If you are using the CMS Web Interface for your quality reporting, then it is time to get started. Sure, the 2019 reporting period doesn’t begin until January, but it’s not too early to get started. Waiting until January will be too late.
While it is true that you won’t receive data from CMS until January, there are several things you can do in the months leading up to reporting season to ensure that reporting goes smoothly. Focusing on details now can help achieve the quality scores and reimbursements you want.
At Primaris, we’ve been a partner with multiple healthcare teams from around the country, providing data abstraction and support for CMS Web Interface, which until 2017 was known as the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). As we know in the healthcare industry, old habits are hard to break, so it’s not surprising that our Google analytics show just as many if not more searches for “GPRO” than “CMS Web Interface,” which we’re valiantly trying to shorten to CWI.
Whether GPRO in the past or CWI last year (for three years now), each year we encounter teams that are overwhelmed and struggling during the reporting “season” because they waited too long to prepare. Teams are often caught off guard by the amount of work required for accurate, timely reporting - and how quickly the deadline arrives.
Here is a list of five things you can do now to get a jump on CWI reporting and optimize your quality scores:
1. Put your reporting team in place. If you are handling reporting internally, you will need a reliable team to manage and execute reporting.
2. Learn about what has changed since last year. For starters, there are now 10 instead of 15 measures to report. Take time now to find out what guideline changes you need to be aware of and how those changes will affect your team’s data abstraction work.
3. Evaluate last year’s reporting and identify areas where you can make improvements. You know from two years ago the lessons learned in the transition from GPRO to CWI can still apply as you work through reporting this year. Gather your team and discuss what worked last year, what didn’t work, and what adjustments you want to make this year.
4. Study the measures. When you choose CWI as your reporting method, you are required to report a full year of data for all 10 quality measures. There are manuals that define the quality measures and a lot of complexities you need to understand. If you start early, you could focus on training your team on one or two measures each week.
5. Examine your data and make sure you are capturing the right information on patient charts. Finding out in January or February that your charts are missing data or you have captured information incorrectly will send your quality reporting into a tailspin. Study your data now and locate all data sources before it is crunch time.
Primaris specializes in CMS Web Interface reporting for healthcare providers and ACOs. Our experience as a pioneer in the nation’s journey towards value-based care began four decades ago. Our partners trust us to keep up-to-date on all the changes. To learn more about how you can prepare for quality reporting season, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-735-6776.