A blog dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Updated Resource Catalog Has All the Tools You Need

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jun 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

At Primaris, it is our mission to drive the best quality results in healthcare. One way we can do that is by providing you with beneficial and useful resources about an endless number of healthcare topics. LPrimaris_Resource_Catalog.jpgooking for a quality improvement tool? We've got you covered. 

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Topics: quality improvement, resource catalog

The 5 "Ps" of Quality Measures Abstraction

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jun 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In Why Outsourced Abstraction is Best, we covered the many complications that can arise when trying to abstract data accurately in house.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, quality measures, outsourced abstraction

Learning to operate under the value-based payment model

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jun 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: care coordination, nursing homes, value-based programs, value-based payments

Which Method of GPRO Reporting is Right for You?

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Jun 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In our earlier blog post, we covered, "Is GPRO Reporting a Good Option for You?" In most cases, the answer is, yes, it is easier to report via the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). Now comes the decision of HOW to report GPRO.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS, gpro abstraction, GPRO reporting

How Your Mission Statement & Core Values Impact Patient Experience

Posted by Revee White on Jun 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If your organization is committed to designing and delivering a superior patient experience there are several things you can do. "Lessons From Healthcare’s Patient Experience Top-Performers" provides inspirations for improving your organization’s patient experience, but you also need to look within your own organization. 

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Topics: patient experience, core values, mission statements

Why Care Coordination is No Longer an Option

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jun 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There seems to be a true disconnect in the American healthcare system. Processes for caring for patients vary between primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. As a result, patient care is uncoordinated and inefficient.  

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Topics: care coordination, ACO, readmissions

Is GPRO Reporting a Good Option for You?

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Jun 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) allows individual providers within a group to report as one entity for PQRS. A “group” or “group practice” is defined as a single Medicare-billing Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) with 2 or more individual eligible professionals (EPs) (as identified by their individual NPI) who have reassigned their billing rights to the TIN. 

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Topics: value-based care, GPRO, PQRS, value modifier, value-based payments, GPRO reporting

Primaris to host free one-day QAPI program

Posted by Revee White on Jun 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This event is now FULL. There is a waiting list available, so you can be added to it by contacting Don Earnheart at don.earnheart@area-b.hcqis.org.

Nursing homes are still awaiting the official launch of the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) era, but many are already preparing for the rollout of the program. Once the final rule is passed, CMS says facilities must adopt plans that are “ongoing, comprehensive and address the full range of care and services provided by the facility.”Change-is-Now.jpg

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs must address all systems of care and management; focus on clinical, quality of life and resident choice areas; use evidence to define and measure indicators of quality and set goals; and reflect a facility's unique resident make up and services. 

In other words, boilerplate initiatives won't work. 

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Topics: value-based care, quality improvement, QAPI

Understanding the 2016 PQRS GPRO Measures

Posted by Revee White on Jun 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Registration is now open to self-nominate your group for GPRO for 2016 PQRS reporting.  You must select the method of reporting you plan to use, so please decide this prior to registering.  Registration is open from April 1 through June 30.  Complete information is available on the registration page.

Now is the time to review and ensure you have processes and documentation in place to improve your scores this year. Make sure practitioners know the measures and understand what the documentation must include to meet the CMS specifications and where in the medical record the data is located most easily. 

This month we will host a two-part webinar focused on the 2016 GPRO measures. The webinars will cover the 2016 GPRO measures, including abstraction flow and recommendations for improvement. Webinar.jpg

2016 GPRO Measures: Part 1
Tuesday, June 21 @ 12 noon CT
Part 1 presentation will include abstraction information and helpful tips. The following Preventative (PREV) Care Measures will be discussed: PREV-5, PREV-6, PREV-7, PREV-8, PREV-9, PREV-10, PREV-11, PREV-12, and PREV-13 (New Measure for 2016 Reporting). Register

2016 GPRO Measures: Part 2
Tuesday, June 28 @ 12 noon CT
Part 2 presentation will include abstraction information and helpful tips. The following measures will be discussed: CARE-2, CARE-3, CAD-7, DM-2, DM-7, HF-6, HTN-2, IVD-2, and MH-1. Register

Deadline to register for GPRO is June 30, 2016. There’s still time for performance improvement. Primaris performs GPRO abstraction and mock audits. Our abstractors work with you to pick 50-100 charts for each of the measures and composites. Our Mock GPRO project helps you benchmark where you’re at and provides a feedback report with opportunities for improvement.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS, chart abstraction, abstraction vendor, quality measures, gpro abstraction, outsourced abstraction, quality measures abstraction

Small Changes in Care Coordination Make a Big Impact in Patient Outcomes

Posted by Timothy Perkins on May 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This blog was orginally posted on DCS's blog, Practical Thinking.  

Small changes in your care coordination processes make a big impact in patient outcomes. This is a fact--not disputable. It has been proven time and time again that this steady “continuous improvement” approach yields big returns over time.

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Topics: care coordination, patient outcomes


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