Making Sense of MACRA: MIPS Reporting Series, #2: Breast Cancer Screening

Doctor holding a red "breast cancer awareness" ribbon

Our team recently shared our first of four posts in a new series, Making Sense of MACRA: MIPS Reporting.

In this series, we’ll be looking at different examples of MIPS measures and showing you how we can automate and improve your reporting workflows.

A number of you may already be able to report MIPS measures via your current EHR systems; however, a good many EHRs lack the capability of enabling your practice to:

  1. easily connect with patients; and
  2. directly improve the weight and scores of MIPS measures.

That’s precisely why we designed the Vital Interaction™ Care Coordination tool.  This particular feature enables Vital Interaction™ clients to not only report measures but also create automated campaigns to improve scores.

MIPS reporting, and improving your numbers, has to be neither hard nor costly — you just need the right tool(s).

In our first post, we reviewed MACRA/MIPS requirements, examined the reporting requirements for Measure 117: Diabetes: Eye Exam, and explored how the Care Coordination tool can be used to automate reporting of measures and improve overall MIPS scores.

Let’s now take a look at how you can apply the same tool and automation process to improve your MIPS score for Measure 112: Breast Cancer Screening.

MACRA: MIPS Reporting — Measure 112: Breast Cancer Screening

The reporting requirements for Measure 112: Breast Cancer Screening include the following:

  • Percentage of women 50-74 years of age who had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer
  • This measure is to be submitted a minimum of once per performance period for female patients seen during the performance period

Here’s a step-by-step guide to easily generating the info you need for reporting on this particular measure:

  1. With our existing integration to your EHR/EMR, we can filter the ages given. We begin our list with only patients 50-74 years of age.
  2. Next, we need to narrow the list down to patients who have had the screening. CPT codes 77055 through 77057 cover this specific patient population.
  3. We can even include “or” in our search terms and look for all results in the last 12 months, in case we need to do follow-ups.

Now that you have your list, you can contact these patients using any communication method you want. You could even search further by provider or by zip code or by last visit.

Our system will then automatically email, text, and call these patients to schedule a visit.

On the other hand, you can use this tool to simply identify those patients who are due for a breast cancer screening and coming in for other appointments. Good news! We can deliver that list to you, or even note it in the appointment record, to ensure the test is done — or at least scheduled before they leave.

Our Care Coordination tool can help you to only automate the reporting process but also to enhance patient-centered care and to improve your MIPS score. Moreover, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of being able to report higher numbers for bonuses.

We continually work to improve our list-building tools. Soon, we will have data visualization methods broken down by maps, charts, and graphs, making it easier for you to assess and better understand your various patient populations.

By taking advantage of our tools now, you are in a unique position to influence how our product will evolve and grow in the future — call us today at (512) 487-7625 to schedule a demo!

The Vital Interaction™ team works hard to stay in-the-know on regulatory changes as they relate to patient care, and put that information into action. Could your medical practice benefit from our services? Call (512) 487-7625 to find out more.

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