WellCentive Chosen by CMS as Qualified Registry for 2011 PQRS Program

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Comprehensively-Certified PQRS Solution Helps Ensure Incentive Eligibility

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WellCentive, a provider of cost-effective clinical and business intelligence solutions, has been chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a qualified Registry provider for the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program.

One of only four Registries to receive comprehensive certification from CMS, WellCentive offers more PQRS reporting options than any other Registry provider. Unlike the other qualified Registries, WellCentive allows participants to report on all individual measures and all measure groups, for either the 12-month or six-month reporting periods. WellCentive also offers the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO II).

The PQRS program (formerly known as PQRI) allows eligible providers to qualify for financial incentives by submitting data on Medicare Part B fee-for-service patients. For 2011, the available bonus payment is 1% of total allowed charges for eligible Medicare patients. In addition to reporting via a qualified Registry, providers can participate via their Medicare Part B claims or with a qualified electronic health record (EHR) product.

Registry-based PQRS reporting has been proven to be not only much more efficient and less time-consuming than claims-based reporting, but also significantly more effective in ensuring that providers receive their incentive payments. A recent CMS study* showed that for the 2009 reporting period, providers who used a registry to report on individual measures were 40% more likely to be incentive-eligible for individual measures, and 78% more successful for measure groups

“We have been part of the PQRS Registry program since its inception in 2007, and we were one of the original vendors chosen to test Registry-based reporting,” said Frank Murphy, WellCentive President and CEO. “Drawing on this rich history, as well as our extensive Registry experience, we have built a PQRS solution that is comprehensive, easy to use, and cost-effective. Providers can leverage patient data from any electronic system to quickly and easily collect and submit the information required by CMS. Importantly, WellCentive PQRS users can easily see and address any data gaps – and we will not submit your data until it meets the reporting requirements. WellCentive gives providers the best available solution for receiving their incentive payment in 2012.”

With all the 2011 program changes built into the application, WellCentive PQRS is open for data submission. Visit http://www.wellcentive.com/pqrs-2011 to register or to learn more.

About WellCentive
WellCentive provides cost-effective clinical and business solutions that make the future of healthcare a reality. WellCentive’s comprehensive, web-based, all-patient, all-disease, all-payer Registry Electronic Health Records (EHR) solution is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by ONC-ATCB.

WellCentive’s solutions support a variety of initiatives, including Meaningful Use, P4P, Patient Centered Medical Home, Clinical Integration, and HIE initiatives. With intuitive online clinical decision-support tools and automated patient outreach, WellCentive delivers critical efficiencies and improves the quality of patient care while providing powerful return on investment.

As a Charter Founder Member of the CMS Registry Initiative, WellCentive leads the industry in providing comprehensive, easy-to-use PQRS reporting solutions that help maximize CMS bonus payments and ensure incentive eligibility.

For more information about WellCentive and its PQRS reporting solution, please visit http://www.wellcentive.com.

*"2009 Physician Quality Reporting System and eRx Reporting Experience and Trends,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, April 4, 2011, 13.

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