Value-based purchasing presents new CDI opportunities

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July 1, 2011

Starting October 2012, Medicare will begin paying hospitals for quality measures, according to a CMS fact sheet released April 29. The new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program adopts performance measures under two “domains”:

  1. Clinical process, composed of 12 measures 
  2. Patient experience, composed of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey

“We are moving in a very interesting direction here,” says Deborah K. Hale, CCS, CCDS, president and CEO of Administrative Consultant Service, LLC, in Shawnee, OK. “Facilities are going to have to have a mechanism to collect this information concurrently, and that’s going to draw in CDI and case management and quality team members—the whole team. The pressure is on to make this happen.”

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