Core Measures

CMS backs off proposal to make hospital accreditor investigations public: 5 things to know

By Brian Zimmerman for Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality Federal health officials withdrew a proposal to require healthcare facility accreditors to publicly release details on safety issues they encounter during inspections of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, according to a ProPublica report. Here are five things to know. 1. In April, CMS issued a…

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Specialty Societies Say EHR Vendors Are Blocking Their Registry Work

By Darius Tahir for POLITICO Electronic health record companies are obstructing efforts by specialty societies to gather data that are crucial to the Obama administration’s goal of improving health care quality, leaders of the physician groups tell POLITICO. The data are collected in registries, which are organized to track patients and their conditions and procedures…

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ICD-10’s Impact on Quality Measures

By Vicky Mahn-DiNicola, RN, MS, CPHQ, and Kim Charland, BA, RHIT, CCS for VBP monitor The healthcare industry is almost five months into ICD-10 implementation. While the conversion seems to have gone rather smoothly, it may be too early in the game to evaluate the impact of how coded data has impacted quality measurement. However, because there…

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17 Things to Know About Medical Scribes

By Kelly Gooch for Becker’s Healthcare As physicians look for ways to reduce the clerical load associated with EHR data entry, they are increasingly turning to medical scribes. Scribes help physicians with EHR navigation, retrieval of diagnostic results, documentation and coding. This allows the physician to free up time for patient care. Yet while the…

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25 Quotes That Show Just How Fed Up Physicians Are With EHRs

By Max Green for Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review More than half of the physicians who bill Medicare in the U.S. are currently being penalized 1 percent of their 2015 payments as a result of the meaningful use program, according to Steven J. Stack, MD, president of the American Medical Association. “Imagine, in a world…

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