A blog dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Three Quality Reporting Things You Are Doing Wrong

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


At Primaris, we hear a lot of stories from healthcare teams about their struggles with quality reporting. Let me just say, we feel for you. Quality reporting is taxing. It is complex. It takes time and a particular expertise that, to be honest, a lot of healthcare teams don’t have. Considering all of the challenges that reporting brings, it is important that you don’t contribute to your own stress or make the process more difficult than it already is. While that statement might seem obvious, we frequently encounter individuals and groups that are unknowingly putting more strain on themselves by making some key mistakes.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction

#HQW16: We're Celebrating Primaris' Commitment to Quality

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

As part of our recognition of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)’s Healthcare Quality Week, taking place this week, we want to take a moment to showcase some of our team members who have displayed their commitment to quality in healthcare by earning their Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification.

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Topics: quality improvement, healthcare quality, quality improvement consultant

Primaris helps spur improvement in leading registry

Posted by Timothy Perkins on Oct 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Registries generate analytics for better decision-making in today’s data-driven healthcare world.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, abstraction vendor

Make The Connection Between Quality Reporting And Quality Improvement

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Healthcare providers put a lot of time and effort into quality reporting. But are they spending too much time mining patient data and prepping it for reporting? Unfortunately, healthcare teams often admit that after they pour time and resources into data abstraction and quality reporting, they don’t have anything left in the tank – so they don’t ever use the data they compiled to make quality improvements. To point out the obvious, this defeats the purpose of mining data and gathering insights in the first place. Sure, reporting is done in part to earn reimbursements and protect against negative payment adjustments. But it is also intended to help healthcare providers identify and capitalize on improvement opportunities. There needs to be a connection between quality reporting and quality improvement. All of the time and energy spent on reporting must drive improvements, otherwise it is wasted.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction

Get Ready! Next Week is Healthcare Quality Week

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

How often do you hear the word quality in healthcare today? Quality improvement, quality reporting, quality measures, quality data—the list goes on. With the transition to value-based care, the focus of quality in healthcare will continue to increase.

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Topics: value-based care, quality improvement, quality

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) Teaches Self-Care

Posted by Sharon Spotwood on Oct 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is a licensed program geared at empowering diabetes and pre-diabetes patients in self-management and care. The program was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago. It has since been adopted by the Centers for Medicare to reach rural populations across the U.S. 

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Topics: diabetes management, diabetes

Plan Ahead To Minimize Quality Reporting Stress

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Quality reporting can feel like a major headache at times. This seems to be particularly true just prior to a reporting deadline. It is then – when stress is high and the clock is ticking – that many people ask themselves “Why isn’t there an easier solution to all of this?” The truth is, government agencies and other groups are exploring ways to make quality reporting easier and more relevant. But it is not just up to them. There are several things healthcare organizations can do to make their own lives easier. Below are some suggestions for increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and making the reporting process run smoothly.

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Topics: Quality Reporting, data abstraction

The Sad State of Uncoordinated Care in the U.S.

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: EHR, care coordination, quality improvement, value-based programs, value-based payments

Knowing Your Data is Key to Bundled Payments Success

Posted by Robin Corderman on Oct 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Along with accountable care organizations, risk-sharing arrangements, and medical homes, bundled payment innovations are yet another tool in CMS’ toolbox for moving closer to value-based care.  Bundled payments are designed to test whether costs can be lowered and health outcomes improved if providers work closely together to coordinate care. 

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Topics: value-based care, value-based payments, bundled payments

Nurses Are Superheroes, but Should they be Data Abstractors?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There is no question that nurses can handle anything that gets thrown their way. After all, nurses are sometimes described as superheroes in scrubs. They work long hours and take on many different roles. Nurses also seem to possess a personality trait that makes them unafraid of challenges. So when there is a job that is falling through the cracks and really needs to be done, nurses are often willing to step up and do it – even if that means making time in an already overcrowded schedule. Because of the “can do” attitude nurses display, it is frequently a hospital’s nursing staff that assumes responsibility for data abstraction. But does this make sense?

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Topics: Registry abstraction, outsourced abstraction, data abstraction


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