What is CQL? And Questions to Ask your Vendor

The start of the year is a time of transition...or is it? Shouldn’t we be able to just roll over into the next year and immediately start tracking what’s happening? Yes, of course. And maybe you're thinking you already do, but the question is, can you track your eCQMs starting on January 1 using the new specifications?

You may have heard a little bit about something called CQL in relation to eCQMs. Today we explain the basics of CQL and review how will it affect your quality reporting in 2019.

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A Note From Our CEO: The State of Health Care in 2019

The problems facing our health care system are numerous. As a former practicing physician, I’ve experienced first-hand what it’s like to feel pulled in 20 different directions – trying to cut costs while providing the best care possible for my patients. Now as CEO of a technology company, I have experienced the system from the other side. Even after 25 years of navigating our health care system as a physician, I found myself learning aspects of this complicated system all over again.

As I reflected on 2018, I realized how much health care played a role in many conversations. I share some of my observations regarding the current state of health care in America and attempt to make a few predictions for 2019.

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Our Most Popular Content of 2018

Can you believe another year has come and gone? 2018 was an interesting year in the health care space. It was full of changing policy decisions and technology innovations that will surely impact our health care system for years to come.

We’ve taken a look back at all of our content throughout the year and surfaced our most popular pieces of 2018.

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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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IQR Measure Removal: How Will It Affect Your 2019 Reporting Process?

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.

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[E-BOOK] 2019 Hospital IQR Program Requirements

By Erin Heilman Posted Oct 19, 2018 in Quality Reporting, Academy, IQR Program

Reporting your quality data to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program takes time and ample planning…so why scramble at the last minute?

Ensure a smooth and stress-free reporting process in 2019 by starting your prep now. To make it easier, we’ve laid out the seven requirements your hospital will need to know to successfully complete the 2019 IQR program in this FREE 31-page eBook.

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2019 Joint Commission ORYX® Requirements

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.

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