December 6, 2017
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In This Issue
Trajectories: ED Utilization – Right Care. Right Place. Right Time.
SpectraMedix To Host MACRA 2018 Final Ruling Webinar
October MUR Available On HIDI Analytic Advantage®
Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Alison Williams
The December 2017 issue of Trajectories focuses on emergency department utilization. A hallmark of emergency medicine is its basis in treating acute, emergent needs with focused treatments over a relatively short timeframe, followed by transfer to the next level of care. Over the past 15 years, a significant shift in the type of care provided in an ED has been observed. EDs of today are providing increased care for patients with non-acute, chronic and psychiatric-based issues, which are typically better served through ambulatory and outpatient treatment facilities.
This issue looks at ED utilization trends and strategies to address the growing issues. Hospital EDs across Missouri have implemented many successful models to improve utilization for both patients and providers. These best practices include approaches to rural health, mental health and substance abuse, and chronic conditions and super-utilizer management.
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HIDI Tech Connect
Staff Contacts: Brian Waterman or Steve Warchol
A webinar hosted by SpectraMedix, in partnership with HealthCurve Analytics, is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The webinar “MIPS Final Rule 2018: Incentives, Challenges & Cost Category Considerations,” will review how the rule affects payments to both physicians and hospitals. Presenters will explain various aspects of the payment structure, including how Medicare payments will be affected, low-volume thresholds for reporting, and public reporting and professional reputation impacts. MHA members will have access to vital MIPS and APM solutions for MACRA through the SpectraMedix eMeasures360™ Platform. Registration is required for the webinar.
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Staff Contact: Cerise Seifert
October 2017 monthly utilization report data have been posted on HIDI Analytic Advantage® and are available to download for distribution or placement in a network folder. HIDI Analytic Advantage® PLUS has been updated to include this data. Contacts from participating hospitals have been notified by email, and they may download and save the Excel worksheet to a secure network location or PC. The data are encrypted on the site and also during the transmission from HIDI. Once the data have been transferred, it must be secured according to the hospital’s security procedures. November 2017 data are being collected now and are scheduled to be available Friday, Jan. 5.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention