QUALITY TODAY

A blog dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P

Jennifer Wilbers, is a Primaris Quality Improvement Program Specialist. Jennifer has a Bachelors in Health Sciences, a Masters in Health Administration and is working to complete her Doctorate in Health Administration. Jennifer has both basic quality reporting experience and IT background, having worked in clinic administration and aspects of Risk Management. Her current studies prepare her uniquely to Value reporting in the physician practice space.
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The Countdown Begins for 2016 PQRS Reporting

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you are like many providers, then you are knee deep in the weeds of reporting, abstracting, and attesting for 2016 PQRS. And if you're not, then you better get going. CMS deadlines are weeks away, and now is the time be gathering data and making sure every ‘t’ is crossed and ‘i’ is dotted. 

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Topics: PQRS

Next Steps for 2016 PQRS Reporting

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Sep 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

There is still time to report PQRS in 2016.  If you have not yet developed a plan for reporting or have not yet contacted your vendor for direction, please do so ASAP.  

Individuals can still report via Registry, EHR (Direct or Data Submission Vendor), or Qualified Clinical Data Registry.  Groups can still report via the mechanism chosen during GPRO registration. 

Please note the following important action steps for the method you have selected.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

How to Use Your Annual QRUR and PQRS Feedback Reports for Improvement

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Prepare for the release of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reports and Qualtiy and Resource Use Reports (QRUR), which provide important information on payment adjustments for 2017 and improvement opportunities. They will be released by CMS any day now.

PQRS feedback reports depict your program year 2015 PQRS reporting results, including payment adjustment assessment for 2017.

QRURs are how a practice obtains comparative information about the quality and cost of the care provided to Medicare patients. QRURs should be used to:

  • Verify the accuracy of EPs billing under your group’s Tax Identification Number (TIN).
  • Examine the number of patients attributed to your group and the basis for the attribution.
  • Evaluate how your group’s performance compares to other groups and which attributed beneficiaries are driving your group’s cost and quality measures.
  • Show how providers will fare under the 2017 Value-Based Modifier (VM)
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Topics: value-based care, PQRS, quality improvement

Which Method of GPRO Reporting is Right for You?

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Jun 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In our earlier blog post, we covered, "Is GPRO Reporting a Good Option for You?" In most cases, the answer is, yes, it is easier to report via the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). Now comes the decision of HOW to report GPRO.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

Is GPRO Reporting a Good Option for You?

Posted by Jennifer Wilbers, MHA, ARM-E, AIT, CHES, EMT-P on Jun 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) allows individual providers within a group to report as one entity for PQRS. A “group” or “group practice” is defined as a single Medicare-billing Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) with 2 or more individual eligible professionals (EPs) (as identified by their individual NPI) who have reassigned their billing rights to the TIN. 

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Topics: value-based care, GPRO, PQRS, value-based payments

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