A blog dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Primaris ROI Calculator Offers Estimate on Data Abstraction Savings

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Data abstraction, quality reporting to registries and myriad other data-driven activities are now determining an even greater percentage of Medicare reimbursement to health systems, hospitals and physicians. The demands of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Merit-based Income Payment System (MIPS) will continue to increase the mandate to extract timely, accurate and actionable data.

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Topics: quality reporting, data abstraction

Accountable Care Organizations Find Unique Spot in MIPS Reporting Equation

Posted by Tim Perkins on Jul 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

MIPS-eligible APMs are neither fish nor fowl, but a new species created by MIPS with their own rules and challenges.

The term “neither fish nor fowl” is an old English term to describe something or someone which is not easily categorized; something or someone that does not rightly belong or fit well in a given group or situation. 

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Topics: quality reporting, ACO, APM, MIPS

What is the Most Important Question in Your Quality Reporting Game Plan?

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Jun 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you reached the tipping point with trying to keep up and comply with what seems to be ever-changing or unclear quality improvement initiatives, especially the tandem of MACRA and MIPS?

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Topics: quality reporting, MACRA, data abstraction

How to Manage the Burden of Quality Reporting

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you think about the word “quality” in relation to healthcare, what comes to mind? Maybe the word conjures up thoughts of satisfied patients, safety, person-centered care, care coordination, modern facilities, improved health outcomes, or something else. Although quality means different things to different people, the majority of healthcare professionals agree that quality needs to be a top area of focus. And yet, chances are good that if asked what comes to mind immediately after hearing the term “quality reporting” a lot of responses from providers would not be so positive. To be clear, it is not that quality reporting is seen as unimportant, but rather that it is overwhelming for many healthcare teams.  

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Topics: quality reporting

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

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

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

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

Plan Ahead To Minimize Quality Reporting Stress

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Quality reporting can feel like a major headache at times. This seems to be particularly true just prior to a reporting deadline. It is then – when stress is high and the clock is ticking – that many people ask themselves “Why isn’t there an easier solution to all of this?” The truth is, government agencies and other groups are exploring ways to make quality reporting easier and more relevant. But it is not just up to them. There are several things healthcare organizations can do to make their own lives easier. Below are some suggestions for increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and making the reporting process run smoothly.

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Topics: quality reporting, data abstraction

3 Things to Look for When Outsourcing Data Abstraction

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 3, 2016 3:11:06 PM

One of the aims of MACRA is to alleviate pain healthcare providers experience as a result of quality measures reporting requirements. Although MACRA is designed to streamline performance reporting by consolidating programs – including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Modifier Program, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program – compliance with MACRA’s quality reporting requirements is still expected to be a challenge for many providers across the industry. Therefore, outsourcing quality measures abstraction remains a good option for healthcare providers because it allows for better use of internal resources.

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Topics: quality reporting, core measures abstraction, quality improvement, MACRA, data abstraction

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