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5 Tips for Effectively Managing Quality Measure Reporting

Posted by Adam Voight on Mar 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 TIPS Quality Reporting graphic.pngWhat is the hardest part about managing quality measure reporting? Often it’s assumed that the most stressful part of quality measure reporting is achieving quality standards. But the truth is, that isn’t always the case. Although the pressure to demonstrate a high level of performance against quality measures is significant, the biggest challenge for providers is actually complying with the complex and time-consuming reporting process. 

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Topics: quality improvement, quality measures, quality measures abstraction, data abstraction

Are You Ready for MIPS?

Posted by Katy Bennett-Blumer on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The time is here! The first performance year for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) began January 1, 2017 with the first payment year implementing in 2019. It’s important for your organization to prepare now to maximize incentives and avoid penalties on your Medicare Part B payments.

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Topics: macra, MIPS

Chronic Care Management: Breaking down the basics

Posted by Adam Voight on Mar 20, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Chronic care management (CCM) includes the treatment and education conducted by health care professionals to help patients with chronic diseases and other health conditions. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), approximately 93% of our nation’s total Medicare spending is on beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.  These include but are not limited to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. The goal of chronic care management is to help patients understand their condition, successfully live with it and achieve an ongoing, reasonable quality of life.

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Topics: chronic disease management

Essential Resources for Registry Abstraction Updates

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Do you know where to find the latest abstraction guidelines and updates from registries? Registries are constantly making changes and updating their manuals. That can lead to headaches for hospital teams as they attempt to accurately abstract data. Registry changes are easy to miss, but there are some resources hospital abstractors can turn to for updated information. The resources below are essential for anyone tracking registry abstraction updates.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, Clinical data registries, data abstraction

#PSAW2017: Patient Safety Awareness Week is happening now

Posted by Adam Voight on Mar 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Attention all healthcare providers! Patient Safety Awareness Week is taking place this week, March 12-18 and you don't want to miss out. Join The Center for Patient Safety (CPS), a Primaris affiliate, as they reignite their commitment to patient safety as part of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s annual campaign. This is a great time to not only celebrate your organization's safety successes, but also a time to reflect on ways to improve.

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Topics: patient safety

Here's How You Can Catch Up for Good with Chart Abstractions

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As most hospitals know, getting behind on registry abstraction is easy. Getting caught up, on the other hand, is a very different story. When it comes to abstraction, there always seems to be more work to do than time to do it. So, when you fall behind (even just a little) it can be really difficult to catch up and get current on charts. For hospitals that are facing weeks or months of backlogged abstraction work, the following tips can be helpful for getting and staying caught up.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, chart abstraction, data abstraction

Primaris to help rural healthcare providers navigate federal Quality Payment Program

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In a recent press releasePrimaris announced that it will provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as a subcontractor to TMF Health Quality Institute (TMF). TMF, a leading non-profit health care consulting company based in Austin, has been contracted to help small medical practices in generally underserved areas prepare for and participate in the new QPP, which was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

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Topics: macra, MIPS, QPP

We're Packing Our Bags for Spring Conferences

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

At Primaris, our mission is to drive the best quality results in healthcare. We work diligently to improve clinical outcomes and the whole patient experience. What better way to determine new ways to do so and share our expertise, than network and compare knowledge with other top leaders in the healthcare industry? How does the saying go—you can never stop learning?

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Topics: ACO, cardiovascular data registry, NCDR, NAACOS

Are You Struggling to Stay Afloat with Quality Reporting?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Feb 27, 2017 9:00:00 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: abstraction vendor, quality measures, data abstraction

Registry Abstraction: Tracking Down Missing Data

Posted by Adam Voight on Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Anyone within a hospital that has ever been responsible for abstracting data from medical charts knows the pain of charts that are missing data from required registry reporting fields. The data points hospitals are required to submit vary from one registry to the next. While it is the job of abstractors to know what data is required for the different registries, abstractors can only pull information from records if that info is actually there. Because missing data is a such a common problem – not to mention a huge headache for abstractors – it is helpful to know some strategies for tracking down key information that is absent from charts.

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Topics: care coordination, chart abstraction, data abstraction


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