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CMS sending out MIPS participation status letters

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, part of the new Quality Payment Program.
CMS QIO program

CMS solicits stakeholder and public input for future QIO program phase

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently hosted a special session to gather information from stakeholders, including the public, to refine high priority areas for addressing emerging health and healthcare delivery issues within the next phase of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, known as the 12th Scope of Work (SoW), which is to be awarded in 2019.

AHA releases an updated community health assessment toolkit

The American Hospital Association (AHA), through its Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), has updated its community health assessment toolkit. The toolkit offers a...
Quality and safety

IHI and NPSF to merge

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) have agreed to merge, effective May 1.
Quality and safety

CMS disables eCQM summary report access until after March 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily disabled access to electronic clinical quality measure Submission Summary and Performance Summary reports at the QualityNet secure portal to alleviate very slow processing times for Electronic Health Record Hospital Reports related to eCQMs.
SDAHO Continuing Care Conference

Save the Date: Continuing Care Conference Planned for April 26-27

The Annual Continuing Care Conference will be held April 26-27 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma/Chamberlain. This year’s agenda will include: Compassion Fatigue: Healing Healers Financial...
Quality and safety

SDAHO helps reduce reporting burden for hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been focused on collaborative activities that mitigate duplication of efforts to reduce the data reporting...
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NQF committee updates surgery portfolio

A National Quality Forum (NQF) committee recently updated its surgery portfolio, endorsing 16 measures. The NQF project aims to evaluate additional performance measures that will...
HIIN

HIIN is actively underway but recruitment continues

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is actively underway. Forty-three South Dakota hospitals are currently participating in the HIIN project with us, in collaboration...
NHPCO

Bunt appointed to NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee

Kristen Bunt, SDAHO's director of quality integration, has been appointed to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Quality and Standards Committee. Bunt, whose...