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3 Things to Look for When Outsourcing Data Abstraction

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

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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.

Here are three things to consider when selecting a partner for data abstraction outsourcing: 

1. Expertise in quality measure abstraction.

How much experience does a candidate have in core measure abstraction? Have they been through iterations and proven they can easily adapt as guidelines change? These are important questions to ask when considering a partnership. PriSelecting_Data_Abstraction_Partner.jpgmaris, for example, performs more than 10,000 data abstractions per month and has decades of experience in this area. This contributes to our data abstractors being able to deliver accurate information to hospitals and physicians across the country. The point is, if accuracy is important to you, be sure to weigh the level of experience companies have as you vet potential partners. 

2. Knowledge of quality improvement principles.

Your data will be more actionable if you work with a company that has proven its knowledge of quality improvement principles. You should expect to receive not only hard data, but also analysis and information that you can use to make adjustments and achieve better results.  

3. Real-time feedback and suggestions.

How fast will you see feedback once data is abstracted? Timely information is necessary so you can correct problems before they negatively impact quality levels and payments. If you receive real-time feedback and suggestions on how to respond to issues, you can make improvements and keep on course. Be sure to investigate whether prospects have the capability to provide immediate feedback, or whether there will be a lot of lag time.  

There is a lot of hope that MACRA will lessen the reporting burden on providers. Even if this happens it will still be important for healthcare providers to have a firm grasp on data abstraction. Finding the right partner – a company that is experienced and can apply data to achieve real change – can make a big difference in driving positive outcomes and financial success.

Drowning in abstraction demands? Email us today at engage@primaris.org to discuss how outsourcing your data abstractions can benefit your facility. 

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

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