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August Healthcare Quality News from Primaris

Posted by Revee White on Aug 26, 2016 8:19:02 AM

15-06-05-007.jpgThe August Quality Time with Primaris newsletter is out. In this edition, you'll find articles on:

  • Primaris GPRO abstraction efforts and updates to the GPRO tool
  • 10 things to know about MACRA
  • How to operate at peak performance
  • Last call for C.Diff project
  • Four-day workshop on dementia care mapping
  • 5 P's of quality measure abstraction
  • Preparing to join a Patient Safety Organization

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Topics: news, healthcare quality

Hospitals and Health Systems: Take Aim at Readmissions and Improve Efficiency

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Improving efficiency across every facet of healthcare is a priority for providers industrywide. There are many ways hospitals and health systems can do their part to push toward this goal. One of those ways is to reduce readmissions. After all, it takes fewer resources and less money to treat patients once rather than twice. CMS has targeted readmissions and put pressure on all healthcare providers to do more to prevent them whenever possible. Below are five things hospitals and health systems can do to keep readmissions and related costs to a minimum.

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Topics: operational efficiency, readmissions

How to Improve Delivery of Person-Centered Care

Posted by Revee White on Aug 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Person-centered care is an important topic for nursing home staff and residents. Person-centered care is a recognition that choice, purpose and meaning in daily life should be the primary aim of resident care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It also means residents are supported in achieving the level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being that is individually practicable.

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Topics: nursing homes, dementia care mapping, skilled nursing facilities, person centered care

15 Questions to Ask When Planning Efficiency Improvements

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

Efficiency is in high demand in the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers and organizations face constant pressure to find ways to deliver quality care more efficiently. Laws have been enacted that aim to improve efficiency, financial incentives and penalties have been put in place, too. All across the industry (and beyond) there are forces pushing and pulling providers toward efficiency. But in order to actually increase efficiency, healthcare providers need to evaluate their operations and identify opportunities for improvement.

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Topics: operational efficiency, quality improvement, healthcare quality

Time is running out for Missouri nursing homes to join fight to stop C.difficile

Posted by Dorothy Andrae on Aug 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Missouri nursing homes have always been a leader in national quality projects, and we need your help to show CMS and nursing homes across the nation that Missouri nursing homes are ready to join the fight to stop C. difficile.

Along with other Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the nation, Primaris has been tasked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recruit 76 Missouri nursing homes to join a very important initiative to prevent and reduce C. difficile infections.

Participation is free and members will work with experienced Primaris staff who will provide evidence-based tools and individualized technical assistance to improve a facility’s overall safety culture. Primaris, as part of the TMF QIN, will offer free technical assistance to evaluate your data and provide learning forums to support your path toward reducing and eliminating C. difficile in your facility.

Nursing homes that participate will also receive free support for nursing home data submission into the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network databank, as well as tools and training on Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety – TeamSTEPPS®.

As of now, we have 15 committed homes who have stepped up and want to participate.  Our deadline for recruitment is Aug. 31, 2016, so time is running out. If you originally declined this project, we are asking you to reconsider.

Do you want to be a leader and get FREE assistance to stay ahead of federal requirements?

C. difficile reporting will be mandatory for nursing homes in the near future.  This is your opportunity to take advantage of excellent training with no cost. By the time it becomes required reporting, you’ll be ahead of other homes that did not take advantage of this no-cost opportunity.

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement

Transform Your Organization with an Effective QAPI Program

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all know the time is coming; we just don’t know when. But once the final QAPI regulations are issued, all nursing homes are required to have a QAPI Program in place within first year.

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement, long-term care, QAPI, skilled nursing facilities

Say Goodbye to Medication Errors

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Medication errors cause both quality and cost issues – two things the healthcare industry is working to eliminate. Because of this, providers across the care continuum are investing in processes that will help cut down on medication errors and their adverse effects.

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Topics: value-based care, quality improvement, medication errors

Six Things to Know About the Future of ACOs

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 5, 2016 3:11:08 PM

Primaris attended the NAACOS Spring 2016 Conference. We joined nearly 500 ACO leaders that came together for the 3-day event to talk about everything current and upcoming in accountable care. With MACRA coming down the pipe, ACOs are a hotter topic than ever, making now a great time to revisit a few of the conference’s recurring themes:

Value-driven payments are on the rise.
Medicare has already reached its goal of tying 30 percent of payments to value by the end of 2016. It is working toward its next goal of tying 50 percent of payments to value by 2018. MACRA will continue to push the industry toward value. MACRA benchmarks will be set next year, and over the course of the next several years the program will drastically change the way healthcare providers are paid. 

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First Physician-Led ACO Launched in Missouri

Posted by Revee White on Aug 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Today, Aledade, Inc. announced it has expanded its primary care physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Missouri. First announced earlier this year, Aledade® Missouri ACO is the first independent primary care physician-led ACO in the state. Aledade Missouri ACO is made up of five independent practices consisting of about 35 providers caring for more than 6,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

The Aledade Missouri ACO is supported by local partner Primaris, a leader in healthcare quality business solutions with more than 30 years of experience in Missouri. By partnering in the ACO, Aledade and Primaris will help doctors deliver high-quality care through a focus on care coordination, population health management, and preventive care.

Aledade offers a new model of primary care by partnering with physicians to build and lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients. Aledade ACOs allow doctors to stay independent, practice medicine like they’ve always wanted to, and thrive by keeping people healthy. The Aledade model operates under a value-based payment structure that rewards positive health outcomes for patients, instead of the volume of health care services delivered.

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Topics: accountable care, ACO, Aledade

3 Things to Look for When Outsourcing Data Abstraction

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 3, 2016 3:11:06 PM

One of the aims of MACRA is to alleviate pain healthcare providers experience as a result of quality measures reporting requirements. Although MACRA is designed to streamline performance reporting by consolidating programs – including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Modifier Program, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program – compliance with MACRA’s quality reporting requirements is still expected to be a challenge for many providers across the industry. Therefore, outsourcing quality measures abstraction remains a good option for healthcare providers because it allows for better use of internal resources.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, core measures abstraction, quality improvement, macra, data abstraction


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