2020 MIPS performance feedback reports, which include MIPS final scores and payment adjustment information, are now available. Clinicians and groups should carefully review their reporting results. Any positive or negative payment adjustment will apply to their 2022 Medicare Part B payments for covered professional services. A targeted review can be requested until November 29, 2021, if clinicians believe an error was made in their 2022 MIPS payment adjustment calculation.
MIPS Payment Adjustment MIPS Performance Feedback MIPS Reporting Result Targeted Review
The MIPS Cost category weight is increasing to 20% of a clinician’s final MIPS score in 2021 and 30% in 2022. The increase reflects the priority that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has placed on controlling the cost of health care services as a component of the MIPS program. As Cost makes up a larger portion of the total MIPS score, it’s beneficial to understand how CMS measures Cost. Let’s review the basic components of the Cost category and examine strategies to manage and potentially improve performance.
CMS will sunset the Web Interface after the 2024 performance year, so this will no longer be a data submission option going forward for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Beginning in 2025 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Saving Program (MSSP) will be required to report on all-payer eCQM/CQM MIPS measures established under the new APM Performance Pathway (APP). While these changes will present some challenges for ACOs, this article provides tips to help prepare for the end of the Web Interface and to support compliance with the new reporting requirements.
ACO Reporting APM Performance Pathway (APM) CMS Web Interface
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Primary Care First (PCF) program is a new alternative payment model designed to support the delivery of advanced primary care. The program began in 2021 and it will examine whether financial risk and performance based payments that reward primary care clinicians will lower Medicare costs and improve health care quality. PCF participants must annually report data on specific quality measures, including the quality measure Advance Care Plan (ACP) which requires a Qualified Registry or QCDR vendor for reporting since it is not an EHR reportable measure. As a CMS Qualified Registry, MDinteractive can support practices participating in the program by reporting this measure on their behalf.
Please note: Cohort 1 practices must report ACP using a Qualified Registry or QCDR for PY 2021; Cohort 1 practices that fail to do so will not be eligible for a positive performance-based adjustment (PBA) in PY 2022.
You can finally breathe a sigh of relief that the 2020 MIPS reporting season is over! Now it’s time to turn your attention to 2021 MIPS reporting so you don’t get behind the curve. This year reporting will be more complex and require early planning to meet the new requirements. Developing a reporting strategy now will ensure you are better prepared for a successful outcome.
2021 MIPS Reporting MIPS Quality Reporting MIPS Reporting Plan Quality Data Collection Options
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay the requirement that Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) begin reporting all-payer Quality data through the new APM Performance Pathway (APP). ACOs will have the option to continue submitting data via the CMS Web Interface through the 2024 performance year. ACOs will have to report all three APP Quality measures (CQMs or eCQMs) beginning in 2025. In this article, we highlight the implications for ACOs, including the new APP quality measure set and strategies for successful reporting in future years.
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On December 1, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2021 Final Rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) with changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Here is a look at some key highlights of the QPP changes and how they could impact your practice.
2021 MIPS Proposed Rule MIPS Category Weights MIPS Reporting MVPs
The clock is ticking for clinicians and groups who want to report MIPS. MDinteractive can report all available registry and EHR MIPS Quality measures and is here to help, whether you have been collecting data throughout the year or are just getting started. In this article we explain how to choose your Quality measures, and the benefits of using a registry like MDinteractive. With the end of the 2020 performance year getting closer, there’s still time to choose measures to report and start gathering your data.
2020 MIPS Reporting MACRA Quality Measures Quality Scores Registry Reporting
If you have two or more clinicians billing with the same Tax Identification Number (TIN) in your practice, you should consider reporting MIPS as a group to gain some administrative relief and possibly increase your chances for success. According to CMS data, the majority of practices are choosing to report as a group. There are many reasons why group reporting is the preferred option for clinicians. Let’s take a look at what group reporting means, and why it may benefit your practice.
Group reporting MIPS Financial Rewards MIPS Reporting MIPS Threshold
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to our daily lives, including a surge in the use of telemedicine. During the past few months, more clinicians and their patients have been turning to telehealth appointments so patients can safely receive the care they need. In response, CMS announced many changes to support telehealth, including payments for Medicare telehealth services furnished to patients in broadened circumstances and an expanded list of clinicians who can provide these services. Clinicians offering telehealth services to their patients may want to consider how this is relevant to their MIPS reporting. In this article, we have identified a list of Quality measures and Improvement Activities that can be reported for telemedicine services.
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