Overland Park, Kansas – Last week, Netsmart announced it has received the first ONC-Health IT 2015 Edition Certified solution specifically for palliative care. The palliative care solution within the company's myUnity™ platform is powered by myAvatar®. According to a company news release, the ONC certification applies to myAvatar Certified Edition 2017.06.
"Palliative care is getting increased attention as health systems and payors are developing strategies for value-based care, and establishing compliance with the Medicare Access and CHIPS Reauthorization ACT (MACRA), specifically Medicare Incentive Payment System (MIPS)," the news release stated. "Under the quality payment program, palliative care organizations that bill Medicare more than $30,000 a year and have more than 100 beneficiaries are required to comply with the regulations"
"The palliative care market is in a unique situation, requiring clinicians above the minimum threshold to comply with the quality payment program," said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. "To avoid a Medicare payment adjustment, healthcare providers must use an EHR that is certified specifically for the EHR incentive programs. The capacity to electronically share accurate and updated patient health data and closely monitor clinical quality measures, quickly and easily is critical to their success."
The significance of this development runs deep. We reported in early 2017 on the "Catch-22" situation palliative care providers found themselves in following the 10/14/16 final rule issued by CMS to implement a "Quality Payment Program" under the so-called MACRA law (Medicare Access and CHIPS Reauthorization Act of 2015). (See sidebar below for links to our 2017 series of reports on the issue.)
By requiring hospitals and physician groups to report quality data only through software that had been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, CMS inadvertently included certain providers of palliative care in the requirement, failing to notice that there is no certified software available to those providers. In fact, at the time there was no certification process in place for such software.
"NHPCO data shows that in 2016 there were 4,382 hospices operating in the U.S.," continued Valentine. "Of the clients we’ve spoken with, about 50 percent said that they operate some form of palliative care program and many others have recently indicated that they are in the process of launching one. The need for this solution is tremendous."
This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
This certification is listed as myAvatar Certified Edition, certification number 15.04.04.2816.myAv.06.01.0.17227.*
* This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Netsmart designs, builds and delivers electronic health records (EHRs), solutions and services for providers of behavioral health, hospice, and home health, senior living, and social services. Following a series of acquisitions, the Overland Park, Kansas-based company boasts more than 1,500 associates and 600,000+ users in more than 25,000 organizations across the U.S.
Drummond Group LLC is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group LLC tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, Drummond Group LLC is accredited by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL).
HCTR Reports on the Palliative Care Dilemma
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