DataDerm™ helps you avoid hefty MU penalties

marta_vanbeek.jpgBy Marta Van Beek, MD

Reporting meaningful use (MU) measures tends to keep providers up at night. The program has been an often confusing flurry of rule and deadline changes that are difficult to keep pace with. In October 2015, CMS released a final rule that significantly changed the program for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Under this rule, failure to meet all required MU measures can result in a 7 percent penalty of Medicare charges over two years. If you participate in MU in 2016, you can avoid penalties totalling 3 percent of Medicare charges in 2017 and an additional 4 percent in 2018.

DataDerm_ENROLLThe Academy’s new clinical registry, DataDerm™, can help you avoid hefty penalties by enabling you to meet a key MU requirement. Enrolling in AAD’s DataDerm™ helps satisfy MU measure 10, according to CMS. Under measure 10 participants must report to two qualified registries. DataDerm qualifies as a specialized registry.

In order to meet measure 10 with DataDerm™, you must:

  • Enroll in DataDerm™ no later than February 29, 2016.
  • Retain your DataDerm™ confirmation email as documentation of measure 10.
  • Attest on CMS’s website by published deadline to avoid 2017 and 2018 penalties.

What is DataDerm™?

DataDerm™ is a clinical data registry, developed BY dermatologists, FOR dermatologists, to ease PQRS reporting, demonstrate quality to payers, and define your practice in your own terms.

It will provide you with:

  • Time-saving data entry! Streamlined interaction for EHR's and simple solutions for paer-based practices.
  • Tools to demonstrate your quality on 35 dermatology-specific or applicable quality measures.
  • Quick reports on data for your personal practice.
  • The information you need to create a culture of innovation in your practice.

Although DataDerm™ is not launching until 2016, you can enroll now. There is no charge to enroll.  

Dr. Van Beek is Co-Chair of the Academy’s AHTF on Data Collection Platform; Chair of the Council on Government Affairs, Health Policy & Practice and Registries; and incoming Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

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