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pMD launches app for Medicare quality data reporting

William Payne
January 5, 2017
San Francisco based medical mobile software company pMD has launched a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) solution for primary care medical practices. pMD's reporting tools are designed to help practices who see Medicare patients successfully meet the US Federal programme requirements. It also enables primary care doctors to report on their quality clinical data for 2017. 

The mobile software is a response to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA is a far-reaching piece of legislation which significantly alters how the Federal Medicare programme operates from 2017. Final regulations for MACRA were published in October 2016, with the new requirements coming in to force in 2017.

The PQRS software is designed to help doctors' practices avoid penalties for failing to report their patient outcomes and other quality clinical data. Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2018 will be penalised by up to 6% for all eligible medical professionals who do not successfully report PQRS data for 2016.

pMD's mobile charge capture app allows primary care doctors to enter medical billing charges into their smartphones and send text messages securely. The company has worked with many of its customers to record their PQRS data. pMD has now expanded its reporting solutions into a distinct product offering to help additional practices avoid the payment penalties and receive bonuses. 

PQRS, or the Physician Quality Reporting System, was designed by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The programme aims to promote quality patient care by requiring medical professionals to report a set of performance measures and quality codes. However, many medical practices have struggled to find an efficient and manageable way to report PQRS each year without jumping through administrative hoops.

pMD's PQRS tools allow groups to add their data at any time of the year and receive data validation and real-time feedback on their progress through a user-friendly dashboard. 

The software is supported by a team of pMD employees to provide assistance with selecting the most applicable measures for practices by medical specialty. pMD also helps practices stay informed on new measures and regulations, including upcoming MIPS requirements.

"pMD's PQRS Registry is fantastic," said Dr. Davies Wong, a pulmonary and critical care specialist with Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California. "We use pMD's reporting tools to gain real-time visibility into our progress. pMD has been a practice-changing tool!"

According to pMD, the company's apps help doctors to increase their ROI in a time where Medicare cuts, ICD-10, PQRS, and other costs are significantly impacting profitability. pMD provides free interfaces to most major electronic medical records, hospital information, and medical billing systems.