Archived Events

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  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Requirements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Payment Determination

    Date: February 22, 2017

    This presentation will provide insight into the Hospital IQR Program requirements
    for FY 2019.

    Speaker:

    Candace Jackson, RN
    Project Lead
    Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program
    Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR)Outreach and Education Support Contractor (SC)

    Event Resources

  • SEP-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock:v5.2 Measure Updates - 1 C.E.

    Date: January 11, 2017

    The purpose of this event is to discuss revisions to the SEP-1 measure in version 5.2a of the Specifications Manual and focus on how these changes impact abstraction.

    Speaker:
    Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    Lead Health Informatics Solution Coordinator
    Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Event Resources

  • 2016

  • Hospital IQR Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Chart-Abstracted Validation Overview for Randomly Selected Hospitals - 1 C.E.

    Date: December 14, 2016

    This presentation is to educate and share information regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program Chart-Abstracted Data Validation process for FY 2019.

    Speaker:
    Alex Feilmeier, MHA
    Lead Health Informatics Solutions Coordinator
    Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Center (VIQRC): Validation Support Contractor (VSC)

    Event Resources

  • The Clinician Perspective on Sepsis Care: Early Management Bundle for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock - 1 C.E.

    Date: November 16, 2016

    This presentation will: provide insight into the Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Bundle from a clinical perspective; review specification updates, many that decrease documentation requirements; provide an overview of the fourth quarter 2015 SEP-1 data analysis; and help physicians, medical directors, clinicians, nurses, clinical documentation teams, and pharmacists better understand this crucial clinical quality measure.

    Speakers:
    Sean Robert Townsend, MD
    Vice President of Quality and Safety
    California Pacific Medical Center

    Bob Dickerson, RRT, MHSA
    Lead Health Informatics Solution Coordinator
    Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc
    Medical Officer
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS

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  • NHSN: Transition to the 2015 Re-Baseline Guidance for Acute Care Facilities - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: October 26, 2016

    This presentation will provide an overview of the new Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) models, discuss the implications that the 2015 re-baselining has on Acute Care Hospitals (ACHs), and review the new structure of NHSN output options.

    Speakers:
    Rebecca Yvonne Konnor, MPH
    Public Health Analyst
    NHSN Methods and Analytics Team
    Prachi Patel, MPH
    Public Health Analyst
    NHSN Methods and Analytics Team
    Lindsey Weiner, MPH
    Epidemiologist
    NHSN Methods and Analytics Team

    Event Resources

  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Question and Answer (Q&A) Site - 1 C.E.

    Date: September 30, 2016

    This presentation will acquaint users of the Q&A Site with many of the features available to them for efficiently researching and asking questions. This event pertains to all programs under the Hospital Quality Reporting initiative.

    Speaker:
    Harold N. Hicks III
    Q&A Site System Administrator
    Hospital Outpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VOQR)
    Outreach and Education SC

    Event Resources

  • FY 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: August 29, 2016

    This presentation will provide participants with the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) hospital quality program finalized proposals. It will also address the Final Rule’s impact on the following programs: Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction, Program, and Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

    Speakers:
    Grace H. Im, JD, MPH
    Program Lead
    Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
    Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Delia L. Houseal, PhD, MPH
    Program Lead
    Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program and Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Event Resources

  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Validation Program Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Validation Template Submission - 1 C.E.

    Date: August 1, 2016

    This presentation will present information regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) IQR Validation Program HAI Validation Template submission process.

    Speaker:
    Rebecca King-Kaprich, RN BA
    Lead Health Informatics Solutions Coordinator
    Value Incentives and Quality Reporting Center (VIQRC): Validation Support Contractor (VSC)

    Event Resources

  • SEP-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock: v5.1 Measure Updates - 1 C.E.

    Date: June 29, 2016

    This presentation addresses three topics: revisions to the Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1) measure in version 5.1 of the Inpatient Quality Reporting Specifications Manual; how these changes impact abstraction; as well as updates to the data elements and the algorithm. The speaker has suggested that attendees review the changes to the SEP-1 measure in the Specifications Manual v5.1 prior to the start of the webinar.

    Speaker:

    Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    Lead Health Informatics Solution Coordinator
    Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Event Resources

  • Overview of NHSN Analysis - 1 C.E.

