CMS approves McKesson Specialty Health's iKnowMed

The iKnowMed platform allows users to input information without going through a third party. | Contributed image

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently authorized Texas-based McKesson Specialty Health as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), rendering it eligible to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2017.

As a result, McKesson can more easily enter and access clinical data via iKnowMed, its branded electronic health record system for its oncology division. The iKnowMed platform allows users to input information without going through a third party.

“As value-based care continues to evolve, quality reporting requirements have increased the burden on physicians and administrators in the community practices that we serve,” Erin Crum, McKesson Specialty Health’s director of quality reporting, said. “As a QCDR, we will be able to streamline MIPS quality measure reporting based on data captured in iKnowMed.”

With McKesson’s new designation, platform users can monitor the flow of information and work performance; obtain feedback and observe monitoring with the firm’s analytics capabilities; and engage in communication regarding MIPS features.

“This should significantly ease the administrative burden on our users, eliminate the need to engage a third-party registry and help clinicians maximize their MIPS scores,” Crum said.

McKesson strives to improve specialty care through conscientious solutions for providers, practices, manufacturers and payers. Vice president and medical director for payer and clinical services Dr. Marcus Neubauer underscored the company’s deep commitment to working for successful practices with value-based care programs.

“As a company with a deep understanding of MIPS legislation and other value-based initiatives, we are uniquely positioned to help community-based practices remain independent and thrive in this ever-evolving environment,” Neubauer said.

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