Automate Consent To Comply with a New IQR Quality Measure

08/29/2018

AUTOMATE CONSENT TO COMPLY WITH A NEW IQR QUALITY MEASURE

CMS released the “Quality of Informed Consent Documents for Hospital-Performed, Elective Procedures” measure in late 2016. That measure is presently slated for inclusion in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. Measures in the Hospital IQR program are published on the Hospital Compare website and are reflected in a hospital’s “star ratings.” This measure presents several challenges to hospitals. It requires that consent forms spell out a detailed procedure description; the reason for the procedure; a listing of risks, benefits and alternatives; and a quantitative risk specific to the patient. In addition, the measure requires that consents for elective procedures be completed at least one day prior to the scheduled surgery. This session will present a roadmap to compliance by demonstrating the NSQIP surgical risk calculator developed by the American College of Surgeons and by examining the automated informed consent process employed at all VA Medical Centers.

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