It’s not uncommon for patients visiting the doctor to experience anxiety related to their symptoms, diagnosis, or treatment. The spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has introduced a new type of anxiety for many patients: the fear of exposure to the virus. Many Americans are even avoiding medical care due to fear of contracting the virus in a healthcare setting.
Using SurveyVitals’ comment sentiment analysis and keyword search, we reviewed patient comments specific to COVID-19 procedures in office-based practices. We identified the top five patient concerns related to fear of clinical contamination. Taking steps to address these concerns may increase your patients’ comfort level with your care.
Screening patients and visitors prior to entry may look different from one practice to the next. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published recommendations for screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms and risk potential.
This screening at the building entrance gives peace of mind for patients who worry they will come in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. It is important to have a triaging process in place so patients can feel at ease in your facility.
Patients are particularly apprehensive about handling shared items such as pens, clipboards, or tablets. Whenever possible, offer the option for patients to fill out paperwork online prior to their visit.
For patients who do need to fill out forms onsite, disinfect pens and clipboards after each use. Consider having a clearly-labeled ‘clean’ set of pens and clipboards for patients to use.
In the waiting room, remove magazines and toys. If wifi is available, post the login information so patients can use their phones while they wait.
Many patients express discomfort with their proximity to other people in the waiting room. The CDC guidelines for clinic COVID-19 preparedness specify that waiting rooms should be set up to allow for six feet of distance between patients. Use signs to designate seating as off-limits, or remove chairs from the waiting room to provide adequate social distancing.
For check-in and check-out, place markers on the floor for patients to stand on to maintain six feet of distance.
If social distancing is not feasible in your waiting room, consider having patients wait in their cars or in a designated outdoor waiting area. If possible, you may also set up partitions inside.
The CDC has published recommendations regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinicians and symptomatic patients. However, required use of masks by all staff (both clinical and office) as well as patients and visitors is important in reducing patient anxiety about COVID-19 exposure.
If masks are required at your facility, make the policy known when scheduling the appointment and again with any reminders sent to the patient.
Sometimes patients can have difficulty with understanding their provider or another staff member due to mask use. Before removing your mask, view this article on communicating effectively while following COVID-19 prevention procedures.
It’s crucial to offer hand sanitizer and tissues, and to ensure patients can easily access trash cans and soap at sinks. Patients without access to these supplies are likely to experience anxiety about contamination, especially if they have had to handle shared items such as pens, or if they’ve had to touch door handles or equipment.
Since March 2020, SurveyVitals has surveyed over 100,000 patients to capture public sentiment regarding COVID-19. View the ongoing study here and sign up for a demo today to learn how you can take part while collecting valuable feedback about the patient experience in your organization.
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The SurveyVitals solution is continuously evolving to fit our users’ unique needs–healthcare organizations of all sizes and specialties. Improvements and new developments to the online reporting patient experience platform come as a result of direct input and asks from clients.
Our newly released telehealth survey solution makes it easy for practices providing both in-person visits and audio/visual offerings to understand and measure what might feel like a new experience. Additionally, the patient survey interface has been optimized to improve user experience. To learn more about these releases, read below or contact your SurveyVitals account manager.
Interested in learning more about SurveyVitals? Request more information here.
Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, more healthcare organizations are offering virtual visits than ever before to reduce the risk of exposure to patients and staff. To help our clients adapt, we developed the Telehealth Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (TPSQ).
The telehealth survey features 12 questions about the patient experience with virtual visits within your healthcare organization. These questions cover scheduling the visit, logging on, provider communication and interactions, and willingness to recommend.
The telehealth survey easily adapts to your workflow. Organizations offering both in-person and telehealth visits can upload a single patient list for both visit types, so no additional work is needed after survey setup is complete.
Our new digital survey interface was designed to improve the user experience for patients while taking the survey. The update ensures a consistent experience and furthers patient accessibility. Over 90% of SurveyVitals digital surveys are completed on mobile devices.
If you are interested in enabling the telehealth survey for your organization or have questions about the updated survey interface, reach out to your SurveyVitals Account Manager or contact us using the blue chat icon at the bottom of the screen.benchmarks, Improvement, New Feature, New Functionality, outpatient, patient experience, Patient feedback, Patient Satisfaction, Surveys, telehealth
Better understand patient concerns with our low-score survey logic, now included on our Standard Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (SPSQ). When patients select a score of a ‘1’ or ‘2’ on the five-point Likert scale for any standard survey question, they will be prompted to leave a comment describing their experience in that area.
