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April 21, 2017

Summary
Most anesthesia practitioners participating in the Quality Payment Program in 2017 will participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This eAlert offers a guide for eligible clinicians on how the MIPS composite score will be calculated, including an explanation of the scoring system’s four thresholds, a description of the four categories in which clinicians can earn points and suggestions for optimizing your scoring potential.

The Medicare Access & Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) marked the end of Medicare payment’s fee-for-service model and the beginning of a performance-based payment system, the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Understanding how participation in the QPP will impact your payments begins with understanding the scoring system.

Scoring in the QPP is impacted by the eligible clinician’s (ECs) choice of one of two tracks: the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  

This eAlert explains the scoring system for MIPS from a high level, including the following:

  • The scoring system’s performance thresholds, laying out the points needed for positive payment adjustments
  • The categories in which clinicians can score points, including an explanation of the benchmark scoring for Quality that is 60% of the clinician’s score
  • Suggestions for how to plan your MIPS strategy within CMS’s new “pay for performance” model

MIPS’ scoring system is on a scale of 0-100.  The score will impact how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calculates payments, trailing two years. A good score in 2017 means a positive payment adjustment in 2019, and so on.  The MIPS score will be used to calculate payment adjustments on a sliding scale from a 4% positive or 4% negative payment adjustment based on 2017 scores (paid in 2019) ramped up to +/- 9% scored in 2020 and paid in 2022.  Payment adjustments will be on a linear scale, so every point earned will mean a larger reimbursement.

Four Scoring Thresholds

The MIPS scoring system has four distinct thresholds.  As 2017 is the transition year for clinicians to join the new program, CMS has tried to make the scoring system as friendly as possible to those just beginning to participate in MIPS.  Not participating at all means a score of zero points, but even modest participation will translate to a score above the positive payment threshold of three points, thereby reaching the neutral payment adjustment.

  • 0 Points: Clinicians who do not participate in MIPS at all will receive zero points and a negative 4% payment adjustment.
  • 3 Points: Even modest participation in MIPS, commonly called the “test pace” option, will earn three points and qualify for a neutral payment adjustment (neither a positive nor negative change in payment).
  • 4–69 Points: This is the range where clinicians can begin to see modest payment adjustments.  Positive payment adjustments will be assigned on a linear sliding scale, with higher scores bringing clinicians closer to the maximum 4% positive payment adjustment.
  • 70–100 points: This group is eligible for the exceptional performance bonus, which will use additional funds to boost positive payment adjustments for top performers.

These thresholds will change in subsequent years, but during the 2017 transition year, the QPP provides a large range of positive payment adjustments for enrollees who earn between 4 and 100 points.

The sliding scale for payment adjustments will depend on several factors, ranging from the available money retained in negative payment adjustments to the scores of participating clinicians.  CMS will take scores in the 4-100 range and apply an adjustment factor that takes these factors into account.  For those scoring in the exceptional performance range of 70-100 points, additional funds are available for a minimum 0.5% performance bonus, possibly scaling as high as a 10% bonus.

Four Performance Categories

In order to earn points, ECs can choose to participate in MIPS' four performance categories: Quality, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Cost.  The amount that each category contributes to the MIPS final score will change over time, but in 2017, Quality comprises 60% of the MIPS score, Improvement Activities 15%, Advancing Care Information 25% and Cost 0% (to ease the transition to MIPS).  The methods to earn points in each category are unique:

