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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

Primaris PQRS Reporting Numbers You Should Know

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As you probably realize, the PQRS reporting period is right around the corner. That means, right now, many healthcare teams are scrambling to prepare. Quality reporting is stressful. Teams are usually short on time and resources – and that makes tackling a large number of records in a limited timeframe difficult. As you think about how your team will pull together the necessary data and find the man hours to complete reporting tasks, consider these numbers related to quality reporting and Primaris:

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Topics: PQRS

GPRO 2016: The Top Ten Reporting Changes You Need to Know

Posted by Jacque Gabriel, RT, (R), (M), (QM) on Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

You finally think you understand GPRO—the measures, the process, and even all the requirements. You get your entire staff team on board. You are ready to go, and then...they change the rules! 

Those of you who have experience in quality reporting, know this is quite common, and there isn't much you can do about it. PQRS GPRO reporting is complex and complicated, we can all agree on that. So, when changes are constantly made, it is even more challenging. Unfortunately, you still have to report GPRO. So, the best thing you can do is be engaged by staying up to-do-date and educating yourself with the resources provided.  

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

World Pneumonia Day: A Perfect Time to Talk about GPRO Prev-8

Posted by Timothy Perkins on Nov 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

November 12, is World Pneumonia Day. While it is not the type of day you go out and buy a greeting card for, World Pneumonia Day was established in 2009 to raise awareness about the toll of pneumonia—a leading killer of children around the world—and to advocate for global action to protect against, help prevent, and effectively treat this deadly illness.

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Topics: PQRS

Are You Using Your QRUR & PQRS Feedback Reports to Guide Your Quality Improvement Efforts?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback reports and Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) reports provide valuable improvement information that can be used to improve the quality of patient care. 

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Topics: PQRS, quality improvement, MIPS

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

Primaris is taking GPRO abstraction to new heights

Posted by Stacey Arens-Wilson on Aug 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The GPRO abstraction tool is the technical heart of Primaris GPRO abstraction efforts. First introduced in 2014, Primaris' abstraction tool streamlines the client-vendor process.

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS, abstraction vendor

Demystifying MACRA: Aledade & Primaris to Host Educational Event

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The word MACRA has become quite the buzzword throughout the healthcare industry. What do you know so far about the future of physician payments? What don’t you know?  

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Topics: PQRS, MACRA, ACO, value-based payments, MIPS

PQRS GPRO 2016: What to Do in the Next 6 Months

Posted by Revee White on Jul 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The June 30 deadline has come and gone to decide to report as a group for PQRS GPRO reporting, starting in Jan 2017. If you said yes, less than six months remain before go time. What do you need to do to be ready? Here are 4 things to check off your list: 

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Topics: GPRO, PQRS

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