International MUSE Conference

2018 International MUSE Conference

The International MUSE Conference is right around the corner.  We can't wait to see you there to talk about: Data Repository Reporting, Quality (including eCQMs) Reporting, Expanse report migration and other DR related services.  The MUSE Conference is the best event of the year for MEDITECH users to learn and network.  There will be many opportunities to see MEDITECH 6.1 in action, learn best practices, and talk with users who have upgraded.

2018 International MUSE Conference

Our Education Sessions for 2018:

Tuesday Workshops:

Soup to Nuts - DR 101 & 102- 

Our DR 101 workshop (part 1 of our 2 part series), introduces you to the DR module in MEDITECH. You’ll learn about the data transfer process, best practices for monitoring overall system health and transfer functionality, how to interpret informational messages and potential errors from the DR system log, and when to follow-up with MEDITECH on any DR-related issues.  Next, we’ll dive into the basics of Microsoft SQL Server, the relational database system that hosts your DR data.  This includes an overview of database management with SQL Server Management Studio, along with a discussion of best practices for data validation.  Finally we’ll outline the report development and presentation options that are included with Microsoft SQL Server.  

Back once again by popular demand, part 2 of our “Soup to Nuts” DR Tuesday Training series will teach you everything you need to know about Data Repository report writing.  Building on the foundation from our morning session (DR 101), DR 102 will teach you how and where to find the data you need in DR and how to write T-SQL code to return it accurately and efficiently for your reports.

We’ll demonstrate tools and methods for determining the best tables to use in different reporting scenarios. We’ll teach you how to easily combine data from multiple Meditech modules, as well as things to consider when joining these tables together.  We’ll share other tips and best practices to consider while doing your report development, including naming conventions and how to organize your stored procedures to improve productivity.  You’ll learn about some of the built-in and custom T-SQL functions we use to make certain calculations or conversions easier.  Lastly we’ll demonstrate the basics of using SQL Server Reporting Services to design and publish your reports within your organization.

Report Designer Fundamentals -

Does your hospital have an extensive library of NPR-based reports?  Are you migrating to MEDITECH 6.1 or have you already?  Either way, you’ll need to know more about Report Designer, the native tool for reports based on MEDITECH’s Advanced Technology applications. As the logical starting point for many reports from your MEDITECH EHR, Report Designer is fundamentally different from NPR Report Writer, and the only “out of the box” tool you can use to report from the M-AT applications, including ABS, BAR, HIM, PCS, REG and others.

In this Tuesday Training workshop, we’ll discuss the different reporting tools available with MEDITECH, then dive in to the basics of using Report Designer. Report Designer features a more intuitive “point and click” design that allows you to build reports quickly and without having to learn underlying programming syntax.  Topics we’ll cover include the underlying data storage hierarchy and schema, using the Object Explorer, and a walkthrough of the basic Report Designer screens and functions.  We’ll also demonstrate how to build a basic report from start to finish, with attention paid to keys and indexes to ensure your data retrieval is accurate and efficient. 

Custom BCA Dashboards with Visual Insight

Hospitals using MEDITECH’s Business and Clinical Analytics (BCA) application realize the value of quickly and efficiently analyzing and visualizing their data with dashboard-style reports. BCA lets you move beyond the standard content with Visual Insight, a BI tool that allows users to create ad­hoc dashboards that present your data using dynamic and interactive visualizations.

We’ll take an in-depth look at how to add visualizations to the standard dashboards, how to create new dashboards from scratch, both using existing datasets and creating new ones to define your own metrics.  One of the most compelling features of Visual Insight is the ability to incorporate external data into your dashboards so it can be displayed alongside your MEDITECH data. We’ll demonstrate how to connect to different types of data sources, define your attributes and measures, “wrangle” the data and make it available for presentation within your custom dashboard.

The Alphabet Soup of Clinical Quality Measures Reporting and Reimbursement:  2018 Updates

In this Training Session we will review:

  • How CMS is aligning clinical quality measures (CQMs) to reduce the reporting burden for healthcare organizations and providers. We will cover the vision and goals for achieving quality alignment for CMS.
  • We will dive into the following CMS reporting programs and how they interact with each other: Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Merit-based Incentive Payments (MIPS), Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR), The Joint Commission (ORYX), Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), and Alternative Payment Models (APM).
  • How the Eligible Hospital and Eligible Clinicians reimbursement models will change in 2018 and going forward Compare and contrast the requirements for quality measure reporting and identify strategies to ensure compliance.
  • The potential impact to hospital reimbursement of current and proposed programs that will affect quality reporting for hospitals and providers.
  • How to improve efficiency and quality by aligning measures across initiatives. Where to find current information (and breaking news) on each of these Quality Initiatives.

Education Sessions (Schedule TBD):

Revenue Cycle Optimization: Tools and Strategies for Success - Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 PM

The session will discuss strategies to optimize EHR build and workflow in the areas of registration, medical necessity, and clinical documentation improvement; tools and resources for reporting, tracking progress, and understanding the revenue at risk; and how to maintain a high-functioning revenue cycle during times of transition.

Reimbursement tied to quality performance has become a reality for hospitals and physicians. CMS’ aggressive goals aimed at increasing the percentage of Medicare payments associated with quality outcomes versus quantity of service create operational, procedural, and fiscal challenges. Financial as well as clinical strategies must be redesigned and executed in this new value-based care environment.

