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Effects of the Elective Procedures Pause: A Webinar Recap
June 3, 2020
by: Tarell Morris
Claims data can tell us a lot about the current effects of COVID-19 and the consequent elective surgeries halt recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For example, where has the shutdown had the greatest impact? And which specialties are poised to bounce back the quickest?
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Technology Solutions for Healthcare Quality Improvement
June 3, 2020
by: Rachel Grande
In April 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). This legislation created a new Quality Payment Program (QPP) that would not only transform Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, but also further drive quality improvement in the U.S healthcare system.
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When Do Elective Surgeries Start At US Hospitals?
May 27, 2020
by: Tarell Morris
In response to the massive number of COVID-19 patients diagnosed and hospitalized over the past several months, on March 18, 2020, CMS recommended that hospitals across the nation postpone elective procedures in order to maximize available bed space (which can be challenging to predict) and better treat victims of the ...
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Does Hospital EHR Adoption Actually Improve Data Sharing?
May 26, 2020
by: Alanna Moriarty
According to a study published in Health Affairs, electronic health record logs show that physicians are spending less time on face-to-face patient interactions and more time on so-called "desktop medicine." Desktop medicine refers to digital tasks providers must complete, such as communicating with patients through on...
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COVID-19 Reopening Analysis: State-by-State Predictions
May 22, 2020
by: Rachel Grande
After more than eight weeks of implementing stay-at-home advisories and social distancing guidelines, many states are now beginning to lift restrictions and reopen. But with over 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the U.S. since the end of January, the question now is this: how can we reopen safely?
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History of Quality Improvement in Healthcare
May 21, 2020
by: Rachel Grande
Quality improvement initiatives have held a place in healthcare for at least the past 200 years. In 1846, for instance, a Hungarian obstetrician named Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis became an early proponent for hand-washing to prevent the spread of disease and other healthcare-associated infections. Later, in 1918, the American...
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