Hospital Clinical Data Abstraction / Registry Management / Consulting

Healthcare Consulting & Clinical Data Abstraction Services

Direct Difference is the nation’s leading health care management consulting firm. We’re also the first company to specialize in the field of data abstraction and core measure for health care. There’s two other things that you should remember about us: No one has been on the job longer than us and no company has more experience than us. We have served the health care industry since 1998 with cost-efficient and productive outsourcing and consulting that consistently achieves unsurpassed results. The best way to get to know us is to contact us. More »

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Direct Difference Delivered Timely, Accurate Data Abstraction in support of UCLA Ronald Reagan’s participation in the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative. UCLA received a Certificate of Achievement with a Three Star Rating! For more information about SVS/VQI, please go to Ask how we can help with your VQI data by clicking here.

Direct Difference Accurate Data Abstraction for UCLA Ronald Reagan Med Ctr Certificate of Achievement Award

Data Registry

Direct Difference supports accurate, reliable data abstraction of clinical data registries. Our commitment is excellence.

Core Measures &
Data Abstraction

We have been abstracting and supporting core measure abstraction since its inception. We offer unparalleled expertise.

Medical Records
Research/Peer Review

Ask us about our customized processes for OPPE and FPPE reviews for Emergency, Medical, Surgical, Anesthesia Services.

Technology & Software

We’re an effective and efficient partner, with extensive affiliations and support for specialized technology and software.

“The Direct Difference team is an asset…”

I have had the privilege of working with Direct Difference for over five years.  Their work and dedication are well documented by the consistent increase in quality improvement scores that the hospital has received during this time.  The Direct Difference team has been able to get our hospital recognition from the American Heart Association by achieving the Gold Achievement Awards for CAD and HF.

We brought Direct Difference on board after our hospital lost its APU reimbursement. Since then, they have helped our facility pass its CDAC validations and  receive full APU reimbursement. They taught our abstractors how to properly abstract core measure charts according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. The Direct Difference team is an asset to all of the organizations that are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with them.

Tad R. Erickson, TRE Reimbursement Consulting, Inc.

“A pleasure to work with…”

It is a pleasure to work with the Direct Difference team.  They are very professional, stayed on task and understood Core Measures and the PCI module completely.  I would recommend them anytime.

Cindy Dickerson, Director of Quality/Risk Management, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital

“Good work and thank you”

We scored 100% on our validation for the above noted timeframe. Good work and thank you.

Terri L. Cox, RHIA, Chief Quality Officer, Matagorda Regional Medical Center

“Extremely knowledgeable… high-energy, thorough…”

I had the pleasure to work with Direct Difference on the case Western Medical Center-Santa Ana v. Wisconsin Physician Services; PRRB Case No. 08-1695. The first case of its kind, in Washington, D.C. their knowledge on Core Measures and CMS guidelines was truly impressive. Debra Aruffo is extremely knowledgeable about Medicare quality measures and conscientious about keeping up with any changes to CMS guidance in this area. She is a high-energy, thorough worker.

Barbara Straub Williams, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

“They don’t fumble around …”

What impressed me most about Direct Difference is their grasp of details, which in this world of abstractions and measurements is absolutely vital. Debra and her team have an impressive range of expertise, and much of it is right at their fingertips: they don’t fumble around with research – their knowledge is top of mind, right there in full force.

Dan Brothman, Vice President Masimo, Irvine, CA

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