The long-term use of this feature on our Anesthesia Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (APSQ2) has been effective in helping providers to better understand trends and improvement opportunities in specific areas. These prompts encourage patients to include details about a specific part of their experience, providing deeper insights than often gained with generalized comment prompts at the end of a survey. Please note, there will be no change to the existing SPSQ comment questions with the addition of the low score prompts.
To gain even more insight from your patient feedback, use our sentiment analysis tool to review patient low score comments. This will help you to identify the most critical feedback quickly.
Have questions about this new feature or the SPSQ survey? Chat with us using the blue chat icon below, or reach out to your client account manager. Interested in learning more about SurveyVitals? Request a demo of the solution here.Improvement, low score, New Feature, New Functionality, notifications, outpatient, patient comments, patient experience, Patient feedback, Patient Satisfaction, reporting
SurveyVitals’ digital patient experience surveys help you gain a deeper understanding of your performance with immediate patient feedback. Did you know our solution includes many more surveys at no additional cost to help drive improvement from every angle of your practice?
Our Point of Care tool allows you to address patient concerns on the spot before the leave your facility. The survey is sent to patients on their own devices while they’re still onsite, giving you the opportunity to resolve concerns in real-time.
The GSOS survey is sent to surgical patients post-visit to collect feedback about the recovery experience. GSOS works in sync with the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model and ERAS guidelines to identify gaps in care and spot opportunities to improve outcomes.Emergency Medicine Outcomes Survey (EMOS)
The EMOS survey is sent to patients following an Emergency Department visit. It collects patient feedback related to understanding the recovery plan and accessibility to follow-up care.
As a part of our 360° solution, we offer a variety of internal and stakeholder surveys to help you better understand the perceptions of employees, peers, surgeons, physicians, and third party groups who work with your organization.Employee Satisfaction
The Employee Satisfaction survey collects feedback to help increase teamwork, reduce turnover, and keep your teams motivated. The survey assesses individual employee perceptions about the organization, professional interactions, performance, job duties, and more.Peer-to-Peer
The Peer-to-Peer survey aims to increase accountability and awareness of workplace conflict. Employees rate their peers in a number of areas including attitude, communication, competency, responsibility, teamwork, and timeliness.Physician Satisfaction
Intended to prevent physician burnout, the Physician Satisfaction survey gathers insights from physicians about their quality of life in the workplace. Drive positive change with candid feedback from your physicians in a number of areas.Referring Physician
Maximize your referral opportunities with the Referring Physician survey. Receive feedback from referring physicians on reports, recommendations, and interpretations they receive.Anesthesiologist Surgeon Satisfaction
The Anesthesiologist Surgeon Satisfaction Questionnaire gathers important input from surgeons who work alongside anesthesia providers. This survey gives anesthesia providers valuable insights to strengthen relationships and increase safety and efficiency.Third Party Group Evaluation
Enhance your third party relationships with feedback from your hospital and facility partners about your care, safety, responsiveness, clinical competency, cost efficiency, support, and more.
SurveyVitals is certified by CMS to administer nine different CAHPS surveys. The transition to value-based care has made CAHPS surveys mandatory for many facilities. The CAHPS surveys we offer are:
Note: There may be an additional cost to administer CAHPS surveys.
Have questions about the SurveyVitals solution or any of the surveys we offer? Reach out to us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us using the blue chat icon below.anesthesia, Improvement, outpatient, patient experience, Patient feedback, Patient Satisfaction, Physician Satisfaction, point of care, Surveys
April 22-26 was Patient Experience Week and to celebrate, we asked our clients to share what drives them to provide memorable patient care. Those who responded were eligible to win an Amazon gift card. We’re excited to announce the winners of the giveaway and to share what motivates and inspires them to provide an exceptional patient experience!
We asked: It's Patient Experience Week! Tell us what inspires you to work every day to provide amazing care to your patients.
Grand Prize Winner: Clint Allred, CRNA, Anesthesia Associates of Boise
“I work at a fairly average sized hospital with ten operating rooms in which we do all kinds of surgeries and care for all types of patients. It is a job that is always moving and often requires stretching of one’s abilities clinically and also professionally within our anesthesia group. Sometimes amidst the day to day providing of anesthesia, combined with the complexity of hospital bureaucracy, the patient and their experience can sometimes be forgotten. At some point in all of our careers, we got into the medical field because of our desire to care for other people. For some that motivation is fast forgotten and never found again. For me growing up, it was my younger brother who instilled this desire in me. He had serious handicaps and spent a lot of his life in and out of hospitals. Our experience was so dependent on those caring for him, for better or worse, those providers served as the rudder for our interactions with healthcare. I wanted to have a strong and helpful influence so that others could have their burden lightened.
