Ok, so you probably guessed I don’t own an EMR (because I am the Principal/CEO of Patient360). However, I have worked on more than nine in the last twenty plus years in medicine both in and outside of hospital systems. The expectations are the same in-house or on your own in the private sector. EMRs should improve care, save money, and help all healthcare providers better communicate with improved data capture.
In partnership with the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA), Patient360, LLC (P360) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). This marks the second year of QCDR status for P360.
2 Providers Reporting for Your ENTIRE Practice... Really?!?!?!
It happens in every practice. One or two docs don’t feel charting is important. It’s an ivory tower attitude. It’s as if Yoda himself proclaimed: “Most important, patient care is.” And to be honest, as a doc, it’s more than a little insulting as the implication is that patient care is somehow NOT the priority of the providers trying to comply with the federal documentation guidelines, the clinical algorithms, preferred drug lists, and now the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP). While noncompliance may negatively impact revenue, disinterest in, or cumbersome compliance with the QPP reporting metrics no longer needs to be a stressor.
Most people hate change. It’s hard and often challenging. However, change can also be an opportunistic adventure. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you like change. In the world of CMS reimbursement, change requires expanded participation… or in 2017, any participation! In short, participate or be penalized. Medicare is giving out “gifts”, and there’s no fat man running around in a red suit this time of year. No, this is literally as easy as getting a participation trophy in t-ball these days.
Evidence based medicine (EBM) has become the mainstay for insurance denials; i.e., the evidence that standard deviations should not be normative and the foundation for why doctors should be automatons in how care is provided before ever thinking about the uniqueness of the patient. This philosophy is now upon us.
Decide how you are going to report NOW for 2017. Start collecting data now! If you know the measures now, it doesn’t matter what system you are on, you can build easy ways to track measures if you know what they are.
When reimbursement is tied to performance (as it currently is in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2016 reporting season), how do we navigate between what is "right" and what will get us paid?
Registries are in high gear now reviewing boatloads of data as providers finalize their 2016 PQRS submissions. What is the best way to honor the supposed Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) "spirit" and intention of the program (to improve quality and patient care) and still receive the maximum reimbursements to which the provider believes s/he is entitled to receive for services rendered? As a qualified registry, that has been vetted by CMS, we walk the fine line everyday of providing a balanced response to this question.
2017 is almost upon us! Are you freaking out because we’re in the last few weeks of 2016 PQRS reporting and you haven’t actually participated in the program yet? Have you just received a letter from CMS telling you that you were penalized from last year, and you’re not sure what to do about any of it? Fear not, there’s a solution–and it’s not as scary as you think!
While it may seem daunting to consider all the 2017 changes while in the midst of the current 2016 PQRS reporting period, consider it we must. The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) ended the sustainable growth rate (SGR) averting annual congressional action necessary to stop negative adjustments to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). As part of the transition CMS mandated a transition from payment based on volume of billed services to quality metrics. On October 14th, CMS released the final rule for the revamped Quality Payment Program (QPP).
It’s that time of year again where everyone eagerly awaits their “Report Cards” from CMS; in other words, the Quality & Resource Use Reports (QRUR) are coming! Most folks don’t even know the reports come directly from CMS via their EIDM account, NOT from their registry or EMR vendor. So, let’s start by getting everyone to understand where to get these “report cards” and, once you know how to obtain them, what they mean for you and your practice!