  • Quality (60%): the Quality category is scored by reporting on six quality measures for the full reporting period.  For at least half of the episodes in the reporting period, ECs need to record their performance. (In future years, this reporting rate will increase.) Those of you who have participated in past CMS programs will recognize this as the successor to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
  • Improvement Activities (15%): Reporting Improvement Activities requires selecting activities from CMS’s list, which contains over 90 options.  Each activity is either a high or medium "weight," and ECs will need to attest to CMS some combination of four mediums, two highs or a high and two mediums.  Some groups can earn double points, reducing the number of activities they need to attest to for full credit.
  • Advancing Care Information (ACI) (25%): To participate in this category, ECs or groups must complete four or five base requirements with a 2014 or 2015 Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR), respectively.  ECs may then score additional performance and bonus points.  ACI’s component measures will be familiar to those who have participated in the Meaningful Use or EHR incentive programs, but ACI's modular scoring and greater flexibility are different from those programs.
  • Cost (0%): The Cost category measures resource use, and is the only category that does not require ECs to report anything.  In 2017, CMS will calculate Cost scores from submitted claims. CMS will give ECs feedback through the Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs), which were previously used as individualized feedback for the Value Based Modifier.

CMS intends to adjust the score weights and nature of these categories every year to adapt to providers’ changing performance.  In 2017, the transition year, CMS has tried to make scoring points as achievable as possible by weighting the categories toward familiar activities (such as quality reporting).  CMS has also tried to provide accommodations for non-patient facing and hospital-based providers and providers in rural or small settings.  Finally, for 2017 only, providers only need to participate for 90 days to be eligible to score in the 4-100 point range.  Earning a positive payment adjustment for 2019 is achievable, with the right registry, EHR and management approach and as long as you are registered and begin collecting data by October 1, 2017.

Most category scoring has a direct relationship between a provider or group's performance and the score earned.  For instance, Improvement Activity scoring is based on a simple attestation: if you perform the activity, you have earned the points.  However, the Cost category (in future years) and the Quality category both have competitive or relative scoring methods.  In 2017, the Quality category's performance scoring method is important to fully understand, since Quality makes up fully 60% of the final MIPS score.  The category's performance scoring system is based on benchmarks derived from previous years' performance data.

In the Quality category, the scale for scoring points varies by measure because each measure has its own benchmark.  An individual quality measure has a scoring potential of 0-10 points.  To assign points, CMS looks at historical performance on that quality measure to establish benchmarks.  The top 10% of a benchmark will earn 9-10 points, the next 10% will earn 8-9 points and so on.  This decile scoring system means that it is possible to perform 95% on a quality measure, but if that is only "average" for the measure (the middle 50% of people reporting that measure had 95% performance), then CMS will award only five points for a 95% score.  Think of this as the equivalent of "grading on a curve."  For measures with very high historical performance, performance rates are so high that only perfect performance can earn the full points, and even 99% performance may only equate to four or five points (CMS refers to these as "topped out" measures).

Optimize Your Scoring Potential

While the Quality category has high standards for benchmarked measures, nearly half of all quality measures do not have benchmarks.  For quality measures without a benchmark, CMS has established a "floor" of three points (out of 10) for measure scores.  This means that, in 2017, it is possible that anesthesia providers selecting measures applicable to their practice may have no applicable measures with benchmarks.  If no submitted measures have benchmarks, a provider's Quality category score will be 18 out 60 points.  CMS will be working to benchmark measures for future years, but in this transition year, many quality measures will only have a three point (out of 10) scoring potential.  To review this year's benchmarks, visit the QPP site's Education page to download the Quality Benchmarks.

QPP Education Page: https://qpp.cms.gov/resources/education  
Quality Benchmarks: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_Quality_Benchmarks_Overview.zip

Anesthesia providers wishing to maximize their Quality performance score have some options to increase their Quality category scoring potential.  First, they should work with a specialty registry to help select measures applicable to their practice and take care to consider measures with benchmarks (there are some anesthesia-specific measures with benchmarks).  Secondly, providers should consider submitting as many outcome and patient experience measures as possible.  There are many outcome measures in anesthesia, and each measure submitted past the first required measure is worth two bonus points.  Although capped at 10%, ECs can even submit additional measures past the required six measures to earn the bonus points for supporting high priority measures.

The Quality category reveals CMS's general MIPS strategy.  The MIPS scoring system is designed to reward ECs who are deliberate in strategizing about how to improve patient care over time.  Providers who seek high priority measures focused on patient outcomes and experience will earn higher scores.  By incentivizing these activities, CMS hopes to help providers improve their care.

