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Why Registries are more essential now than ever

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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As you know, healthcare registries are used to track outcomes and capture patient data for defined populations. Registries are valuable because the information they contain can be analyzed and used to make data-driven decisions and improvements to patient care. In the age of value-based payments, quality improvements are often tied to improved financial outcomes. The examples below underscore why registries are becoming increasingly important under payment models that prioritize quality, outcomes and efficiency – and why accurate registry reporting is so critical.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, Clinical data registries, data abstraction

What Tools Do You Need To Build A Successful QAPI Program?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you started thinking about writing a QAPI plan? Nursing homes across the country are at different stages of QAPI planning and program development. However, by November of this year, every certified nursing facility that receives federal funding will need to have a written QAPI plan in place. Therefore, if you haven’t done so already, it is a good idea to begin considering what questions you have, what type of support you might need, and what resources are available that will enable you to be successful as you not only write your QAPI plan, but also transform your organization’s culture into one that is completely centered around quality improvement. 

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

4 Obstacles in Transition to Value-based Care

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM


The healthcare sector is undergoing dramatic change. The rules around caring for patients—and being compensated for that care—are very different under the value-based payment models that are coming down the pipeline.

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Topics: value-based care

CMS Reimbursements Show Commitment to Strengthening Chronic Care – Are You On Board?

Posted by Adam Voight on Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM


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Topics: chronic disease management

Alcohol Awareness Month: Let's Talk the Facts

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

April is dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding, reducing stigma and encouraging local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc (NCADD) has been sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987. 

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Topics: alcoholism, Alcohol Awareness Month

10 Ways Hospitals Can Make Registry Abstraction Easier

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Registry abstraction is one of those things that is important, but doesn’t always get treated that way. It’s not that hospitals don’t understand the importance of registry abstraction or the reasoning behind it, most do. However, hospitals admittedly struggle with registry abstraction. Competing priorities and limited amounts of time and resources often cause registry abstraction to get pushed to the backburner. The fact that so many hospitals around the country are weeks or months behind on abstraction, and have new charts piling up every day, is proof there are challenges to overcome. Below is a list of ten things hospitals should address in order to improve registry abstraction.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, Clinical data registries, data abstraction

New Survey Reveals Small Practices are Unprepared for MACRA

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

 A recent survey of U.S. physicians revealed that many small practices across the country are not yet prepared for The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), even though the program kicked off on January 1 of this year. Months and months of discussion prior to the launch of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) revolved around concerns about the impact of MACRA on small practices. Data collected from 2,045 physicians in various specialties signals that many of those concerns and worries about small providers having a particularly difficult time adapting to MACRA may have been correct.

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS

The Annual Wellness Visit: A Win-Win for Providers and Patients

Posted by Lori Wolfe on Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Population health and whole person health are a top priority in healthcare. One way you can stay on top of both is with an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).

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Topics: Medicare, Annual Wellness Visit

5 Tips for Effectively Managing Quality Measure Reporting

Posted by Adam Voight on Mar 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 TIPS Quality Reporting graphic.pngWhat is the hardest part about managing quality measure reporting? Often it’s assumed that the most stressful part of quality measure reporting is achieving quality standards. But the truth is, that isn’t always the case. Although the pressure to demonstrate a high level of performance against quality measures is significant, the biggest challenge for providers is actually complying with the complex and time-consuming reporting process. 

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Topics: quality improvement, quality measures, quality measures abstraction, data abstraction

Are You Ready for MIPS?

Posted by Katy Bennett-Blumer on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The time is here! The first performance year for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) began January 1, 2017 with the first payment year implementing in 2019. It’s important for your organization to prepare now to maximize incentives and avoid penalties on your Medicare Part B payments.

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS

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