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February 2, 2016

All Together, Now: Why Specialists Need the CDR Edge for Bundled Payments

With the advent of Bundled Payments for selected procedures and conditions, providers and institutions must collaborate to meet both cost and quality targets. No longer will each provider bill and receive payment separately for services when these bundles become mandatory—as most experts believe will happen. All providers participating in a set “bundled” price must focus on coordinated performance improvement or face penalties. Key to that effort: a Clinical Data Registry (CDR) that tracks patient outcome data over time and pinpoints success or failure of interventions. CDR Performance Improvement Tools Are Essential for Bundled Payments Success The CDR fulfills two fundamental…
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January 19, 2016

The CDR Advantage: Why Registry Research Minimizes Study Bias for Performance Improvement

The Clinical Data Registry is a powerful research tool for improving patient health. But what makes Registry-based study design better than pre-post study design? The answer has far-reaching implications for how we will use data to determine treatment effectiveness in the future, as well as how we will meet the challenge of improving health outcomes. Research can be built on the case-control study, observational study designs, N-of-1 study designs, randomized trials or the N-of-1 population study. Most of these approaches—except those facilitated by a Registry—will be limited by small patient samples due to the patient selection process. But that’s a…
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December 8, 2015

Want Real Performance and Outcomes Improvement? Track Interventions and Results Over Time

Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks—Euripides For many providers, reviewing performance data is just another distraction from practicing medicine, rather than a valued tool for making better medical decisions. And who can blame them? Performance or outcome data reviewed in isolation, as static results, aren’t all that useful. The exercise is akin to looking at a single photograph of an event and inferring cause and effect without any corroborating evidence. To be an effective resource that leads to actual outcome improvements, data must be tracked over time. Most often, however,…
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October 27, 2015

How to Harness Clinical Data Registry Power to Improve Outcomes

At the center of Medicare’s Value-Based Health Care, the Clinical Data Registry (CDR) is introducing new possibilities for outcomes improvement. Under this month’s final rules, Medicare expanded the role of Specialized Registry and Clinical Data Registry reporting in its future Meaningful Use program. Specifically, CMS initiated provider reporting to a “Specialized Registry” in 2015 as an option to meet Stage 2 requirements, while establishing the CDR as the future avenue for capturing outcome data over time. The question now is: How can we use a CDR to improve patient health? Some providers may “check the box” on Meaningful Use objectives…
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July 21, 2015

Are You Measuring Effectiveness of Your ACO’s Population Health Interventions?

It’s time to reboot your method of deploying population health initiatives, if you really want a return from your ACO efforts. Despite the intense focus on data and analytics in health care, most start-up ACOs adopt identical population health initiatives, such as intensive case management for high cost patients. The choice is not made because of proven outcomes and lowered costs from these initiatives, but because everyone else is doing the same thing. It’s ironic that we adopt evidence-based performance measures, but rely on anecdotal results in population health. With a research-capable Registry and reliable data, we can be smarter…
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May 19, 2015

Population Health: Fact or Fiction?

For the past couple of years, “population health” has become a popular catchphrase.  Everyone is talking about it, adopting it or selling it. But if you ask anyone what it means, you’ll get very different answers. That’s because there seems to be only one point of consensus—we need to focus health care efforts on specific populations. Should you care? I think so, and here’s why: Providers and ACOs are beginning to spend a lot of money on population health, yet no one is measuring the effects of those efforts and whether they actually achieve positive outcomes. Fuzzy Definitions Can Lead…
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April 28, 2015

Better Hypertension and Diabetes Outcomes: From Basic Measurement to a Plan for Improvement

Are you caught in a squeeze between avoiding penalties in both PQRS and the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM)? Medicare’s move to Pay for Performance has created a Catch-22 for many groups:  you may have enough data to report enough PQRS measures, but if you choose to report measures where your performance is below the CMS mean of your peers, you risk penalties under the VBPM. As a CMS reporting registry that integrates VBPM Consultation Services, we commonly find at least one or two measures per client with scores that could negatively affect the VBPM if used in PQRS reporting—especially for…
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March 17, 2015

Placebo v Nocebo: How to Test Methods of Physician Engagement in Population Health

The Holy Grail for value-based health care is to improve patient quality and cost outcomes, while stabilizing or reducing annual aggregate payouts for insurance and government benefits. By holding physicians and health systems accountable, the theory goes, providers will engage with patients in a process leading to better status and lower costs. The key word here is “engage,” because none of this happens in a vacuum. Provider engagement is essential for making change happen. But if engagement is the key, how do physicians’ mindsets, attitudes and language play into outcomes?  Providers are not a homogenous group, any more than patients…
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January 20, 2015

Avoid PQRS and VBPM Penalties and Achieve Long Term Revenues: How to Choose the Right QCDR

Can you optimize your Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) quality and cost profile to demonstrate better outcomes than others and avoid both PQRS and VBPM penalties at the same time? Yes: Use a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) to do both. In 2014, the initial year of QCDR reporting, providers had the opportunity to report non-PQRS measures, but still get credit for participating in PQRS. This year, Medicare has provided additional freedom by giving QCDRs the chance to report 30 non-PQRS measures for PQRS, up from last year’s 20. Providers are required to report an additional outcome measure this year (two,…
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January 13, 2015

Are “Flat-Line” Outcomes the Kiss of Death? How to Use a Registry for Outcomes Improvement Research

Despite a huge investment in health care, we have yet to demonstrate real progress in improving outcomes. A major study of patient outcomes last year revealed disappointing “flat-line” results for patient-centered medical home services, which means no difference in outcomes over time, regardless of significant expenditures. And that’s just the beginning.  Assessments of cancer outcomes, preventive screenings and chronic disease indicators show similar, disappointing results. It’s hard to accept that we have failed to improve mortality or morbidity in a way that can be attributed to medical management and treatment, rather than to lifestyle and nutrition. In most cases, however, that’s where…
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