For the overall MIPS score, CMS has set the performance threshold at only three points for the QPP’s transition year.  They will raise the minimum next year (increasing the number of ECs who will receive a negative payment).  In subsequent years—2019 and beyond—the performance threshold will be the mean or median score, as required by MACRA.  Ultimately, a higher minimum performance threshold will mean larger rewards for good performance and deeper negative payment adjustments in the coming years.  The best way to prepare is to start participating now, and to develop a meaningful strategy to ensure the highest quality care.

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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a fully KLAS-rated, market-leading, best-of-breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS),  is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting in Boston, MA. Held October 21-25, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the event includes special lectures, hands-on workshops and panel discussions that attract upwards of 15,000 attendees from around the world seeking to learn the latest science and technology about the specialty of anesthesiology.  

Plexus TG will be demonstrating its intuitive, easy-to-use anesthesia documentation software, Anesthesia Touch™, for both iPad iOS and Windows platforms. Anesthesia Touch integrates with facility’s electronic health records (EHR) and healthcare IT systems to provide a charting experience optimized for the anesthesia workflow. The app gives clinicians access to surgery schedules, patient demographics, preoperative information, lab results and physiological data, so they have the information they need when they need it.

“Plexus TG and Anesthesia Business Consultants are teaming up at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 to strategically exhibit the synergy between their unique product offerings. Integrating the electronic anesthesia documentation with our billing system offers an even greater level of automation to improve productivity and deliver value to our clients,” commented Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group & Anesthesia Business Consultants.

In addition, Plexus TG will be showcasing Pharmacy Touch™, an add-on module that makes medication management simple with its intuitive, easy-to-use system. Pharmacy Touch delivers anesthesia providers and their pharmacies an integrated solution with controlled-access cabinets, barcode syringe labeling, closed-loop reconciliation and automated charging.

“The ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting is a great venue for highlighting the many strengths of Anesthesia Touch, including how it supports compliance with MACRA legislation by capturing the required metrics for quality reporting as part of the clinical workflow and the tools to have a comprehensive MIPS strategy in all categories,” said Joe Gentile, Senior Vice President at Plexus Technology Group. “Successful long-term performance in MACRA’s MIPS track involves submitting quality documentation to a Qualified Clinical Data Registry to support the unique requirements of the anesthesia specialty, which is easily achieved with the Plexus TG platform.”

As an iPad-based anesthesia documentation solution, Anesthesia Touch's full KLAS rating demonstrates Plexus TG’s commitment to providing complete AIMS functionality for their clients. For more information, visit www.klasresearch.com.

To learn more about the solutions offered by Plexus Technology Group, please visit Booth #1735 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.


About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch™ is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch™ a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), is pleased to announce a new tool in the Anesthesia Touch™ suite, Touch Track. This web application uses real-time information from integrated hospital electronic medical records (EMR) and anesthesia documentation systems to provide an updated view of patient status in PreOp, the OR and recovery room.

Touch Track automatically captures information from hospital integrations and real-time documentation to provide visibility to OR staff about room and procedure times (such as in room/out of room and surgical closing). By automatically updating from the electronic anesthesia record, no additional effort is required to communicate key events to all OR staff. OR nursing staff can also update case information or add additional events to help manage OR efficiency in a single tool.

“Anesthesia Touch—by virtue of the anesthesia record—has real-time information about how a case is progressing in the OR, which is incredibly useful. Combined with streaming vitals and schedule information from hospital systems, Touch Track provides incredible insight into what’s going on in the perioperative environment right now,” said Vice President of Technology, Doug Marcey. “This represents some of the unique functionality we can provide in the perioperative space because we capture structured information from so many sources, from our library of interfaces to our proven charting user interface.”

In addition to the visibility Touch Track provides to hospital staff, it also has an anonymized version of cases’ status for patient’s family members. From a web browser, patient-facing staff can check patient progress or the board can be displayed for family members to view directly and use with an automated, anonymous patient ID. Touch Track presents a filtered view of case status that helps family members track their loved one’s arrival in recovery.

