Merry Medisolving: Featuring Amanda Schwerdtfeger

 


Featuring: Amanda schwerdtfeger from Pella regional health center

Name: Amanda Schwerdtfeger
Job Title: Clinical Informatics Advisor
Hospital: Pella Regional Health Center
Favorite holiday tradition: Every year since I was little, we would find an entire weekend to dedicate to cookie baking! Many times, it was with another family, and we would bake literally hundreds of cookies and give them as gifts to neighbors and friends.  We made so many great memories and cookies too!
Cookies with a glass of milk...or cookies dunked in milk: Definitely dunked in milk!

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Rachel Lewallen & Priscilla Adams

 


Featuring: Rachel Lewallen & Priscilla Adams from Habersham Medical Center

Name: Rachel Lewallen
Job Title: Performance Improvement Coordinator
What's the best gift you ever got during the holidays: Homemade ornaments from my child
Would you rather take over for Santa or Elf on the Shelf:  Santa

Hospital: Habersham Medical Center

 

Name: Priscilla Adams
Job Title: Performance Improvement Manager
What's the best gift you ever got during the holidays: My daughter who was born on December 7
Would you rather take over for Santa or Elf on the Shelf: Elf on the Shelf
Hospital: Habersham Medical Center

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Kathy Bergeron

 


Featuring: Kathy Bergeron from Lane Regional

Name: Kathy Bergeron
Job Title: Performance Improvement Officer
Hospital: Lane Regional
If you had to listen to a holiday song on repeat for a week straight, which song would you choose: Oh Holy Night
Cookies or pie: Warm chocolate chip cookie

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Lynn Miller

Featuring: Lynn Miller from Doylestown Health

Name: Lynn Miller
Job Title: Director of Applications
Hospital: Doylestown Health
Favorite holiday tradition: We get oranges from Florida and then my husband makes fresh squeezed orange juice every year for the holidays. It’s those traditions that I didn’t even know I was creating when my kids were young.
Hot chocolate with or without marshmallows: No marshmallows…whipped cream!

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Pella Regional Health Center Exceeds Expectations for Year One of MIPS

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?  

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Rodney Welch

 


Featuring: Rodney Welch from Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital

 

Name: Rodney Welch
Job Title: Director of Quality and Accreditation
Hospital: Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
Would you rather be one of Santa’s elves or one of his reindeer: Elves, because it’s warmer in the workshop

The Rothman Institute started 30 years ago and has grown to include over 130 specialty orthopaedic doctors. There are locations all throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but for this Merry Medisolving story we head to Bensalem, PA. A town just outside of Philadelphia. This specialty hospital is known for excellent patient outcomes. But capturing and reporting on those excellent outcomes wasn’t always easy for them.

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Leigh Shipper & Sherry Stacks

 


Featuring: Leigh Shipper & Sherry Stacks from Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Name: Leigh Shipper
Job Title: Clinical Informatics Manager
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Pecan Bars
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose:  Rudolph to light the way.


Name: Sherry Stacks, RN
Job Title: Core Measure Coordinator
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Sugar Cookies
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose: Rudolph because he is proud to be different and not afraid to take the lead when needed.

Hospital: Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Would you say your Quality team loves your IT team or vice versa? Ok, maybe not love, but how about like? Do they get along? Or perhaps your Quality and IT teams generally have very little interaction. This week we take you to a hospital whose Quality and IT teams have invested in the communication between the two teams allowing them to achieve significantly high eCQM performance.

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Merry Medisolving: Featuring Melissa Folse

 


Featuring: Melissa Folse from Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Name: Melissa Folse, RN
Job Title: Quality Review Clinician
Hospital: Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Favorite Holiday Cookie: Praline
If she could be a reindeer, she’d choose: Dancer

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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Hospitals Compare Abstracted and Electronic Measures: Which is a better reflection of care?

For years, hospitals have relied on manually abstracting their quality measures to get an accurate picture of their hospital’s quality of patient care. Over the last five years or so, the attention has shifted to Electronic Clinical Quality Measures or eCQMs. This shift has intensified since 2016 when CMS, followed by The Joint Commission, started requiring eCQM data submission to successfully complete their quality reporting programs.

This left us wondering, “how do hospitals feel about their chart-abstracted measures in light of this inclusion of eCQM data?” 

This week, we reveal the results of our recent survey of Medisolv hospitals and how they feel about these two types of quality measures.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) Becomes an eCQM Rock Star

VCUHS hated eCQMs. After two unsuccessful attempts to implement eCQMs, they were feeling a lot of frustration leading up to the year 2016 . That was the first year in which eCQM submission was mandatory.
 
In one year, VCUHS transformed their hospital from eCQM dysfunction to eCQM excellence. They met the new mandate and now use eCQMs to drive performance improvement.
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