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July 3rd, 2014

2014 Deadline for Registry Reporting

Medicare made it official: March 31, 2015 is the deadline for submitting PQRS data via Registry for the 2014 program year.

 

January 14th, 2014

GRPO Registration for 2014

The window of opportunity and deadline to register for the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) for 2014 PQRS reporting has not yet been set. CMS has stated that the portal will open some time in March and close in September.

GPRO can make the process of reporting much easier.

PQRS Solutions assists clients to elect this method of reporting, which in 2014 allows you to submit either Registry or EHR-based measures and can make it easier to avoid any adjustment due to the Value-Based Modifier.  

We encourage clients to get started now with setting up an IACS account.

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January 12th, 2014

Scott Larsen Joins Mingle Analytics

We are pleased to announce that Scott Larsen will be joining the senior management team at Mingle Analytics / PQRS Solutions on February 3, 2013.

Among other credits, Scott has been Clinical Applications Manager at Regional West Medical Center in Nebraska, Director of Information Systems for New West Physicians in Colorado, and Manager of Information Systems for Groople when it was an internet startup.  He brings extensive experience implementing and managing healthcare information systems and will be invaluable as we scale our systems and ramp up our development to meet the demands of our rapidly growing client base.

Scott helps to bring us one giant step closer to our goal of becoming the Nation’s most popular, most accurate, and most prolific submitter of Health Care Quality data to Medicare for the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Based Modifier, and for Clinical Quality Measures.

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December 29th, 2013

2014 Measures now out

CMS has released the new measures and measure groups for 2014.

You can download them here.

 

November 7th, 2013

PQRS Review

Didn't get your 2012 PQRS Incentive?

Request an informal review. Learn how by reading this CMS Fact sheet or follow these instructions:

In order to request an informal review of 2012 PQRS performance, CMS must receive a valid informal review request via the web-based tool, Quality Reporting Communication Support Page, during the informal review period. Please follow the steps below to submit a valid request:

  • Individual EPs or designated support staff will need to submit a request for an informal review for each individual rendering National Provider Identifier (NPI) for each Tax Identification Number (TIN) under which the requestor submitted 2012 PQRS QDCs or data.

    Groups that participated in the GPRO will need to have their main point of contact request an informal review for the TIN under which the GPRO submitted 2012 PQRS QDCs or data.
  • To submit the request, go to the Communication Support Page between November 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
  • Complete the mandatory fields in the online form, including the appropriate justification, for the request to be deemed valid. Failure to complete the form in full will result in the inability to process the request. CMS or the QualityNet Help Desk may contact the requestor for additional information if necessary.

 

 

 

 

October 12th, 2013

GPRO Deadline Extended

The deadline for GPRO self-nomination has been extended to 11:59 Eastern Time: October 18, 2013

Contact PQRS Solutions for assistance:

July 17th, 2013

Mingle Analytics Releases White Paper

Dr. Dan Mingle of Mingle Analytics and Beth Schindele of Quality Insights of Delaware made a presentation at the June RECognition Health IT 2.0 Expo to announce their successful collaboration to submit quality data for Delaware eligible professionals.

Dr. Mingle also offered a break-out session on the ABCs of PQRS. Read about their collaboration here send an email to info@pqrssolutions.com.

The conference was a joint project with the HIMSS Delaware Valley Chapter in Dover, DE. The event was attended by 100+ physicians, PAs, NPs, practice IT staff and EHR super-useres from practices across the state of Delaware.

Dr. Mingle’s career as a board-certified family-practice physician has ranged from practicing in rural Maine to participating nationally to promote the use of electronic medical record. Throughout his career, Dr. Mingle has been part of both local and national efforts to address healthcare quality and adoption of information technology. 

Dr. Mingle was the founder, owner, and lead physician of Western Maine Family Practice in Norway, Maine where he practiced for 14 years.  He was an early adopter of electronic practice management systems and a pioneer, integrating behavioral health into a primary care practice.

Dr. Mingle spent five years on the faculty and as Assistant Medical Director of the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Community and Family Medicine of the Dartmouth Medical School.  He received an MS degree from Dartmouth’s Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences in 2003, a program emphasizing healthcare improvement, change management, and quality measurement. 

Dr. Mingle is founder, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Mingle Analytics, LLC.  Through Mingle Analytics, Dr. Mingle helps ambulatory practices transform their approach to healthcare to become patient-centered and use data-driven decision-making, while improving productivity, reducing cost and increasing revenue.  He has been reporting PQRS since 2008.

May 29th, 2013

Sequestration affects PQRS

CMS announced to Data-Submission Vendors today that sequestration will reduce the 2012 incentive payments for PQRS by 2%. For example, If the incentive payment would have been $1000 based on $0.5% of allowable charges, the payment under sequestration rules will be $980.02*. Make sure to avoid the 1.5% penalty adjustment in 2015 by reporting in 2013. www.pqrssolutions.com.

May 14th, 2013

2013 PQRS Reporting deadline extended

We have just received word from CMS that the deadline for reporting PQRS measures via Registry has been changed to March 31, 2014.  This is great news for all eligible professionals and Registry vendors, especially where so many practices will be making a GPRO Registry submission

Since the value-based modifier is in effect for groups of 100 or more, and as few as 2 eligible professionals can report as a group, this makes GPRO the best option for many.  Want to know more about GPRO? Read our blog post on the topic. 

Contact us for a free consultation on the best method to report PQRS.

April 23rd, 2013

Qualified Registry and Data Submission Vendor Listings

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the list of qualifed Registries and qualified Data-Submission Vendors for the 2013 PQRS reporting program.  PQRS Solutions, a division of Mingle Analytics, is both a qualifed Registry and qualifed Data-Submission Vendor (DSV). There are fewer than 15 Registries qualifed on all Meaures and Measure Groups--PQRS Solutions is one of them. We are also one of the few DSV's qualifed on all 51 measures, eRx, EHR Incentive Pilot and open to any provider who wants to submit. Review the listings here:  Qualified Registry listing. Qualifed DSV listing