Monthly news & updates for Direct Difference, Inc Abstractors
October 2019
Direct Difference, Inc Exceeds Registry Expectations

Direct Difference, Inc abstractions were recently audited by NCDR for ACTION registry, which is the MI registry now called CPMI. Direct Difference, Inc. abstracted all of the cases for the year 2018 that was selected for audit. We recently received the preliminary results back.

The preliminary results are  Exceeds Registry Expectations , with a match rate of 97.18%.  Exceeds Registry Expectations  is an exemplary status only a few receive. Most audits fall within Meets Expectations with a match rate of 85% to 95%.

Exceeds registry expectations is for sites that have a mismatch rate less than 5%. 

Congratulations Direct Difference, Inc. CPMI abstractors!!!

Happy Birthday!

Ashley Stubblefield - October 8
Julie Daniels - October 11
Suzanne Egger - October 13
Karen Poeppel - October 27


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When it comes to running your household, who's keeping tabs on all the moving parts like those never-ending grocery lists, birthday parties, carpool schedules, laundry day, and/or doctor appointments? Sometimes the list can seem endless. If your...

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What's A Mental Model? Your Shortcut To Being More...

Everyone has their own way of looking at the world. The way you view your world and everything in it (yourself, your job, your relationships, your goals...literally everything) is unique-you're experiencing it through a lens typically constructed ...

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Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine found adults who were overweight or obese and participated in a weight-loss intervention that included gamification had greater increases in physical activity than those in programs that did not have a competitive element. Participants wore tracking devices connected to a smartphone app and were randomly assigned to a support, collaboration or competitive gamification cohort, and those in the gamification cohort maintained gains in physical activity during follow up.

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Certificates and Continuing Education

IHI O​pen School online courses offer more than 35 continuing education credits for nurses, physicians, and pharmacists; Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 for select medical specialty Boards; and a Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety.

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FDA Developing Guidance on Real-World Data Quality...

As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grapples with how to use real-world data for regulatory decisions, two FDA officials wrote in a perspective published last Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the...

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Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program has selected up to 500 hospitals for validation of chart-abstracted measures for the calendar year (CY) 2021 Annual Payment Update (APU) determination.

The list appears in the second sidebar located on the right side of the page, under the  Hospitals Selected for Outpatient Data Validation  header.
Questions regarding the Hospital OQR Program or the Outpatient data validation provider selection may be submitted through the  CMS Hospitals – Outpatient Q&A tool here
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Webinar: GWTG Heart Failure and Stroke, Target: Type 2 Diabetes PMT Updates
Please join the American Heart Association’s Quality and Health IT Team as they discuss the recent Target: Type 2 Diabetes updates to both the Heart Failure PMT and Stroke PMT registries. In this technical webinar, AHA staff will discuss the new Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll program, the HF and Stroke form updates that have been created to support the program, and provide answers to your questions during a Q/A session.

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