“Touch Track shows how having a foundation in usability and interoperability can unlock real value from healthcare IT,” said Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “These strategies allow us to build powerful tools without increasing caretaker’s documentation burden, be it custom analytics or real-time status. Having a dashboard showing OR use throughout the hospital is both operationally transformational and empowers more engaged patient care.”

For more information about Touch Track, please visit plexustg.com/touch-track

About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 

Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) provider, announces its strategic partnership with Neximatic, Inc., a provider of vital sign streaming technology that supports the automatic charting capabilities of Plexus TG’s anesthesia EMR solution, Anesthesia Touch™. Anesthesia Touch is an easy-to-use, scalable anesthesia EMR for iOS and Windows platforms. It streamlines the capture of real-time anesthesia data throughout the perioperative process, enabling anesthesia providers to deliver safe, effective care to patients.

By integrating Nextimatic’s medical device connectivity solution with Anesthesia Touch, Plexus TG’s customers improve efficiency and save time by automatically capturing patient physiological data directly to their electronic anesthesia record, thereby eliminating manual data entry of heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs.

Another advantage is Neximatic’s secure technology supports hospitals’ existing IT infrastructure without requiring additional technology investment, directly reducing deployment and maintenance cost.  Neximatic’s device connectivity solution supports more than 300 different medical devices with 24/7 monitoring capabilities.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to team up with Plexus Technology Group and to provide our monitor connectivity solution to hospitals and surgery centers throughout the US,” stated Bobby Wong, President of Neximatic, Inc. “Neximatic’s technology is affordable, making automatic charting an accessible feature to all providers, from large to small hospitals, surgery centers and office-based providers.”  

“Partnering with Neximatic not only enhances and strengthens our product offerings, but it reinforces the commitment to our clients to deliver the latest technology and complete AIMS solution,” explained Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “Compared to other monitor connectivity products, Neximatic’s solution is the most reliable and hassle-free solution on the market today.  We are extremely pleased with the integration between their vital sign streaming technology and our state-of-the-art anesthesia documentation solution.”

As an iPad-based anesthesia documentation solution, Anesthesia Touch's KLAS rating demonstrates Plexus TG’s commitment to providing complete AIMS functionality for their clients. For more information, visit www.klasresearch.com.


About Neximatic, Inc.
Neximatic, Inc. is a privately held company offering a patent pending vital sign streaming solution. This solution can be integrated in different electronic health record (EHR) systems to support different features and capabilities. Neximatic’s vital sign streaming solution enables automatic charting in AIMS and tele-health applications.   For more information, please visit www.neximatic.com or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) provider, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 99th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Held on October 9-14, 2017 at the Moscone Convention Center, this event attracts oral and maxillofacial surgeons, their staff and other dental professionals from around the world. Participants are interested in learning about the latest in technology and professional services, including electronic health records that can ease documentation and provide efficiencies.

Plexus TG will be showcasing their easy-to-use, reliable, cloud-based electronic anesthesia documentation solution, Anesthesia Touch™, for the iPad iOS platform. By automating the anesthesia documentation process, not only do providers spend less time on paperwork and more time with their patients, they also save time and money by transitioning to a paperless environment. An electronic record streamlines the labor involved in record keeping and billing as well as ensuring complete documentation for patient care and charge capture.

Other key features important to anesthesia providers and available with Anesthesia Touch include its superior portability, automation and supporting suite of scheduling and analytic tools. Coupled with mobility, it automatically captures patient physiological data on the electronic anesthesia record. Finally, Anesthesia Touch is supported by an integrated web-based scheduling application that can be used to manage daily schedules and electronically capture patient health information in advance of surgery.

“We are excited for the opportunity to present our anesthesia EMR for the first time at the AAOMS annual meeting and to offer one-on-one demonstrations to the attendees,” said Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “Anesthesia Touch has unique customizations for office-based providers, from a library of ready documentation templates to a simple, cloud-based implementation. All providers can improve efficiency by integrating a paperless workflow into their daily routine.”

