With HEDIS®, CAHPS®, STARS and HRSA Clinical Core measures tied directly to reimbursements, care gaps can have a serious negative impact on a health care organization’s bottom line. Every year billions of dollars in reimbursements and other payer incentives are tied to quality performance. Quality scores can also have a big impact on a plan’s Exchange rating. As a result, many organizations are implementing formal quality improvement programs.
This year's convention covered more square footage than 21 football fields and showcased over 1200 vendors, with almost 300 of them exhibiting at HIMSS for the first time. The booths were divided over several exhibition floors along with educational sessions and professional certification exams being conducted in separate meeting rooms for those interested in continuing education. All in all, more than 45,000 people attended. With all of these attendees and spectators, there were a number of recurring themes: