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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‘Pathways’ Standardize Stage 2 Assessments

‘Pathways’ Standardize Stage 2 Assessments Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - April 2010 Q. What is a Critical Element (CE) Pathway? A. A CE Pathway is a structured protocol to assist surveyors during Stage 2 in-depth investigations in a QIS. Stage 2 investigations...

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QIS Use In Continuous Quality Improvement

QIS Use In Continuous Quality Improvement Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - February 2010 Q. What are the differences between surveyors using the QIS for state surveys and facilities using it for continuous quality improvement (CQI)? A. There are a few primary...

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The Impact Of MDS 3.0 On The QIS

The Impact Of MDS 3.0 On The QIS Dr. Andy Kramer Provider Magazine - October 2009 Q. How will the changes in the new minimum data set (MDS) 3.0 affect the quality indicator survey (QIS)? A. The short answer is that the QIS process will not change significantly with...

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