    Date: June 27, 2016

    During this educational event, attendees will gain an understating of the scope and structure of the National Healthcare Safety Network’s (NHSN’s) data entry and analysis functions. The information presented will increase attendees’ proficiency in conducting basic analyses within the application and teach them how to customize analyses output available in NHSN.

    Speaker:
    Prachi Patel, MPH
    CACI, Subcontractor to Leidos, Contractor for the NHSN
    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Event Resources

  • Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Hospital Compare - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: May 12, 2016

    This presentation will educate participants about the methodology used to generate the summary five-star rating for individual hospitals using existing measures on Hospital Compare, as well as changes to the July 2016 Preview Reports and SAS Pack Distribution.

    Speaker:
    Pierre Yong, MD, MPH, MSM
    Acting Director of Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group (QMVIG)
    Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA, MHS
    Assistant Professor and Director of Quality and Safety Research and Strategy in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine

    Kristie Baus, RN
    Technical Advisor, CMS
    Technical Lead, Hospital Compare Website

    Event Resources

  • 2017 Proposed Rule - 1 C.E.

    Date: May 9, 2016

    This presentation will provide participants with the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Quality Program proposals, as well as an overview of how to log comments to become a matter of record and receive response in the Final Rule. It will also address the Proposed Rule’s impact on the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

    Speaker:

    Grace H. Im, JD, MPH
    Lead, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Value-Based Purchasing
    Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group
    Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Delia L. Houseal, PhD, MPH
    Program Lead, HACRP
    HRRP Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
    CMS

    Event Resources

  • Federal Update and Discussion: Section 1311(h) of the Affordable Care Act Patient Safety Standards

    Date: May 3, 2016

    This presentation will provide information on recent updates regarding implementation of patient safety standards in Section 1311(h) of the Affordable Care Act.

    Speaker:
    Nidhi Sing-Shah, MPH
    Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ)
    Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Event Resources

  • Annual Requirements: DACA, HCP, Structural Measures, and QualityNet SA

    Date: March 28, 2016

    This event will provide insight on the submission requirements for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

    Speaker:

    Candace Jackson, RN
    Project Lead, IQR
    Hospital Inpatient VIQR Outreach and Education Support Contractor (SC)

    Event Resources

  • IQR: The HCAHPS Survey, Pain Management, and Opioid Misuse: The CMS Perspective - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: January 26, 2016

    This presentation provides a review of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey methodology and addresses stakeholder concerns about pain management and misuse of prescription opioids.

    Speaker:
    Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc
    Medical Officer
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    William G. Lehrman, PhD
    Social Science Research Analyst
    Division of Consumer Assessment & Plan Performance CMS

    Event Resources

  • IQR- IPPS Measure Waivers and Extraordinary Circumstances Exemption

    Date: January 19, 2016

    This event will provide insight on when and how to complete the Measure Exception Form and the Extraordinary Circumstances Extensions/Exemptions (ECE) Request for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) Programs.

    Speaker:
    Candace Jackson, RN
    Project Lead, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR)
    Hospital Inpatient VIQR Outreach and Education Support Contractor (SC)
    Nanette Owen, MBA
    Project Manager
    Hospital Inpatient VIQR Outreach and Education SC

    Event Resources

  • 2015

  • IQR: The Clinician Perspective on Sepsis Care: The Early Management Bundle for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Part III - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: November 10, 2015

    This event will provide insight into the clinical perspective on the Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Bundle and will help Physicians, Medical Directors, Clinicians, Nurses, Clinical Documentation Teams, and Pharmacists better understand this crucial clinical quality measure.

    Speakers:
    Michael J. Walter, MD, FACP, FCCP, CPE
    Chairman, Department of Critical Care Medicine, DePaul Health Center, Intensivist in the DePaul Health Center Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Tele-ICU Monitor Center
    LemenehTefera, MD, MSc
    Medical Officer
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Event Resources

    Additional Resources

  • IQR: Sep-1 Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/ Septic Shock Part III: Measure Updates and Abstraction Guidance - 1 C.E.

    Date: October 26, 2015

    This presentation will provide updates to the Sepsis measure for Version 5. 0b of the Specification Manual and additional abstraction guidance for several of the Sepsis data elements.

