GE State of the Union Webinar-December 13

December 6, 2017

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

I would like to invite you to attend a special State of the Union webinar on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 where you can experience, first-hand, what Project Northstar means for you in 2018.

Highlights include:
  • Live demonstrations of innovations coming from Project Northstar
  • Tips on how you can prepare for solutions available 2018
  • Insights on how to integrate our new Population Health, Analytics and Care Delivery capabilities
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 2:30-3:30 ET

Please note: This webinar content was also shared with our customers this fall at CHUG 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you joined us for CHUG, please invite your friends, physicians and colleagues to experience this sneak peek at what’s coming in 2018.

Registration is required to join the event. The audio will be broadcast over the internet. We will record the meeting and post it to the View Past Webinars section of the Service Portal for those who cannot attend live. We hope you will join us.

Sincerely,
Chad Dodd
General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions
GE Healthcare

FREE WEBINAR: ezAccess Patient Portal Bells and Whistles

November 30, 2017

We invite you to join us on Dec 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM CST as review the ezAccess Patient Portal Bells and Whistles. We will explore portal features beyond MIPS and Meaningful Use as well as other enhancements that can take your portal use to the next level.

Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE WEBINAR: Overview of Quatris Add-on Products

November 30, 2017

We invite you to join us on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM CST as we recap the recent Fall CHUG (Centricity Healthcare User Group), and present an overview of the Quatris complementary add-on products (Mobility, Fee Schedule Loader, ePay, Ideal Image, ezAccess Patient Portal and Patient Flow Tracker).

*Don’t forget to take advantage of our Q4 CHUG discount promotion. It’s a great time of year to acquire our add-ons at a significantly reduced cost. 

Presenters: Janine Job and Maurice Rosenbaum, Quatris Health

Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

MIPS Tips – November 22

November 27, 2017

Welcome to the latest installment of MIPS Tips. In this communication we introduce the CQR 1.5.18 update, spotlight the Patient Education Objective, discuss the addition of Improvement Activities to CQR, and remind you about open enrollment for QSS.

CQR 1.5.18

  • Due out in early December
  • MIPS ACI Score will reflect 2 measure exclusions from the Final Rule with Comment Period for 2017
    • Exclusions made for ePrescribing measure for any MIPS eligible clinician who writes fewer than 100 permissible prescriptions during the reporting period
    • Exclusions made for Health Information Exchange measures for any MIPS eligible clinician who transfers a patient to another setting or refers a patient fewer than 100 times during the performance period
    • Register for the GE CQR 1.5.18 Webinar on Wednesday November 29th at 3:30 pm CST

Patient Education MIPS ACI 2017 Transition Objective

MEASURE: The MIPS Eligible Clinician (EC) provides patients with timely electronic access to their health information and patient-specific education

  • DEMONINATOR: Count 1 for every unique patient with one or more office visits seen by the MIPS EC during the performance period
  • NUMERATOR: Of the patients in the denominator, count 1 for every patient who was provided access to patient-specific education resources using clinically relevant information identified from CEHRT during the performance period
    • If patient education is provided by an EC directly, only the EC will get credit
    • If patient education is provided by a non-EC, all EC’s with an office visit in the performance period for the patient will get credit
    • An “EC” is defined for patient education as an active provider in CQR that has measures selected. Conversely, a non-EC is anyone that has no stage or measures selected in CQR
  • RECOMMENDED WORKFLOW: From the patient’s chart click on either Problems or Medications > select a Problem or Medication > click the blue “I” button > select the desired handout > select the language > make sure the box for “Record handout printing in chart” is checked > Print.

Improvement Activities

In this new performance category for 2017, clinicians are rewarded for care focused on care coordination, beneficiary engagement, and patient safety. The Improvement Activities (IA) component makes up 15% of the MIPS Performance Score. There are 93 improvement activities to choose from, and each IA is worth either 10 or 20 points. To achieve the maximum score, you must attest that you completed 40 points (or 20 points, if you are in a group with less than 15 providers, are nonpatient-facing, or are in an underserved area) for a minimum of 90 days. For more information, visit the QPP website on Improvement Activities or our Podio document List of Improvement Activities with Suggested Documentation.

  • Improvement Activities have been added to CQR and can be configured as the third component to achieve an Estimated MIPS Final Score. See attached CQR User Manual_Improvement Activities.pdf
    • From the Improvement Activities tab on the MIPS dashboard, enter a 90-day effective date for the Improvement Activities you wish to attest to.
    • Place a check next to the Improvement Activities
    • Click the blue Save Selection icon
    • Click the gear box at the top right of the blue shaded area for Additional Program Details
      • Select any Reweighting Categories that may apply
    • At the top of the screen, your Improvement Activities score will update to reflect your entries, as will your Estimated MIPS Final Score

GE Quality Submission Services (QSS)

The GE Quality Submission Service enrollment period is open now through mid-January. QSS is a Service where GE will submit quality data to CMS for enrolled customers on their behalf using the EHR Reporting method.

