New antimicrobial stewardship resource for critical access hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new antimicrobial stewardship resource for small and Critical Access Hospitals that was guided by providers in...
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CMS posts Hospice and Home Health QRP training materials

CMS has posted post-training materials (with answers to polling questions) from the April 25 Hospice Data Submission and Reporting and from the May 3-4 Home Health QRP Provider Training in Baltimore.
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CMS posts documents from May 2 SNF, LTCH, IRF quality reporting webinar

As promised, CMS has posted the recording, post-training materials and question and answer (Q&A) documents of the May 2 webinar explaining the Review and Correct process for the SNF, LTCH and IRF Quality Reporting Programs. The materials provide helpful information to providers on where to find the necessary reports within the CASPER system in order to make any necessary corrections prior to the quality reporting deadlines.
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SD Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Annual Partners Meeting set for July 26

The South Dakota Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Annual Partners Meeting is set for Wednesday, July 26 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell. This year’s theme is Bridging Healthcare & Community, and the meeting will feature keynote speakers Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH and Ann Forburger, MS.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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...