    Speaker:
    Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    Lead Health Informatics Solution Coordinator, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Event Resources

  • eCQM: Steps to Successful eCQM Submissions for CY 2015 - 1 C.E.

    Date: October 21, 2015

    This event provides an overview of the steps for successful submission of Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) 1, Release 2 files for electronic Clinical Quality Reporting (eCQMs) to the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

    Speaker:
    Stephanie Wilson, MBL
    Project Manager II
    Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Event Resources

  • IQR: The Clinician Perspective on Sepsis Care: The Early Management Bundle for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock II

    Date: October 6, 2015

    This event will be an open door forum during which participants may submit questions through the ReadyTalk® Chat feature. Attendees will be encouraged to inquire about the Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock measure and its implementation. Subject Matter Experts will be available for the full hour to answer participants’ questions.

    There are no webinar slides for this open door forum. There is no continuing education credit available for this event.

    Speakers:
    Sean Robert Townsend, MD
    Vice President of Quality and Safety at California Pacific Medical Center
    Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc
    Medical Officer
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    Emanuel P. Rivers, MD, MPH
    Vice Chairman and Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
    Attending Staff, Emergency Medicine and Surgical Critical Care, Henry Ford Hospital
    Clinical Professor, Wayne State University
    Detroit, Michigan

    Event Resources

  • IQR: Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Part II - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: September 21, 2015

    This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion to help abstractors and healthcare providers better understand the Septic Shock portion of the SEP-1 data elements and corresponding algorithm flow.

    Speaker:
    Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    Health Informatics Solution Coordinator
    Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Event Resources

  • IQR: The Clinician Perspective on Sepsis Care: The Early Management Bundle for Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock: A CMS Educational Series

    Date: September 10, 2015

    This supplementary three-part series on Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock will provide insight into the clinical perspective on the Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Bundle and will help Physicians, Medical Directors, Clinicians, Nurses, Clinical Documentation Teams, and Pharmacists better understand this crucial clinical quality measure.

    Speakers:
    Sean Robert Townsend, MD
    Vice President of Quality and Safety at California Pacific Medical Center
    Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc
    Medical Officer at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Event Resources

  • IQR: FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH Final Rule - 1.5 C.E.

    Date: September 2, 2015

    This presentation will provide participants with details regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Final Rule and its impact on the Hospital Quality Reporting Programs.

    Speaker:
    Cindy Tourison, MSHI
    Program Lead of Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Alignment and Value-Based Purchasing
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    Grace Im, JD, MPH
    Program Lead of Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, CMS
    Delia L. Houseal, PhD, MPH
    Program Lead, Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, CMS
    Charles Padgett, RN
    Health Insurance Specialist, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Division of Chronic and Post Acute Care, CMS

    Event Resources

  • IQR: SEP-1 Early Management Bundle Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock: Three Part Education Series - 1 C.E.

    Date: August 24, 2015

    This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion to help abstractors and healthcare providers better understand the Severe Sepsis portion of the SEP-1 data elements and corresponding algorithm flow.

    Speaker:
    Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    Lead Health Informatics Solution Coordinator, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Process and Structural Measure Development and Maintenance Contractor

    Event Resources

  • IQR: Successfully Reporting NHSN Data to Satisfy Hospital Quality Reporting Program Requirements - 1 C.E.

    Date: July 29, 2015

    Topic: This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of the Hospital Quality Reporting Program’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting, including successful data entry, troubleshooting tips, and data submission validation.

    Speaker(s)

    • Maggie Dudeck, MPH, CPH
      Acting Team Lead, NHSN Methods and Analytics Team Surveillance Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC
    • Joseph B. Clift, EdD, MS, PMP
      HAC Measures Lead, CMS
    • Suzette Gerhart, BA
      Project Manager, Hospital Inpatient VIQR Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Event Resources

  • IQR: Early Management Bundle, Severe Sepsis/Septic - 1 C.E.

    Date: June 22, 2015

    Additional Resources
    These materials were prepared by an entity other than the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Support Contractor (SC) for educational purposes. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

  • VBP: Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) Measure - 1 C.E.

    Date: June 3, 2015

  • IQR: Navigating IQR Reports: Tips to Access, Run, and Review - 1 C.E.

    Date: April 27, 2015