CNS Vital Signs

Trend: Growing Focus on Quality Measures and Outcomes

Setting Value‐Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care
"Our goal is to have 85% of all Medicare fee‐for‐service payments tied to quality or value by 2016, and 90% by 2018. Perhaps even more important, our target is to have 30% of Medicare payments tied to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016, and 50% of payments by the end of 2018."
Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary DHS; New England Medical Journal; January 26, 2015

As you map the future strategic direction of your practice CNS Vital Signs offers many products, features and benefits that can help you navigate, respond and profit from the changing healthcare environment. Our CNS VS Tools: Clinical & Quality Measures is the most recent example of the commitment to providing clinicians and practices with leading‐edge technology solutions.

PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) is a quality reporting program from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for physicians and other providers. Previously, it was known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). It uses a combination of financial incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by what CMS calls eligible professionals (EPs). CNS VS Tools helps clinical practices collect the necessary quality data measures for both individual and group PQRS measures.

CNS VS Tools is not an EMR or PQRS Registry ... we simply and efficiently help clinicians and practices collect the recommended clinical and quality measure assessment data.

The CNS VS Tools Advantage:

  • 50+ clinical and quality evidence‐based rating scales assessment tools
  • Enables practice efficiency ‐ rapid exam or waiting room toolset
  • Enhances practice revenue ‐ see reimbursement guide
  • Builds competitive advantage by helping systematically document quality indicators e.g., PQRS, Star Quality, etc.
  • Systematically tracks quality measures supporting professional societies and payer guidelines and standards
  • Custom configure test panels supporting PQRS data collection and meeting the needs of individual, medical home, group practices and ACO’s care plans
  • Autoscored Reporting – PDF (EMR), CSV (Research and Outcomes), exportable ... supporting meaningful use.
  • Optimized for reimbursement ‐ time & date stamped documentation, automated audit tracker
  • Automates the screening, assessing and tracking mental health patients e.g. telemedicine, ACO’s. public health
  • Supports early detection and prevention e.g., Healthy Brain Initiative

The efficiency of the CNS VS Tools combined with the CNS Vital Signs Assessment Platform e.g., auto‐scored, auto‐audit, export to EMR capabilities . The CNS VS Tools helps practices efficiently collect PRO – patient reported outcomes , evidence‐based medical and mental health clinical endpoints. The clinical data collected follows the recommended clinical activities recommended by professional societies e.g., AAN, APA as part of their quality or PQRS measure standards.

The CNS VS Tools iPad Tablet App is designed to Simplify, Standardize and Automate the Assessment of Patient, Informant and Caregiver Described Symptoms, Behaviors and Comorbid Issues. The CNS VS Toolset was developed with the clinician in MIND. The toolset contains over 50 evidence based assessment tools and is fully configurable to customize to your practice needs.

Why CNS VS Tools and CNS Vital Signs Neurocognitive Testing?

Identifying cognitive and neuropsychological abnormalities are common in multiple clinical condition quality measures. Accurate assessment of cognitive impairment requires performance‐based neuropsychological assessment, which can be time‐consuming and costly. Brief and accurate performance based cognitive tests to measure for or monitor a core set of neuropsychological domains would allow clinicians to identify and track deficits. It is also useful in identifying those patients with impairment who require more detailed neuropsychological testing or attention to neurobehavioral signs.