Recently, my eight year old son had his tonsils removed. This is a very routine case, millions are done each year, and I provide the anesthesia for 6-8 of these types of cases at least once a week in our practice. The anesthetic for this case has become routine and mundane for me personally. All of a sudden I was thrust onto the other side of the experience. There my son laid on the gurney getting prepped for surgery. I saw him run the gamut of emotions; fear, anxiety, apprehension, concern...etc. All of a sudden those emotions of why I went into medicine came flooding back. I realized that the way I interacted with patients would leave a lasting impact on them. Clinically I have always provided my best care and effort, but I saw through my boy's eyes that I could do more and be more as a clinician. My son received incredible care and has since healed from his physical incisions, but the experience he had prior to surgery has had a far greater impact.
It is this message that inspires me to provide amazing care to my patients. No matter how routine or regular a procedure is to me, I remember that experience and hold strong to the fact that it is not routine for the patient on the stretcher.”
Alexis Haney, RN, USAP
“To be a caring voice to a person who didn't wake up wanting to be sick or have surgery. Everyday, I partner with SurveyVitals because in the background, almost every patient is given a chance to have a voice. I am that individual that gets to read their thoughts, their frustrations, their fears. I am able to offer them a chance to make a difference when they are in a position where they feel they have little control. When a patient requests to be called back... I can be the caring voice on the other end and I can convey to them I really do care, perhaps that will make them feel a little better and perhaps I can make a change or help their concern because USAP cares and wants to be better and that why I am inspired to provide amazing care and support to patients.”
Tina Eide, MD, Matrix Anesthesia
“Anesthesia is a tricky job, because everything is fine until it’s really not fine. It requires constant vigilance and care, even when I show up feeling less than 100%. On these days, I look to my patients for energy and strength, because I know they are relying on me for the same. I love learning about their careers, seeing pictures of their children and pets, hearing their songs they belt out (people love singing to me!), and listening to their stories that brought them to surgery. I’ve met musicians, politicians, hospital administrators, teachers, circus performers, professional athletes, prima ballerinas, and so very many people who have interesting stories. Because we often cannot share details of our patients with our families or friends, I hold these private encounters with special regard.”
Rhina Romera, Envision Healthcare
“Working in healthcare makes a difference in people's lives. Caring for people and helping others lead healthy lives is satisfying and important. I love humankind and it is gratifying to me to make a positive impact not just on patients but everyone involved. No one likes to be ill, so it is very important to me that patients feel that they are treated with compassion and respect.”
Sarah Russell, FNP, Wellspring Health Services
“The one thing that inspires me the most to provide excellent care is when patients follow up and start feeling so much better! I have also had patients tell me that for the first time they felt like a provider actually listened to them and cared about their story and their health. Oftentimes a patient's story will give the clues to their disease processes and struggles and be the beginning of the answer in leading them back to health. Without listening to the patient, it is often a matter of just cold medicine treatment that can leave the patient sicker rather than better.”
Anne LeBlanc, USAP
“For us providers, our days can often seem routine. Remembering that for our patients, surgery is often a very scary and powerless position to be in. Connecting with the patient and family in the preoperative area and forming a trustworthy bond is one of the most inspiring and valuable parts of our job. Being able to relieve some of that anxiety and comfort them in their time of fear is incredibly rewarding and inspiring for me.”
Thank you to all of our clients who took the time to share their stories! We admire your dedication to the patient experience.best practices, Improvement, Our Clients, patient experience, Patient feedback, Patient Satisfaction
SurveyVitals is excited to announce the launch of the Improvement Center in our client portal!
Our reporting, alerts, and dashboards have given our clients the real-time data needed to identify trends and work toward improving the patient experience. The Improvement Center takes the solution to the next level with a wealth of educational videos and articles to aid providers in targeting improvement where it is needed most.
To get started using the Improvement Center, login to your portal and click ‘Improvement Center’ in the left navigation. Browse general resources on the Improvement Center homepage, or view resources by survey. Survey-specific content is broken down by question group.
Not sure where to start? Use the Report Builder to analyze your data and comments and identify improvement opportunities. Then utilize the resources in the Improvement Center to gain a better understanding of what may help your patients in those areas.