To learn more about the solutions offered by Plexus Technology Group, please visit Booth #1915 at the Moscone Convention Center.

About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) provider, announces they were chosen by Reston Anesthesia Associates, P.C., Stonesprings Anesthesia Associates, LTD and Outpatient Anesthesia Services of Reston to install their anesthesia documentation solution in two acute care hospitals and one surgery center located in the D.C. metro area. The HCA healthcare facilities where they plan to integrate with Plexus TG’s anesthesia electronic recordkeeping system include Reston Hospital and Reston Surgery Center in Reston, VA, and StoneSprings Hospital Center located in Dulles, VA. Together these three anesthesia groups, comprised of fifty providers, selected Plexus TG over other vendors because of their expertise integrating with MEDITECH’s electronic medical record (EMR) and their ability to interface with the group’s billing platform.

The Reston, VA, consortium was looking for a mobile electronic anesthesia management system that would simplify the documentation process and provide their clinicians with access to surgery schedules and patient demographics. With Plexus TG’s comprehensive solution, Anesthesia Touch™, they found an intuitive, easy-to-use system with proven interoperability with their hospital’s MEDITECH system. In addition, Anesthesia Touch will streamline their billing process by electronically delivering complete documentation to the billing office. The billing integration will save time and increase efficiency with more complete diagnosis documentation, built-in smart reminders to prevent missing case data and electronic record transfer.

"As we enter the digital age in medicine, it is important for our business to evolve and become more efficient, as well as clinically relevant in order to maintain ourselves at the forefront of healthcare,” said Eric Shea, DO, Chairman, Reston Anesthesia Associates. “We chose Plexus as our anesthesia EMR provider based on its reputation, its integration with MEDITECH’s EMR, its capabilities to track our quality data, and the ability to work with our business office to streamline our data and billing efficiencies."

“We are pleased the Reston anesthesia groups recognize the benefits of our system to enhance clinical data capture for quality reporting, streamline their workflow and improve the quality of care,” commented Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “Our highly skilled implementation team is working very closely with the providers and hospital personnel to ensure the system is configured to meet their needs both in system integration and client care.”


About Reston Anesthesia Associates, P.C, Stonesprings Anesthesia Associates, LTD & Outpatient Anesthesia Services

Reston Anesthesia Associates, P.C., has been the sole provider of anesthesia services for a local hospital in the DC metro area since the hospital’s opening in 1986. One of the most recognized anesthesia groups in the area, they provide comprehensive services that consists of anesthesia for all types of surgical procedures, trauma surgery, regional anesthesia, women's healthcare/labor and delivery, as well as numerous diagnostic cardiac and endoscopic procedures. Reston Anesthesia Associates provide the utmost quality in anesthesia and provide meticulous attention to every detail of care. For more information, visit www.restonanesthesia.com.

Stonesprings Anesthesia Associates, LTD, provides anesthesia services in the DC metro area for surgery, endoscopy, robotic surgery, childbirth (labor and/or Cesarean Sections), as well as numerous diagnostic & therapeutic procedures. Their top priority is providing the highest quality of care and the safest possible experience for their patients. For more information, visit www.stonespringsanes.com.

Outpatient Anesthesia Services of Reston is one of the premier outpatient anesthesia groups in the DC metro area. Their anesthesiologists were trained at top-tier programs, having focused in sub-specialties like Pediatrics, Cardiovascular, and Pain Management. Focusing on outpatient surgery, they pride themselves in delivering quality anesthesia/pain management service in an efficient and safe environment second to none. They have been providing quality anesthesia for the Reston Community for over 30 years.  For more information, visit www.oasreston.com.


