Kristen Beatson

Kristen Beatson is the Director of Electronic Measures of Medisolv, Inc.

Recent Posts

5 Hospital IQR Program Requirements in 2017

* NOTE Since this blog was written, CMS has updated the requirements for the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. To see how the requirements have changed for 2017, please review the changes on this blog: The 6 Things You Need to Know About the 2018 IPPS Final Rule

If you walk into any mall at this time of the year, you’ll see something very curious. Red and green decorations have crept in among the rows of plaid shirts and brown boots. Fake snowflakes are now dotting windowpanes. Did I just hear Jingle Bells over the speakers? Yes, it appears that the end of 2016 is rapidly approaching.

It may be hard to believe, but for hospitals who have already submitted their Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) to CMS for 2016, it’s time to shift your focus to 2017 electronic quality reporting. This week we review the 2017 hospital IQR program requirements to help your hospital prepare. 

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eCQMs Outnumber Chart-Abstracted Measure for the First Time in 2017

For the first time ever, the required number of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) will outnumber the required number of chart-abstracted measures for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program in 2017.

CMS is requiring hospitals to submit eight eCQMs and only six chart-abstracted measures.

In this blog, we will review the difference between how the eCQMs and chart-abstracted measures are calculated so that you can better understand the implications of this shift and how to implement necessary changes for reporting.

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