Does Risk-Adjustment for Sociodemographic Status (SDS) Have an Impact on Hospital Performance?
Ongoing research examines the impact of applying sociodemographic status (SDS) risk-adjustment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting programs. The main driver for investigation is a community assertion that SDS risk-adjustment is necessary to accurately gauge the quality of care given to patients of diverse backgrounds. Contrary to popular belief, recent research produced evidence that SDS risk-adjustment has little to no impact on hospital performance ratings.Read More
ASCO Augments Clinical Oncology Treatment Plan and Summary with Survivorship Care Plan
Co-authored by: Edward P. Ambinder, MD Jeremy L. Warner, MD The cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship, involves multiple interventions and stakeholders. Survivorship begins after completing a bulk…Read More
What Does LTPAC Want – for Interoperability?
The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT (HIT) Collaborative held its 10th Annual Summit in Baltimore at the end of June. HIT leaders, policy makers, providers, and vendors, convened to discuss industry initiatives and priorities from the Collaborative’s latest Roadmap for Health IT in LTPAC. We participated in and attended several sessions on continuity of care and quality reporting.Read More
The Lifecycle of a Template – Part 1: Stability and Progress
A template’s inaugural design often doesn’t seem like a “version”. It is difficult for designers while working closely to solve a problem, to envision that someday, perhaps even in the not too distant future, the solution they are in the midst of creating will need to change. And so it is with templates.Read More
Proposed Voluntary Certification for Long-term and Post-acute Care (LTPAC) Providers
The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certification and Adoption Workgroup recently held a virtual hearing on a proposed long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) certification program.Read More
Public Webinar This Week: Role of Standards in Quality Measurement
Crystal Kallem, RHIA, CPHQ, will review the current state and vision for quality measurement and the role of foundational quality specifications that are requirements in Meaningful Use Stage 2.Read More
Our Perspective on Updating Consolidated CDA
Several proposals have come forward to augment HL7 Consolidated CDA with additional templates. The Structured Documents Work Group has taken the position that new templates supporting long term care will be added in an addendum rather than integrated into a new release of the spec. I think this position needs to be reconsidered both as a general course and for the specific material. Here’s why.Read More
Launch of the “HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project under the ONC S&I Framework”
If the official title of the Consolidation Project is looongg, that is in part why it is exciting – there are many hands involved here, and we expect to make light work of a number of important tasks.Read More