QSS enrollment is also the only way to get Group reporting out of CQR (Group configuration requires CPS 12.0 or CEMR 9.8 Service Pack 13 or higher).

The slides from the GE QSS Enrollment webinar are attached to this email as GE QSS Enrollment Slides.PDF

Pricing for 2017 QSS is as follows and includes both Group reporting and/or submission to CMS.

  • ACI Only (Improvement Activity optional) – $300 / provider
  • Quality Only (Improvement Activity optional) – $300 / provider
  • ACI & Quality (Improvement Activity optional) – $500 / provider

You are receiving this email because we have identified you as someone at your practice who has an interest in Quality Payment Program information for 2017. If your needs have changed and you no longer wish to receive these emails, or if you wish to add someone to the list, please respond to this email directly. If you have questions about MIPS or Quality Payment Programs, please don’t hesitate to contact our EMR support department via our support portal, at support@quatris.com, or via phone at 817-282-0300, option 2, option 2.

*Note: If you are a GE Direct support customer, the content of this email may not apply to you and you should work with GE on your processes for support and quality reporting programs.

http://www.quatris.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/GE-QSS-Enrollment-Slides.pdf

http://www.quatris.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Nov-2017-CQR-User-Manual_Improvement-Activities.pdf

MIPS Tips – November 3

November 27, 2017

Welcome to the latest installment of MIPS Tips.

Yesterday CMS issued the final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program Rule for Year 2.

Important MIPS information for the 2017 Reporting Period from the Final Rule

  • Exclusions made for ePrescribing measure for any MIPS eligible clinician who writes fewer than 100 permissible prescriptions during the reporting period
  • Exclusions made for Health Information Exchanges measures for any MIPS eligible clinician who transfers a patient to another setting or refers a patient fewer than 100 times during the performance period
    • NOTE: With the final rule just coming out, CQR is obviously not reflecting these exclusions on your MIPS calculations yet. We will keep you informed when you can expect to see these measures updated on your MIPS dashboard to reflect these exclusions.
  • Those impacted by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria) should view the Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule Overview pages 3 and 4 for specifics regarding hardships and measure reweighting for 2017 and 2018.

Important MIPS information for 2018 Reporting Period from the Final Rule

  • Eligible clinicians can use 2014 CEHRT and/or 2015 CEHRT for attestation with clinicians using only the 2015 version earning bonus points.
    • 2014 CEHRT is CPS 12.0.11 or higher or CEMR 9.8.11 or higher
    • 2015 CEHRT is CPS 12.3 or higher or CEMR 9.12 or higher (expected release in mid-November)
  • MIPS Cost performance category will account for 10% of the total MIPS score, up from 0% in 2017. Quality = 50%, Improvement Activities = 15%, ACI = 25%.
  • Quality Payment Program participation thresholds will exclude more clinicians by excluding eligible clinicians or groups with less than $90,000 in Part B allowed charge or fewer than 200 Medicare Part B beneficiaries.
  • In 2018, the reporting period for Quality and Cost will be a full calendar year. For Advancing Care Information and Improvement Activities it will remain a 90-day reporting period.
  • MIPS performance threshold will increase from 3 points during 2017 to 15 points in 2018.
  • In 2018, eligible clinicians treating medically complex patients will earn up to 5 bonus points.
  • In 2018, small practices will receive 5 bonus points to their total MIPS score.
  • Virtual group implementation will launch during 2018.

Register to join CMS at noon CT on November 14 for a webinar on the Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule.

For More Information:

You are receiving this email because we have identified you as someone at your practice who has an interest in Quality Payment Program information for 2017. If your needs have changed and you no longer wish to receive these emails, or if you wish to add someone to the list, please respond to this email directly.

If you have questions about MIPS or Quality Payment Programs, please don’t hesitate to contact our EMR support department via our support portal, at support@quatris.com, or via phone at 817-282-0300, option 2, option 2.

*Note: If you are a GE Direct support customer, the content of this email may not apply to you and you should work with GE on your processes for support and quality reporting programs.

MIPS Tips – October 16

November 27, 2017

Welcome to our latest installment of MIPS Tips. In this communication, we overview the Quality Payment Program Year 2 Proposed Rule, visit some handy resources for your Quality Measure workflows, and provide links to information for exceptions to those customers impacted by this year’s devastating hurricanes.

