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Jodie Jackson, Jr.

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Holy MACRA! New Medicare Cards are Coming, too

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 28, 2017 9:03:00 AM

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Amid the head-spinning changes in the way the hospitals and providers get paid for Medicare, it might be easy to overlook another important change coming in less than eight months: New Medicare cards with new numbers for all 58 million Medicare beneficiaries.

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Topics: MACRA, Medicare, CMS

Weekly Roundup: Eclipse Eye Damage; QPP, MACRA, EHR; Best Practices; and 'Brain Fog'

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 25, 2017 12:18:40 PM

Recommended reading: electronic health records and the burden on health IT; MACRA and QPP; total solar eclipse eye damage; busting 'brain fog'

In case you missed these, Quality Today scoured the healthcare news landscape and blogosphere to present you with an end-of-the-week news and information reading list.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, electronic health records, hospitals

The Future is Now: How to Unlock Healthcare Data For Quality Improvement

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Illustration of woman stepping to a higher level, with another higher level beyond that. It illustrates the challenge of unlocking data in order to enhance the quality of healthcare.

Data has enormous potential to enhance the quality of healthcare, but unlocking that potential can be challenging. Many medical providers feel like they are swimming in data. Clinical teams are expected to chart patient data, and then chart and chart some more. With so much data coming in, it is important that teams understand how they can benefit from the information they are collecting.

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Topics: quality reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction, healthcare data

Tips for Taking Advantage of Chronic Care Management Revenue

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 21, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Group of doctors talk about CMS removing chronic care management payment barriers and focusing on preventive care.

Regulatory changes were introduced early in 2017 that are intended to create more opportunities for healthcare providers to earn reimbursements for chronic care management (CCM). By simplifying and reducing some of the documentation rules and adding new CCM billing codes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Serivces (CMS) is attempting to make it easier for providers to get paid for offering what it says is “a critical component of care that contributes to better health outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

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Topics: chronic care, chronic care management, preventive care, person-centered care

Weekly Roundup: Bundles delayed; Patient Engagement; battling burnout; bust your clutter

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 18, 2017 12:43:58 PM

Recommended reading: electronic health records, sleep quiz from WebMD, CMS delays bundled payments, combatting the burnout epidemic

In case you missed these, Quality Today scoured the healthcare news landscape and blogosphere to present you with an end-of-the-week news and information reading list.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, electronic health records, hospitals

Take Steps Now to Capture Data That You Can Use for Quality Improvement

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Data abstraction can be frustrating, but the goal is to capture and abstract data that is timely, accurate, and actionable - and then use that data and key insights to improve health care.

In the past, the financial impact of emerging value-based payment programs was relatively minimal. Healthcare teams only needed to be somewhat concerned about the effects of value-based payments on revenue and income – but that has changed. Healthcare reimbursements that are tied to value have increased considerably, and they will continue to do so.

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Topics: quality reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction, healthcare data

From GPRO to CWI: Quality Reporting 'Season' Never Ends

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 When it comes to quality reporting deadlines and reporting periods, it’s easy – but inaccurate – to assume healthcare quality follows a cycle of seasons.

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Topics: quality reporting, registry abstraction, accountable care, ACO, data abstraction, MIPS

Weekly Roundup: Docs Decry MIPS; Advocate Saves Big; ACO Challenges; adult ADHD

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 11, 2017 10:53:32 AM

Recommended reading: electronic health records, MACRA quiz, Amazon and healthcare

In case you missed these, Quality Today scoured the healthcare news landscape and blogosphere to present you with an end-of-the-week news and information reading list.

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Topics: ACO, electronic health records, mental health news

How to Avoid Stumbling Over Data Abstraction Requirements

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The three "V's" of healthcare data: high-volume, high-velocity, high-variety.

Currently, in nearly every industry, data is generating a lot of buzz – and healthcare is no exception. According to Gartner Research, there are three “V”s associated with the big data movement:

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Topics: quality reporting, registry abstraction, data abstraction, healthcare data

5 Steps for Designing and Executing an Effective PIPs

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Aug 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 tips for effective PIPs: use data to identify where PIPS are needed; clearly define the objective; design the PIP plan; introduce process changes; continuously evaluate the effects of changes

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

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