2018 eCQM Requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® Initiative for Quality Improvement

By Erin Heilman Posted May 11, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

eCQM reporting can be frustrating and overwhelming. We get it—but there’s a silver lining! The work that you put in to successfully meet your eCQM requirements will ultimately help to improve the quality of care offered at your organization.

While you still have time to meet the June 30th deadline for eCQM submissions to The Joint Commission, it’s never too early to start preparing for round two!

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What’s in a Name? Meaningful Use Gets a Name Change

Did you hear? The Meaningful Use program is getting an overhaul (again)—and it’s starting with a name change. The new name of the Meaningful Use program will be the Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. Yes, thank you CMS, for providing us with yet another acronym to memorize. Although, I think this program, for many years, will probably have the Prince effectthe PI program (formerly known as Meaningful Use).

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It's Coming for Us All: Sepsis

By Erin Heilman Posted Apr 20, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

What is this a picture of?

Is it:

  1. A map of the New York subway system
  2. Death Star blueprint plans
  3. A graphic interpretation of a black widow spider web
  4. Healthcare's attempt to improve patient care
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Download the 2018 Quality Reporting Bundle

By Erin Heilman Posted Apr 13, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Successfully reporting your eCQM and chart-abstracted measure data to CMS and The Joint Commission is a process that requires some time and preparation. But how can you prepare without the proper information? Do you know what to search for? Is the information that you found correct and accurate for this submission year?

Set your worries aside. We know that you have more important things to do than dig through a handful of confusing CMS and Joint Commission documents—that’s why we did it for you! Yup, true story. We gathered all of the important documents, standardized and simplified them and put everything in our 2018 Quality Reporting Bundle.

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eCQM Submissions: Rejections and Mismatches 101

Did your hospital have eCQM submission rejections or mismatches in 2017? Don’t fret. There’s a solution.

But wait. What does it even mean if you have rejections or mismatches? Let’s break it down. A patient’s QRDA file (Quality Reporting Document Architecture) gets rejected when the agency—CMS or The Joint Commission—finds an error, either a technical issue like an incorrect file format or a clinical data issue, and the error prevents them from accepting the file into their system. 

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The Results are In: Key Takeaways from 2017 eCQM Reporting

Today marks the last day to submit your eCQM files to the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. How did you do? Did you breeze through year two of the eCQM requirement or was it a struggle for your hospital? 

And while The Joint Commission is giving hospitals a bit more time for eCQM submission, the summer deadline is quickly approaching. Have you crossed this submission off of your 2018 to-do list yet? 

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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 tradeoff 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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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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