The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been focused on collaborative activities that mitigate duplication of efforts to reduce the data reporting burden. In the same spirit, SDAHO feels that it is important to reduce duplication of efforts for its members.

Over the past two years, South Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) have been submitting Emergency Department Transfer Communications (EDTC) data through Survey Monkey to the SD Office of Rural Health. SDAHO and the Office of Rural Health partnered to streamline data submission for the EDTC utilizing the Compass HIIN data entry system. This will reduce the data submission burden for CAH. Also, this provides a connection point for two separate Quality Improvement Programs (MBQIP-EDTC and HIIN) that complement each other to meet a common goal of improving the care of our patients and communities.

“We want to fully support our SD hospitals and make data submission as easy as possible,” Rural Hospital Program Coordinator Kenny Doppenberg said in email to CAHs. “Also, with this change, SDAHO staff adds another resource CAHs can use when submitting EDTC data. I look forward to this partnership with SDAHO so we can provide whatever assistance is needed to help CAHs continue this effort.”

This reduction in reporting burden will begin with 2017 Q1 data submission through the Compass HIIN data entry system. SDAHO will provide more information in the near future regarding the submission timelines and how to enter the data in the Compass HIIN data entry system.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kenny Doppenberg, Kristen Bunt or Jennifer Kok