Medicare CoPs and QAPI
As of December 2, 2008, the hospice community must abide by the new Medicare CoPs and develop QAPI programs, which must be in place by January 31, 2009. In accordance with the new regulations, hospice programs must measure, analyze, and track quality indicators to show measureable improvements in end-of-life care. Every hospice needs support implementing these monumental changes in the industry, and with mumms®, your hospice is already there.
How mumms® can Help
mumms® Software System tracks the quality indicator data needed to create and implement hospice QAPI programs. mumms® PAS™ program maintains critical administrative data including the number of admissions, discharges, visits by discipline per week, and average/median length of stay. Necessary clinical data is recorded in mumms® CPC™ program such as pain levels greater than five, numbers of infections, falls, caregivers with high risk of grief issues, wounds, and types of wounds. This data can be used to assess and measure the care provided, then be analyzed for benchmark comparisons. The information can also aid in developing QAPI indicators; for example, the number of referrals admitted, admissions with pain levels over five, patients with pain at admission that was controlled within 48 hours, and length of stay by diagnosis can all be assessed with the mumms® programs.
Without mumms®, data must be collected manually in logs, spreadsheets, or hand-written clinical charts, then converted into a format that can be summarized and analyzed. Time is needlessly spent gathering and formatting information rather than analyzing and comparing results. In addition, manual chart reviews are extremely time-consuming and provide incomplete, erroneous, and often biased results; with mumms®, complete, accurate, and unbiased chart reviews are guaranteed instantaneously. The data needed for QAPI indicators is automatically collected in mumms® in an analyzable format so opportunities for improvement can be easily identified. Therefore, time is spent identifying opportunities for improvement, implementing QAPI plans, and improving patient care rather than collecting data.