NJ-HITEC Successfully Helps Docs Submit Data to CMS through Its Registry
Newark, NJ (April 4, 2013) – The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) reached another milestone in its mission to assist doctors improve the quality of healthcare through Health Information Technology (IT) by successfully assisting approximately 300 doctors submit Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and E-Prescribing (eRx) data through its member portal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by the March 31, 2013 deadline to receive federal incentive funding and avoid penalties.
NJ-HITEC helped over 200 doctors affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group (RWJMG), the faculty practice of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, as well as 70 providers throughout the state and two practices from the State of Delaware submit over 19,000 medical records. Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems at RWJMG, Frank Sonnenberg, MD, FACP, FACMI, states, “Submitting PQRS and E-Prescribing data through NJ-HITEC’s Registry was a much easier and efficient process. It didn’t take nearly as much effort as charge-based submission and allows our doctors to spend less time on paperwork and more time on patient care. We were also able to achieve quality reporting for close to 100 percent of our providers.” Dr. Sonnenberg’s participation in helping to create NJ-HITEC’s Registry as well as in the testing and production submission process was an essential component leading to this successful launch.
Currently, in the case of PQRS, successful reporting of this data turns into federal incentive dollars. However, providers who do not participate in the PQRS program for 2013 reporting will receive payment adjustments in 2015. Presently, eRx reporting is both an incentive and penalty program, but will become a penalty-only program in 2014. The standard way a doctor reports this quality data is to include certain codes on the patient’s bill that is submitted to CMS. This process is cumbersome and inefficient – errors can occur and sometimes a doctor may forget to add the codes. NJ-HITEC’s Registry helps physicians avoid these pitfalls.
NJ-HITEC Executive Director, Bill O’Byrne, adds, “Our team was able to assist these doctors submit their data electronically in one month. It was a tremendous effort by all and I have heard nothing but positive feedback from our doctors. It is critical that doctors plan how they will report their quality data because Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires providers to submit clinical quality measures electronically via their EHR or a Data Submission Vendor. In 2014, these data submission vendors (including NJ-HITEC) will have to be accredited by ONC as a modular system to help providers achieve Meaningful Use with their EHR technology. We plan to become accredited and qualified. ”O’Byrne continues, “In addition, I am proud to report that we are a 2013 qualified CMS Data Registry and DSV in all measures as well as in individual and group reporting for E-Prescribing and PQRS. We plan to develop webinars and informational sessions to keep our providers informed as we move through the process in 2013.”Kepa Zubeldia, MD, a subject matter expert in electronic healthcare data who assisted NJ-HITEC and its members prepare and submit the quality data measures, adds, “Providers have to file these quality measures in different ways to different CMS systems which can be overwhelming. With NJ-HITEC’s Registry, providers submit all their data into one system, and NJ-HITEC deals with the complexity of submissions to CMS. Moreover, CMS is planning to increase the number of required electronic data streams for providers to enter quality measures. The three current systems are PQRS, eRx, and Meaningful Use, and we are now looking at the requirement for cancer and immunization registry submissions, and more. Consequently, navigating these and the additional systems will become more cumbersome for providers that do not use the NJ-HITEC Registry. ”O’Byrne concurs, “NJ-HITEC plans to expand our data reporting capabilities to accommodate various state and federal reporting initiatives, including CHIPRA, HEDIS, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).”
NJ-HITEC provides support and assistance to New Jersey’s physicians in the selection,
implementation, and achievement of “Meaningful Use” of an ONC accredited Electronic Health
Record (EHR) system. It was established in June 2010 by the New Jersey Institute of
Technology (NJIT) through a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Office of the National Coordinator as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery
Act (ARRA) of 2009. NJ-HITEC is a national leader as one of 62 federally designated Regional
Extension Centers nationwide established to improve American healthcare delivery and patient
care through the investment in health information technology.
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