Kristen Beatson

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

Recent Posts

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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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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5 Hospital IQR Program Requirements in 2017

* NOTE Since this blog was written, CMS has updated the requirements for the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. To see how the requirements have changed for 2017, please review the changes on this blog: The 6 Things You Need to Know About the 2018 IPPS Final Rule

If you walk into any mall at this time of the year, you’ll see something very curious. Red and green decorations have crept in among the rows of plaid shirts and brown boots. Fake snowflakes are now dotting windowpanes. Did I just hear Jingle Bells over the speakers? Yes, it appears that the end of 2016 is rapidly approaching.

It may be hard to believe, but for hospitals who have already submitted their Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) to CMS for 2016, it’s time to shift your focus to 2017 electronic quality reporting. This week we review the 2017 hospital IQR program requirements to help your hospital prepare. 

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eCQMs Outnumber Chart-Abstracted Measure for the First Time in 2017

For the first time ever, the required number of Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) will outnumber the required number of chart-abstracted measures for the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program in 2017.

CMS is requiring hospitals to submit eight eCQMs and only six chart-abstracted measures.

In this blog, we will review the difference between how the eCQMs and chart-abstracted measures are calculated so that you can better understand the implications of this shift and how to implement necessary changes for reporting.

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