Monthly news & updates for Direct Difference, Inc Abstractors
May 2020

Javed Khan - May 2
Sonya Witmer - May 3
Pam Fields - May 5
Camille Stogner - May 11
Kevin Speyer - May 13
Katie Monzel - May 22
Gloria Martin - May 30
Gail Sexton - April 15
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grow, public health officials warn that people of all ages can be affected by the virus — including young people — and urge everyone to follow social distancing precautions.
The World Health Organization says the coronavirus could put young adults — not just older populations — in the hospital for weeks or even cause death, and recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant percentage of people between ages 20 and 54 have been hospitalized.


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GWTG Stroke Specific Update Release Notes
Dear Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Users:
 We are excited to announce an update to the Stroke Patient Management Tool® that will take place on April 22 nd , 2020.  The focus of this release includes updates to medical history, measure bundles within the PMT, and the EMS layer.  We have summarized a comprehensive list of the updates and enhancements below and in the attached Release Notes, which also include information on the recent COVID-19 element updates to the tool from April 8 th .
  • E-Cigarette Use (Vaping) added to Medical History
  • Measure Bundle Updates:
  • Achievement Measures Updated
  • Quality Measures Updated
  • Reporting Measures Updated
  • Target Stroke Bundle Updated
  • New Reporting Measure – Reasons no IV Alteplase: Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke Symptoms
  • EMS Layer Updates:
  • Added Severity Scales: VAN, MPSS
  • Various measures description and logic updates
Additional Updates:
  • New Billing Email Address Added to Homepage
  • AHA/ TJC CSC and PSC Benchmark Groups within the PMT Updated

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Quality Improvement Program response to COVID-19

Our priority is ensuring you are well and have the resources you need to focus on any urgent tasks at hand. The American Heart Association is launching a new COVID-19 CVD patient data registry powered by Get With The Guidelines ® to provide...

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COVID-19 Professional Resources

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American Heart Association: Keeping the pulse on quality

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