The Problem Facing Emergency Departments: Improving ED Throughput

The Emergency Department has become the Grand Central Station of the American Healthcare System. ­­­­­­­Multitudes of people are coming and going in an extremely hectic environment every single day.

Emergency Department visits have reached epidemic proportions. Here are some staggering statics around ED visits in the US. 

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50 Quality Reporting Resources for 2019

Happy 4th of July everyone! We hope you had a great day full of hot dogs and hamburgers, apple pie and ice cream and fireworks, friends and family.

In honor of Independence Day, we’ve gathered a list of 50 resources for your quality reporting needs.

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An Overview of the 2019 Quality Payment Program: MIPS vs Advanced APMs

There are two different tracks to the Quality Payment Program: MIPS and Advanced APMs. By now, we are all pretty familiar with the terms. But did you know that if you participate in an APM (such as an ACO) you may still be required to report to MIPS?

Preparing for a successful QPP participation can be challenging, especially if you wait until the last minute to do your research and make a game plan. Keep in mind that the reporting period for QPP has already begun. 

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Am I Eligible for MIPS 2019?

By Erin Heilman Posted Jun 21, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

MIPS 2019 is in full swing! In case you missed it, there are several changes to the rules around MIPS eligibility this year. If you weren’t eligible last year you may be this year.

CMS included a handful of newly eligible titles and also established one more criterion for eligibility. Additionally, even if you are not eligible, you may still voluntarily report in order to get rewarded for your performance.

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Super IQR World: Deadlines for the 2019 IQR Program

By Erin Heilman Posted Jun 14, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Major deadlines for reporting to the CMS Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program are rapidly approaching, but it's not game over just yet! Power-up your education by transporting into the Super IQR World.

Navigate through pipe portals, underground dungeons, lava and open water to avoid gaps in your submissions. What obstacles will you encounter on your way to the Castle of Submission Success? Will you earn some cash (or gold coins) on your journey? Or will you be defeated by the big, bad CMS boss (don't tell CMS we said that). There’s only one way to find out grab your red hat and let's get started!

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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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2019 eCQM Requirements for the CMS IQR Program

By Erin Heilman Posted May 31, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

CMS requires eCQMs to be submitted as a part of successfully completing your Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program requirements. In this post, we review the 2019 eCQM requirements for the IQR program. Watch the video below for a quick overview.

ALSO SEE: 2019 eCQM requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® initiative for quality improvement program. 

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Survey Results: eCQMs vs Core Measure Performance

Over the course of the last decade, there has been a significant shift in the way hospitals track and assess their quality measures. Ten years ago, most hospitals were significantly burdened with dozens of Core measures that they were required to abstract. When eCQMs (Electronic Clinical Quality Measures) came on to the scene no one really knew what to make of them or how much effort should be given to these measures. Now in 2019, eCQMs have become much more common.

Medisolv wanted to find out if there were any interesting differences in the way hospitals think about their Core measures versus their eCQMs. We heard from a lot of people in the quality department, many directors of quality and the abstractors too. Below are the results from our website survey. How does your hospital compare?

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2019 eCQM Requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® Initiative for Quality Improvement

By Erin Heilman Posted May 17, 2019 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Achieving a successful eCQM submission is no easy feat. It is a year-round undertaking that requires time, organizational collaboration and plenty of patience. But don’t get too bogged down, because the work that you put in to fulfill your eCQM duties will ultimately help to improve the quality of care offered at your organization.

It’s never too early to start prepping for your next round of eCQM submissions. Let's start by reviewing the 2019 eCQM requirements for The Joint Commission ORYX® initiative for quality improvement program.

We break down the major requirements in the following short video—or you can read all about it below.  

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2019 MIPS Mind Game [Quiz]

Play the 2019 MIPS Mind Game!

How much do you know about the MIPS 2019 requirements? Do you think you could achieve a passing grade on a 15-point quiz?

Put your MIPS knowledge to the test by answering questions about eligibility, payments, exemptions and important deadlines.  

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