IQR Land: Hospital IQR Program Deadlines 2017

By Erin Heilman Posted Jun 16, 2017 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Is this year slipping away from you? Major deadlines for reporting to the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program are approaching. What to do?! Play the classic board game, IQR Land of course.

Try not to get lost as you navigate the dangerous terrain found within IQR Land. Journey through mountains and forests, across rivers and fields while navigating the submission deadlines for each IQR program requirement.

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[Podcast] Are Clinicians Prepared for MACRA?

In a recent Black Book Research Survey, over 8,000 physicians reported their top 10 concerns about MACRA in 2017. Not surprisingly, compliance, EHR optimization and reimbursement potential top that list. 

In our fourth episode of our Quality Matters podcast, we speak with Denise Scott, Director of Ambulatory Services at Medisolv who helps us to break down this survey and figure out what it means for the 2017 MIPS reporting year. Denise offers us some tips to help prepare for a successful first year of MACRA.

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Hospital IQR Program Reporting Requirements for 2017

By Erin Heilman Posted Jun 02, 2017 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Happy June! Are you ready to bust out the sunscreen, grab your sunglasses and mosey down to the nearest beach? Or do you find yourself up to your ears in work? With the middle of the year upon us are you running from meeting to meeting leaving with a task list that grows longer with each day? I am going to guess you may fall into the latter of these two descriptions. 

To help you out, in our blog for this week we've compiled the requirements for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program to hopefully make your life just a little bit easier. We've included an easy to read summary of the requirements for the program as well as all of the 2017 deadlines.

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50 Quality Reporting Resources

🎶“Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies…” 🎶

Does anybody else remember this song? If you do, you most likely can name all of the states in alphabetical order. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this video to waste a few minutes of your day.

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, so we've put together a list of 50 nifty quality reporting resources for you; one for each state. Enjoy!

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3 Simplified Hospital Cost Accounting Methods [Infographic]

By Stephen Manna Posted May 25, 2017 in Business Intelligence, Academy

Shrinking hospital margins headline much of the healthcare news these days. But how do you know if your margins are shrinking if you aren’t sure what your costs are. 

In order to assess the profitability of your hospital, you must know what your hospital costs are.

In this infographic we have highlighted three common Hospital cost accounting methodologies.

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MIPS Reporting in 2017: Feast or Famine

In the CMS MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) program, the clinicians who do not report will feed the incentive money for those who do report.

It’s called a budget neutral program and in this week’s blog we visually explore this concept with a graph that will help you understand how the program is slated to work. We also review the different reporting options for clinicians and reveal the magic number that will award you extra funds for the Exceptional Performance bonus.

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How to succeed in the MIPS Improvement Activities category

We are finishing up our 3-part MIPS series in which we dig deep into each reporting category of MIPS. We offer tips to succeed and explore ways to identify the nuances of each category.

In this final part of our series, we explore the Improvement Activities category of MIPS, which is a brand new reporting category. The other MIPS categories all replace a former CMS reporting program. This category does not.

Of all the MIPS category requirements for 2017 submission, the Improvement Activities category might be the simplest. 

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[Podcast] CMS proposes changes to eCQM requirements for 2017 & 2018

By Erin Heilman Posted May 05, 2017 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

CMS has released their 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule which contains changes to the eCQM requirements for the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. And these changes are not just for 2018, this rule proposes changes to the eCQM requirements for 2017 as well. 

In our third episode of our Quality Matters podcast, we bring back Kristen Beatson, Director of Electronic Measures at Medisolv to explain to us what CMS has planned for us in 2017 and 2018.

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Time for a MIPS Fact Check

Is it better to submit more or less Quality measures to the MIPS program? Should you report as an individual or a group? How about just doing the bare minimum to get by this year?

If you're not sure, it’s time for a MIPS Fact Check.

As the middle of the year approaches, members of the healthcare community are focused on what to do about MIPS. MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is a new quality reporting program from CMS. The program combines the previous PQRS, Meaningful Use and Value-Based Modifier programs into one comprehensive program. 

While many aspects of these old programs remain the same, unfortunately there are many complexities added to these programs that can easily trip you up. So to help you avoid these pitfalls, Medisolv has checked the top 10 MIPS facts with our patented truth-o-meter (definitely not patented) to help you identify some of the misconceptions around MIPS and to alert you to some of the true “gotchas” of the MIPS program.

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2018 IPPS Proposed Rule: Highlights of Major Changes [SLIDESHOW]

By Erin Heilman Posted Apr 21, 2017 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

The 2018 IPPS proposed rule was released in mid-April of this year. The proposed rule included proposed changes to 2018 requirements and notably also 2017 requirements particularly for the eCQM portion of the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program.

We have put together a slideshow helping you to understand the basics of the proposed changes that are found in the 2018 IPPS proposed rule.

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