Features  |   February 2016
Getting a Handle on the Data Needs of Your Practice: Clinical Intelligence
Author Affiliations
  • Sesh Mudumbai, M.D., M.S.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
  • Mark Banoub, M.D., CPE
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
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Practice Management / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Features
Features   |   February 2016
Getting a Handle on the Data Needs of Your Practice: Clinical Intelligence
ASA Monitor 02 2016, Vol.80, 20-21.
ASA Monitor 02 2016, Vol.80, 20-21.
Getting a handle on your practice’s big data needs for patient care, performance, and quality reporting at the local and national levels will likely determine your continued success, and possibly existence, in the coming years. We are currently inundated with requests to provide measures demonstrating how well we take care of our patients and how efficient our practices are.1 -3 
While the Joint Commission has long required reports on measures such as timely antibiotic administration, health care reform is moving this reporting away from the previous fee-for-service model to pay-for-performance. Most practices and eligible physicians are required to submit Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to avoid Medicare reimbursement adjustments.2  Indicator categories include business (cases done), process (on time starts), clinical outcomes (critical events; myocardial infarction, etc.), and patient experience (overall patient satisfaction). Visit the Anesthesia Quality Institute website (www.aqihq.org/indicators.aspx) for more details within each type of indicator.4  Beyond merely requiring data reporting, CMS is considering payment adjustments for inadequate normothermia maintenance and failure to prophylactically treat patients at high risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting.2 
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