Miniea is new Primaris Foundation executive director

  COLUMBIA, MO. – Scott Miniea is the new executive director of the Primaris Foundation, taking the reins from Carol Beahan, who retired Jan. 30 after a 30-year career with Primaris. Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer made the announcement of Miniea’s new post on Feb. 8. Primaris is a healthcare consulting and services firm; the … Continued

Primaris CEO endorses innovation efforts, commends Shah’s appointment to CMS post.

In a recent announcement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma named Dr. Anand Shah, a radiation oncologist at the National Cancer Institute, as the new Senior Medical Advisor for Innovation at CMS. Dr. Shah’s appointment drew praise from healthcare industry leaders, including Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer, noting Dr. Shah’s previous stint as the chief medical officer at … Continued

National Wear Red Day: Primaris CEO is keynote for Missouri Million Hearts

As medical and public health professionals meet Friday in St. Louis to kick off American Heart Month with National Wear Red Day at the Missouri Million Hearts annual conference, Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer will be reminding attendees of the terrible toll of cardiovascular disease. “Heart disease and stroke are the top two causes of … Continued

Primaris redesigns, updates Quality Today blog

With an eye on improving user experience and providing a fresher look, Primaris has redesigned the Quality Today blog. The Quality Talk blog that showcases the Quality Talk podcast show notes is next in line for updating.  “This has been a great process and we’re so happy with the new look,” said Director of Marketing … Continued

AHQA lauds Lammert, other volunteers for workgroup service

The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) recently recognized workgroup volunteers for their “input, expertise, and service” in a response to a CMS notice aimed in part to reduce adverse drug events (ADE). Dana Lammert, a program manager at Primaris, was among the seven workgroup members recognized. Lammert has been  part of the Primaris team for … Continued

Primaris, AFMC partner to provide Security Risk Analysis services

Columbia, MO – Primaris, a Midwest-based healthcare consulting and services firm, will join with AFMC, an Arkansas quality improvement organization, to offer security risk analysis (SRA) services to its healthcare provider clients. All healthcare provider organizations that create, receive, maintain, or transmit electronic health information are subject to the HIPAA Security Rule. This rule requires … Continued

Primaris Partners with Healthmonix to Provide MIPS and ACO Reporting Solutions

Primaris and Healthmonix have joined forces to help healthcare providers meet and exceed new regulations that tie the quality of patient care to the payment for that care. The partnership between the two organizations provides an even stronger ability to help clinicians and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) succeed in reporting healthcare quality data for the … Continued

UPDATE: Providers Must Be Ready Now For New Medicare Cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started mailing newly-designed Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), or Medicare Number.   People enrolling in Medicare for the first time will be among the first to get the new cards, no matter where they live, so providers must be ready now to use … Continued

MIPS Data Submission Has Closed; Preliminary Feedback Data Now Available

The data submission period for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed Tuesday, April 3. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently in the process of reviewing all the data submitted.   CMS officials issued an online statement Wednesday that thanked “all of the clinicians who submitted their data, as well … Continued

Notes From the Field: How to Deal with MIPS and EIDM Heartburn

The window for 2018 MIPS reporting closes in three days, though many clinicians and large ACO groups are in a state of limbo with regard to receiving or apply for an Enterprise Identity Management account (EIDM). An EIDM is necessary for submitting Advancing Care Information (ACI) under MIPS. Primaris Clinical Operations Senior Program Manager Lisa … Continued