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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How will MDS 3.0 affect QIS?

How will MDS 3.0 affect QIS? Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - October 2010 Q. How will MDS 3.0 affect the QIS? A. The implementation of MDS 3.0 on Oct. 1 will not impact the performance of the QIS. State agencies that have rolled out QIS completely and those that...

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QIS Rollout Provides Insight For Preparation

QIS Rollout Provides Insight For Preparation Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - August 2010 Q. What is the status of the QIS rollout, and how can I prepare? A. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a Survey and Certification Letter that...

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Annual Adjustments Improve Indicator Accuracy

Annual Adjustments Improve Indicator Accuracy Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - June 2010 Q. Why do Quality of Care and Quality of Life Indicator (QCLI) thresholds change? A. The April 2009 issue of Provider describes how and why the thresholds for QCLIs are set in...

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