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Why SourceID is Important in DR

I recently had a student from one of our online training sessions email me a few days after class, asking why I recommend always using the SourceID column as part of every TSQL join. They sent two queries to demonstrate why they felt they shouldn’t use SourceID.

2022 IPPS Proposed Rule

CMS recently published the FY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule which includes several proposed changes to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). For the full text of the rule, see the Federal Register.

SQL Server database

SQL Server User-defined Functions

So, in plain English, what is a T-SQL user-defined function? A function is a SQL query saved as a database object, which leverages and outputs data to serve a focused purpose. Once a function is created it easily can be utilized at any time by anyone with proper access. Measured creation and execution of functions will greatly streamline data production from your T-SQL environment, allowing technology to do what it’s supposed to - make our lives easier! Let’s start with a simple example to better explain why we should be using functions and illustrate different types.

2021 QPP Final Rule

CMS recently published the CY 2021 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule which included numerous updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2020 reporting and subsequent reporting years, with a focus on 2021 reporting. For the full text of the rule, see the Federal Register.

SQL Server database

Optimal DR tempdb configuration

MEDITECH's Data Repository best practices recommend a dedicated drive for tempdb data files, that the space allocated to this drive be 25-30% of total data space for the SQL Instance, and that the allocated space be split between eight data files and one log file. Is it possible to modify tempdb to meet these standards? Read on to learn how.

2021 QPP Proposed Rule

CMS recently published the CY 2021 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule which included numerous updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2020 reporting and subsequent reporting years, with a focus on 2021 reporting. For the full text of the rule, see the Federal Register.

2021 IPPS Final Rule

CMS recently published the FY 2021 final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) and has finalized changes to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program and Medicare & Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. For the full text of the rule, see the Federal Register.

SQL Server database

Using URLs in SQL Server Reporting Services - Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we discussed how to build a URL that could navigate to various resources on the internet. We learned how to build the URL string based on a combination of the website path and the data within our results. In part 2, we’ll look at a similar example of how to navigate to another SSRS report on our local network that resides in a different project folder. Using the same technique, we can build the navigation link and pass parameters into another report instead of using the default SSRS method which only links to reports in the same folder.

SQL Server database

Using URLs in SQL Server Reporting Services

Part 1 - Navigating to an Internet site

One of the most obvious features of SQL Server Reporting Services is that the reports are presented to the user with a web browser. This means that SSRS natively has access to many of the same functional principles as most web pages and web sites. Specifically, this would include the use of hyperlinks (URLs) to easily navigate to other reports, web pages, or other web-based resources. How do we do that? With the Action property.

2021 IPPS Proposed Rule

CMS recently published the FY 2021 proposed rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) and has proposed changes to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program and Medicare & Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. For the full text of the rule, see the Federal Register.

Know Your Data

It doesn’t matter which MEDITECH version you have; from MAGIC to Expanse, each reporting technology has its own strengths and weaknesses. Whether it’s good old NPR, Report Designer or Data Repository with SQL Server, you can get the most out of each of them by using them together. While Data Repository has increasingly become the “go-to” choice for many reports, DR and SQL tools can also be used as an intermediary tool to help you build better NPR and RD reports too!

SQL Server database

Why Data Repository is Different

Technically speaking, MEDITECH's Data Repository is a typical relational database, in that it stores data in tables, uses primary key columns for referential integrity, and is interacted with using off-the-shelf tools like Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. But there are several aspects that make it unique – and challenging to work with – all of which are important to understand if you’re a data analyst or report writer at a MEDITECH hospital.

2020 MIPS Final Rule

CMS recently published the CY 2020 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule which included numerous updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2019, 2020 and 2021 reporting.