Chart Abstraction Services

Chart Abstraction Services 2017-11-13T21:29:27+00:00
Chart Abstraction ServicesOur entire company is dedicated to keeping tabs on current and future legislation that will directly impact health care organizations. As an added benefit, we have 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.
Analyzing and identifying “problem” areas for hospitals is one of our strongest areas of expertise. We have been able to successfully implement new protocols and make hospital-wide changes that have resulted in an increase in core measures scores. For example, Western Medical Center, Santa Ana 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 due to the efforts of the Direct Difference team members. We have 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.

Contact a Direct Difference team member for more information:
Core Measure & Medical Abstraction 
Phone: (800) 805-4880
Email: Chart Abstraction Services