The Importance of Data Quality
As of August 2015, 5,259 cardiology programs submit data to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) CathPCI Registry™. Similarly, recent data shows that 90% of centers performing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (which account for 95% of patients undergoing this operation) participate in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database. Clearly, hospitals are aware of the need for data collection and participation in professional society registries.
Participating in data collection is important to:
- Identify trends and gaps
- Decide the most effective use of limited resources
- Make decisions regarding process and/or staffing improvements
- Identify opportunities for easy improvement “wins”
While it has always been important to capture and track data for the purpose of quality improvement, database participation will become increasingly important for reimbursement as well. Currently, two national databases, the NCDR ICD Registry™ and the STS/ACC TVT Registry™ meet National Coverage Determination requirements that are mandated by CMS. Although not directly linked to payment, professional society registries are becoming increasingly important to both CMS and private insurance companies.
We all know the phrase, you can’t change what you don’t measure, but can you trust what you’ve measured? Reviewing collected data with physicians will enable them to “own” their data and discussions regarding coding and accuracy will arise. From these discussions, improvements in identifying source documents and the capture of difficult items will emerge. Perhaps physicians need to provide more detail in their procedure notes, or perhaps coding errors will be recognized. You won’t know until you look!
There are multiple techniques to ensuring data quality:
- Review individual physician complications quarterly
- Identify that parent/child fields in the data entry forms align
- Run a validation report for missing fields
- Identify elements that are consistently difficult to capture
- Review order sheets and workflows for easy ways to improve capture of items such as discharge medications
For more information on how Columbia HeartSource can help your team implement data quality reporting, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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