eMDs and TMF Health Quality Institute Offer Texas Clients Free Assistance in Earning Additional Quality Incentives
Mon, 2011/11/14 - 2:00am

EHR Vendor and QIO will help physicians take advantage of incentive program.

AUSTIN, TX - eMDs, the provider of the nation’s most highly rated EHR, and TMF Health Quality Institute, Texas’ federally designated Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) are working together to offer eMDs users in Texas free assistance with earning incentives under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for 2012.

As a public service pursuant to its contract with the federal government, TMF Health Quality Institute will work together with eMDs to assist eMDs users interested in direct EHR reporting for selected Preventive Care measures under the PQRS program. The measures are aligned with “meaningful use” criteria. The following are included in this technical assistance:

enabling EHR functionality needed to conduct PQRS EHR Reporting
identifying exactly where and how to record specific data elements for each preventive care measure
establishing workflows to allow efficient and consistent data capture
using routine reports that allow monthly monitoring of PQRS measures
implement a continuous quality improvement program to improve performance rates
submitting data to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to receive incentive payments
sharing best practices and expertise from topic experts on new developments in prevention services (for example, the CDC and physician specialists)
providing assistance based on practice needs

Consistent with national healthcare goals to expand EHR use and functionality, CMS is encouraging providers to begin reporting PQRS using the EHR-based reporting option. eMDs users are well positioned to participate in this initiative because Solution Series™ is one of only 27 EHR systems qualified in 2011 to report PQRS using the EHR option. While PQRS reporting can be daunting and meticulous, eMDs and TMF Health Quality Institute will lead physicians through the necessary steps to ensure successful reporting.

Providers who have successfully implemented an eMDs qualified product can earn financial incentives through PQRS. Failure to report PQRS measures will result in payment penalties beginning in 2015.

Participating in this initiative with TMF Health Quality Institute and eMDs, physicians will save time and effort as they fully optimize the reporting features of their systems. Further, physicians will be able to track their own care processes and make sustainable improvements with these reporting features.

“Direct EHR reporting for PQRS represents advancement of the program, which began with a claims-based reporting process,” said Tara Richardson, director of quality improvement at TMF. “As practices are preparing to attest to meaningful use, the addition of PQRS EHR reporting maximizes their return on investment as well as advances progress toward quality improvement and better care coordination. TMF’s focus is to improve the health of patients by assisting providers with reporting features and capabilities, while earning available incentives.”

“We are pleased to offer our numerous clients in Texas the benefit of free assistance for earning incentives along with TMF.” stated Michael Stearns, MD, President and CEO of eMDs, Inc. “We intend for our customers to reap all the possible benefits of EHR implementation and Meaningful Use, be it improved patient care, streamlined billing procedures or financial rewards from the government. TMF is an organization committed to helping clients realize those same advantages.”

For more information on how to receive PQRS assistance, please visit http://TexasQIO.tmf.org or contact Michelle Teague at 1-866-439-8863.

For more information on CMS incentive programs, please visit www.cms.gov.

To learn more about eMDs, please visit www.e-mds.com.

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