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Tracking Use Of Antipsychotics

Tracking Use Of Antipsychotics Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - June 2012 Q. How does QIS address the use of psychoactive medications? A. QIS has included investigations related to the use of antipsychotic medications since it was first implemented in 2007. During...

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Measuring Rehab Outcomes

Measuring Rehab Outcomes Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - April 2012 Q. How does QIS address rehabilitation and community discharge? A. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are the largest provider of post-acute rehabilitation care and treat the most varied and...

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Why Is Training Slowing?

Why Is Training Slowing? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - February 2012 Q. Why did CMS stop the QIS training in New Jersey, South Carolina and Arkansas? A. With half the states now trained in QIS and some Regional Office surveyors trained in each region, there have...

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Will Process Lead To Better Surveys?

Will Process Lead To Better Surveys? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - October 2011 Q. Does using the QIS process for quality improvement lead to better survey performance? A. We now have data on the pattern of use by nursing facility providers so that we can...

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Checking In On QIS Rollout Status

Checking In On QIS Rollout Status Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - August 2011 Q. Is the QIS rollout proceeding as scheduled? A. The new contract year for Nursing Home Quality’s QIS training and implementation contract began on July 1, 2011, and QIS has already...

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QIS System Addresses Hospital Readmissions

QIS System Addresses Hospital Readmissions Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - June 2011 Q.  Does QIS address readmissions to hospitals? A. In 2012 the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for hospitals, where there is already public reporting...

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Why The Deficiency Variation In Facilities?

Why The Deficiency Variation In Facilities? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - April 2011 Q. If the QIS is supposed to be more consistent, why do we observe such a wide variation in number of deficiencies? A. The answer has to do with what is meant by a “more...

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How Does Customer Satisfaction Factor Into QIS?

How Does Customer Satisfaction Factor Into QIS? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - February 2011 Q. How does the QIS methodology compare with customer satisfaction surveys? A. As the importance of resident centered care has become more widely acknowledged across the...

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How Can QIS Boost Quality Assurance?

How Can QIS Boost Quality Assurance? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - December 2010 Q. How can QIS boost quality assurance? A. One of the opportunities with the objectivity and replicable measures in QIS is that providers can use the QIS process and its results as...

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