SurveyVitals created the Improvement Center using input from top performers combined with extensive scientific-based research into the patient experience. Check back often for new content as our improvement resources evolve and grow with your solution.anesthesia, Best Practice, Improvement, New Feature, outpatient, patient experience, Patient Satisfaction
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) falls under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). It is a value-based program that determines reimbursement for clinicians treating Medicare patients.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the final rule outlining the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2020. Keep reading to learn how the changes could affect you, and how SurveyVitals can help your organization meet reporting requirements.
If you bill Medicare Part B more than $90,000 in allowed charges per year and provide over 200 covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule for more than 200 unique Medicare patients a year, then you are part of the QPP. If you do not meet all three criteria, you could be exempt from participating in the program in 2020 under the the low-volume threshold exemption. Clinicians who meet the low-volume threshold may still opt in to MIPS if they meet at least one criterion.
Eligible clinicians under the program include:
If you are unsure if you are required to participate in MIPS, CMS has provided a resource to check your status by entering your NPI into an eligibility “calculator.” Additionally, the agency plans to send letters to clinicians notifying them of their eligibility in 2020.
There are two participation tracks in the Quality Payment Program. Most Medicare Part B clinicians and groups will fall under the Merit Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track, while a smaller percentage will qualify to participate in the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APM) track if considered an “advanced APM.” It is important to note that those APM models which are not considered “advanced” by CMS will still participate in the MIPS track.
Learn more about APMs here.
You will receive a performance-based adjustment to your Medicare fee schedule in 2022 based on your performance in 2020. The amount of the adjustment, either positive, negative, or neutral, is based on an eligible clinician or group’s Composite Performance Score (CPS). The CPS is calculated using data across four categories of measurement:
For the 2020 performance year, CMS extended a portion of the “pick your pace” program, allowing clinicians to submit just 90 consecutive days of performance data for the required measures in the Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability categories. However, clinicians will need to report data on all required measures in the Quality category for the full performance year (12 months).
CMS will also score and measure the Cost category for the full 12 month period as well. Since CMS gathers the Cost category information through Medicare claims data, no additional submission mechanism is required. If you do not participate in MIPS in 2020 you could be faced with a 9% penalty.
Eligible clinicians have the option to report as an individual, within a group, or within a virtual group.
An individual is a single National Provider Identifier, or NPI, tied to a single Taxpayer Identification Number, or TIN.
A group is a single TIN with two or more eligible clinicians (including at least one MIPS eligible clinician), as identified by their NPIs, who have reassigned their Medicare billing rights to the TIN. Participants are scored as a group and receive one payment adjustment based on aggregate performance.
A virtual group is a combination of two or more TINs assigned to one or more solo practitioners or one or more groups consisting of ten or fewer eligible clinicians that elect to form a virtual group for a performance period for a year. There is currently no limit on the number of TINs that can participate in a virtual group. Virtual Groups bring additional flexibility to the program, allowing clinicians to participate in MIPS with their peers, regardless of their geographical proximity or specialty. Those wishing to participate in a MIPS Virtual Group must make a formal election with CMS by December 31, 2020.
Data for participants can be reported by various submission types by an individual or group as applicable. Alternatively, data may be reported by a Third Party Intermediary that submits data on measures and activities on behalf of a MIPS eligible clinician or group.
The aim of the MIPS program is to provide clinicians and groups with the flexibility to select measures that best suit their practice. For the Quality category, participants can choose from several types of measures, which vary based on whether they are reporting as individuals or as part of a group. Submission methods are dependent on the types of measures chosen.
For the Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability categories, participants choose their measures from the QPP website. There are three submission methods for these measures.
Eligible clinicians are required to report six measures of their choosing for the Quality category. One of those measures must be an outcome measure. If no outcome measure is available, a ‘high priority’ measure must be reported in its place. High priority measures are contained in the following domains: outcome, appropriate use, patient safety, efficiency, patient experience, efficiency, and care coordination.
CMS developed specialty measure sets as a part of the available MIPS measures in the Quality Category. Participating clinicians must choose six measures to report within their specialty set. If there are fewer than six Quality measures to choose from in a specialty set, the clinician or group must complete all available measures contained in the set.
SurveyVitals can help anesthesia clients who utilize a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) meet a measure–AQI 48 (anesthesia patient experience)–in the Quality performance category. Learn more here.
