The Medical Group Management Association is asking the federal government to cut its use of multiple Web portals for physician reporting requirements and consolidate reporting programs on one portal.
The trade group for medical practice administrators in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notes that the agency built two new portals in the past two years. The CMS Enterprise Portal links to the Medicare Shared Savings program, Open Payments program, Quality Resource Use Reports and the Physician Quality Reporting System. The agency also created the Identity & Access Management System, for EHR meaningful use attestation, Medicare Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System, and National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.
But the portals operate independently of each other and have different requirements and functionality, according to MGMA. It makes no practical sense to have multiple systems which create unnecessary work by requiring duplicative registration with separate usernames and passwords for physicians and practices to access reports or report information pertaining to Medicare Part B programs, the letter to CMS states. Creating and maintaining competing systems places a considerable administrative burden on those who have to register, make updates, maintain log in information and perform tasks related to these programs.
Even within a single program, CMS has different portal requirements, MGMA says. For example, individual providers must go to the QualityNet Helpdesk to access individual level PQRS feedback reports, while group practices participating in the PQRS group practice reporting option must go through the CMS Enterprise Portal to access their PQRS feedback reports.
Consequently, MGMA asks for a single portal for physicians and practices to report and access all information pertaining to Part B programs. The organization urges CMS to expand the Identity & Access Management System rather than using that portal and others, and to enable physician delegation of tasks to a surrogate user.
The full letter, dated Jan. 30, is available here.
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