Erin Heilman

Erin Heilman is the Marketing Director for Medisolv, Inc.
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Dear Medisolv: How Can I Reignite Our Passion for Patient Safety?

By Erin Heilman Posted Nov 01, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy

It’s the 20th anniversary of the IOM’s landmark report, “To Err is Human,” which sparked the modern patient safety movement. Since then, some health systems’ relationships with patient safety have gone stale. Our advice columnist helps reignite one reader’s passion for patient safety using quality data.

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Which States Had the Most Hospitals Penalized for Readmissions

By Erin Heilman Posted Oct 25, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy

Every year, CMS levies penalties nationwide on hospitals with poor readmission performance. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, 83% of hospitals will be hit with a penalty.

Since the program began in FY 2012, CMS has steadily been doling out penalties to hospital’s with poor readmission performance and increasing the maximum amount of penalty applied. This year, 3,129 hospitals are eligible for the program and the maximum penalty a hospital could receive is 3%.

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2020 Hospital IQR Program Requirements

By Erin Heilman Posted Oct 18, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Is your hospital ready for hospital quality reporting next year? Yes, I said next year! I know it may sound a little early, but when it comes to successfully fulfilling regulatory reporting requirements, it’s never too soon to start preparing.

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Healthcare Quality Conferences to Attend

I recently received an email from a client asking me which Quality conferences I felt were worth attending. Medisolv of course makes our rounds at Quality conferences every year, but I hadn’t thought about it from a Quality person’s perspective. So, I went around internally here at Medisolv and rounded up what we thought is worth the investment to attend.

It should go without saying, but this list is just based off our opinion. Also, no one is paying us to promote any of these conferences listed here. Unless of course you’re interested… 😉

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2020 Joint Commission ORYX® Requirements

By Erin Heilman Posted Sep 27, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

There are some big changes coming to The Joint Commission’s ORYX® program in 2020. Changes include submission method, data file type and measure lists.

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[E-BOOK] 2020 Hospital IQR Program Requirements

By Erin Heilman Posted Sep 20, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Every year the requirements for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program change; sometimes slightly and sometimes more drastically. In 2020, there are quite a few changes coming your way. For instance, did you know the HAI (NHSN) measures aren't required to be submit this year in this program? And the chart-abstracted measure requirement drops to two measures.

This annual eBook covers the requirements for each section of the IQR program. You'll see a simple summary of the requirements, the submission detail and the deadline. We also list each of the measures in each category.

Get yourself prepared for 2020 with this comprehensive eBook. We even included our measure removal guide to help you understand what measures are being retired in which year.

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[E-BOOK] Hybrid Measure Quick Start Guide

By Erin Heilman Posted Aug 30, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

CMS has mandated that the new Hybrid Hospital-Wide All-Cause Readmission measure go from voluntary to mandatory over the next several years. In fact, last year, CMS held a pilot program during which 150 hospitals submitted the hybrid measure data to CMS. Medisolv's clients made up 69 of those 150 submissions. We learned a few things during the course of those submissions and we've put together a quick start guide to get your hospital thinking about this new measure.

In this quick start guide we explain how the measure is captured in your EHR and how CMS will calculate your measure performance.

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Medisolv Quality Expert Panel Answers Your FAQs

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 grouped into four categories below.

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2020 MIPS Proposed Rule: Key Highlights

What’s in store for MIPS 2020? Earlier this week, CMS dropped the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule. The rule provides a pretty good snapshot of the future for MIPS over the next several years. They are evening out the category distribution and upping the threshold requirements. Also of note, they plan to post 2018 MIPS performance to Physician Compare. Keep in mind that these are just the proposed changes. The final rule will come out in late fall.

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Speeding up the Abstraction Process: An Interview with Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

By Erin Heilman Posted Jul 26, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program
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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