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Medicare Program – Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Mobile Challenge–PHASE II

About the Challenge
Create a mobile solution to reach 1.2M eligible clinicials

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.

Datapalooza Presentation Updated 7-11-15

Updated Dates

  • October 15: Deadline for Phase II Submissions
  • November 15: HHS announces grand prize winner

The Challenge:

  • 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

Our Goal:

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)
  • Registries
  • EHR Vendors
  • Quality Analysts

*Contact us if you need to be connected to potential users in your area.

Background:

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.

Judging Criteria

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?

How to Enter

Datapalooza Challenge PPT

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.

Winners
Phase 2 Winner $25,000.00 Won by: Customer Value Partners (CVP)
Solution: https://capconcorp.egnyte.com/dl/v4UUGQs7er
Description:
Phase 1 Ideation up to 5 Winners $10,000.00 Won by: Claudia Cassidy
Solution: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/08/MIPS-Challenge-App-Design-ccassidy.pdf
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.
Phase 1 Ideation up to 5 Winners $10,000.00 Won by: Customer Value Partners (CVP)
Solution: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/08/MIPS_Mobile_App_README.pdf
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.
Phase 1 Ideation up to 5 Winners $10,000.00 Won by: Improving Healthcare for the Common Good (IPRO):
Solution: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/08/IPRO-MIPS-Challenge-Mobile-App-Submission_Phase-1.pdf
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.
Phase 1 Ideation up to 5 Winners $10,000.00 Won by: IMS Health
Solution: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/08/IMS-Health-MIPS-Challenge-Presentation-Final.pdf
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.
Phase 1 Ideation up to 5 Winners $10,000.00 Won by: Softrams, LLC
Solution: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/08/MIPS-Mobile-App-Prototype-by-Softrams-1.pdf
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

37 Discussions for "Medicare Program – Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Mobile Challenge–PHASE II"

  • Edison Machado
    Good morning. Can your provide an update on when HHS expects to announce the phase II winner of the MIPS challenger?

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    Claudia Cassidy
    What is the deadline for Phase 1 submission? In the DataPalooza link it says July 15: https://www.challenge.gov/files/2016/05/Datapalooza-Challenge-PPT.pdf, but on the home page: https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/medicare-program-merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-mobile-challenge/, it now says August 15. Thanks

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      mhangsleben
      Hi Claudia - Yep we are extending the date due to many requests from developers to see if we could give more time with holidays and summer vacations. I went in and updated the powepoint and also updated the site so hopefully it is more visible and clear but let me know happy to put it other places or use other means of communicating the updates. Thanks, Mindy

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        Enrico Bermudez
        Ms. Hangsleben, Can you clarify the time it's due? 12AM ET on the 15th is actually Sunday night. So I'm trying to confirm that we need to get our solutions on this website by 11:59PM on 14 August. Thanks in advance for clarification. Enrico

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    Solomon Powell
    Is there a certain amount of programming work CMS would like to see before Phase 1 is complete? If so, how much is expected to be designed and built in the 1st phase? For Example: Proof of Concept, List of Open Source Libraries and other tech to be used, etc?

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    betafind
    One thing I am confused about is the overall goal for this challenge. Is it for the participants to design/develop an educational solution that will be ultimately deployed by CMS after Phase 2 or is the deployment after Phase 2 another business opportunity for the participants to provide a solution to clinicians?

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      mhangsleben
      Hi - We are looking for ideas/solutions that we may or may not integrate into the CMS program. This may lead to more challenges as well but we will not know until we see the solutions. Does this help? Thanks, Mindy

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        betafind
        That helps. Should we insure that we incorporate the cms.gov design aesthetic or is it okay to use whatever guidelines we deem appropriate?

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          mhangsleben
          We have to follow 508 compliance but other then that it is just the CMS logo that we put on things.

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      mhangsleben
      Hi David - Can you make sure you are emailing the correct address (mindy.hangsleben@cms.hhs.gov) I received an email dated 5/31 and have responded today connecting you to a couple different groups. Sorry for the delay I was out on a work trip and it is hard to get to emails so just catching up today. Let me know if you need any other contacts. Thanks, Mindy

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    melvinma88
    Intellectual Property Question (similar to Imtiaz Ahmad): It appears that CMS will be free to use the design ideas (this is how this challenge is designed, please correct me if I am wrong). My question is, if I have rather complex logic in my mobile app (rather than static contents), what is the path going forward? Will CMS own my source code? Will it be an option that CMS license my app? Thanks,

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      mhangsleben
      CMS may pursue a license consistent with the information provided in the rules tab at #7

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      melvinma88
      Ok, got it. It is in the PPT presentation and not in the Challenge Details. The dates are: July 15: Deadline for Phase I Submissions July 30: HHS announces top three to five challenge applicants and launches Phase II – Applicants that did not win in Phase I will be permitted to compete for Phase II September 30: Deadline for Phase II Submissions October 15: HHS announces grand prize winner

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    Imtiaz Ahmad
    Can you please clarify intellectual property issues surrounding this challenge? Who owns the idea? whether challenge participant retain the right to commercialize idea and license the idea to other entity? If medicare accepts the idea, can the same idea be used in other platform or app?

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      mhangsleben
      CMS may pursue a license consistent with the information provided in the rules tab at #7

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      mhangsleben
      We can connect you if needed. We have a large list of clinicians that are willing to help. If you want to email me you can send me what type of clinicians/users you are looking for and if you want to connect in person what area you are willing to drive to. My email is mindy.hangsleben@cms.hhs.gov

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    mhangsleben
    Hello Challenge Participants - I have updated the site with our Health Datapalooza presentation around the challenge. Let us know if you have any questions or need to get in contact with some users to do co-design. Thanks! Mindy Hangsleben

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        mhangsleben
        Not that I know of sorry just saw this question. I wish there was a way to get notified when something is posted on here. Sorry for the delay.

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      Pere Ozogu
      Hi Mindy, After you have looked at my submission, I would like to ask if I may get in contact with some users to participate in the co-design. Thank you. Best regards, Ozogu, Pere.

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        mhangsleben
        Sure thing do you want to email me directly and let me know where you are located and I can see if we can get some providers in your area or perhaps do some virtual sessions? Thanks, Mindy mindy.hangsleben@cms.hhs.gov

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      Pere Ozogu
      Hi Mindy, I wanted to ask if I may get in contact with some users to co-design with me. Check out what I have and see if there is anything else you would require of me. Cheers, Ozogu, P.

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Rules
  1. Shall register to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated below by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Shall not be an employee of the CMS.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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