- CMS recently granted the Alpha II Registry approval to serve as a qualified registry for reporting Merit-based Incentive Payment System data as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017.
The Florida-based healthcare software and software-related services provider Alpha II, LLC, recently completed a five-month self-nomination and attestation process to earn authorization as a qualified registry for eligible clinicians using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) to report MIPS data.
"Given the complicated task of navigating the CMS Quality Payment Program guidelines, we are very proud that the Alpha II Registry has earned this CMS distinction for our customers, yet again," said Alpha II CEO Jan Powell in a public statement. ”This significantly simplifies the reporting process and allows practices to easily report on-time, prevent duplicate entries and receive feedback in near real-time.”
Qualified registries are one of four mechanisms through which eligible clinicians can report MIPS data to CMS. Other methods of data reporting include the online attestation system, EHR technology, administrative claims, and quality clinical data registries.
"Whether working directly with physician offices or partnering with their IT vendors, our secure, integrated, web-based solution seamlessly integrates with existing systems, including electronic health records, practice management systems, and clearinghouses,” said Powell.
The Alpha II Registry is a platform for collecting, editing, and submitting data on behalf of physicians and physician practices using the Eligible Professional (EP) option and Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) to meet the various quality measures required for MIPS reporting under QPP.
QPP was designed in part to consolidate Medicare programs — namely the EHR Incentive Programs, PQRS, and Value-Based Payment Modifier — into a unified federal quality reporting program, intended to simplify the process for eligible clinicians and avoid the confusion (and frustration) associated with previous federal reporting programs.
Qualified registries are certified to assist eligible clinicians in aggregating the necessary data for efficient MIPS reporting and reduce administrative burden tied to data reporting that comes with transitioning to the new payment system.
“As a qualified registry, we stand ready to bring our extensive quality expertise to our partners for the transition to MIPS quality reporting,” Powell concluded.
The Alpha II Registry is the latest to qualify to be used for MIPS reporting by eligible clinicians in group practices.
In late March, a health information exchange, Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), became the first HIE in Texas and one of the first in the country to receive approval from CMS to serve as a MIPS qualified registry. After learning the majority of practices in Texas are small practices, which historically struggle more than larger practices when adopting new technologies, HASA specifically opted to develop a suite of services most helpful in addressing the particular concerns of these eligible clinicians.
“Since we collect patient information and provide community reports, it made sense for us to develop a suite of services that can relieve the burden from the physician’s practice,” said Executive Director for HASA Gijs van Oort. “Approval from CMS to report on behalf of a practice is a critical component of that.”
Following the close of meaningful use attestation deadlines, eligible clinicians are looking to gear up for MIPS reporting as part of QPP to ensure a smooth transition into MACRA.
With more health IT services gaining approval to function as qualified registries, eligible clinicians should have sufficient options for reporting MIPS data.