A blog dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Quality Measures Abstraction--Are You Drowning in Data?

Posted by Revee White on May 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Your data is more than just numbers. It tells a story about your patients, your staff and your organization as a whole. Analyzing this data allows healthcare providers to look at specific diseases and processes within the organization to provide feedback to staff to do their job better.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, value-based care, chart abstraction, quality measures, outsourced abstraction

Nursing Homes: How Ready are You for Value-Based Payments?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Truth: A lot of nursing homes are not prepared for the move from fee-for-service to value-based payments. The healthcare industry is moving quickly in the direction of value-based payments. But not all healthcare provider organizations are keeping up.

Where does your organization stand? Are you trying to get a leg up by actively working to make quality improvements, adjust clinical workflows and adopt new technology? Are you preoccupied with putting out the fires of today and not yet focused on potential penalties and losses that could come down the line a few years from now? Maybe you are somewhere in between? Below are a few questions to help you evaluate your organization’s preparedness for payment model changes.

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Topics: care coordination, nursing homes, quality improvement, value-based payments, EMR

Baldrige & Healthcare: A Road Map to Quality Improvement

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The word quality has become more than a buzzword in healthcare’s transition to value-based care. For example, quality measures count for 50 percent of MACRA, which means you have to be obsessed with quality of care and continuous performance improvement.

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Topics: value-based care, quality improvement, Baldrige Excellence Framework

Lack of Care Coordination Leads to Chaos and Confusion

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We talk a lot about the importance of care coordination and operational efficiency on this blog—and with good reason. I’d like to share a presentation that has stuck in my mind since we attended the NCDR16 conference last month.

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Topics: care coordination, operational efficiency, patient experience

3 Ways Nursing Homes Can Prepare for Value-Based Payments

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Medicare’s Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing program is still a few years from launch. But that’s no excuse to sit back and wait for value-based payment mandates to kick in. In order to keep up with the healthcare industry’s movement to value-based reimbursements, nursing homes (and other healthcare organizations) need to be evaluating the quality of care they deliver, the health and satisfaction of residents, and the level of efficiency at which they operate – right now. You also need to be planning and taking steps to ensure you will be able to maintain financial stability under upcoming value-based programs that focus on quality, health outcomes, and cost.

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Topics: nursing homes, value-based performance, value-based programs, value-based payments, EMR

Four Ways to Make Quality Measures Work For You

Posted by Revee White on May 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

MetricsTagCloud.jpgUnder the MACRA proposed rule published by HHS, Quality accounts for half of a total score in year one of the program. Clinicians would choose to report six measures from among a range of options that accommodate differences among specialties and practices.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, value-based care, macra, quality management consultant, quality improvement consultant, value-based payments, quality measures

Value-Based Performance: What Every Nursing Home Should Understand

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Understanding the basic concepts of value-based performance is necessary in the aftermath of fee-for-service healthcare. Here are three key things every nursing home needs to recognize (sooner than later) about value-based performance models:

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Topics: nursing homes, value-based performance, value-based payments

Hospital Quality Reporting Deadlines Approaching

Posted by Stacey Arens-Wilson on May 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

May 15 is an important deadline for hospital quality reporting. Hospitals will be required to submit data for both inpatient and outpatient measures.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, core measures abstraction, core measures, core measures abstraction vendor, quality measures, outsourced abstraction, inpatient quality reporting program, outpatient quality reporting program

Care Coordination Proves to be a Hot Topic for All

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Coordinating care—sounds easy enough. But, what does it truly mean to implement care coordination within your organization and why is it such a big deal?

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Topics: care coordination, value-based care, value-based performance

3 Value-Based Care Questions for Nursing Homes

Posted by Revee White on Apr 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM


At Primaris, we talk to nursing homes and other care providers around the country and we know organizations have a lot of questions about value-based payments. Here is a quick look at three questions we’re frequently asked by nursing homes about value-based payments and our services:

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Topics: value-based care, nursing homes, value-based payment modifier


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