CMS Blue Button® 2.0 Fueling FHIR®

In our last blog we discussed how Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are planning to leverage the HL7® FHIR® standard. This discussion would be incomplete without the mention of probably the largest FHIR solution in the country today managed by a (non-tech) organization. I am talking about Blue Button 2.0 by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

How Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon are Leveraging FHIR®

A recent blog post by ONC in 2018 highlighted some amazing analysis around the adoption of FHIR® in the US. The post briefly mentioned how Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are planning to leverage the HL7® FHIR® standard. This blog discusses how some of these big companies are approaching FHIR.

MIPS 2018 Eligibility Check and Reporting Options

The time is ripe to direct the attention towards MIPS 2018 submissions. To get ready, the first step is to check the participation status and then evaluate the reporting options to determine the option that will get you the highest MIPS score and maximize the payment adjustment. As you embark on the preparations for second year of MIPS, there are 3 significant changes that you must be aware of:

The Riddle of MIPS 2018 Participation Status

Recently, QPP tool was updated to reflect the latest MIPS 2018 Participation Status. This was referred to as the “Final 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status” in a recent CMS newsletter, which has many MIPS eligible clinicians and groups thoroughly confused. This blog aims at removing the confusion by helping clinicians understand how the MIPS 2018 participation status is determined and if they would be required to participate in MIPS.

MIPS Report Cards Coming Soon on Physician Compare

Quality Payment Program performance data for 2017 will be publicly available on Physician Compare website in late 2018 to help the Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers make informed decisions, and to encourage clinicians to deliver quality care. With that, MIPS score and its impact on reputation will begin to get very real. This data will serve as the MIPS report card for all providers participating in QPP (MIPS, APMs). So, it would be best to understand what data would be published on Physician Compare, in what format, and for whom.

2015 Certified EHR in 2019: What’s the Deal?

The final rule for 2019 Quality Payment Program was released earlier this month. Although there are many important updates in the rule, there is one item in particular that seems to be causing a lot of confusion. We have received many variations of this core question – “Is 2015 Edition Certified EHR required for 2019? If so, by what date?”.