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Here's How You Can Catch Up for Good with Chart Abstractions

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As most hospitals know, getting behind on registry abstraction is easy. Getting caught up, on the other hand, is a very different story. When it comes to abstraction, there always seems to be more work to do than time to do it. So, when you fall behind (even just a little) it can be really difficult to catch up and get current on charts. For hospitals that are facing weeks or months of backlogged abstraction work, the following tips can be helpful for getting and staying caught up.

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Topics: registry abstraction, data abstraction

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

Partnering with Primaris for Data Abstraction—What’s It Like?

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you have been considering outsourcing data abstraction, you may have already done some research to learn about Primaris. If that is the case, you might know that we offer a data abstraction solution that includes core measure and registry abstraction, quality measures validation audits, quality measures education and training, and performance and clinical documentation improvement consulting. What you may not know, but might be curious about, is what it is like to actually be a Primaris client. If so, keep reading for a little more insight into what you can expect when working with Primaris.

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Topics: core measures abstraction, registry abstraction, 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

Make a Change for the Better, Outsource Your Data Abstraction

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to data abstraction, one of the choices hospitals must make is whether to tackle the work on their own, or outsource abstraction. There are several factors that should weigh into this decision, for example, cost, know-how, staffing and availability of other resources. At Primaris, we know the benefits of finding a reliable partner for abstraction. We also know from having many conversations with hospitals, that healthcare teams often don’t have a clear understanding of what to expect when outsourcing abstraction work. So, we put together a few examples of how life changes for the better when your hospital finds the right partner to perform data abstraction. Here are three things you should anticipate happening when you outsource data abstraction:

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Topics: registry abstraction, abstraction vendor, data abstraction

Primaris helps spur improvement in leading registry

Posted by Timothy Perkins on Oct 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Registries generate analytics for better decision-making in today’s data-driven healthcare world.

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Topics: registry abstraction, abstraction vendor

Nurses Are Superheroes, but Should they be Data Abstractors?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There is no question that nurses can handle anything that gets thrown their way. After all, nurses are sometimes described as superheroes in scrubs. They work long hours and take on many different roles. Nurses also seem to possess a personality trait that makes them unafraid of challenges. So when there is a job that is falling through the cracks and really needs to be done, nurses are often willing to step up and do it – even if that means making time in an already overcrowded schedule. Because of the “can do” attitude nurses display, it is frequently a hospital’s nursing staff that assumes responsibility for data abstraction. But does this make sense?

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Topics: registry abstraction, data abstraction

Primaris' Honeycutt Selected for NCDR.17 Curriculum Work Group

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

Primaris Project Manager Stefanie Honeycutt was recently selected to participate in the CathPCI Registry NCDR.17 Curriculum Work Group.

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Topics: registry abstraction, abstraction vendor, data abstraction

Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation Utilizing CathPCI Registry Data

Posted by Stefanie Honeycutt on Jul 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Did you know you can now use your CathPCI data for Cath Lab Accreditation? The first ACC and SCPC accreditation service to exclusively utilize NCDR Registry data launched on June 20.

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Topics: registry abstraction

The 5 "Ps" of Quality Measures Abstraction

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

In Why Outsourced Abstraction is Best, we covered the many complications that can arise when trying to abstract data accurately in house.

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Topics: quality reporting, registry abstraction, abstraction vendor, data abstraction

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