Better Quality Information to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries (BQI)

CHSRA provides evaluation and data analytic services as part of the nationwide Better Quality Information to Improve Care for Medicare Beneficiaries. Awards were made to six states and involve analyzing Medicare claims data to help physicians assess and improve the quality of care they deliver and to assist Medicare patients in making more informed health care decisions. In addition the project will help CMS determine cost effective methods of aggregating Medicare data to produce the most accurate measures of care quality.

Project Duration: 4/1/2007 – 10/31/2008

Primary Personnel

Principal Investigator: Robert Stone Newsom
Analyst and IT: Dora Kilburn
Contact: Robert Stone Newsom

Sponsoring Agency

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for HealthCare Quality (WCHQ)

Links

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Wisconsin Collaborative for HealthCare Quality (WCHQ)

Presentations/Publications

  • Bi-annual reports are made to CMS and WCHQ as well as regular monthly presentations to the WCHQ membership.

Better Quality Information publications (proprietary to Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Washington, D.C.)

  • Newsom & Kilburn, “Medicare FFS claims data structures”, June, 2007
  • Newsom & Kilburn, “Linking Medicare claims data (TINs & UPin(s))”, Sept. 2007
  • Newsom, “Attributing patients, physicians & groups in the Medicare claims data” Oct. 2007
  • Newsom, “Wisconsin statewide population description / comparison based on Medicare data”, July, 2007
  • Newsom, “Interpreting HEDIS scores”, Feb. 2008
  • Newsom, “Wisconsin Medicare FFS Claims Data: By the Numbers”. Jan. 2008 (a white paper)
  • Newsom, “Wisconsin BQI validation efforts”, March. 2008
  • Newsom, “Wisconsin Medicare FFS Claims Data: Sufficiency and Context”, May 2008, (a white paper)
  • Newsom, “Medicare FFS Data - from 15,000 Ft.” (April, 2008 a synthesis of BQI findings and next steps)”