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Performance Year Begins for Aledade Missouri ACO

Posted by Nick Bartz on Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In a previous blog, Aledade Expands Presence with New ACO in Missouri, you learned of the formation of a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Missouri focused on independent primary care providers. On January 1, this ACO officially launched with a membership of 28 primary care physicians and 33 affiliated specialists. Our commited group of care innovators from Aledade and Primaris are supporting the ACO in transforming the way health care in delivered. Though ours isn't the only ACO currently tackling Missouri's healthcare challenges, it is the first to focus on the crucial role played by independent Primary Care physcians.

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Topics: accountable care, ACO, Aledade, primary care physicians

When it Comes to Data Abstraction, Quality Checks Improve Accuracy

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Feb 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There are times in healthcare when two-person verification is essential in order to safeguard against errors. One time when two-person verification is common is during blood transfusions, another time is when medications (like insulin) are being administered. The point is, there are certain instances when it just makes sense to have multiple sets of eyes verifying information because stakes are high and outcomes are important. The same can be said about data abstraction. Since data accuracy is important, it is helpful to have a team of people working together on data abstraction so they can periodically cross-check results for quality.

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Topics: IRR, outsourced abstraction, data abstraction

The Countdown Begins for 2016 PQRS Reporting

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you are like many providers, then you are knee deep in the weeds of reporting, abstracting, and attesting for 2016 PQRS. And if you're not, then you better get going. CMS deadlines are weeks away, and now is the time be gathering data and making sure every ‘t’ is crossed and ‘i’ is dotted. 

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Topics: PQRS, PQRS GPRO reporting, PQRS reporting

7 Traits To Look For In Data Abstractors

Posted by Adam Voight on Feb 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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For hospitals, finding staff that is experienced in data abstraction can be difficult. The shortage of trained abstractors forces many hospitals to rely on nurses or other self-taught professionals to perform abstraction. At Primaris, we consult with hospital teams and provide abstraction training and support to healthcare organizations across the country – and that is in addition to building our own team of expert abstractors. Our experience working with different provider organizations, and also growing our team of Primaris abstractors, has enabled us to define some of the qualities and skills that are necessary for performing abstraction successfully. Below are some ideal traits and skills hospitals should look for when choosing team members to groom as abstractors.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, abstraction vendor, data abstraction

Here are some key issues ACOS can expect in 2017

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

We are all aware with the new presidential administration, 2017 is likely to be quite unpredictable and exciting for the world of healthcare. This includes the continued growth of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). 
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Topics: macra, ACO

Healthcare leaders continue to push for value-based care

Posted by Adam Voight on Feb 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A recent article from Fierce Healthcare highlights industry leaders’ commitment to “advancing the highest quality, most cost-effective healthcare system in the world”. They want to ensure the new administration supports a value-based care system. “Though private and public sector alignment, the move toward value-based care is succeeding, measurably improving healthcare quality and contributing to historically low costs. Now is not the time for policymakers to signal a shift away from value-based care, either through action or inaction,” they wrote.

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Topics: EHR, value-based care, population health

Do You Have Your Team Line-up for Value-based Care?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jan 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In January of 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced aggressive goals to push Medicare—and really the entire healthcare system—further toward value-based care. HHS’s goals of moving from volume to value include tying 50 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to value by the end of 2018. If you haven’t already began, it’s time to build your value-based care team.

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Topics: value-based care, value-based payments

Are We Equipping Care Coordinators For Success?

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

equipping care coordinators.jpgThe healthcare industry’s ongoing transition to value-based care has put pressure on provider organizations to do more to coordinate care for patients. And, that means medical teams of all shapes and sizes have had to find ways to incorporate care coordination into their services. In some settings that has meant hiring dedicated staff to carry out care coordination efforts. In others, it has led to a shift in the roles and responsibilities of existing staff. The addition of these new care coordinator positions is helping resolve some of the industry’s problems that resulted from fragmented care. However, knowing how to bring all these different players together for the benefit of patients is something that the healthcare industry is still learning about.

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Topics: care coordination

A new year, a new you: Primaris affiliate unveils new branding

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jan 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Excellence in Missouri FoundMEI LOGO Seal_Artboard 2.pngation, recently announced that the not-for-profit organization will change their name to Midwest Excellence Institute (MEI). The name change reflects the Primaris affiliate's broader commitment to expanding their service offerings.

In addition to the name change, MEI will also unveil a new corporate branding, as well as an improved website that better demonstrates their expertise in driving the innovations needed to help companies and organizations achieve performance excellence.

The name change stemmed from the organization’s growth beyond Missouri’s borders. In 2012, MEI assumed responsibility for administration of the Kansas Quality Award, a program which honors Kansas organizations that attain the highest level of quality and performance excellence. In addition, MEI’s consultative services saw continued growth in markets outside of Missouri.

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Topics: Baldrige Excellence Framework, Midwest Excellence Institute

A Look at How Small Practices Can Survive Large Healthcare Changes

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 19, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Confident doctor posing in the office-1 BW.jpgIt’s obvious that 2017 will be a year when the healthcare industry experiences a number of large-scale changes. That prompts the question: How do small healthcare practices adjust to big changes? The shift to electronic health records, the introduction of value-based payments, and changes to quality reporting guidelines are just a few examples of relatively recent healthcare developments that have shaken up medium and small practices. If you are part of a smaller practice and you feel like new challenges are being thrown your way all the time, you are not alone. So what is the best way to keep up? For starters, you have to create an environment that supports change, allows mistakes, and encourages innovation.

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Topics: value-based payments


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