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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

Thanks for stepping up, Missouri, to fight C.difficile

Posted by Dorothy Andrae on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Last month we issued a call for Missouri nursing homes to join the fight to stop C. difficile. Missouri nursing homes have always been a leader in national quality projects, but the state was falling behind in participation in a national quality improvement project that would work to prevent and reduce C. difficile infections. We asked nursing homes to step up and show CMS and nursing homes across the nation that Missouri nursing homes were ready to join the fight to stop C. difficile.

We asked - and you answered. Thank you to all the nursing homes and corporations that sent in their participation forms and joined this important initiative. We not only reached a goal of 76 nursing homes; we passed it! Thank you!

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement

How Well are You Really Managing Your Population Health?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Population health management has been a hot topic for some time. If you have started looking into population health opportunities, you may have questions about how to get started and what steps you need to take to achieve the best results. Below are a few questions that we put together to help you evaluate your initial efforts and identify actions you should take to maximize your success. Answer the following questions and read the corresponding tips to learn what steps you might be missing when it comes to population health management.

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Topics: population health, population health management

Primaris merges with Digital Collaboration Solutions

Posted by Richard A. Royer on Sep 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Healthcare is rapidly moving towards a focus on quality as evidenced by value-based care and MACRA regulations. This increases the challenges on healthcare providers to balance quality, patient satisfaction and financial results. It emphasizes the need for timely and accurate quality data that can then be used to guide improvements in care delivery and other processes.

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Topics: merger, DCS

Primaris' Honeycutt Selected for NCDR.17 Curriculum Work Group

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

Primaris Project Manager Stefanie Honeycutt was recently selected to participate in the CathPCI Registry NCDR.17 Curriculum Work Group.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, abstraction vendor, NCDR, data abstraction

Taking the First Steps Towards Building a QAPI Program

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It is still unknown when QAPI will become a requirement for nursing homes, but the understanding that every nursing home will eventually need a QAPI program is driving some organizations to begin making plans (or at least think about making plans) for putting a program in place. However, for those looking into QAPI, there are a lot of questions to answer about where to begin and how to get started. Below are a few helpful bits of info for anyone in the early exploration stage of QAPI planning.  

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Topics: QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

The Connection between Healthcare Quality and Operational Efficiency

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

To combat rising costs, healthcare providers across the care continuum are focusing on efficiency and working to embed it into patient care and business practices. In doing so, many healthcare organizations are learning that sometimes the best way to drive efficiency is by improving quality.

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Topics: operational efficiency, quality improvement, healthcare quality, Baldrige Excellence Framework

World Sepsis Day: Stop Sepsis, Save Lives

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

Today is World Sepsis Day. World Sepsis Day, developed by Global Sepsis Alliance, is a collaborative effort of organizations and individuals. Each year on September 13, supporters around the globe organize events to raise awareness for sepsis. World Sepsis Day is part of Sepsis Awareness Month which takes place the entire month of September. This non-profit movement is working to stop sepsis and save lives. 

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Topics: core measures abstraction, sepsis, infection prevention

Next Steps for 2016 PQRS Reporting

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Sep 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There is still time to report PQRS in 2016.  If you have not yet developed a plan for reporting or have not yet contacted your vendor for direction, please do so ASAP.  

Individuals can still report via Registry, EHR (Direct or Data Submission Vendor), or Qualified Clinical Data Registry.  Groups can still report via the mechanism chosen during GPRO registration. 

Please note the following important action steps for the method you have selected.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

Making Primary Care More Efficient

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

How can primary care be more efficient? As the healthcare industry pushes to improve efficiency across the entire care continuum, this question is top of mind for many primary care physicians and their teams. In response to heavy workloads, mounting financial pressure from new payment models, and growing patient expectations and consumerism, physicians are exploring many proven and experimental ways to improve efficiency in primary care, including:

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Topics: EHR, care coordination, operational efficiency, population health management

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