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Inpatient Quality Reporting

AHIMA Fuels Clinical Documentation Improvement with New Toolkits

May 7, 2018 - Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps healthcare organizations capture meaningful data for improved quality reporting and clinician productivity. In an effort to ensure that the entire patient record is documented properly, AHIMA released two new CDI toolkits earlier this month to ensure data exchange is accurate and complete. The two new toolkits focus on CDI on outpatient...

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New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting

by Kate Monica

A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the...

CMS Extends eCQM Deadline for EHR Incentive Programs

by Sara Heath

CMS has extended the deadline for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs. According to...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

by Sara Heath

The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive...

78% of Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

Plenty of work remains to be done before hospitals are comfortable submitting electronic clinical quality measures as a part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, according to a recent Joint Commission survey. The survey,...

Groups Wary of Plan for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Federation of American Hospitals (FHA) have issued comments critical of electronic clinical quality measures under the the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment...

CMS corrects release of Quality Resource and Use Report data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is owning up to a mistake it made in announcing the availability of 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) earlier this week. On Wednesday, the federal agency indicated in a...

Post-acute care quality bill moves from House to Senate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A bill that would require post-acute care providers to participate in quality and data reporting is inching closer toward becoming law after recently passing the House the Representatives and making its way to the Senate. The Improving...

CMS quality improvement program raises concerns for AHA, FAH

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The transition to two new national Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) has raised concerns for the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) following a litany of setbacks included in a letter...

VA to build $20 million facility in Phoenix, hire 1000 staff

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an effort to provide quicker and better healthcare to veterans in Arizona, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the construction of a brand new facility in Phoenix, investing $20 million in the healthcare center expected to...

CMS to align meaningful use, quality reporting for hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Alignment of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) is coming, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is backing away from proposals that would have implemented dramatic changes as...

Medicare 30-day readmission penalties sting hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care is taking a $227 million bite out of hospital revenues this year as Medicare collects its second round of quality care penalties from reimbursements nationwide.  In order to reduce the number of 30-day readmissions for...

HRSA launches new website, webinar for safety net providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is teaming up with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to present a webinar announcing the new HRSA website, giving safety net providers access to free...

Need for debate about health reform, health IT initiatives

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The last several requests for comments or information published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information have generated tremendous pushback from large...

CHIME comments on EHR hospital inpatient quality reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information (RFI) concerning EHR hospital inpatient quality data reporting (IQR), the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has...

Quality reporting as a means of EHR collaboration, healthcare reform

by [email protected]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information from hospitals, EHR vendors, and other interested parties regarding hospital electronic reporting of patient-level data within the hospital inpatient...



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