[PART 1] Understanding MIPS 2018

By Denise Scott Posted Feb 16, 2018 in MACRA/MIPS Program

In this first post of our four-part series on MIPS 2018, we begin with an understanding of the basic structure of the MIPS program. We review where it came from and the general things you need to know about how the program works.

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How much could you lose from these Quality Reporting programs? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is an acceptable level of lost Medicare revenue for your hospital? Well, obviously no revenue loss would be the best course of action. But it's not as simple as that when it comes down to it. You see, the trade off for ensuring your hospital isn't dinged with any penalties from Medicare is investing time, resources and money into a comprehensive Quality program. Sure, sounds great. That is, until you dive into what it means to actually invest in that solution.

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Questions for our Quality Expert Panel

Do you have questions about Quality reporting? Well you're not alone. In a recent webinar, Medisolv brought together a panel of Quality experts to answer questions from the audience. Participants submitted all types of questions: big, small, specific, broad, procedural, technical, elementary and advanced.

We've pulled some of the best questions from the webinar. Let's take a look at the answers to these questions. You might just learn something you didn't already know!

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2018 MIPS Mind Game [Quiz]

Play the 2018 MIPS Mind Game!

How much do you know about the MIPS Program? Do you think you could achieve a passing grade on a 19-point quiz? Test your knowledge on the 2018 MIPS requirements by answering detailed questions about eligibility, payments, exemptions and dates.

Caution: This test isn't for wimps.  

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The Difference Between MIPS 2017 vs MIPS 2018

The beginning of the year can be a tricky period for those responsible for overseeing the smooth execution of their Quality program. At this point in the year you may not yet have submitted your files to successfully meet your 2017 MIPS requirements, but the new year has started and with it, the need to start monitoring and capturing your results for your 2018 MIPS reporting year.

During this time we thought it would be helpful to clearly lay out the differences in the MIPS program between 2017 and 2018. This way, while you are preparing to submit your required MIPS files (MARCH 31 DEADLINE), you can keep in mind the measures you should be tracking and monitoring in 2018.

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What is the Hybrid Readmission Measure?

By Erin Heilman Posted Jan 12, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

When I set out to write this blog about the new CMS Hybrid Readmission measure I did what I typically do – go to our in-house experts on our Client Services team and ask them to first explain it to me in layman’s terms. After one particular session, I received a follow up email that said, “Erin, I think we should title this blog ‘CMS pursues a May-December romance.’” 

Um, say what now?

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EHR Evolutionary Scale

Has your organization evolved?

More specifically, has your organization's use of its EHR evolved? In the primal beginning of EHR use it was generally  a way for hospitals to capture transactions. Over the years, the true power of the EHR has evolved to be a much more sophisticated system, by which hospitals can catapult themselves into the Modern Age. 

So where do you fall along this EHR Evolutionary Scale? Have you advanced enough to use your EHR to help measure the quality of care at your organization? Or are you stuck in the Stone Age, as the upright ape, merely using the EHR to deliver clinical data to providers?

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A Note From Our CEO: Healthcare Quality in 2018

Another year is coming to a close. It seems that every year at this time, I think that we are headed into a pivotal year for the healthcare quality industry. And indeed, we are. Each year brings new disruptions and challenges to the space. But it’s not all doom and gloom. While uncertainty remains around regulatory reporting to CMS, there are some consistent themes I can point to that have remained true for many years. For instance, the focus on the quality of patient care is certainly not new, but the way in which we measure that quality is what continues to change.

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Our Most Popular Content of 2017

The year 2017 brought about many changes in the healthcare space. Remember how you thought you would be reporting eight eCQMs for the entire year? 

We’ve taken a look back at all of our content throughout the year and surfaced our most popular pieces of 2017.

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Rodney Welch

 


Featuring: Rodney Welch from Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital

 

Name: Rodney Welch
Job Title: Director of Quality and Accreditation
Hospital: Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
Would you rather be one of Santa’s elves or one of his reindeer: Elves, because it’s warmer in the workshop

The Rothman Institute started 30 years ago and has grown to include over 130 specialty orthopaedic doctors. There are locations all throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but for this Merry Medisolving story we head to Bensalem, PA. A town just outside of Philadelphia. This specialty hospital is known for excellent patient outcomes. But capturing and reporting on those excellent outcomes wasn’t always easy for them.

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