About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) provider, today announced that Avanti Anesthesia, PA (Avanti) has selected Plexus TG’s comprehensive anesthesia documentation software solution, Anesthesia Touch™.  Avanti, based in Houston, TX, specializes in providing anesthesia for a variety of eye surgeries such as cataracts, retina, glaucoma, strabismus and oculoplastics. Avanti selected Anesthesia Touch over other electronic systems for its intuitive user interface that allows documentation to keep pace with their demanding procedure schedule.

Avanti chose Plexus TG after searching for an anesthesia EMR solution that is reliable, intuitive, easy to use, requires minimal data entry and utilizes the iPad iOS platform.  It was important for Avanti to find a solution that automatically captures physiological data and integrates with the surgery center’s healthcare system, giving the clinicians access to scheduling data and patient demographics all from one system. By streamlining their documentation process with Anesthesia Touch, Avanti’s providers will spend less time on paperwork and more time focusing on patient care.

“We chose Plexus because we were looking for a cost-effective system that allowed us to capture billing and MIPS/MACRA data in an easy to use format that could be used for quick turnover cases.  Plexus met and exceeded all of these needs,” said Maggie Jeffries, MD, Anesthesiologist/Partner at Avanti Anesthesia. “The sales team was great to work with and the IT experts were very knowledgeable and addressed all of our integration questions and concerns.”

“We are delighted to have Avanti Anesthesia as a partner and we support their commitment to delivering quality patient care and utilizing innovative AIMS technology,” stated Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “The Plexus TG implementation team is working closely with Avanti to ensure a smooth transition from paper to Anesthesia Touch, which offers the clinicians greater mobility while optimizing the perioperative workflow for their demanding specialty.”

About Avanti Anesthesia
Avanti Anesthesia, PA (Avanti) is based in Houston, TX and specializes in anesthesia for eye surgery.  Founded in 2013, Avanti provides anesthesia for a variety of eye surgeries such as cataracts, retina, glaucoma, strabismus, oculoplastics. With three full-time partners, three part-time physicians and more than eleven CRNAs, Avanti has continued to grow its subspecialty practice in the Houston Metropolitan region.  

About Plexus Technology Group
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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This distinctive partnership integrates the Plexus TG AIMS technology with Codonics Safe Label System medication safety technology to improve the anesthesia process in the OR.

Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of-breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), and Codonics, Inc., a global leader in award-winning patient safety and image documentation solutions, strengthens their partnership by elevating Plexus TG to a value-added reseller for Codonics Safe Label System™ (SLS).  Mirroring the close technical integration of the systems, clients will now be able to source the Codonics SLS with Anesthesia Touch and Pharmacy Touch together.

The Codonics innovative medication safety system is installed in more than 5,000 operating rooms. The system helps to eliminate medication labeling errors using visual and audible electronic safety checks, ensuring consistency every time a medication is prepared. It provides full compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals® of The Joint Commission standards and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  The SLS also prints medication labels, IV line labels, invasive monitor lines and other operating room needs on demand. 

“We are delighted to offer Codonics SLS with Plexus TG’s  Anesthesia Touch and Pharmacy Touch products to our customers as a fully integrated solution, offering a complete answer for barcode medication verification of IV meds at the point of care in the operating room,” said Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “It has been a pleasure working with the team at Codonics and we look forward to teaming up together on future projects.”

Plexus TG's combined anesthesia and pharmacy management system works with the Codonics SLS to automatically track inventory and simplify controlled substance reconciliation. The combination is tightly coupled for documentation at the point of care, avoiding the pitfalls for duplicate entry. This solution simplifies anesthesia medication management with its intuitive, easy-to-use system that delivers to pharmacists and anesthesia providers an integrated solution with controlled-access cabinets, barcoding syringe labeling, closed-loop reconciliation and automated charging.

“We are excited to partner with Plexus TG and provide our customers with a turnkey medication management solution for the perioperative environment,” said Peter O. Botten, President & CEO of Codonics, Inc. “Integrating Codonics Safe Label System with Plexus TG’s Anesthesia Touch reinforces patient safety throughout the entire surgical process while closing the loop, enabling electronic reconciliation and documentation at the point of care.”

