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Revee White

Revee White is the former Director of Marketing for Primaris. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, She is currently serving as the president of the Mid-Missouri Public Relations Society of America.
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August Healthcare Quality News from Primaris

Posted by Revee White on Aug 26, 2016 8:19:02 AM

15-06-05-007.jpgThe August Quality Time with Primaris newsletter is out. In this edition, you'll find articles on:

  • Primaris GPRO abstraction efforts and updates to the GPRO tool
  • 10 things to know about MACRA
  • How to operate at peak performance
  • Last call for C.Diff project
  • Four-day workshop on dementia care mapping
  • 5 P's of quality measure abstraction
  • Preparing to join a Patient Safety Organization

Read the August newsletter here

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How to Improve Delivery of Person-Centered Care

Posted by Revee White on Aug 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Person-centered care is an important topic for nursing home staff and residents. Person-centered care is a recognition that choice, purpose and meaning in daily life should be the primary aim of resident care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It also means residents are supported in achieving the level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being that is individually practicable.

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Topics: nursing homes

Aledade Expands Presence with new ACO in Missouri

Posted by Revee White on Aug 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Today, Aledade, Inc. announced it has expanded its primary care physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Missouri. First announced earlier this year, Aledade® Missouri ACO is the first independent primary care physician-led ACO in the state. Aledade Missouri ACO is made up of five independent practices consisting of about 35 providers caring for more than 6,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

The Aledade Missouri ACO is supported by our team at Primaris. By partnering in the ACO, Aledade and Primaris will help doctors deliver high-quality care through a focus on care coordination, population health management, and preventive care.

Aledade offers a new model of primary care by partnering with physicians to build and lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients. Aledade ACOs allow doctors to stay independent, practice medicine like they’ve always wanted to, and thrive by keeping people healthy. The Aledade model operates under a value-based payment structure that rewards positive health outcomes for patients, instead of the volume of health care services delivered.

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Topics: accountable care, ACO

Ten Things To Know About ACOs and Risk Sharing

Posted by Revee White on Jul 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Hold onto your hats, ACOs are heading into risky territory. Until recently, most existing ACO models have limited participants’ financial liability. But ACO programs are beginning to strongly encourage their member organizations to participate in risk sharing. That means a larger amount of financial responsibility is being transferred onto healthcare providers. And rather than just sharing savings, healthcare organizations will also be sharing in losses.

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Topics: MACRA, ACO

Physician's Commitment to Cultural Change Leads to ACO Success

Posted by Revee White on Jul 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It should go without saying that when you join an ACO you have to be open to adopting new ways of doing things. You also have to be open to making improvements, so you can meet performance measures and earn financial rewards. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. For many healthcare providers, breaking away from how things have always been done (think fee-for-service) isn’t easy. So here is a little bit of tough love for physicians (and you know we love you) – if you don’t want to implement structural and clinical changes, then an ACO is not for you. It truly takes a cultural shift for providers to be successful under an accountable care contract.

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Topics: ACO, value-based payments

PQRS GPRO 2016: What to Do in the Next 6 Months

Posted by Revee White on Jul 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The June 30 deadline has come and gone to decide to report as a group for PQRS GPRO reporting, starting in Jan 2017. If you said yes, less than six months remain before go time. What do you need to do to be ready? Here are 4 things to check off your list: 

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

Why Inter-Rater Reliability Matters & How to Do It

Posted by Revee White on Jun 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As new payment models continue to push the demand for more and more healthcare big data, it is essential that organizations produce quality data that is complete, valid and reliable. Often, your data relies on the skills, training and commitment of your abstraction team. Data abstraction results should be validated through ongoing Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) review to determine accuracy and completeness.

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Topics: operational efficiency, IRR, data abstraction

How Your Mission Statement & Core Values Impact Patient Experience

Posted by Revee White on Jun 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If your organization is committed to designing and delivering a superior patient experience there are several things you can do. "Lessons From Healthcare’s Patient Experience Top-Performers" provides inspirations for improving your organization’s patient experience, but you also need to look within your own organization. 

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Topics: patient experience

Primaris to host free one-day QAPI program

Posted by Revee White on Jun 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This event is now FULL. There is a waiting list available, so you can be added to it by contacting Don Earnheart at don.earnheart@area-b.hcqis.org.

Nursing homes are still awaiting the official launch of the CMS Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) era, but many are already preparing for the rollout of the program. Once the final rule is passed, CMS says facilities must adopt plans that are “ongoing, comprehensive and address the full range of care and services provided by the facility.”Change-is-Now.jpg

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs must address all systems of care and management; focus on clinical, quality of life and resident choice areas; use evidence to define and measure indicators of quality and set goals; and reflect a facility's unique resident make up and services. 

In other words, boilerplate initiatives won't work. 

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Topics: value-based care, quality improvement, QAPI

Understanding the 2016 PQRS GPRO Measures

Posted by Revee White on Jun 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Registration is now open to self-nominate your group for GPRO for 2016 PQRS reporting.  You must select the method of reporting you plan to use, so please decide this prior to registering.  Registration is open from April 1 through June 30.  Complete information is available on the registration page.

Now is the time to review and ensure you have processes and documentation in place to improve your scores this year. Make sure practitioners know the measures and understand what the documentation must include to meet the CMS specifications and where in the medical record the data is located most easily. 

This month we will host a two-part webinar focused on the 2016 GPRO measures. The webinars will cover the 2016 GPRO measures, including abstraction flow and recommendations for improvement. Webinar.jpg

2016 GPRO Measures: Part 1
Tuesday, June 21 @ 12 noon CT
Part 1 presentation will include abstraction information and helpful tips. The following Preventative (PREV) Care Measures will be discussed: PREV-5, PREV-6, PREV-7, PREV-8, PREV-9, PREV-10, PREV-11, PREV-12, and PREV-13 (New Measure for 2016 Reporting). Register

2016 GPRO Measures: Part 2
Tuesday, June 28 @ 12 noon CT
Part 2 presentation will include abstraction information and helpful tips. The following measures will be discussed: CARE-2, CARE-3, CAD-7, DM-2, DM-7, HF-6, HTN-2, IVD-2, and MH-1. Register

Deadline to register for GPRO is June 30, 2016. There’s still time for performance improvement. Primaris performs GPRO abstraction and mock audits. Our abstractors work with you to pick 50-100 charts for each of the measures and composites. Our Mock GPRO project helps you benchmark where you’re at and provides a feedback report with opportunities for improvement.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS, abstraction vendor

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