The IA category requires clinicians to participate in a combination of measures totaling 40 points to fully satisfy reporting requirements. Activities weighted “high” are worth 20 points, while “medium” weighted activities are valued at ten points. Clinicians and groups considered non-patient facing, and practices with 15 or fewer eligible providers and/or clinicians practicing in rural and health professional shortage areas, may face reduced reporting requirements. Learn more about these special exemption statuses here.
In order for a group or virtual group to attest to an improvement activity, at least 50% of the clinicians in the group or virtual group must perform the same activity during any continuous 90-day period in the performance year.
The Promoting Interoperability category places an emphasis on interoperability and patient engagement with certified EHR technology. Eligible clinicians must report on certain measures from four ‘objectives,’ or claims exclusions if applicable. Scoring is performance-based at the individual measure level, for a total of up to 100 points. In 2020, organizations must use the 2015 Edition CEHRT.
Clinicians and groups considered non-patient facing, and practices with 15 or fewer eligible providers and/or clinicians practicing in rural and health professional shortage areas, may face reduced reporting requirements. Watch the video below to learn more.
SurveyVitals can help anesthesia clients who utilize a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) meet a measure–AQI 48 (anesthesia patient experience)–in the Quality performance category. We currently support NACOR (Anesthesia Quality Institute), Anesthesia Business Group, Anesthesia Quality Registry (ePreop), and Medaxion. Learn more here.
2020 performance year beginsJanuary 2, 2020
Data submission period for the 2019 performance year beginsMarch 31, 2020
Data submission for the 2019 performance year closesOctober 3, 2020
Last day to begin the continuous 90-day performance period for Improvement ActivitiesDecember 31, 2020
Last day to make a virtual group election for the 2021 performance yearDecember 31, 2020
2020 performance year ends
To learn about the changes from year 3 (2019) to year 4 (2020) of the MIPS program, see our article on the 2020 updates.
Yes! SurveyVitals is a CMS-approved vendor ready to administer CAHPS for MIPS on behalf of your organization in 2020. The CAHPS for MIPS survey can be used to satisfy one Quality measure or one Improvement Activity.
Contact us at email@example.com to learn more about our CAHPS program.
Want to learn how SurveyVitals can help you prepare for MIPS? Subscribe to our MIPS update list below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send us a message using the blue chat icon below to speak to a member of our support team.
|*Note: Information and program details are based solely upon SurveyVitals’ experience with MACRA and our interpretation of CMS rule-making and policy statements. The information presented does not reflect the views or policies of CMS or any other governmental agency and is not to be construed as practice management advice.|
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The patient experience is improving because of your dedication. Here are some remarkable metrics you were a part of in 2018.
Over 2 million surveys were completed last year, providing feedback on more than 31 million questions and bringing in over 2 million comments. Patient comments were overwhelmingly positive–there were 57 positive words for every one negative word!
Patients aged 64-75 years old were the best respondents, with the highest response rates for email, SMS, and overall. The most satisfied patients were males 25-34 years old for APSQ, and females 65-74 years old for SPSQ.
Our clients logged in over 124,000 times last year and received 138,000 low score alerts and 18,000 contact requests. This helped drive improvement in every area of care, but the most improved areas were Privacy Respected for APSQ and Communication for SPSQ.
Thank you for working with SurveyVitals to help your patients and your organization. We look forward to helping you continue to meet your patient experience goals in 2019!Improvement, notifications, patient experience, Patient feedback, Portal, Response Rates, Surveys
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for the 2021 performance year. To accommodate for the challenges posed by COVID-19, CMS is not proposing many significant changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2021. Here are the highlights of the proposed rule for […]
It’s not uncommon for patients visiting the doctor to experience anxiety related to their symptoms, diagnosis, or treatment. The spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has introduced a new type of anxiety for many patients: the fear of exposure to the virus. Many Americans are even avoiding medical care due to fear of contracting the […]
The SurveyVitals solution is continuously evolving to fit our users’ unique needs–healthcare organizations of all sizes and specialties. Improvements and new developments to the online reporting patient experience platform come as a result of direct input and asks from clients. Our newly released telehealth survey solution makes it easy for practices providing both in-person visits […]
25% increase in those who self-report to be quarantining due to the virus BOISE, ID – SurveyVitals, Inc., the nation’s leading digital patient experience survey provider, today released its findings of an ongoing nationwide study about how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting Americans’ lives. SurveyVitals collected and analyzed over 16,000 initial responses from patients […]