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NHIA Industry-Wide Data Initiative

The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) has developed standardized definitions for home and specialty infusion providers to use when collecting data related to patient events as part of ongoing quality improvement activities. These definitions were developed by a volunteer-based Outcomes Task Force comprised of individual provider and business-firm members committed to the utilization of quality data to advance the infusion industry. Standardized definitions allow providers to engage in industry-wide benchmarking and research activities, generating the necessary data for demonstrating the quality and value associated with administering infused medications in the home setting. Providers are encouraged to adopt the NHIA Patient Outcome Definitions to become eligible for participation in future industry-wide quality data initiatives.

Click here to review the Final Standard Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements. For additional information you can also contact Connie Sullivan at 303-747-3798, or at connie.sullvian@nhia.org.

Patient Satisfaction Benchmarking Program

NHIF is excited to announce that providers will be able to include patient satisfaction survey data for long-term, active patients in the initial sample interval beginning in January 2019. NHIF has received several requests to expand the program to include long-term, active patients in addition to the current requirement to survey all eligible home infusion patients at the time of discharge. The inclusion of long-term, active patients will be optional, however NHIF expects most providers are already collecting this data and are eager to be able to compare survey results for patients receiving chronic infusion therapies. Providers may survey long-term, active patients after the patient has completed six months of service. If a location decides to include their long-term, active patients in benchmarking, then the provider must commit to contributing data for all qualifying therapy categories. The Patient Satisfaction Benchmarking Guide has been revised to reflect this change and is posted to the NHIF website.

Click here to download the Guide.

NHIF Announces Standardized Therapy Categories for Collecting Industry-wide Data

NHIF has plans to initiate several industry-wide data collection and reporting activities in 2019, starting with Patient Satisfaction Benchmarking. NHIF also has plans to collect data in 2019 that will allow the Foundation to publish a report summarizing the business trends in the home infusion industry. In order to streamline how the data for various benchmarks will be reported and analyzed, it is necessary to develop a standardized list of therapy categories for use in data analysis and cross-tabulations. Therefore, NHIF is releasing the proposed list of therapy categories that will be used in the initial benchmarking program. Providers may wish to collect more detailed therapy category data at an organizational level; however the more detailed data can be mapped to the broader category for national reporting purposes. NHIF recognizes that individual differences exist with regard to the clinical terminology used today. NHIF also recognizes that some adaptation will need to occur to achieve standardization with these outcome data elements. The standardized definitions being proposed are intended to be broad enough to accommodate variations in software and data collection processes between providers. If you have questions or comments about the proposed list of therapy categories, please send your comments to Connie Sullivan, Vice President of Research and Innovation at connie.sullvian@nhia.org. To see the list, click here.

NHIA "Standard Definitions for Patient Outcomes Data Elements" for Implementation by Infusion Providers

The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) has developed standardized definitions for home and specialty infusion providers to use when collecting data related to patient events as part of ongoing quality improvement activities. These definitions were developed by a volunteer-based Outcomes Task Force comprised of individual provider and business-firm members committed to the utilization of quality data to advance the infusion industry. Standardized definitions allow providers to engage in industry-wide benchmarking and research activities, generating the necessary data for demonstrating the quality and value associated with administering infused medications in the home setting. Providers are encouraged to adopt the NHIA Patient Outcome Definitions to become eligible for participation in future industry-wide quality data initiatives.

Click here to review the Final Standard Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements. For additional information you can also contact Connie Sullivan at 303-747-3798, or at connie.sullivan@nhia.org.

If you are interested in volunteering for future projects related to developing quality measures, please contact Connie Sullivan, R.Ph. at connie.sullivan@nhia.org