As a Core Measure Abstraction Service, and with our considerable experience working the Acute Health Care setting, we understand the true impact this program has had on facilities across the nation.
Direct Difference has hundreds of satisfied clients who depend on our considerable knowledge of Core Measures to help them overcome the extensive burden that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) has placed on hospitals nation-wide.
We are educated in current and future legislation that will directly impact health care organizations. Our staff has an intimate knowledge of hospital procedures and culture, which makes us an excellent choice.
The program known as Core Measures was started by CMS in an attempt to ensure a universal quality of care for patients. The program has developed into a set of “measures” that hospitals are required to report on in order to receive their full APU reimbursement.
We have been able to successfully implement new protocols and make hospital-wide changes as we did at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana. The hospital achieved the Gold medal for Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure from the American Heart Association in 2008/2009 and was published in the U.S. World News Report. Direct Difference team members also worked with Los Alamitos/Tenet in achieving the Gold medals for CAD and CHF from the AHA. They are now recognized as a facility that ranks in the top 10% of the nation.
Direct Difference is continually monitoring the upcoming legislation that will increase the measure sets by 300% over the next three years. The new CMS Value-Based Purchasing Program
(VBP) has been studied extensively by our staff and will be one of the biggest challenges that hospitals will have to face in the next few years. The CMS VBP Program will also extend to doctors’ offices, skilled nursing and long term care facilities. Doctors’ offices are currently being asked to participate in a voluntary reporting program for heart failure patients, diabetes patients and renal failure patients. This program mimics the current Core Measures program for hospitals. We can see the demand for education on these important upcoming CMS requirements in the hospital setting, doctors’ offices, skilled nursing and long term care facilities.
What can core measures abstraction services offer You and your health care organization?
▪ Education on properly abstracting core measure charts
▪ Identify and analyze problem areas
▪ Educate physicians and hospital staff on core measures
▪ Guidance on how to implement new protocols
▪ Improve publicly reported scores
▪ Educate on upcoming measures
▪ Help maximize reimbursement within the Value-Based Purchasing Program
▪ Achieve recognition from the AHA
▪ Direction on how to become a certified Stroke Center
▪ Increase scores for HCAHPS
▪ 24/7 resource
Contact a Direct Difference team member for more information:
Core Measure & Medical Abstraction
Phone: (800) 805-4880
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Core Measure Abstraction Services