-specific metrics include diagnosis/procedure volume along with associated charges and payments. ICD-9 diagnosis data is available along with a breakdown by facility where the individual was the attending physician. CPT/HCPCS procedural data is available with a breakdown by facility where the individual was the attending or operating physician.

Addition of Clinic Referral Analytics: Facility referral analytics have been enhanced with the addition of referral patterns to and from Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Renal Dialysis Facilities. This newly released data can be found on all hospital, long term care, and clinic facility profiles and includes number of referrals to/from each clinic along with the number of unique beneficiaries and associated charges and payments.

March 14 2017

Introduction of Quarterly Claims Data: The addition of “Year-to-Date” (YTD) inpatient and outpatient procedural and diagnosis data provides a more up-to-date view of utilization at facilities as well as at a market level. Quarterly data is currently available through Q2 2016 on profiles including Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and select Clinics facilities, as well as Hospital Analytics searches.

Enhanced Outpatient Physician Data: Outpatient Claims Analytics has been enhanced with the addition of Medicare physician-level diagnosis and procedure data. A breakdown of attending and operating physicians is available for each CPT/HCPCS procedure performed at the selected facility during the 2015 calendar year, along with a breakdown of procedures by physician. Attending physician data is available for each ICD-9 diagnosis code reported at the facility, along with a breakdown of diagnoses by attending physician.

Identifying Physician Leaders:: With the rise of physicians taking on roles beyond the delivery of patient care, Definitive has added a new feature to its executive searches and facility profiles to find these contacts more easily. This new executive data helps to understand how physicians serve as leaders across various facility types and filter down to the right set of key clinical decision makers.

Additional Quality Measures: A variety of newly released quality metrics are now available in VA Hospital profiles. In addition, hospital profiles now contain historical information on readmission reduction rates.


February 02 2017

Universal Provider Search by DHC ID - The search bar at the top right of the site now supports the ability to search for providers based on Definitive IDs (Definitive Healthcare’s Unique Identifier).

January 6 2017

Introduction of Episode of Care Analytics - Profiles in the Hospital and Long Term Care databases now display Episode of Care analytics for the bundled payment initiatives developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Covering episodes addressed under both the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement programs, Definitive offers analytics on 52 distinct episodes – taking administrative claims data and aggregating information in meaningful ways for the purpose of more advanced analysis. New insights within facility profiles share detail on the patient journey and types of care received along with associated costs and rates of utilization. Furthermore, the analysis provides a comparison to other facilities in the same region as well as nationally.

New Hospital Quality Data - A variety of newly released quality metrics are now available in Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital and Long Term Acute Care Hospital profiles. In addition, hospital profiles now contain FY 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition data.


December 21 2016

Enhanced Medicare Referral Analytics - Further analysis of claims data follows how Medicare patients move from physicians to clinics, including renal dialysis, federally qualified health centers, and rural health centers. Updated analytics explore counts, charges, and payments for referred patients across increasing windows of time and whether care is being provided within affiliated networks or systems.

Introduction of Medicare Claims with ICD-10 Coding - The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes has been a significant shift for providers across the entire landscape and was officially implemented as of October 1, 2015. With the adoption of new coding, more claims data is now available within the Hospital, Long-Term Care, and Clinics Databases to reflect billing under the new system for Medicare patients for the final quarter of 2015. The partial year of claims with ICD-10 codes is available alongside the full year of 2015 claims with ICD-9 codes.

Additional Quality Measures - For hospitals across the nation, FY2017 data is now available for efficiency performance and domain scores under the Value Based Purchasing program, focusing on average spend per Medicare patient. For renal dialysis centers, there are 6 new patient experience measures now available to capture individual facility performance and stack it against both state and national averages. New measures cover how patients rate their physicians, the center providing care, communication, and much more.

October 27 2016

Addition of Urgent Care Clinics - our Clinics database now provides key information on nearly 10,000 urgent care clinics and 500 urgent care corporations across the United States, bringing Definitive closer to its goal of providing intelligence on every type of healthcare provider across the entire continuum of care. This update to the database features robust data including affiliations, mapping, population health metrics, and access to care statistics. Click here to see a sample clinic profile.

Refreshed Quality Data and Newly Added Metrics - quality metrics across the product suite have been refreshed with the most recent data reporting from October 2016. Additionally, new quality metrics are now available, including the Home Health Agency Quality of Patient Care Star Rating and Hospital Compare Colonoscopy Process of Care Measures.

October 13 2016

 Enhanced Executive Search Capabilities – searching for executive contacts across the Definitive database is now easier and more flexible! Each search enables you to filter key decision makers by standardized roles across main functional areas, ranging from important titles like “chief financial officer” to “director of purchasing” to “pharmacy manager”. More than 100 standardized titles are available to target the right list executives for your business initiatives.

Expanded Physician Group Technology Data – Physician Group profiles now display key technologies utilized at the group level alongside technologies utilized by individual member physicians, covering critical implementations like Electronic Health Records, Clinical Systems, and Data Sharing & Management. With this new data, users now have insights on the most commonly utilized vendors within a medical practice. (see sample)

Updated Medicare ACO Performance Metrics – the latest financial and quality metrics for the 2015 performance year are now available for 392 organizations participating in the Medicare ACO models. New data includes information on quality reporting, payment and investment details, per capita expenditures, plus much more. (see sample)

June 2 2016

New Clinics Product - Definitive’s new Clinics database provides key business intelligence on over 22,000 clinics across the US, tracking data on Federally Qualified Health Centers, Renal Dialysis Clinics, and Rural Health Centers. Subscribers can search and filter the database by numerous characteristics including clinic type, facility characteristics, procedure volumes, financial metrics, and relationships for immediate access to detailed profiles.

Enhanced Medicare Referral Analytics - New analysis of claims data identifying facility-to-facility referral relationships that follow how Medicare patients move from one provider to another; for example, tracking referrals from an acute hospital to a nursing facility or rehab hospital. Updated analytics explore counts, charges, and payments for referred patients and whether care is being provided within affiliated networks or systems.

More Robust Reporting Capabilities - The new report builder interface offers users the ability to quickly customize reports with data fields from Definitive’s vast database, making it even easier and faster to export data and deliver key business insights. Subscribers can build and save report templates by easily selecting multiple data fields and even have the chance to preview their reports before exporting. Be sure to try out this new functionality and reach out to your account manager with any questions, as the existing Export to Excel function will soon be retired from product search pages.

Additional Physician & Physician Group Locations  - More than 213,000 physician locations and 18,000 physician group locations have been added to the respective products, ensuring users have a complete picture of where doctors are practicing and care is delivered. This exclusive data is based on hundreds of hours of primary research by Definitive analysts.

Access to New CMS Quality Measures for SNFs and ASCs - For skilled nursing facilities, new quality measures are now available, tracking rates of successful discharges to the community or re-admissions back to hospitals for short-stay and long-stay residents. For ambulatory surgery centers, subscribers now have access to new performance metrics from CMS' Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting program, including measures such as rates of patient burns or falls relative to state and national averages.

Shareholder Status of GPO Members - GPO profiles now display member shareholder status designation for purchasing relationships.