Last week, CMS released the QPP final rule for 2019. We will be doing a series of blogs and webinar to discuss the changes in details and how it impacts EHR developers and providers. However, there is one change that deserves a blog of it’s own. In my opinion, it is the biggest change since the start of Meaningful Use program almost a decade ago.
With the QPP 2019 proposed rule, CMS is making conscious efforts to make QPP participation meaningful and less burdensome for the clinicians and addressing the opioid epidemic. To that end, the modifications proposed for the Improvement Activities category are geared towards fine-tuning, addressing the existing gaps, and aligning IA closely with other performance categories. Let’s see how.
Last week, CMS held a support call for Qualified Registries, a regular monthly call that all Qualified Registry vendors like MyMipsScore have to attend. There was an announcement by CMS during the call that I would like to discuss and share. Here is the exact text from the agenda for the call:
“Cherry Picking: It has come to CMS’ attention that certain vendors may be advertising services…….
Major restructuring is proposed for the Promoting Interoperability performance category for 2019. The redesign of this category aims at achieving better transition of care, improved communication between the caregivers, getting data for public health initiatives, and empowering patients to take charge of their care. Will the PI category live up to it’s new name?
Evaluating the cost of care alongside the quality of care is not new. It was an element of PQRS program (QRUR reports) and with MIPS, CMS aspires to make further progress in this area. Can proposed changes for MIPS 2019, lead to a meaningful reduction in cost? Can CMS strike the delicate balance between Cost and Quality of care with the new mix of measures?.
In the previous blog we looked at the highlights of the 2019 QPP Proposed Rule for MIPS. In this post we would explore how the 2019 proposed rule will affect the Quality performance category, the category with highest weight. The Meaningful Measures Initiative has led to "redefining" of the Quality performance category. Under this initiative, CMS has been working to……
The QPP proposed rule for 2019 performance year was released on Jul 12, 2018. It brings in a host of changes. We will explore the proposed rule in this multi-part blog series and highlight the changes. In Part-I of the series, we will discuss the overall impact of the proposed changes including the influence of the Bipartisan Budget Act……
In our last blog, we had discussed about the MIPS 2017 performance feedback reports that became available on June 29, 2018. These reports provide the final MIPS score and the corresponding final payment adjustment that will be applied to 2019 Part B payments. For most people, the final scores were what they expected. However, many are crying foul over the payment adjustments.
The moment of truth is drawing near. According to CMS, the first MIPS performance feedback reports will be available shortly in July, and will provide the 2017 final MIPS score and the MIPS payment adjustment applicable to the eligible clinicians beginning Jan 1, 2019. Learn how to get ready for reviewing your report and how to go about requesting a Targeted Review in case you find any discrepancy in your report.
I am often asked how does MyMipsScore differ from the many “submission” options available in the market. A demo of our solution usually answers that question satisfactorily. But how do you compare yourself with a free option provided by the government? I am going to address that elephant in the room today…..