CMS launches challenge to develop mobile MIPS education tool

To help support eligible providers in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System program, CMS has sought help to develop a mobile platform to support providers in the transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value payment models.

"One of the most important aspects and challenges of our program is educating and providing outreach to the potential 1.2 million MIPS clinicians," according to CMS' app challenge notice in the Federal Register. "Feedback we have received from our customers/endusers is that they want more real-time information and access to assistance so they can successfully report to our programs."

CMS seeks a mobile platform to accommodate the multiple user types and facets of the MIPS program. The platform should ensure MIPS clinicians have access to educational materials and access to assistance with certain areas of the MIPS program.

The app challenge will be comprised of two phases. The first phase will focus on creating the initial mobile platform offering innovative ways to transmit educational materials and foster collaboration among users, including creating wireframes, storyboards, mock-ups of mobile screens and usability testing.

The second phase will focus on development and integration of phase I features combined with user experience testing. Participants will submit the object and source code for the platform, including instructions on how to install and operate it.

Three to five winners will be selected in the first phase, receiving $10,000 each. The final phase II challenge winner will receive $25,000.

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