Unite with heartbase in Chicago for the STS AQO Meeting!

heartbase is eagerly anticipating next week’s STS Advances in Quality Outcomes Data Manager’s meeting in our hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The AQO, which will take place at the historic Palmer House from October 18-20, focuses on all three STS databases – Adult Cardiac, General Thoracic, and Congenital – and provides attendees with a variety of presentations and discussions that will help them improve patient care and data collection.

The event attracts data and quality managers, RNs, cardiologists and other medical professionals from all around the country, and we’re extraordinarily excited to see so many of our users over the course of the week!

If you are not currently a heartbase user, we will be demoing our state-of-the-art database and analytics platform over the course of the conference. In consideration of the recent natural disasters of the past weeks, we will donate 10 dollars to either the American Red Cross or the ASPCA for each demo scheduled with heartbase at the STS AQO. Demo Attendees will also receive a Starbucks gift card as a show of our appreciation. Please click here to schedule your demo!

We can’t wait to see everyone at the show!

Heartbase Receives STS Adult Cardiac v2.9 Certification

Chicago – July 7, 2017

Heartbase, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have completed the Risk Algorithm certification and are now fully Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Registry version 2.9 certified! The massive 1426-field Adult Cardiac v2.9 – which includes 586 new fields – is the largest registry to date, and the robust new Risk Algorithm has tripled in size from its 2.81 predecessor. As one of the first vendors to be certified, we are thrilled that the new forms have already been deployed to the majority of our clients, and we will work diligently to provide our users with the service and support they need as they begin this enormous new undertaking. Additionally, we will continue to offer educational opportunities to facilitate a smooth transition to v2.9.

Heartbase trainer Carmen Ernst will present our new STS Adult Cardiac v2.9 web forms in a webinar on Tuesday July 11, 1-2pm CDT. The class will be restricted to current heartbase customers. Click here to join.

Please contact support@heartbase.net to learn more about heartbase’s new STS Adult Cardiac v2.9 forms.

Optimize Reimbursement for MACRA and MIPS

We are excited to announce that Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) has published the Cardiac Procedure Note (CPN), and it is open for public comment until June 25, 2017. Your insight is invaluable to the refinement of this project, which will considerably strengthen patient care and leverage reimbursement through structured reporting.

What is the Cardiac Procedure Note?
Through his role as co-chair of the Cardiology Domain Technical Committee of the IHE, heartbase President Nicholas Gawrit has co-authored the Cardiac Procedure Note, which sets the standard for interoperability between cardiovascular service lines, streamlines data collection to help hospitals meet registry goals, and maximizes compliance to MACRA and MIPS for unmatched reimbursement.

Who does the Cardiac Procedure Note Affect?
The CPN was written with cardiology units in mind, and will greatly help cardiologists across all subspecialties. While the CPN is highly technical in nature and may not be directly applicable to you as a clinician and caregiver, it has far-reaching implications within health care facilities as a whole. We ask that you forward this information to the following stakeholders within your health system: Chairs of Cardiology, Directors of Cardiovascular Services, Electrophysiologists, and all physicians who are both clinically and technically inclined.

How was the CPN Created?
The Report Content for the CPN is defined based on the following:
• ACC/AHA/SCAI 2014 Health Policy Statement on Structured Reporting for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
• 2016 ACC/ASE/ASNC/HRS/SCAI Health Policy Statement on Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
• ACC-NCDR ICD dataset and the ACC NCDR ICD version 1.2 and leveraging clinical data standards like ICD9/10, SNOMED, LOINC and IEEE 11073-10103 nomenclature.
• ACC-NCDR Cath/PCI dataset and the ACC NCDR Cath/PCI version 4.4, leveraging clinical data standards like ICD9/10, SNOMED and LOINC.
• STS/ACC TVT Registry dataset version 2.0

We Need Your Insight
Heartbase and the IHE are committed to improving the healthcare industry by increasing interoperability to reduce redundancy and allow cardiologists to freely exchange reports and clinical procedure data. Your feedback is extremely important to us.

Click here to read the Cardiac Procedure Note.

