Assessing the quality of the after-visit summary (AVS) in a primary-care clinic

Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Amimi Osayande, Kimberly Kone, Kate Bridges, Philip Day

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Abstract

Background and Objective: As part of Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) recommend physicians provide patients with an After-Visit Summary (AVS) following a clinic visit. Information should be relevant and actionable with specific instructions regarding their visit and health. Until recently, this recommendation was included as part of meeting the standard for Stage 1 Meaningful Use for all physicians using electronic-health-record (EHR) technology. In 2016, CMS issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to institute parts of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which continues to focus on quality, resource use, and use of certified EHR technology. The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of the AVS for patients seen at the Parkland Family Medicine Residency Clinic. Methods: Electronic medical records of 250 randomly selected patients seen at the Parkland Family Medicine Residency Clinic between July 2013 and July 2014 were reviewed using the 3 W’s question format, a modified version of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s “Ask Me 3 Program,” designed to improve communication between patients and their health care providers. Results: The goal of the quality improvement study was to ensure that all patients receive a meaningful (relevant, accurate, and actionable) AVS after each clinic visit. Chart review indicated that 100% of patients received an AVS after each clinic visit. Of these patients, 51.2% were Spanish speaking, 47.2% English speaking, and 1.6% spoke neither English nor Spanish. Of the non-English-speaking patients, 84.8% received the AVS in their first language; the other 15.2% received the AVS in English. Sixteen percent (16%) of patients overall were considered to have received a nonmeaningful AVS. Reasons for the AVS not being meaningful included not containing any information on the patient’s presenting problem (39.2%), physician intervention (35%), or plan of care (18.4%). Conclusions: This study confirmed that although we demonstrate meaningful use of our EHR system, the content of the AVS needs to be improved on.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Electronic health records
  • Meaningful use
  • Primary health care
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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