Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program recently passed an important milestone: October 2 was the date by which providers must have begun collecting – but not reporting – quality measures to be eligible for a MIPS bonus in 2019. While the calendar has already moved past that date, it is likely that many providers still have not taken the steps necessary to succeed under these new regulations imposed by the federal government. A number of...

Claudia Maiorana, Director - Account Management How many different journeys is your organization taking to get to what you think is a shared destination? People within organizations are frequently travelling different paths – certain they are working towards the same goal, but when asked, that is often not the case. Aligning team members to meet the organization’s most important goals is an active process that requires lean thinking. Sometimes associated with manufacturing, most notably Toyota, lean processes...

Dan Reber, VP of Product Strategy and Development, PrecisionBI Earlier, we talked about the four pillars that serve as cornerstones for successful business intelligence (BI) initiatives: Self-Service, Collaborative, Enterprise and Automated. To fully appreciate how they work together, it is important to understand how each one functions and its role. We will start with Self-Service BI. Self-Service BI helps people get the information they need, turning raw data into actionable insights. Simply put, it enables non-technical people...

Jonathan Sharr, Senior Decision Support Analyst, Middlesex Hospital A community hospital based in Middletown, Conn., Middlesex Hospital strives to provide the safest, highest-quality healthcare, and the best experience possible for our community. Our position as the state’s first Mayo Clinic Care Network member demonstrates our commitment to improving care through innovation and collaboration. To do that, we need actionable data not just within the hospital, but also across our physician practices. Multiple disparate systems complicate the...

L. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP Information is critical to delivering care and dozens of decisions per day are based on the what data is available at that time. Several industries, including travel and automotive, have been years ahead of healthcare in incorporating technology to gain insight and guide decisions. When you check into a hotel, they seem to know you and your preferences, including when you last stayed with them, if you prefer a higher floor...

Revenues collected are the lifeblood of any healthcare organization and the efficiency of how they are processed dictate its ability to grow. With each claim, there is room for human error and data-driven, manual processes that are ripe for change. Robotic process automation (RPA) is transforming revenue cycle management, bringing it to the next, more efficient, level. In fact, McKinsey & Company found that more than one third of tasks in the healthcare industry could...

Samantha Sizemore, Director of Operations, Holston Medical Group As a 150 provider, independent multi-specialty practice, Tennessee’s Holston Medical Group (HMG) strives to improve performance measures across its 26 locations. We all need to make the most of our resources and HMG looked to analytics as a means to do just that. Being part of a successful, physician-owned Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has also increased our need for insightful data. Our organization has been working with OnePartner...

Dan Reber, VP of Product Strategy and Development, PrecisionBI Healthcare organizations are plagued with multiple systems that are home to troves of information. Some of these solutions speak to each other; however, most do not, leaving data siloed and unable to be used in an impactful way. Healthcare business intelligence (BI) can assist by enabling access to and easy analysis of information to optimize decisions and performance. Using BI, you can report on key business and...

By Susan D’Agostino, RN One of the most frequent complaints I have heard from physicians when using an EHR is, too many clicks.  Why do I have to click so many things? Why does it take so many clicks to get something done? From KevinMD.com Working with Today's EMRs is Mentally Exhausting to AmericanEHR Blog Has EHR Increased Your After-Hours Workload?, doctors have plenty to say. And, they have a valid point. When a physician is mandated to...

By: Dan Reber In my previous blog post, Three Steps toward Discovering Big Data, I began a discussion on the three significant steps, or transformations, I believe are required before healthcare data analysis can begin a significant evolution from crawling to walking. The discussion began with a commentary on Step 1: Exception Reports. You can read up on the earlier part of the discussion HERE. Now, I’d like to move forward to discussing Step 2: Analytics Department Setup...