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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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…” đźŽ¶

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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[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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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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Medisolv Hospitals Lead the Way in eCQM Reporting

Tell me if these statements sound familiar. Hospitals are unprepared to meet the new CMS eCQM reporting requirements. Hospitals will not meet the deadline for reporting eCQMs to the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. Hospitals don’t feel confident in their eCQM data results. 

Every couple of months a new survey of Eligible Hospitals paints a pretty bleak picture of hospitals’ capabilities and resources to improve and report on their eCQM data.

Well wake up sunshine because we’ve got some good news. In our recent survey of Medisolv hospitals, we found that 85% of hospitals felt good about their eCQM data results.

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eCQM Reporting Checklist [FREE DOWNLOAD]

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

The submission window for 2016 eCQM reporting to the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program has officially closed. And now it's time to shift your focus to 2017 eCQM reporting. Yes, it's hard to believe it, but in two weeks it will be time to submit your Q1 eCQMs.

So to help you get started, Medisolv has created a 2017 eCQM Reporting Checklist for you to download.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Medicare Payment at Risk

How much will your hospital or clinicians lose in Medicare reimbursements if you don't report this year? Take a look at the Medicare penalties below.

Check out this infographic that shows exactly how much revenue is at risk for your hospital or clinicians. Then sign up for the webinar to learn how to avoid the pain.


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How to Submit Your eCQMs to CMS in Less Than One Hour

eCQM submission to the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program is winding down. The final deadline for submission is March 13. As the Director of Electronic Measures at Medisolv, this last year was a bit of a whirlwind for me and our whole team. When I sat down to debrief with my team, I noticed something; from the client’s perspective, it took a very short amount of their time to complete the submission process, less than one hour in fact.

In this week’s blog I thought I would take our readers under the hood of the Medisolv eCQM submission car. We reveal all the steps we take to complete one submission for each client. I also broke down the approximate time it takes each client to complete the submission steps.

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VCU Health Overcomes Interoperability Challenges On Way to eCQM Success

Like most providers, the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) in Richmond, Virginia experienced a lot of pressure and uncertainty in preparing for its first mandatory Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) submissions. Unlike most, VCUHS also felt frustration due to two previous unsuccessful attempts at eCQM implementations.

VCUHS was an early adopter of electronic health records and first attempted eCQM implementation in 2012 with help from its quality reporting vendor, using the vendor’s reporting software. In that project, the health system and vendor together were unable to extract the data necessary for eCQMs from VCUHS’ systems. In an attempt to solve that problem, VCUHS contracted with its EHR provider. While strides were made in data abstraction, this effort was not a full success...

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