Advantages to Filing MIPS Data Electronically

Many providers elect not to file MIPS data, stating that it is too difficult or not worth their time. However, with penalties increasing every year, few practices can afford not to file. 

Health eFilings simplifies MIPS reporting, using the electronic filing method set up by CMS. Practices are able to save time and money, with a completely automated process that requires no work on their end.

What makes filing electronically with Health eFilings the best method for CMS Compliance? The software does all the work!

  • No need to select measures
  • No claims-level work or chart abstraction
  • No IT resources needed
  • Works across multiple EHRs

No Need to Select Measures Prior to Reporting

If an organization attempts to file manually or files using a registry, the first critical step to fulfilling CMS compliance requirements is to select six eCQMs. If the organization includes providers who are in different specialties, this can be an arduous and challenging task; some providers will score better in certain measures, while other providers score poorly. This will make it necessary to choose the six eCQMs that best represent each provider. It is almost impossible for organizations to individually evaluate each of the 64 measures for each provider and predict which measures will best represent those providers. Further, it is very time-consuming, diverting attention away from patient care.

Health eFilings is a full service data submission vendor (DSV), and our proprietary software seamlessly integrates with any MU 2 compliant EHR. As such, all quality data is extracted directly from the organization’s EHR or multiple EHRs for all patients seen by every Eligible Professional (EP) over the course of the year. The software automatically selects the best performing Quality measures. This process eliminates the need for clinic administrators to review and select measures, saving them significant time and positioning them to avoid penalties and earn incentives.

No Claims-level Work or Chart Abstraction

When it comes to Claims or Registry filing methods, extensive administrative staff time is needed to both collect and aggregate patient-level data. For Claims reporting, a practice needs to manually record and then calculate quality data for every Medicare patient. A practice using a Registry needs to manually select 20 patients from each EP, at least 11 of which must be Medicare patients, and extract the appropriate quality data for each. Additionally, Registry reporting uses a subset of patients, so there is a risk that patients selected might not accurately represent the provider’s best practices. This could cause their overall quality score to be lower.

Since Health eFilings’ software extracts all patient data directly from the EHR, there is no work for the clinic administrative staff to do. Further, MIPS data accurately reflects the provider’s clinical work as a whole, which ensures the overall composite performance score is maximized.

No IT Resources Needed

Reporting requires access to your quality data, but only a few EHRs have this functionality. Therefore, practices must work with expensive consultants, burden their IT staff with this time-consuming task, or hire IT personnel to write custom scripts and utilize specific hardware to achieve the needed functionality.  Additionally, it’s often necessary to engage with the EHR developer to acquire this data, further increasing the compliance hurdles and costs.

In contrast, Health eFilings’ proprietary software does all the work. It seamlessly integrates with any MU2-compliant EHR to aggregate, extract, benchmark quality data against your peers, and then selects the best measures to submit to CMS on your behalf. There is no need for IT to do anything. Once a login is provided, the software does all the required work for you to comply with CMS quality data reporting requirements.

No Forms to Fill Out

Once practices have spent countless hours collecting all of the quality data, that data must be submitted to CMS. If using a Registry, this means manually entering each provider’s quality data on a series of online forms – up to 7 pages for each of the 20 patients per physician, for a total of 140 pages per EP. Not only is this labor-intensive, but there is significant opportunity for data entry errors, which will cause a practice’s submission to be rejected by CMS. So, despite doing all that work to file, the practice will still receive the maximum penalty. Some Registries will allow a practice to upload their provider data into their system, however, practices often struggle to properly format the data, causing costly time delays and requiring more staff resources to resolve the problem.

 

The process is completely different when filing electronically with Health eFilings as the software does all of the work so there is nothing for the practice to do. The proprietary software extracts, calculates, formats, and submits the practice’s best measures with no clinic staff intervention.

Works Across Multiple EHRs

A major advantage to using Health eFilings is the software’s ability to extract, aggregate, and de-duplicate data across multiple EHRs. Whether an organization is using one EHR across several practices or multiple EHRs across a larger health system, Health eFilings’ software does all the work to create a single, accurate master file to submit to CMS, a process that is almost impossible to do manually.

What is the Best Method of Reporting MIPS?

All practices with an EHR will benefit from using the electronic filing capabilities of Health eFilings to submit MIPS data. From saving up to 40 hours of staff time per EP to not needing to maintain costly IT infrastructure or expensive consulting contracts, practices eliminate the risk of submitting inaccurate data or accidentally omitting EPs, which can result in steep reimbursement penalties. Health eFilings significantly simplifies what is otherwise a time consuming and challenging task.