Acumen Authorized for PQRI Reporting by Nephrologists

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Health IT Services Group (HITSG) announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Fresenius Medical Care CKD registry, which HITSG supports and operates through its Acumen applications, as a participating registry in CMS's 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). The approval for HITSG's nephrology-specific Acumen applications enables participating nephrologists to report quality outcomes to the PQRI program and therefore qualify for incentive participation payments from CMS.

Our background with the PQRI program and the variety of caregiver participation options we offer makes this the leading application for nephrologists wishing to participate in this CMS incentive program.

Health IT Services Group (HITSG) announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Fresenius Medical Care CKD registry, which HITSG supports and operates through its Acumen applications, as a participating registry in CMS's 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). The approval for HITSG's nephrology-specific Acumen applications enables participating nephrologists to report quality outcomes to the PQRI program and therefore qualify for incentive participation payments from CMS.

"As the largest nephrology-specific EHR (Electronic Health Record) provider, Acumen offers nephrologists the ability to submit their data directly to the Acumen PQRI database which supports multiple reporting options and features," said Terry Ketchersid, M.D., VP and Chief Medical Officer for HIT Services Group and Acumen. "Our background with the PQRI program and the variety of caregiver participation options we offer makes this the leading application for nephrologists wishing to participate in this CMS incentive program."

HITSG/Acumen is the engine for Fresenius Medical Care-CKD'S approved Data Registry, a CMS-qualified registry for 2009 PQRI reporting. This registry offers providers the choice of one of the five CMS PQRI registry reporting options, focusing on the nephrology-related PQRI measures. While there are seven authorized Measures Groups, Acumen PQRI will focus exclusively on reporting the 2009 Chronic Kidney Disease Measures Group and the Diabetes Mellitus Measures Group. In addition, the Registry will report on the remaining five Nephrology-specific individual measures available in 2009.

By using the Acumen PQRI system, registry-based reporting is streamlined, enabling a more efficient method of participating in the PQRI program. The Acumen PQRI system helps providers and their staff meet the reporting requirements for their chosen measures, measure groups, and reporting periods facilitating successful participation with the PQRI program. The CMS incentive payment for successful participation in 2009 is 2% of the eligible providers' total allowed charges for Physician Fee Schedule covered professional services furnished during the 2009 reporting period.

To find out more about the Acumen PQRI registry program, go to http://www.AcumenEHR.com/PQRI.asp or call 877-535-5566.

About Acumen nEHR
Acumen nEHR was created to develop and deliver intuitive software tools to assist Nephrologists in the practice of medicine and better manage their practices. The technology enhances the care team's ability to maintain, track, and communicate medical, patient, and business information. With ASP-based solutions designed by Nephrologists, our integrated suite of tools drives workflow within the medical office -and any location a provider requires - to effectively stream line access, storage, and distribution of patient treatment information. For more information regarding Acumen EHR go to http://www.AcumenEHR.com.

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