Proposed Rule for Quality Payment Program Year 2 (2018)

While many of you are in the thick of preparing for 2017, CMS is evaluating a proposed rule for how we will proceed with MIPS in 2018.

We expect a final decision on the proposed rule in October or November, but if history is any indication, the rule will pass with limited changes to what is proposed. You can visit the Fact Sheet on the Proposed Rule, or you can review the Proposed Rule in its entirety. We will communicate about the Final Rule as soon as it is passed.

Below are some key items in the proposed rule:

  • Allowing for the continuing use of 2014 CEHRT while encouraging the use of 2015 CEHRT
    • CPS 12.0.11 and higher is 2014 CEHRT, CPS 12.3 and higher is 2015 CEHRT
    • CEMR 9.10.11 and higher is 2014 CEHRT, CEMR 9.12 and higher is 2015 CEHRT
  • Adding bonus points to the scoring methodology for using 2015 CEHRT exclusively
  • Performance Period Changes
    • Quality = Full Year
    • Advancing Care Information (ACI) = 90 days
    • Improvement Activities (IA) = 90 days
  • Providing additional flexibilities for small and rural practices

Quality Measure Workflows

Earlier this year, Quatris held a Quality Quickie webinar series designed to provide further insight into specific CQMs and workflows that can be used to meet these measures. These webinars are great tools if assistance is needing to tweak a measure or improve overall percentages. Click the hyperlink below to be taken to the Podio page where the slides and the link to the brief recording link reside.

Customers in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Our hearts go out to our many Texas and Florida customers impacted by the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes. CMS is reviewing reporting requirements for the Quality Payment Program for impacted practices. Additional information can be found on the CMS Emergency page or by contacting CMS directly.

You are receiving this email because we have identified you as someone at your practice who has an interest in Quality Payment Program information for 2017. If your needs have changed and you no longer wish to receive these emails, or if you wish to add someone to the list, please respond to this email directly. If you have questions about MIPS or Quality Payment Programs, please don’t hesitate to contact our EMR support department via our support portal, at support@quatris.com, or via phone at 817-282-0300, option 2, option 2.

*Note: If you are a GE Direct support customer, the content of this email may not apply to you and you should work with GE on your processes for support and quality reporting programs.

MIPS Tips – October 2, 2017

November 27, 2017

For those of you that may be new to our e-mail blasts for Quality Reporting, these communications are called MIPS Tips and we hope you find value in the information we have included here.

We need to proceed with the assumption that everyone is educated on the program basics of MIPS. If you are not, CMS has put together a really helpful Quality Payment Program website to get you started. The important take-away is that you will be impacted by this program if you meet the requirements and if you see Medicare Part-B patients because it changes the way you will reimbursed. It is not an “incentive” program; it will adjust your future payments on your Medicare charges: either negatively, neutral, or positively.

Are your providers eligible for MIPS?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked.  CMS has provided a great tool to help you determine if your provider(s) are eligible to participate. You can check your provider(s) MIPS eligibility by going to the Quality Payment Program website and entering an individual NPI number and the site will return whether or not they are eligible. If you are still unclear based on the results we highly recommend that you reach out to the QPP Service Center for a final determination of eligibility.

  • QPP Service Center Contact Information:

October 2, 2017 marks the beginning of the last 90-day reporting period.

The “Pick your Pace” option under MIPS allows for reporting to a 90-day reporting period for each of the 3 components of MIPS:  Advancing Care Information, Quality and Improvement Activities.  The start of the last 90-day reporting period is today, giving you a 90-day reporting period of October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

MIPS 2017 data submission

2017 data submission is open January 2 through March 31,  2018. If you are eligible to participate but chose not to submit data, you will receive a negative 4% payment adjustment on Medicare reimbursements which will go into effect January 1, 2019.

GE will be opening their QSS (Quality Submission Services) program in October. Through QSS, GE can submit some or all your MIPS components to CMS on your behalf. There is a fee for participation in QSS. Register HERE for more information on the QSS MIPS Submission Enrollment Webinar on Monday, October 23rd at 2 pm CT.

NEW – MIPS Quality Consulting Services

If you have not started and are in need of assistance, Quatris is here to help! Quatris has introduced a new service called MIPS Quality Consulting.  This service aims to assist clients through every stage of their MIPS journey and partner with you towards a successful attestation, all while providing you with peace of mind that you have experts there to guide you through the process. If you would like more information about MIPS Quality Consulting services, we recently hosted a webinar that we would encourage you to take advantage of. The link to the presentation and the recording can be found HERE. You can also reach out to us by e-mail quality@quatris.com and we are happy to reach out to you with additional information about these services.

