Posted By: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Category: Ideas, Designs Submission Dates: 11:59 p.m. ET, Aug 15, 2016 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Oct 15, 2016 Judging Dates: Oct 15, 2016 - Nov 15, 2016 Winners Announced: Nov 15, 2016
PHASE II is now open for the Medicare Program–Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Mobile Challenge.
Winners from Phase I will be publically announced soon. All applicants that did not win in Phase I are permitted to compete for Phase II.
- October 15: Deadline for Phase II Submissions
- November 15: HHS announces grand prize winner
- CMS recently issued a proposed rule that will change the way Medicare physicians are paid for giving quality care through the Quality Payment Program (QPP)
- This challenge will focus on solving the problem that many of the 1.2 Million Clinicians and their staff will face – the ability to easily access information that is relevant to enable successful reporting in the new Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.
Why this Challenge?
- Many small practice and solo clinicians along with their staff may be unaware of the program, what it means for them, key dates, or how to successfully participate
- Clinicians that are aware of the program still need to know and understand when things are changing
- The Quality Payment Program offers many options that clinicians will need to successfully navigate
- Different clinicians may have different needs and motivations for their involvement
Engagement & Education
- To help clinicians and their support teams understand the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the benefits of participation, and how they can move their practice toward quality based care.
Potential Types of Users/Customers of the solution:
- Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
- Board and diverse practice setting and specialty focus
- APM Entities
- Non-clinical staff (e.g. Office Managers/Practice Managers/Administrators)
- EHR Vendors
- Quality Analysts
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114‑10, enacted April 16, 2015) (MACRA) requires the Secretary to establish a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program, which will assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in accelerating the transition from the traditional fee-for-service payment model to a system that rewards health care providers for value rather than volume of services provided. The MIPS program combines parts of the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Modifier (VM or Value-based Payment Modifier), and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program into one single program that assesses the performance of MIPS eligible clinicians based on four performance categories: (1) Quality, (2) Resource use, (3) Clinical practice improvement activities, and (4) Meaningful use of certified EHR technology. This program has the potential of impacting 1.2 million MIPS clinicians.
One of the most important aspects and challenges of our program is educating and providing outreach to the potential 1.2 million MIPS clinicians. Feedback we have received from our customers/end users is that they want more real-time information and access to assistance so they can successfully report to our programs. Therefore, we are launching a MIPS mobile challenge to find innovative ways of improving communication to educate physicians, support staff, health organization leadership, data vendors, and others impacted parties. Due to the multiple user types and facets of the MIPS program we are looking at utilizing a mobile platform, which could be a mobile site or application to determine how to best keep our customers/end users informed and meet their specific needs. We also want to provide the capability to access assistance to help MIPS clinicians learn and get help with specific areas. This challenge has the potential to make a significant impact as not only are there 1.2 million MIPS clinicians but also millions of people who support the success of these MIPS clinicians. Having key information and access to the right support at the right time reduces burden and provides increased satisfaction for the MIPS clinicians and their supporting entities.
Phase II will focus on the integration of any features from Phase 1, and user experience testing. During this phase, the participants must submit the object and source code, as well as a detailed description showing that the output meets section 508 compliance per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220, enacted August 7, 1998)(WIA) including at least instructions on how to install and operate, and system requirements for running the mobile platform. Participants may submit, as part of the submission, additional software documentation, if they believe it provides a more complete description of the mobile platforms.
Phase 1 - Ease in which a user can navigate Usability and Design
Phase 1 - Evidence of design incorporating User feedback
Phase 1 - Innovation in Design
Phase 1 - Look and Feel
Phase 2 - Are a majority of clinicians able to easily use the solution from start to finish?
Phase 2 - Do a majority of clinicians understand the requirements of MIPS after using the solution?
Phase 2 - Are a majority of clinicians able to identify if they are qualified to participate in MIPS after using the solution?
Phase II: Development and functional integration of any features from Phase I, and user experience testing. During this phase, the participants must submit the object and source code, as well as a detailed description showing that the output meets section 508 compliance per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-220, enacted August 7, 1998)(WIA) including at least instructions on how to install and operate, and system requirements for running the mobile platform. Participants may submit, as part of the submission, additional software documentation, if they believe it provides a more complete description of the mobile platforms.
Description: The proposed app solution is designed to be a mobile tool that simplifies the MIPS Composite Scoring concepts, gives CMS control over the educational content and takes advantage of the capabilities of mobile devices: push notifications, sharing to social media, calendar and email.
Description: This solver proposed leveraging data from a number of existing data and web services. The proposed app will include an intelligent chat bot as well as CME and education modules.
Description: The proposed app features an interactive schedule and is equipped with pop-up explanations as well as a tool for future planning needs It also has a Share-to-Social Media” feature.
Description: The solver uses the transtheoretical model (TTM) for behavior change, an evidence-based integrative, biopsychosocial model of intentional behavior change. Components of the app include assessment sof a provider’s readiness and a summary of performance indicators so that clarifications and other adjustments can be made to the system.
Description: Called MyMIPS, the proposed app provides for customize user profiles so that different users (e.g., a clinician versus a data quality vendor) are able to access the modules that are most meaningful to their work
Add to the Discussion
- Shall register to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated below by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating individually or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- HHS Employees may participate in the MIPS Mobile Challenge, but may not submit in the scope of their employment and may not pursue an application while in the federal workplace or while on duty.
- Shall not be an employee of the CMS.
- Federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-358, enacted January 4, 2011) (COMPETES Act) challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award.
- Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.
- Applicants must agree to provide the federal government an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive worldwide license in the winning work(s) or component parts thereof, in the event that they are prize winner(s). HHS shall be granted the rights to reproduce, distribute copies to the public, publicly display, create derivative works, and publicly post, link to, and share the winning work(s) or parts thereof.
A submission may be disqualified if, in CMS’s sole judgment:
- Fails to function as expressed in the detailed description,
- The detailed description is significantly inaccurate or incomplete, or
- Malware or other security threats are present.
Participants agree that we may conduct testing on the submitted code to determine whether malware or other security threats may be present such that they may damage the equipment or operating environments of the Federal Government or those acting on its behalf.
An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.