QUALITY TODAY

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5 Reasons To Step Up Your Data Abstraction Game

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If your healthcare organization performs data abstraction internally (rather than outsourcing it), you likely recognize that it can sometimes be challenging to find the time and staff necessary for chart abstraction. Abstraction can be tedious and it often gets pushed aside to make room for more obviously relevant tasks. However, while it can be tempting to deprioritize abstraction, the truth is that the work is extremely important.

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Topics: data abstraction

CMS recognizes Primaris for efforts to help transform our nation's healthcare system

Posted by Jason Tyler on Jan 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We were recently honored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for our efforts to help transform the quality of care in the nation’s hospitals as part of the Partnership for Patients initiative. We're proud to be a partner of this program focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.

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Topics: quality improvement, quality of care

What Can You Expect When Transitioning To A New Payment Model?

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Medicare is knee-deep in a payment model overhaul that began with the introduction of MACRA in 2015. Because of the size of this reform and the impact it will eventually have on reimbursements, there are obvious concerns about program changes, how they will be implemented, and what it will take for healthcare providers to comply. A study by the Commonwealth Fund identified five of the top barriers to the successful sustainability and spread of new healthcare models. Those barriers are financial incentives, capacity to change, culture and workforce, infrastructure, and evidence. As providers plan for MACRA, it is helpful to examine the different factors that make adapting to a new healthcare model successful (or unsuccessful).

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Topics: macra, value-based payments, QPP

Primaris Raises Funds for Local Children

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

16-163 Primaris donation to the Food Bank.jpgPrimaris management took a pie to the face in a recent company-wide effort to raise money for the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Employees rallied together to bid on which managers would receive the sweet honor. Primaris raised a total of $1,262.95 which they presented to food bank representative Kimberly Kent on December 27. The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is a regional disaster and hunger relief network that acquires and distributes millions of pounds of food annually to partner agencies across a 32-county area. The money raised will go toward the Buddy Pack program which will sponsor seven children for an entire school year.

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Topics: community, Food Bank

What can we expect in healthcare in 2017?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jan 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There’s no doubt that the buzz around health care has only intensified with the recent election. Healthcare experts, politicians and media across the country are discussing what significant changes are possible this upcoming year.  “Top health industry issues of 2017: A year of uncertainty and opportunity,” one of the latest reports released from Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC), highlights the forces that will have the most impact in 2017.

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Topics: value-based care, population health, healthcare reform

Look Outside Your Organization For Opportunities To Improve Efficiency

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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As the healthcare industry works to increase efficiency across the care continuum, organizations are examining processes and looking for opportunities to make improvements. For most providers, that means focusing mainly on internal processes and trying to find ways to get things running as efficiently as possible. But in addition to assessing and adjusting things internally, healthcare providers can make a lot of progress by turning their attention outward. In fact, those that make efficiency a shared goal with the other providers in their community can drive measurable healthcare improvements and cost reductions.

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Topics: operational efficiency

5 Reasons to Choose Primaris for Help with QAPI

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Are you looking for help as you begin to make plans and prepare for QAPI? Then you may want to take a closer look at Primaris. At its roots, Primaris is a quality improvement organization whose mission aligns closely with the purpose of QAPI. In fact, Primaris’ stated mission is to improve clinical outcomes and the overall patient experience. QAPI is meant to do the same thing through the marriage of Quality Assurance (QA),which focuses on clinical quality, and Performance Improvement (PI), which pertains to the resident's quality of life.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

Certainties in a Changing Healthcare Industry

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Dec 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you have any doubt about the fact that 2017 will be another year of transformation for healthcare, just consider everything that is happening in January. Not only does MACRA’s first reporting period begin, but in the first month of 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States. Both MACRA and President-elect Trump are expected to have a significant impact on the direction of healthcare in the U.S., and those two things will be in place before most people have even broken their 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Of course, as changes are introduced and healthcare evolves, there will be constants that remain.

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Topics: care coordination, operational efficiency, value-based care, preventative care

Value-Based Care Requires Sharing Responsibility For Patient Outcomes

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Previously, Dr. Elisabeth Poorman wrote an opinion piece about why she is reluctant to push patients to lose weight. Her post, titled Why I've Stopped Telling My Patients To Lose Weight, describes challenges primary care physicians face when counseling patients about weight loss. In response, Dr. W. Scott Butsch drafted a contrarian post about why doctors need to be involved in helping patients achieve a healthy weight. The two viewpoints show that, when it comes to providing care aimed at driving lifestyle changes, healthcare providers don’t always agree on how to effectively influence behaviors or even whether they should attempt to in the first place. Neither post mentions the fact that changing reimbursement models are making doctors more responsible for health outcomes – a point that should weigh into decisions about care approaches.

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Topics: value-based care

Population Health Management: It's Time to Take the Plunge

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

Nowadays, sitting comfortably on the outer edge of population health management is not a progressive enough approach for medical providers whose reimbursements are tied to the health outcomes of patients. Payment models are evolving, and that means the choices patients make and how they take care of themselves can actually impact physicians financially. As a result, physicians need to dive in and get serious about using population health strategies to assess health risks, so they can create sub-populations and match individuals into efficient care programs that meet their health needs. 

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Topics: population health management

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