The use of technology has become an essential aspect of our daily lives, and the healthcare sector is no exception. Nowadays, clinicians and their practices require reliable and secure methods to collect and store patient data. As a result, an increasing number of clinicians are turning to electronic health record (EHR) systems. Over time, EHR technology has evolved, leading the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to implement a set of national standards for the secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information that EHRs must comply with to attain voluntary certification. MDinteractive is an ONC-certified health IT vendor and CMS qualified registry. This article describes the ONC certification process and the benefits of using certified EHR technology.
The MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) is a new reporting structure available for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) beginning in 2023. The MVP framework is intended to ease the reporting burden on clinicians and groups by aligning measures and activities across the Quality, Cost, and Improvement Activities categories of MIPS that are more relevant to a clinician’s scope of practice. This article answers key questions about MVPs and how MIPS reporting is expected to change in the years ahead.
The MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) category, which replaced the Meaningful Use program, establishes requirements that promote the electronic exchange of information using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). MIPS eligible clinicians and groups are scored on their performance on several PI measures. The last day to start a minimum 90-day reporting period to attest to PI is October 3, 2022. Making sense of all of the requirements can be challenging, so let’s examine how to report the PI category and the potential impact on the MIPS final score.
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program will have new reporting requirements beginning in 2025. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established a multi-year transition period to change the data that these organizations must report and how the data gets submitted. The changes are intended to reduce reporting burdens and improve patient outcomes. Partnering with a CMS Qualified Registry like MDinteractive can ease the transition for ACOs and help them meet their data reporting needs.
Technology has transformed how consumers perform a variety of daily activities and transactions. With a computer or smartphone, they can buy tickets and book travel, access their bank accounts, use GPS map assistance and so much more. Unfortunately, they don’t have the same flexibility when it comes to healthcare. This is changing, however, with the development of a new standard for exchanging electronic healthcare information called the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR (pronounced “fire”).
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.
MIPS eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups can now apply for the 2020 Promoting Interoperability (PI) Hardship Exception or the MIPS Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception. Applications must be submitted to CMS by December 31, 2020. Exceptions will be available to those who meet certain criteria established by CMS. Those who qualify for automatic reweighting of PI reporting do not need to apply for this exception.
Cost is the fourth performance category under the MIPS program and makes up 15% of your total MIPS score for 2019 (up from 10% in 2018 and 0% in 2017). This category will steadily increase to 30% by the year 2022 when it will have the same weight as Quality. If CMS is unable to calculate a Cost score for a clinician, the category will be reweighted to Quality. While clinicians can relatively quickly change their MIPS Quality score by tracking some specific outcomes (e.g., track smoking status and give cessation advice), Cost is more challenging. It is more complex with many different variables, so monitoring Cost becomes important as it contributes more towards your final MIPS score. MDinteractive can help you access your CMS performance feedback reports which will provide your Cost score from prior MIPS reporting years. In this article we will explore the different cost measures, how they are scored and the potential impact on your practice.
With another MIPS performance year behind us, it is not too early to start thinking about a reporting strategy to ensure MIPS success for 2019. This year CMS is providing new flexibility to report quality measures through multiple submission methods which can help improve MIPS scores and increase incentive payments. In this article we demonstrate how combining registry and EHR measures will help specific clinicians with their MIPS reporting. The strategy would not only boost their MIPS scores, but it would also increase their Medicare payments by thousands of dollars.
CMS has updated the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Participation Status Tool for clinicians to check their final 2018 eligibility status for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Clinicians can enter their individual National Provider Identifier (NPI) here to learn if they are required to report MIPS for 2018. It’s important for them to check their eligibility status now to determine if they must report. MIPS eligible clinicians who do not report MIPS this year will receive an automatic negative 5% penalty on their Medicare Part B payments in 2020.
CMS recently announced it made some changes to the 2017 MIPS performance feedback and is extending the deadline to request a targeted review until October 15, 2018, at 8:00pm (EST). Clinicians and groups are being encouraged to log into their CMS Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) accounts on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website to review their final MIPS scores and payment adjustment information for the 2017 performance year.
The minimum reporting requirements and penalties for not reporting under the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) continue to steadily increase each year. Last year, MIPS eligible clinicians and groups could report just 1 patient to earn 3 MIPS points and avoid a 4% penalty in 2019. For 2018, providers must earn at least 15 MIPS points to prevent a 5% cut to their Medicare payments in 2020.
Fortunately, 15 points is still a low threshold and providers have a few different options to meet it.
Before you begin your 2018 MIPS reporting, the first step you should take is to determine if you are required to report this year by checking your participation status on the CMS website. The Quality Payment Program (QPP) Participation Status tool allows clinicians to view their status for each performance year for both the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM). Keep in mind if you are not exempt from MIPS participation in 2018, failing to report will result in a 5% penalty on your Medicare Part B payments in 2020.
Are you a solo practitioner or small practice struggling to understand MIPS requirements? When it comes to MIPS reporting, small practices face unique challenges that can make compliance seem like a daunting task. Choosing not to report could be a costly mistake, though, since the penalty for not reporting in 2018 has increased to 5% of your Medicare Part B reimbursements. Fortunately, CMS has taken several steps to provide relief to small practices so they can successfully participate in MIPS for the 2018 performance year.
Are you wondering how you performed in the 2017 MIPS program? The wait is finally over. MIPS eligible clinicians and groups can now view their performance feedback for their 2017 MIPS submission on the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. The performance feedback will include the clinician's or group’s final score and payment adjustment information. Any upward, downward or neutral payment adjustment will apply to the provider's or group’s 2019 Medicare Part B payments for covered professional services.
Year 2 of the MIPS program, which runs from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, will directly impact your Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2020. Understanding how CMS determines your final MIPS score will ensure your practice avoids any Medicare cuts, while giving you the opportunity to maximize your practice revenue.
CMS announced it exceeded its year one participation goal for the Quality Payment Program. According to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, 91% of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Submission rates for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) were 98% and rural practices were 94%.
CMS announced it will release MIPS Final Scores and Feedback for the 2017 Performance Year in July. Clinicians can view their preliminary performance feedback now on the Quality Payment Program website. However, the scores can change between now and July based on a few different factors.
Choosing what MIPS measures to report for your practice can be overwhelming, especially when you are reporting on behalf of several providers, across multiple specialties, and in some cases at different practice locations. An important consideration is whether group reporting could reduce the amount of time and resources your practice spends on your data reporting activities, while maximizing your MIPS scoring potential.
The 2018 MIPS reporting year is well underway. CMS is continuing to offer some flexibility during Year 2 of the program, but the financial stakes are higher for not reporting or failing to meet the minimum MIPS threshold. Whether you have already started collecting data or are still developing your MIPS reporting plan, there are some important changes you need to know to ensure your reporting stays on the right track.