In the upcoming issues of MIPS Tips, we will focus on individual components of MIPS for 2017 and provide additional tips and insights into preparing and navigating this new program and the new requirements. We will bring time sensitive issues to your attention, and highlight issues we believe are important to our MIPS attesters.

A new program with new requirements can be scary and intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. There is too much money to be left on the table by simply walking away from the MIPS Quality Payment Program and we want you to rest assured we will be here to help navigate the process with you.

You are receiving this email because we have identified you as someone at your practice who has an interest in Quality Payment Program information for 2017. If your needs have changed and you no longer wish to receive these emails, or if you wish to add someone to the list, please respond to this email directly. If you have questions about MIPS or Quality Payment Programs, please don’t hesitate to contact our EMR support department via our support portal, at support@quatris.com, or via phone at 817-282-0300, option 2, option 2.

*Note: If you are a GE Direct support customer, the content of this email may not apply to you and you should work with GE on your processes for support and quality reporting programs.

Important Announcement – September 2017 Full KB Update

November 14, 2017
November 13, 2017

Dear Centricity EMR Customers:

On September 25, 2017 GE Healthcare Digital released the September 2017 Full Knowledgebase to the Customer Service Portal. In this release, there was a script to update NDC and descriptions of existing medications on a patient’s active medication list and within Medication Customer Lists to current data. This script required manual effort and it has been found that Customers may not have completed this task.

Please locate the script as shown below and run after hours with all users logged out. Full information can be found starting on page 18 of the Release Notes. If you have not yet applied the September 2017 Full Knowledgebase, please apply that first before running the script.

Locate the file INF file at <KBFolder>\KBInfo\Update_Medicate_Data.inf

Thank you,

Quatris Support

NOTE: If your practice uses our cloud (hosted) service, or if Quatris performs your KB updates for you, this script has already been applied for you.  

 

 

Quality Submission Services Enrollment Now Open

October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

If you are planning on participating in the GE Quality Submission Services (QSS) program for 2017 submission or group reporting, the enrollment period is now open.

QSS is a Service where GE will submit quality data to CMS for enrolled customers on their behalf using the EHR Reporting method. QSS enrollment is also the only way to get Group reporting out of CQR.

GE presented a QSS Enrollment webinar and the slides for that webinar are attached to this email. The link to the recording can be found on the Quatris Podio site here: https://podio.com/quatriscom/product-readiness/apps/quality-reporting/items/244

Pricing for QSS for 2017 is as follows and includes both Group reporting and/or submission to CMS.

  • ACI Only (Improvement Activity optional) – $300 / provider
  • Quality Only (Improvement Activity optional) – $300 / provider
  • ACI & Quality (Improvement Activity optional) – $500 / provider

In order to participate in the QSS program, your organization must take all the following actions, explained in more detail on the MIPS 2017 Checklist under the QSS headings:

  • Join MQIC (if not already a member)
  • Enter and validate provider and group information in CQR
  • Enroll in QSS and sign Provider Consents (in CQR under the MQIC tab, status must = Enrolled)
  • Sign and return work order for QSS enrollment to Quatris
  • Monitor Measures in CQR
  • Assign Source of Payment (SOP) codes for all insurance carriers
  • Select measures for submission (if applicable)
  • Authorize and complete submission (if applicable)
  • GE Submits data to CMS (if applicable)
  • Receive invoice from Quatris on data submitted to CMS (if applicable)

As QSS is a GE program, following the GE Quality Reporting Community will provide you with information specific to the program and additional details. A GE SSO is required. The Quality Reporting Community can be found here: https://engage.gehealthcare.com/community/en/cps/quality-reporting-community and QSS specific information can be found here: https://engage.gehealthcare.com/docs/DOC-277259

Quatris customers are responsible for all MIPS program decisions. To account for your unique circumstances, we encourage you to speak with CMS directly about any program related questions, or engage our Quatris MIPS Consulting Services.

If you have any questions about the QSS enrollment process, please contact Quatris EMR support via our support portal, by emailing support@quatris.com, or by phone at 817-282-0300 option 2, option 2.

Documents attached: MIPS Enrollment 2017.pdf

Regards,

Quatris Health

FREE Webinar: Emerging Trends in Front-End Revenue Cycle Management and Self-Service Registration

October 23, 2017

In this webinar you will learn about emerging trends in front end revenue cycle management and solutions other providers are using to streamline their processes while creating a better customer experience. Find out how other providers are creatively seeking new ways to collect more money at the point of service, reduce waiting room times and at the same time improve patient satisfaction. Clearwave is the proven leader in patient intake and eligibility and you will be provided with real takeaways how you too can maximize patient registration.

Presenters: Eric Anderson, Clearwave and Maurice Rosenbaum, Quatris Health

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To register visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6572161816484621313