About Codonics, Inc.
Codonics is a global business and provides the medical industry with the most advanced patient safety and medical imaging products in the world from their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1982, Codonics has experienced exciting growth and award-winning achievements. Codonics is represented in 110 countries with more than 35,000 product installations in renowned, cutting-edge medical facilities throughout the world.  Today, Safe Label System is recognized as a standard of care in the world’s leading hospitals.  Safe Label System won the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA), the medical technology industry’s most prestigious award for groundbreaking product innovation. To learn more, visit www.codonics.com.

About Plexus Technology Group, LLC
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a market-leading, best-of breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), announces Hilo Medical Center, rated a four-star acute care hospital by Centers for Medicaid & Medicare and located in Hilo, Hawaii, successfully automated its anesthesia documentation, transitioning from paper records to Anesthesia Touch™. Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized Hilo Medical Center for developing a proven health information technology system with the implementation of MEDITECH 6.0x electronic health record (EHR) to improve patient outcomes by selecting Hilo Medical Center as the first “safety net” hospital to receive its prestigious Enterprise Davies Award.

Hilo Medical Center selected Plexus TG after searching for a comprehensive AIMS solution with proven interoperability, excellent mobility and ease of use. By integrating the documentation between Plexus TG’s Anesthesia Touch and their MEDITECH EMR, Hilo Medical Center simplifies their perioperative surgical workflow and enhances clinician and patient satisfaction. The EHR interfacing and monitor connectivity provides the anesthesia clinicians with access to scheduling data, patient demographics and physiologic data, giving providers the information they need when they need it. 

“Plexus has proven to be a welcome partner in delivering a user friendly and adaptable AIMS at Hilo Medical Center. The Plexus team has been readily available to assist in providing solutions to optimize workflow,” said Steve Lazaro, MD, Medical Director of Anesthesia Services at Hilo Medical Center.

“We appreciate our partnership with Hilo Medical Center and support their commitment to excellence by incorporating innovative technology into their perioperative workflow,” explained Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “By automating the clinical documentation process, the clinicians can access patient information and anesthesia records quickly, as well as having access to extensive data analytics that support national quality initiatives.”

As an iPad-based anesthesia documentation solution, Anesthesia Touch's full KLAS rating demonstrates Plexus TG’s commitment to providing complete AIMS functionality for their clients. For more information, visit www.klasresearch.com.

About Hilo Medical Center
As the Big Island's leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care, Hilo Medical Center of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) delivers a full range of services and programs. Their 20-acre campus consists of 275 beds located throughout the acute hospital, behavioral health unit and long-term care facility. They have 1,000 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 community physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, they have a network of 9 outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to more than 43,000 patients annually.  Please visit www.hilomedicalcenter.org for more information.

About Plexus Technology Group, LLC
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch™, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


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Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG) is proud to announce that the next version of its reporting and analytics tool, Touch Analytics, is scheduled for release at the end of June. Touch Analytics extends the capabilities of the previous reporting system, offering complete customization of reports and direct access to Anesthesia Touch's structured data. Touch Analytics, along with Anesthesia Touch™  and Pharmacy Touch™, is part of a fully integrated solution for anesthesia documentation and closed loop medication management. Existing clients may contact customer support to schedule the update.

Touch Analytics builds on the power of Anesthesia Touch, a solution that allows for customized and almost effortless collection of structured data necessary to support quality data capture, billing record optimization, and comprehensive patient information. Touch Analytics improves the current reporting functions and provides new features that focus on customizing data reporting:

  • Built-in reports to help review OR efficiency and quality data
  • Fully customizable reports offering the ability to select unique data elements and layout
  • Daily report updates from data captured in Anesthesia Touch
  • New user interface with a "single screen" report builder
  • Cloud-based reports accessible to authorized users
  • Built-in quality reporting options, like numerator/denominator calculations to support building custom reports for any measure from any registry
  • Integration options with other analytics engines to make Anesthesia Touch data available to existing analytics and data workflows in your practice management routine
  • Advanced function support for tailoring reports with specific calculations

"The release of our new analytics engine continues our goal of making new technology accessible to providers," said VP of Technology, Doug Marcey. "We think Touch Analytics' new tools and more accessible design will make it even easier for practice managers to use data to improve quality, efficiency and patient care."

