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Quality Insights Provides Reporting Guidance to Specialty Practice Using Multiple EHRs

3/3/2017
Partners in Nephrology and Endocrinology (PINE) is a 26 physician practice with eleven locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Throughout these multiple office locations, three different electronic health record (EHR) systems are utilized which makes reporting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs a bigger challenge. 
 
To help navigate these tricky waters, PINE has relied heavily on the consultative services provided by Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network. Lisa Sagwitz, Quality Insights Practice Transformation Specialist, has conducted regular onsite visits and teleconferences with PINE to troubleshoot issues and develop strategies to tackle the issue of preparing blended reports that include data from all three EHR systems to submit for the various CMS quality reporting programs.
 
According to Lisa Simonton, Executive Director for PINE, “Our specialties and questions have been addressed through working with the Quality Insights staff to help us achieve success with meaningful use (MU) reporting, PQRS and now preparing for the Quality Payment Program - MACRA/MIPS. We appreciate the valuable consultative service provided and feel our success is a definite result of this organization.”
 
PINE has successfully attested to all three stages of MU and continues to work on positioning the organization for success within the new Quality Payment Program. Sagwitz regularly consults with Simonton and her staff to review its data and offer recommendations on which MIPS measures PINE should select in 2017. “PINE is currently doing really well with NQF 59, which is the Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1C Poor Control measure, and NQF 62, which is the Diabetes: Urine Protein Testing measure. I have strongly suggested that the organization report on these two measures for MIPS 2017,” shared Sagwitz. “We are always looking ahead to see how we can streamline our efforts to ensure that PINE is successful in current and future quality reporting efforts while continuing to provide the highest quality care to patients.”