IS QUALITY MARKERS™ 7.0 COMPATIBLE WITH MY EMR?
Quality Markers 7.0 has been used by thousands of physicians* in a variety of practice settings. There are currently more than 50 EMRs that are compatible with Quality Markers™. Please contact ACOFP for more information or to check on your system’s compatibility. debbies@acofp.org, or call 847-952-5523

*Data on file. Symphony Performance Health. January 2017.


IS QUALITY MARKERS™ CERTIFIED FOR USE BY CMS QUALITY REPORTING?
This is one of many things that sets Quality Markers™ apart from other technology platforms.

• Quality Markers is a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting in 2017

• Quality Markers™ is HIPPA compliant*

• Quality Markers can be used for credit under “Clinical Practice Improvement Activities” (CPIA), one of 4 categories of information required by CMS to be reported for 2017 (See 2017 Payment Ready Resource Kit for more information)

• Using Quality Markers earns Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) providers 10 auto-credit points towards recognition 

*Data on file. Symphony Performance Health. January 2017.


IMPLEMENTATION & TRAINING ON QUALITY MARKERS™

ON AVERAGE, HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR IMPLEMENTATION?
Implementation time is approximately 1-2 hours out of the practice’s time. Data testing is done remotely over a period of 4 weeks to ensure that the data is being pulled correctly from the EMR to Quality Markers.

This goes on in the background and does not require the practice involvement.

Once you send in your subscription form, you will be contacted in 24-48 hours to set up a welcome call with ACOFP and the implementation vendor. You will receive a welcome e-mail and form to fill out about your current EMR and a form regarding your practice. The initial welcome call typically takes less than an hour. This is all you need to do to get started!

WHAT TRAINING CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE? IS THERE AN ADDITIONAL FEE?
Training and on-going customer and IT support is included with your annual subscription fee. Initial training can be completed in an hour via WebEx. Additional training options may be available.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT PRICING FOR QUALITY MARKERS™ & HOW CAN I GET THE PROCESS STARTED?
To subscribe, download the subscription form, enter the name(s) of the physician(s) and eligible professionals who will be entering patient data into the EMR and using Quality Markers. If there is a DO who is a member of ACOFP, then the other EP’s in the practice are eligible for the member price. You may email the form to debbies@acofp.org or fax the form to ACOFP, Attn: Debbie Sarason at 847-228-9755.

Once you send in your subscription form, you will be contacted in 24-48 hours about scheduling a welcome call with ACOFP and the implementation vendor. You will receive a welcome email and form to fill out about your current EMR and one regarding your practice. The initial welcome call typically takes less than an hour. This is all you need to do to get started! 


IS THERE ADDITIONAL DATA REQUIRED FOR USING QUALITY MARKERS™?
No, there is no data entry required, Quality Markers™ is a unique technology platform which pulls relevant data from your EMR. You can sort data by disease, date of last visit, test, or other metric. Quality Markers™ can show you how your patient population compare with national performance benchmarks using high quality, intuitive graphs, and diagrams.

Quality Markers™ is associated with a data registry for annual CMS quality reporting. Data is communicated through a CMS portal to satisfy the quality reporting requirements. This is how CMS determines your penalty or incentive payments. The reporting fee, usually a separate fee, is included in your annual subscription. ACOFP will remind you of important registration and reporting deadlines.


IS THERE A FEE FOR NON-PHYSICIAN REPORTING?
(Eligible professionals - PA's, NP's, Residents, etc.)
A subscription is required for any Eligible Professional (EP) who will be using Quality Markers and meets the CMS threshold for quality reporting. For 2017, the threshold is 100 or more Medicare Part B patients, or $30,000 in Medicare revenues. (Medicare Advantage does not count towards either of these thresholds). There is no additional fee for other verified staff (i.e. Practice Managers, RN's etc.) to access and view patient data in the system. Passwords will be assigned 24 hours prior to training for all EP's who have subscribed.



CAN WE USE QUALITY MARKERS™ IN OUR SMALL/LARGE PRACTICE?
Quality Markers is a scalable platform which can be used for solo to small practices, to PCMHs, ACOs, IPAs, etc. in the outpatient setting. Specialties include, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN. Your Practice needs to have an EMR in order to use Quality Markers.

HOW LONG HAS ACOFP OFFERED QUALITY MARKERS? ACOFP has been involved in the development of Quality Markers since 2012 in a partnership with software developer, Symphony Performance Health Analytics, SPHA. ACOFP began offering Quality Markers to our members at the end of 2014. Quality Markers was chosen to be a part of the CMS Practice Transformation Initiative and many members were able to join.


WHY IS QUALITY MARKERS IMPORTANT TO ME AS AN ACOFP MEMBER?
CMS and payers will continue to look more closely at quality of care, resource use, and patient satisfaction. For 2017, Quality Reporting/Improvement is 60% of your total Composite Performance Score, and is heavily weighted by CMS in determining your Payment Modifier (how much is added or subtracted to/from your Fee For Service payment).

ACOFP wants to give each member an opportunity to maximize incentives and avoid non-reporting penalties by using Quality Markers as a quality improvement and population health tool. ACOFP has negotiated a greatly reduced Member Service price.





For more information, please contact ACOFP at debbies@acofp.org, or call Debbie Sarason, Manager of Practice Enhancement & Quality Reporting at 847-952-5523.