In a previous blog, we had discussed some of the recent updates announced by CMS for MIPS. One of those updates was the release of Quality Benchmarks for 2018. Here are 4 key things you need to understand about MIPS 2018 Quality Benchmarks.
Although providers can use a 2014 or a 2015 certified EHR for 2018 MIPS reporting year, starting 2019, 2015 edition will be required. However, the mapping between 2015 Edition EHR and the ACI category reporting requirements has providers and EHR vendors confused. In this blog, we attempt to eliminate this confusion with the help of an infographic that explains this mapping.
Over the last decade, billions of American tax payer dollars have been spent to achieve “interoperability” in healthcare. Has it worked? The answer depends on who you ask. However, everyone agrees that we have a long way to go. Can FHIR® might be the answer to the interoperability conundrum?
Holiday times are over. 2018 is here and it brings a flurry of activity with it. It is time for 2017 MIPS data submissions, and start off the second year of MIPS on the right foot. CMS was hard at work churning out multiple updates last week to help us do exactly that. In this post, we focus on the five of the key MIPS updates that CMS recently made.
The transition year of MIPS is drawing to a close. Soon it will be submission time and time to get ready for the new performance year 2018. As we stand at the threshold of 2018, I want to give you three good reasons to give your MIPS score one last push.
The key differentiator of FHIR from any previous standards used in the healthcare is the portability of FHIR “resources”. This granular approach to storing and consuming healthcare data opens up many more new opportunities as compared to the traditional document-based methods. However, this approach also presents some challenges. Can Azure Cosmos DB be the perfect solution to those challenges?
The MACRA 2018 Final Rule for year-two of Quality Payment Program was released recently. Let us reiterate the eligibility criteria, go through some new bonus opportunities, exception criteria, and take a look at how the changes in Performance Thresholds impact the payment adjustments in 2020 based on performance in 2018.
“As you sow, so shall you reap” is an adage we are all familiar with. This ancient wisdom holds true for MIPS too. Your MIPS performance in 2017 will determine the payment adjustments in 2019. Furthermore, your MIPS score will be linked to your NPI even if you change groups or switch your reporting preferences.
Beginning 2018, “Virtual Group” option will be available to individuals and small groups for MIPS reporting. Read more about the formation, reporting requirements, scoring considerations, and payment adjustment determination for the Virtual Groups.
“Scoring Improvement” bonus points for the Quality and the Cost categories are bonus points available in 2018 for demonstrating improvement in 2018 as compared to 2017 scores. As 2017 is the first year for MIPS, 2018 will be the first year where these bonus points will be available. Here are 10 things that you need to know about scoring improvement bonus point in the quality category.