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CMS recognizes Primaris for efforts to help transform our nation's healthcare system

Posted by Jason Tyler on Jan 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We were recently honored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for our efforts to help transform the quality of care in the nation’s hospitals as part of the Partnership for Patients initiative. We're proud to be a partner of this program focused on making hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.

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Topics: quality improvement

MACRA Ruling Buys Time for Workflow Adjustments Aimed at Managing Population Health

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

CMS recently released the final MACRA ruling. It contains detailed information about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that will launch its first reporting phase in January of 2017. While it is helpful to finally have more information about the planned changes to Medicare reimbursements, the 2,000+ page final rule is not exactly light reading. Thankfully, CMS also released several other resources, like the new website for the Quality Payment Program, that offer need-to-know details in easier to digest portions.

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Topics: population health, quality improvement, MACRA, MIPS

15 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself About Healthcare Quality Reporting

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Nov 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about quality measures reporting? If the thought of quality reporting makes your blood pressure rise, it is time to look at how you are managing reporting and find ways to make the overall process less stressful.

With that in mind, below are 15 questions you should ask (and answer) about quality reporting. These are simple yes-no questions that will help you assess your current data abstraction, reporting, and quality improvement efforts. Hint: the questions that you respond “no” to identify areas where you need to do a little digging. By investigating these areas, you may uncover some problems that you want to work to correct. Here goes:

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Topics: quality reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction

Data, Data Everywhere, But Nor a Drop to Report

Posted by Jacque Gabriel, RT, (R), (M), (QM) on Nov 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

To paraphrase The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “Water, water everywhere, Nor a drop to drink”, just because you may be surrounded by data from your EHR and other clinical systems, doesn't mean you have the right data you need to create the reports your require.

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Topics: quality improvement, data abstraction

7 Important Things to Understand About QAPI

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With the final rule recently being announced regarding QAPI regulations, the clock is ticking. All nursing homes will have one year from the effective date to develop their initial QAPI program. Here is a list of things to get nursing homes thinking all things QAPI:

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Topics: value-based care, nursing homes, quality improvement, QAPI

A Quick Look At How Primaris Helps With Quality Reporting

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM


When healthcare teams are looking for help with quality reporting, and they want to know more about Primaris’ data abstraction and quality improvement services, there are a few questions they frequently ask. For a quick look at how Primaris helps organizations with quality reporting, read through the questions and answers below. 

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Topics: quality reporting, core measures abstraction, registry abstraction, quality improvement

Are You Using Your QRUR & PQRS Feedback Reports to Guide Your Quality Improvement Efforts?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback reports and Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) reports provide valuable improvement information that can be used to improve the quality of patient care. 

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Topics: PQRS, quality improvement, MIPS

Three Quality Reporting Things You Are Doing Wrong

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


At Primaris, we hear a lot of stories from healthcare teams about their struggles with quality reporting. Let me just say, we feel for you. Quality reporting is taxing. It is complex. It takes time and a particular expertise that, to be honest, a lot of healthcare teams don’t have. Considering all of the challenges that reporting brings, it is important that you don’t contribute to your own stress or make the process more difficult than it already is. While that statement might seem obvious, we frequently encounter individuals and groups that are unknowingly putting more strain on themselves by making some key mistakes.

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Topics: quality reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction

#HQW16: We're Celebrating Primaris' Commitment to Quality

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As part of our recognition of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)’s Healthcare Quality Week, taking place this week, we want to take a moment to showcase some of our team members who have displayed their commitment to quality in healthcare by earning their Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification.

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Topics: quality improvement

Make The Connection Between Quality Reporting And Quality Improvement

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


Healthcare providers put a lot of time and effort into quality reporting. But are they spending too much time mining patient data and prepping it for reporting? Unfortunately, healthcare teams often admit that after they pour time and resources into data abstraction and quality reporting, they don’t have anything left in the tank – so they don’t ever use the data they compiled to make quality improvements. To point out the obvious, this defeats the purpose of mining data and gathering insights in the first place. Sure, reporting is done in part to earn reimbursements and protect against negative payment adjustments. But it is also intended to help healthcare providers identify and capitalize on improvement opportunities. There needs to be a connection between quality reporting and quality improvement. All of the time and energy spent on reporting must drive improvements, otherwise it is wasted.

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Topics: quality reporting, quality improvement, data abstraction

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