Kristen Beatson, RN

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

Recent Posts

The Hybrid Readmission Measure: Understanding How It Works

Have you heard about the new hybrid measure from CMS? In the 2020 IQR proposed rule, the hybrid measure is on track to go from voluntary to mandatory by 2023. And what’s more is that your measure performance will be publicly reported on Hospital Compare shortly thereafter.

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eCQM Results: Key Takeaways from 2018 Reporting

eCQM reporting for 2018: check! The reporting window has officially closed for eCQM submissions to the Hospital IQR program, and the moment of truth has arrived. How did your organization perform in 2018? Did your eCQM performance improve from 2017?

Now that Medisolv has completed eCQM submissions on our clients’ behalf, we wanted to take some time to share the results with you.

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2018 eCQM Reporting Checklist [Free Download]

Fall is quickly approaching, which means the deadline for 2018 eCQM reporting will be here before you know it! Is your hospital ready to report eCQMs to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program for 2018?

If you’re still unsure about the requirements and guidelines for 2018, don’t panic—Medisolv has your back. This week, we’re offering a free download of our 2018 eCQM reporting checklist.

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2019 Hospital IQR Program: 4 Things to Expect

While it may feel like you’re just starting to get a handle on your 2018 regulatory reporting duties, it’s time to start thinking ahead to 2019.

I know what you must be thinking: ‘Eh, I still have plenty of time!’ But keep in mind that summer is almost over…and that 2019 is a mere four months away. Say what!? *Pause for acknowledgment, minor panic and recovery.*

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2019 IPPS Final Rule: What's Changing?  [SLIDESHOW]

CMS recently dropped their 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule, which focuses on simplifying requirements, reducing regulatory reporting costs and emphasizing patient-centered care. 

So, what exactly does CMS have up their sleeve for next year? Take a look at the slideshow below to learn about the major changes that were finalized in the 2019 IPPS final rule. 

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How to Improve Your Hospital's Contraindication Documentation

This week we are talking about contraindication documentation for eCQMs (or “the dreaded negation,” as we like to call it here at Medisolv). While it’s not exactly a favorite topic by anyone’s stretch of the imagination, having a good process in place for capturing contraindications is one of the key things a hospital can do in order to improve their eCQM results. That’s because most eCQM logic references contraindication which, if documented correctly in the EHR, will prevent the patient from failing the measure and ultimately improve performance.

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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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2017 eCQM Data Early Results

Have you crossed “submit eCQMs to Quality Net” off your 2017 to-do list yet? We are officially into the fourth quarter of 2017 so it’s time to start thinking about your IQR program submission in earnest. Due to the recent changes to the CMS IQR program, you now only have to submit four eCQMs with one quarter’s worth of data.

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Preparing for Regulatory Requirement Changes Using An Annual Cycle

Over the last few months there have been a few changes to Quality reporting regulatory programs. The 2018 IPPS Final Rule overrode the requirements from the 2017 IPPS Final Rule. It makes you wonder, "Is anything ever final in quality reporting?"

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