It’s officially November, which means you definitely have the right to get a head start on holiday decorating. And in the health care world…it means that CMS has finalized their proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2019.Read More
Measures and requirements for the major regulatory programs are continually changing—and next year is no exception.
If you read through the 2019 IPPS final rule that was published this summer (without falling asleep…wait, what?), you learned that CMS is striving to reduce the regulatory reporting burden by removing measures from the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. In fact, for 2019, they adopted a new measure removal factor (justification for removing a measure) that helps boost the count of measures removed from the IQR program to 39 eliminated measures between 2019 and 2021.Read More
Just when it feels like you’re nearing the end of your regulatory reporting duties for 2018...the time comes to start thinking ahead to a brand-new year of quality reporting. I know, the struggle is real. But by getting your research and planning done in advance, you’ll feel more confident about achieving quality reporting success in 2019.
In a previous post, we discussed the changes that have been finalized for the 2019 CMS Inpatient Quality Program (IQR) program. Today, we’re switching gears and reviewing what’s in store for another major regulatory program—The Joint Commission ORYX® initiative for quality improvement program.Read More
Did you know that a whopping 751 hospitals were penalized for their high Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) rates this year?
The HAC program is one of the CMS programs that can hit hospitals with a penalty and significant revenue loss. And this year, the HAC scores look a little different than they have in years past. Before we share which states landed on the list of the worst HAC performers, let’s dive into how the HAC program works and what it means to get a HAC penalty.Read More
In 2017, Pella Regional Health Center needed to gear up for a new Quality Payment Program (QPP) that would either incentivize or penalize their physicians based on performance: MIPS. But how?Read More
Implementing, maintaining and submitting eCQMs to fulfill requirements for the major regulatory programs such as the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program is a lot of work for hospitals—or is it?Read More
Since eCQM reporting to the IQR program became a requirement in 2016, hospitals and clinicians have had to give some serious thought to the structure of their eCQM program. Some hospitals had everything set up as a result of the Meaningful Use years, and others only began the eCQM implementation process to ensure they could fulfill the IQR requirement.
Medisolv wanted to know how difficult this process was for hospitals. We were also curious to find out if monitoring eCQMs after the initial set up is burdensome to hospitals.Read More
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