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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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Leigh Shipper & Sherry Stacks


Featuring: Leigh Shipper & Sherry Stacks from Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Name: Leigh Shipper
Job Title: Clinical Informatics Manager
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Pecan Bars
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose:  Rudolph to light the way.

Name: Sherry Stacks, RN
Job Title: Core Measure Coordinator
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Sugar Cookies
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose: Rudolph because he is proud to be different and not afraid to take the lead when needed.

Hospital: Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Would you say your Quality team loves your IT team or vice versa? Ok, maybe not love, but how about like? Do they get along? Or perhaps your Quality and IT teams generally have very little interaction. This week we take you to a hospital whose Quality and IT teams have invested in the communication between the two teams allowing them to achieve significantly high eCQM performance.

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Melissa Folse


Featuring: Melissa Folse from Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Name: Melissa Folse, RN
Job Title: Quality Review Clinician
Hospital: Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Praline
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose: Dancer

Ever have someone call you "Sha bae bae?" Or maybe they've said to you, “Would you like another cup of coffee, Mae Sha?” No? Well, me either. That is, until I headed way down south into Louisiana to learn some of the Cajun way. Here I found a hospital so dedicated to its employees and community, that it's not uncommon to find employees with tenures longer than 20 years.

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Whipping Up a New Recipe for MIPS Success

Happy Thanksgiving!

So, how did your Thanksgiving go? Are you burnt out on cooking and cleaning? Are you waiving the white flag and taking a day of rest? Ah, yes. I get it. Hours of endless preparation for just one meal. Hmm ... that's sounds a bit like the Quality Payment Program doesn't it? 
Well, in light of the holiday, we have put together an infographic to help you prepare for next year. We've whipped up a few "recipes" that will help you prepare for MIPS reporting in 2018. 
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Catch Up On Your Quality Reporting Education

By Erin Heilman Posted Nov 17, 2017 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Over the course of this year, Medisolv has provided you with many opportunities to further your education on quality reporting to CMS and The Joint Commission especially as it applies to submitting eCQMs. As we head into submission season, it's a good time to review these webinars and confirm you are ready to submit your eCQMs.

We've gathered materials that review the eCQM requirements for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program and The Joint Commission's ORYX® initiative for quality improvement. Choose from guides, an academy course and a webinar. If you haven't had a chance to explore our resources to date, take some time before the submission season is fully upon us.

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A Beginner's Guide to MIPS Year Two: 2018

The new year is creeping up on us which can only mean one thing. No, I'm not talking about a fresh start with new resolutions or even the holiday spirit. It means CMS dropped the final rule for the Quality Payment Program. Did you just get chills? Me too, and I can assure you that it's not from the colder weather. You're now panicking that this MIPS program is quickly heading into year two and you're still sorting out how you'll manage year one. 

Well, grab a cozy blanket because we've got a good read. In this blog we cover the MIPS Year Two requirements.

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