Touch Analytics will be available as a cloud-hosted solution for all existing clients. "By offering an analytics solution with Anesthesia Touch, we empower our clients to use data to effectively manage their practice." Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus TG continued, "With the new custom report functionality, I'm excited to see how clients use the superior features available in Anesthesia Touch to pursue the challenge of balancing value and quality."

Fully cloud-based and mobile, Anesthesia Touch runs on Windows and iOS to fit into existing office-based or hospital infrastructures. With a customizable anesthesia record, 100 percent data interoperability inbound and outbound, and fully automated vitals data capture available, Anesthesia Touch provides a complete documentation solution for anesthesia providers.

Future clients interested in learning more about Touch Analytics may schedule a demo at www.plexustg.com

About Plexus Technology Group, LLC
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch™, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


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Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a fully KLAS-rated, market-leading, best-of-breed anesthesia information management system (AIMS) provider, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the 2017 International MUSE Conference held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center near Dallas, Texas from May 30th to June 2nd. Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE), a non-profit organization of facilities that use the MEDITECH EHR, is the largest independent MEDITECH users group in the world. The MUSE conference offers attendees a wide variety of opportunities to network, learn and engage with peers and experts all sharing a common connection to the same EHR solutions.  

“The 2017 International MUSE Conference provides a great opportunity for us to engage with the MEDITECH community.  This is one of our favorite events each year, as it really showcases our customers’ success integrating the Plexus Anesthesia Touch platform with their MEDITECH systems,” said Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “The seamless flow of information to and from the anesthesia record is a win-win that benefits both the facility and the anesthesia practice.”

Attendees look forward to the annual MUSE conference to learn from their MEDITECH peers and peer organizations that have already faced—and solved—familiar challenges.  Educational sessions and presentations describing real-world product experiences are among the most popular events.  This year’s MUSE conference will feature the Plexus TG Anesthesia Touch™ solution in a presentation titled “Integrating Plexus Anesthesia with MEDITECH: A Community Hospital Perspective.”  Glen Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut, will share his perspective including thoughts and suggestions for facilities considering an electronic anesthesia record.  Greg Matthews, Director of Product Management for Plexus TG, will be available during the presentation to answer questions about the Plexus TG solutions.  Dr. Rosenfeld’s Product Showcase session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31st in the Grapevine 3 room at 1:00 pm.

As an exhibitor, Plexus TG will demonstrate Anesthesia Touch, an easy to use, scalable AIMS solution that simplifies how today’s providers must document to realize improved quality, increased efficiency, streamlined billing and optimal CMS Quality Payment Program reporting. Anesthesia Touch combines ease of use with best practice documentation, backed by Plexus TG’s proven, KLAS-rated experience delivering powerful integration with multiple generations of MEDITECH solutions.

“In addition to our presence in the exhibit hall, we are excited to showcase Pharmacy Touch™, our medication management system,” explained Joe Gentile, Senior Vice President of Sales at Plexus Technology Group. “We encourage attendees to stop by for an interactive demonstration to learn more about how this system delivers to anesthesia providers and their pharmacies an integrated solution with controlled-access cabinets, barcode syringe labeling, closed-loop reconciliation and automated charging.”  The hands-on introduction to Pharmacy Touch will coincide with a happy hour reception sponsored by Plexus TG on Thursday, June 1st in the Gaylord Convention Center’s Forth Worth 5 room from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

To learn more about the solutions offered by Plexus Technology Group, please visit booth #1132 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
 

About Plexus Technology Group, LLC
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems.  Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms that supports concurrent charting and automatically records physiological data. It is easy to use, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use.  Pharmacy Touch™, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 


Contact Info:
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications
781.915.0221
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