Click here to comment on the Cardiac Procedure Note (Open until June 25, 2017)

Press Release: heartbase to Partner with Health Outcomes Sciences

Heartbase, Inc., the premier database in healthcare, has partnered with Kansas City, Missouri-based Health Outcomes Sciences, Inc. (HOS), a provider of groundbreaking predictive analytics. HOS has an exclusive contract with the ACC-NCDR for a number of risk stratification modules, including real-time risk adjustments for PCI In-Hospital Mortality, PCI Bleeding, Acute Kidney Injury, and PCI 30-Day Readmission. These models can be implemented for both predictive and retrospective scoring, and can be embedded directly into existing heartbase™ reports and dashboards. Paired with heartbase’s groundbreaking registry submission and reporting software, HOS’s risk models will greatly strengthen the reporting and research capabilities of heartbase™ healthcare clients to quickly identify risk factors and improve clinical care.

“As the hospital industry continues to shift to a pay-for-performance model, predictive analytics are becoming increasingly vital for healthcare providers,” said Stephen Gawrit, Director of Sales and Operations at heartbase, Inc. “Health Outcomes Sciences provides the most influential predictive models in the industry, and their level of expertise and innovation is unparalleled. Heartbase is excited to work with HOS to provide our customers with the most powerful reporting tools in healthcare.”

“We are really excited to team up with heartbase and are looking forward to helping improve outcomes through the use of predictive analytics. The combination of heartbase and the ePRISM(r) platform from HOS will provide a solid foundation for hospitals and health systems to excel in this era of value-based care,” said Ryan Fox, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Heath Outcomes Sciences Inc.

About Health Outcomes Sciences

Health Outcomes Sciences is driving the practice of precision medicine through its patented content enablement platform, ePRISM®, which translates scientific models into automated evidence-based decision support solutions. By helping health and life science organizations — as well as allied technology partners — deliver the power of personalized predictive science at the point of care, the company facilitates significant and measurable improvements in clinical and financial outcomes, variations in care, appropriate use and rational consumption of resources. The company’s solutions are specialty agnostic, scalable at the enterprise level and employ a cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.

About heartbase, Inc.

Since 1992, heartbase™ has provided health care centers with the most technologically innovative and clinically intuitive data management and analytic solution in the industry. Working collegially with its immense network of users, heartbase™ has created a vast library of reporting tools that provides its client with complete control of its hospital-owned clinical data. Heartbase’s revolutionary hbCOR platform propels clinical performance, aligns clinical data with registry requirements, and unites health care systems from across our network to the most comprehensive reporting repository in the industry.

 

 

Happy Memorial Day from heartbase

Heartbase offices will be closed on Monday, March 29th in observance of Memorial Day. As we enjoy the company of our friends and family this weekend, we also pay the most sincere respect to the fallen heroes of wars of the past and present.

To veterans everywhere: heartbase thanks you for your service to this great nation.

Unite with heartbase at HRS 2017!

heartbase is thrilled to be attending the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions, right here in our own backyard of Chicago! We will be presenting our innovative dictationless Electrophysiology Note. Capturing data from hospital systems and devices, heartbase has created a revolutionary, dictationless electronic note that fully integrates clinical data from the cardiac EP ICD procedure. Please let us know if you’re going to be attending this enormous event. We would love for you to stop by Booth 1627 (near the enormous Medtronic display) to give you a personal demonstration of our EP Noting solution. If you or anyone from your healthcare network is attending the conference and would like to learn more, contact Alex Potanos.

heartbase Celebrates National Nurses Week 2017

May 6-May 12, we celebrate National Nurses Week 2017.  It’s fitting that this week of celebration begins on a Saturday instead of a Monday, because nurses don’t work the standard 9-5 schedule. Nurses work nights, weekends, and holidays. They provide us with the care we need, when we need it.  They’re our caregivers, our teachers, our counselors, and our friends.

heartbase would like to take this opportunity to thank nurses everywhere for all of the amazing things you do. More specifically, we would like to thank the nurses who have helped make heartbase the company it is. We have always taken a collegial approach to improving our product, and we truly do depend on your advice and feedback to continually improve our hbCOR platform. We’re lucky to be able to collaborate with you all!

