PQRS incentive payments just for providing quality patient care sounds like easy money for doctors and practices, right? Not quite. Failure to meet CMS’s quality thresholds, as well as the failure to report entirely, will result in payment adjustments subtracted from providers’ Medicare reimbursement in 2017.
However, medical practices can still avoid penalties this year. pMD can easily set up PQRS measures and record data electronically through its mobile charge capture software.
pMD can build PQRS prompts right into the charge capture process. Practices choose their quality measures based on their specialty, then pMD builds logic to display those measures for qualifying patients. For example, if a doctor chooses to report on Measure #117: Diabetes Eye Exam, when she enters a charge for a patient with diabetes, she’s prompted to indicate if the patient had an eye exam within the past year.
pMD’s method of PQRS data capture is real-time and logic-based. This means doctors are presented with clinical best practices while still caring for their patients, and they only need to address measures relevant to the patient they are treating. Real-time data capture also saves hours of practices’ time, since they won’t be scrambling to sort through a year’s worth of data at the end of the reporting period.
Preparing for PQRS in 2015 may seem like a daunting undertaking, but if a group selects the quality measures most applicable to their specialty and plans to capture data in an easy, efficient way at point of care, they will avoid penalty fees, earn upward Value Modifier payment adjustments, and most importantly, ensure they are providing the highest quality of care to every patient they see in the new year.
pMD’s mobile charge capture, care coordination, secure messaging, mobile EHR, and HIE services support doctors across multiple specialties and improve patient care. Doctors use pMD to enter their billing charges into Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini devices at the point of patient care. pMD increases efficiency and security in a practice through automation and secure, HIPAA-compliant text messaging. Doctors using charge capture are increasing their ROI in a time where Medicare cuts, ICD-10, PQRS, and other costs are significantly impacting profitability. pMD provides free interfaces with most major electronic medical records, hospital information, and medical billing systems, including Allscripts Pro PM, Allscripts Tiger, athenaCollector by athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Centricity (formerly Millbrook and IDX), MEDITECH, MobileMD, NextGen, and Vitera Intergy (Sage). For more information, contact pMD.