CMS approves Alpha II as a 2016 PQRS Registry
Alpha II, a leading developer of software platforms, software as a service and publications that support the healthcare revenue cycle, announced today that it has been qualified by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Registry for the 2016 PQRS program year. This is the third consecutive year the Alpha II Registry has been named a qualified registry. Each program year, CMS conducts a vetting process of all self-nominated PQRS registries to determine those that are qualified and compliant with PQRS data collection and submission requirements. The Alpha II Registry was granted this CMS distinction following an extensive five-month self-nomination and attestation process.
The CMS PQRS Program enables individual eligible professionals and group practices to use objective feedback from reported data to assess and improve their quality of care. The CMS-qualification allows the Alpha II Registry to report PQRS data on behalf of physicians and physician practices through its platform of data collection, editing and submission services. The Alpha II Registry supports any sub-set of all measures and all measure groups through measure configuration to meet any and all physician practices’ reporting needs.
“The PQRS program, while showing great value to physician practices in improving the quality and efficiency of the care they deliver, also comes with continual changes and complicated guidelines that can be difficult to keep up with in addition to the important tasks of practicing medicine,” said Jan Powell, CEO of Alpha II. “Alpha II has been involved with the PQRS program since 2007 when it was only an initiative known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). Our experience with the program, along with our consistent education on the updates and revisions applied each year, has enabled us to offer valuable guidance and the intuitive technology to power providers throughout the process.”
Previously, the PQRS Program was an incentivized program to encourage eligible practices to satisfactorily report data on specific quality measures for covered professional services. Starting in 2015, however, CMS will instead apply negative payment adjustments to all eligible physicians who do not satisfactorily report.
The Alpha II Registry is a secure, integrated, web-based platform of data collection, editing and submission services. It can seamlessly integrate with existing electronic health record, practice management and other platforms so that duplication of entry is avoided, helping each office efficiently report on time for meaningful feedback and maximum reimbursement.
For more information on the Alpha II PQRS Registry, please visit www.alphaii.com/Products/PQRS