Financial lessons learned from Jodi Frei of Northwestern Medical Center in St Albans Vermont, having recently completed a 12-month system upgrade and rebuild, will be shared. Metrics that matter, strategies to best prevent revenue loss in times of transition, and optimization of quality based reimbursement are amongst the topics to be covered.

Essential to any highly reliable process is the ability to track progress, report statistics and present actionable data to various stakeholders. Bill Presley will share tools and resources for reporting and tracking progress from both a clinical and financial perspective

Revenue Cycle in this era of health care reform is challenging. We all seek success under this new normal in health care. Optimizing revenue capture in a quality reimbursement model requires acquisition of new knowledge and the use of new tools and strategies. Come and be a part of the discussion.

The Report Request Life Cycle - Friday, June 1 at 10:00 AM

It’s been said that data is now the most valuable commodity in the world.  Access to information is the foundation for seamless workflows, market advantage, and the key for making better business decisions.  The struggle for any competitive advantage in this field has become more intense than ever.  This is especially true in the modern healthcare industry where facilities are being forced to do more and more with less and less.

Having a well-established reporting process is no longer a luxury that can be on the back burner as a “nice to have” or “something on the wish list.”  The ability to create a report is great.  But having a well-established process for requesting, creating, and managing reports is even better.  It’s one of those investments that will benefit all departments across the board.

This session will take a look at the different phases of a typical report request.  We’ll look at some of the pros and cons of different methods, scenarios, and what to look out for.  How to help bridge the gap between your clinical and technical staff.  And we’ll challenge you with some key questions to consider about your existing data environment and reporting processes.

Electronic Reporting:  Quality Management Cycle Concepts that Achieve Reliable Results

Electronic Quality reporting is the new backbone of quality improvement and an emerging cornerstone of health care reform efforts.  Successful Electronic Quality Reporting can be daunting in its complexity yet cyclical in nature. If a systematic approach is applied to each component, then re-addressed as changes are made in any portion of the program, a clear pathway to success can be achieved. This pathway requires three critical steps that will evolve into a predictive reproducible pattern key to Quality Cycle Management.

1) Electronically capture the clinical documentation as required by the Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications. A simple statement representing a vastly complex process.

2) Conduct Nomenclature Mapping. This correlates the EHR’s human readable terms to universally approved codes – a foundational step in data collection.   

3) Validate performance output for data completeness and accuracy. Gaps in data collection and nomenclature mapping can occur and it is the responsibility of the healthcare organization to ensure data integrity

As programs and necessary documentation with corresponding nomenclature mapping requirements change, it becomes clear how these three steps become iterative in nature. The resulting process can be described as Quality Cycle Management.  An organization’s health care quality team consisting of the appropriate members is critical to conduct this work efficiently and effectively. These team members collectively must possess health care information technology skills, clinical knowledge of care provided and corresponding workflows and comprehension for the Quality Program objectives and requirements. As this is such a broad skill base requiring specific talents from various disciplines, a multidisciplinary approach to team composition is highly encouraged.

If these three steps are employed by a skilled health care quality team as recommended here, the pathway to successful electronic quality reporting will certainly emerge. There will also be clear indications to engage these processes cyclically whenever components in the program are modified or at the very least, conduct them annually to prepare for reporting submission activities.  

In this session we will describe these steps in detail, provide tracking tools, and share lessons learned from an organization that has been highly invested in this process.  Participants will leave with new ideas and revived energy around the collection and submission of electronic Clinical Quality Measures.

Health Information Exchange (HIE): Effective Integration and Interoperability - Thursday, May 31 at 1:45 PM

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!  Don’t get burned! The demand for electronic health information exchange from one health care professional to another is growing along with nationwide efforts to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care delivery. 

Meaningful use requirements, alternative payment models that stress care coordination, and federal financial incentives are all driving interest and demand for health information exchange.

What’s exactly is Health Information Exchange? How is a Summary of Care different than a Continuity of Care Document? Find out the answers to your burning HIE questions in this session. Understanding your options and transforming your data to knowledge can improve interoperability and your facilities meaningful use performance. 

We’ll review the key terms associated to Health Information exchange and how this relates to efforts being made to improve patient care through meaningful use.

The DR Overnight DBA - Thursday, May 31 at 2:45 PM

For MEDITECH system administrators that support the Data Repository (DR), you may find yourself scratching your head if you haven’t maintained Microsoft SQL Server before. Database backups? Index maintenance? Transaction log files?  Basic maintenance for your DR differs greatly from typical MEDITECH servers and systems, and you may have your hands full.

We’ve got you covered in this session, where we’ll teach you the basics of database administration, especially as they apply to the unique database design of MEDITECH’s DR.  We’ll look at routine DBA best practices, including how to manage security and basic database maintenance.  We’ll also review optimal DR server configuration according to MEDITECH guidelines, as well as ways to intelligently manage routine tasks like index defragmentation and disk space and database capacity planning.  If you’re a DR system administrator and want to learn more about managing your SQL Server databases, don’t miss this informative and helpful session, presented by the company with almost 20 years’ experience with SQL Server and Data Repository.

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