We’d also like to send extra-special thanks to heartbase’s resident nurse and clinical trainer, Carmen Ernst, RN, BSN, whose work ethic, curiosity, and astounding attention to detail has been a key component to our success. Thank you for everything, Carmen!

It may be National Nurses Week, but there is not a day that goes by that we don’t salute the extraordinary work of nurses.  Thank you for everything you do!

 

Changes to ACTION & Mission: Lifeline – How They Affect You

On April 5th, the ACC-NCDR released the following statement:

“Effective April 1, 2017, the NCDR’s ACTION Registry®-GWTG™ will transition to a new operating model to allow for greater data security, collaboration and flexibility around quality improvement efforts – efforts that are increasingly more important in today’s outcomes-focused health care environment.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) actively worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) to ensure the transition to this new model is as seamless as possible. Both the Registry and affiliated programs like Mission: Lifeline will continue to operate as usual. Hospitals currently participating in the Registry will not need to do anything differently and will receive an email notice that Program Requirements have been updated. Hospitals will notice changes to the name and branding that reference ACTION Registry® instead of ACTION Registry®-GWTG™.

If your hospital wishes to cancel participation in this Registry for 2017 due to the change described above, or if you have additional questions regarding this change, please contact NCDR@acc.org. Mission: Lifeline participants should contact AHA for additional program details regarding Mission: Lifeline.”

As of April 1st, 2017 the ACC-NCDR is ending its longstanding partnership with the AHA for the ACTION Registry-GWTG (ARG). In order to continue to provide Mission: Lifeline reporting, the AHA has relaunched the GWTG-CAD tool, which will replace ARG moving forward. We at heartbase are acutely aware of these developments, and are currently in discussions with the Mission: Lifeline staff for clarification; as soon as we hear anything back, we will relay the information to you.

Additionally, Quintiles and AHA are developing a hospital upload tool to provide a similar submission process to that of the NCDR, which will allow third-party vendors such as heartbase to perform submissions.  Once we receive a current data dictionary and data uploader specification, heartbase can begin to develop the GWTG-CAD data collection forms. We are anticipating a release of the heartbase tool by the end of June 2017.

What we know, and how it may affect you (UPDATED 4/28): 

  • According to Art Miller, Director of Mission: Lifeline, participation in GWTG-CAD in 2017 will be free. Cost information for 2018 will be announced in June 2017.
  • A crosswalk and CSV Upload Tool will be available to GWTG-CAD participants in June 2017.
  • AHA-GWTG and ACC-NCDR are partners in Cardiac Accreditation, but will continue to operate separately.  However, relevant clinical registry programs of both groups will support the data requirements for hospitals participating in any ACC/AHA Accreditation offerings.
  • According to a press release from Mission: Lifeline: “GWTG-CAD currently captures many data elements and some measures required for Chest Pain Accreditation and intends to fully support the 23 required measures by Winter 2017.”
  • Click here to read the release from the AHA
  • Click here to review the CAD data collection tool

Rest assured, heartbase is prepared to address these changes.  We will provide you with any new information as it comes to us.

SNAPSHOTS FROM NCDR.17

NCDR.17 was the largest conference in the history of the NCDR, and it was a tremendous success. A lot of information was packed into the three day event, and we are excited to get to work addressing the upcoming registry changes.

We were especially happy to see so many heartbase users! Special thanks to all of you who took the time to stop by our booth and say hello, and to everyone who attended our Monday night cocktail party. We had a great time spending time with you in our nation’s capital!

In Loving Memory, Kathy Plucinski – April 13, 1953 – February 24, 2017

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Kathy Plucinski.

For over two decades, Kathy was the voice of heartbase, the first voice you heard when calling our offices. Kathy was with heartbase since our earliest days, and her contributions were invaluable to the growth and success of our company. During that time, she was able to forge deep, lasting connections with both her coworkers and the heartbase user community at large. We will miss the joy, kindness and generosity that she brought into our lives each day.

We thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for our company, and for Kathy’s many friends and family who are shaken by this loss. Kathy will be remembered as a loving mother, a treasured friend, and an indispensable part of heartbase. She will be greatly missed.

Click here to view Kathy’s obituary.

Kathy was an avid lover of birds. To make a donation in her name to the American Bird Conservancy, click here.

 

 

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