Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG) and MiraMed Global Services (MiraMed) are pleased to announce the launch of MACRA MadeEasy. This new suite of services provides comprehensive support to anesthesia clinicians seeking to comply with the evolving requirements of Medicare reimbursement.
In 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation was overwhelmingly approved by Congress. It transforms the way Medicare Part B payments are calculated. MACRA also repealed and replaced several older programs, including the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and the Physician Quality Reporting System. The first performance period began in January 2017 and directly impacts 2019 reimbursements for virtually all anesthesia physicians and nurse anesthetists who see over 100 Medicare patients and bill for over $30,000 in Part B services.
Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus TG and MiraMed, explained the genesis of the MACRA MadeEasy program. “We introduced the MiraMed QCDR for 2016 quality reporting, and it was a huge success, enabling over 6,000 anesthesia providers to comply with last year’s requirements. But 2017 marked the beginning of a new paradigm—competitive, performance-driven payment rules.”
“Anesthesia Touch is an exceptional tool for capturing quality measure data, but that alone is no longer enough. As I explained in a recent eAlert, most anesthesia providers are choosing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. For this reason, we designed the MACRA MadeEasy platform as a comprehensive solution covering every aspect of MIPS participation.”
MACRA MadeEasy is a significant extension to Plexus TG’s core product, Anesthesia Touch™, an electronic anesthesia documentation system. MACRA MadeEasy program allows clinicians to capture their quality measures through Anesthesia Touch and then automatically send the measures to the CMS-approved MiraMed QCDR registry. Enrolled individuals have access to the MACRA MadeEasy secure portal for instantaneous personalized performance insights.
“Given the complexities of the payment rules and their inescapable impact on the anesthesia specialty, we are excited to introduce MACRA MadeEasy,” added Doug Marcey, VP of Technology for Plexus TG. “This new service leads anesthesiologists and anesthetists through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with a combination of certified EHR technology, exclusive anesthesia-specific quality measures and sustained counsel supported by recognized thought leaders in anesthesia and a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry, the MiraMed QCDR. It is the simple choice for anesthesia clinicians who want expert guidance and recommendations to maximize their performance scores.”
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.
Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, MiraMed Global Services stands as the premier global provider of business process outsourcing solutions to healthcare organizations nationwide. MiraMed partners with hospitals, health networks, physician practices and related industry service organizations to provide a broad portfolio of customizable solutions, uncover and capitalize on hidden financial opportunities, improve productivity and ultimately increase profits. MiraMed has offices in Jackson, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Portland, Oregon, Thousand Oaks, California, Dallas, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Greenville, South Carolina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chennai, India and Manila, Philippines.
MiraMed pairs healthcare industry experts with world-class processes, infrastructure and technology to deliver meaningful and measurable results. This proprietary model enables sustainable change by delivering a complete, customizable "end-to-end" solution devised to meet a client's own unique financial and organizational needs. For more information, visit www.miramedgs.com.
Jennifer Dixon, Director of Communications