New Resources for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Quality Reporting

There are new quality measures coming to the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Quality Reporting (IPFQR ) Program beginning with Jan. 1, 2015 discharges. The measures cover tobacco use and immunization and also include three new claims-based measures. Three New Claims-Based Measures FUH:  Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness Assessment of Patient Experience of Care Use of … Continued

Primaris Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week

[hs_contact display=”both”]Primaris recognizes healthcare quality professionals during National Healthcare Quality Week, Oct. 19-25, 2014 with a free resource library of more than 300 resources on quality improvement, patient safety, falls, infection prevention and more healthcare issues. Thank you to all healthcare quality heroes: quality professionals, infection and control professionals, physicians, nurses and staff members who … Continued

Topped Out is Not Stopped

The 2015 IPPS Final Rule means lots of changes to quality reporting, including voluntary electronic measures and several process of care measures being dropped entirely. We’ve been getting questions about dropped measures and we’re here to tell you why topped out should not equal stopped. Quality measures are about more than meeting requirements and reporting … Continued

PQRS GPRO Deadline Extended

If you missed yesterday’s deadline for group registration, CMS has good news. The Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) registration system will remain open until October 3 and can be accessed at The PV-PQRS registration system allows group practices to register to participate in the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option in 2014 vis registry, … Continued

Last day to register for PQRS GPRO

Today is the last day for groups to register for 2014 PQRS reporting and avoid the 2016 penalty. Group practices should register and select the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) web interface, EHR, or qualified registry. This is also the last day to cancel GPRO reporting. With PQRS GPRO, your practice accelerates and decelerates together … Continued

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Dementia

Dementia: young and old, we all fear it. September is World Alzheimer’s Month. A new report by Alzheimer’s Disease International looks at modifiable risk factors for dementia. The report focuses on four key areas: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions. If we can all enter old age with healthier brains, we are likely … Continued

Sepsis measure suspended until further notice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will suspend data collection for the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Management Bundle measure until further notice. This measure was adopted for the FY 2017 payment determination in the 2015 IPPS final rule. Sepsis is on the top 10 most common principle causes for hospitalizations and mortality … Continued

Sepsis: The Most Common Hospital Condition in the U.S. Unknown to Most

With a high mortality rate and costs ringing in at over $20 billion annually, the need for sepsis awareness looms. Thanks to news and entertainment programming, sepsis awareness isn’t so daunting.

Quality Reporting in 2015: What does it look like?

CMS has issued its hospital inpatient prospective payments systems final rule for fiscal year 2015, which increases Medicare hospital inpatient payment rates for IPPS hospitals by 1.4 percent. Substantive changes to various quality reporting programs include: • Measures being dropped starting January 2015, as well as those moved to voluntary EHR reporting. • Measures still … Continued

Medicare’s Financial Health Improving, Part B Premiums Remain the Same

Medicare’s finances are looking brighter than expected, according to a report released this week. Medicare’s improved finances are due to a slowdown in healthcare costs. It is uncertain whether the health-spending slowdown is “the result of a sluggish economy or represents a dividend from President Obama’s health care law, and more recent Medicare cuts by Congress.” … Continued