Leveraging Clinical Expertise to Inform Healthcare Innovation
Econometrica utilizes a dedicated Clinical Practice Team consisting of professionals from a variety of healthcare disciplines. Under the direction of Kristie McNealy, M.D., PMP, CPHQ, this team augments the technical capabilities of Econometrica’s Health Group by providing expertise in training, information diffusion, health research, quality measure development, monitoring, evaluation, technical assistance, and data analytics.
Clinical Expertise Spanning the Healthcare Continuum
The Clinical Practice Team includes a physician, geriatric nurse practitioner, and two master’s prepared registered nurses. Collectively, their clinical experience spans the continuum of the primary care, acute care, rehabilitation, home health, and hospice settings. The team holds a total of eight advanced certifications. Areas of specialization include gerontology, medical coding, healthcare quality, quality reporting using the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), LEAN Six Sigma methodology, project management, nursing professional development, and executive leadership.
Providing Insight Into Clinical and Health Operations
Our team provides clinical and health operations insights to a range of Econometrica’s projects, including supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The team was involved in selecting clinically relevant quality measures for the CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model. Team members are also currently engaged in developing training content around patient assessment and coding for nurses and quality staff working in post-acute care (PAC) settings. On this project, the team has played a strategic role in creating and delivering multimodal training for providers across the Nation on the CMS Quality Reporting Program. This work is in response to the requirements of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2015. Team members also provide valuable perspective on the challenges healthcare providers face in delivering and coordinating care in different PAC settings and the barriers beneficiaries experience attempting to access the care they need.
Supporting New Business Development
In addition to supporting Econometrica’s various healthcare projects, the Clinical Practice Team provides expertise to support new projects in the areas of medical records abstraction, electronic health records, and clinical consultation.
With healthcare and related industry trends constantly evolving, Econometrica’s experts use a variety of research and evaluation methods to provide innovative and personalized approaches for each client.
Developed tailored technical assistance plans for CMS, including working with States in accessing and using CMS data sources under the State Data Resource Center contract.
Facilitated more than 250,000 provider impacts based on trainings focused on understanding and complying with the IMPACT Act on the Post-Acute Care Training contracts.
Developed three quality measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum under our Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly contract.
Kristie McNealy, M.D., PMP, CPHQ
Deputy Director, Health Group
Lisa Newton, M.S.N., R.N., NPD-BC, NEA-BC
Clinical & Health Operations Lead
Both the Project Directors and Project Managers are excellent in their handling of a very large, all-encompassing contract. [Econometrica] …works very closely with us to ensure timely and quality deliverables.—COR comment from an Econometrica CMS project.
The quality and performance of these tasks were of high standard, higher than the contract specified. Econometrica, Inc. Grand Rounds Support Team embodied the principles of customer service and responsiveness as they quickly implemented changes to documentation as agency requests increased.”—COR comment from an Econometrica CMS project.
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