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Seven Days of Previews: THESOURCEAWARDS

Friday, April 20, 2018

By Audrey Landers

“What are the best practices for a provider website?”

This question was asked by a member of a healthplan way back in 2013. At the time there weren’t any answers. We took that as a sign and created THESOURCEAWARDS, an awards program with the mission of finding the best practices of informing, engaging and educating clinicians, practices, and facilities.

Basically, we hope we can turn this program into the Oscars of the health information industry. Just without the lavish ceremony and designer ballgowns…we are trying bend the cost curve.

THESOURCEAWARDS are coming back for 2018 and we can’t wait to find out who will earn awards. We’ve brought back categories like best provider portal, best educational program, best written communication and best mobile app. Stay tuned to voice your opinion!

Seven Days of Previews: Office Personalities!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Audrey Landers

Every office is full of characters, from the organizers and the worry warts to the pranksters and the collectors. Back in 2015 we began a project to categorize these characters, and for SCG Health’s seventh birthday we wanted to give you a special sneak peak of who’s to come:

We will be picking things back up with Credentialing Craig.

Craig is a laid back guy who knows credentialing is all about one thing: documentation! Keeping copies of every email and notes on every phone call helps Craig stay ahead when credentialing physicians.

Each character’s page will be complete with links to references, resources and just about anything else that they (and you) might find helpful. Be sure to keep an eye out for Craig’s official release, as well as his coworkers.

2018 SCG Health QCDR Measures Sneak Peak

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

By Audrey Landers

Last week the 2017 MIPS reporting period finally came to a close, which means it’s time to ramp up our 2018 enrollment! SCG Health has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the 2018 reporting year. To help you meet your reporting goals while providing high quality healthcare, we have created the following six measures which will be available for the 2018 reporting year:

SCG1: Evaluation of High Risk Pain Medications for MME
The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and we believe physicians should be doing all they can to help bring it under control. This includes assessing and recording the dosage of those prescribed high-risk medications such as opiates, benzodiazepines, anti-spastics and NSAIDS. 

SCG2: Outcome Assessment for Patients Prescribed Ankle Orthosis for Ambulation and Functional Improvement
This outcome measure encourages quality care by allowing the patient’s recovery to affect the final score. The only way for performance to be met in this measure is to document a significant improvement in ankle function, or to confirm that there is no problem with function.

SCG3: outcome Assessment for Patients Prescribed Foot Orthosis for Ambulation and Functional Improvement
Similarly to SCG2, this outcome measure’s score relies on patient recovery. The only way for performance to be met in this measure is to document a significant improvement in foot function, or to confirm that there is no problem with function. 

SCG4: Prevention of Antibiotic or Herbal Supplement Impairment of Anesthesia
Many consumers may not be aware that herbal supplements, which are often marketed as being natural and healthy, can have negative interactions with other medications. Because of this, patients may not mention supplements when listing current medications or may be vague saying “I take a vitamin.” Physicians should have a checklist that includes discussing discussing prescribed medications, antibiotic medications and specific herbal supplements, possible complications from combinations of antibiotics or herbal supplements with anesthesia, and ensuring that the surgical team is included with anesthesia impairment prevention and management. 

SCG5: Improvement in Quality of Life from Partial Foot, Prosthetics
This measure was created to help physicians quantify how much a patient’s life has been improved by a prosthetic, with the score being based on patient questionnaires. Performance is met if a patient reports that their quality of life has improved or remains the same.

SCG6: Outcome of High Risk Pain Medications Prescribed in the Last Six Months
SCG Health created this measure to help physicians remain aware of the over prescription of dangerous medications such as opioids, benzodiazepines, anti-spastics, and NSAIDS. In order for performance to be met, a patient’s polypharmacy evaluation must result in some sort of prescription change, whether it be a reduction in the number of medications, a change to a different pain management medication or a change in dose or frequency.

If you don’t think you fit these measures, don’t fret! We’ve licensed 21 measures from seven other QCDRs that you may be able to use. Here’s a sneak peak of what other kinds of measures we have to offer:

  • MA3 Corneal Abrasion
  • ACS18 Patient Frailty Evaluation
  • AQI51 Assessment of Patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • CDR2 Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Healing or Closure
  • CODE7 Improved Functional Outcome Assessment for Knee Replacement
  • MEX1 Heel Pain Treatment Outcome for Adults
  • MSSIC1 Pre-Surgical Screening for Depression

A full list of all the great measures we are offering in 2018 can be found here.

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