Quality Improvement Organization
We were told we didn't meet technical requirements for Medicare. What does that mean?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should not waver from its long-standing support of state-based quality improvement organizations, the American Health Care Association and nearly 50 other organizations have told government officials.
Long-term care facilities that coordinate with other healthcare providers play a vital role in reducing rehospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published January 23 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The latest in a long line of successful McKnight's webcasts will give listeners "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing" on Nov. 8. Attendees of the no-cost event will learn how heavily staffing and labor management can influence the quality of a provider's operation. Best practices, key benefits and more will be offered on issues ranging from overtime to preventing rehospitalizations. This special session also will include answers to questions about staffing and labor management that attendees submitted in the weeks ahead of the event. Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business partners, and Mark Woodka, CEO of OnShift Software, will be the featured speakers. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has voted to crack down on clinicians who overuse diagnostic and imaging tests by making them gain prior approval for Medicare patients.
Technical assistance funding would shift from Quality Improvement Organizations to low-performing providers if the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has its way. Providers would become more active in the process if they were allowed to select their own QIO, as opposed to having a connection dictated by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract, MedPAC commissioners maintain.