MIPS 2019

Get Ready for MIPS 2019: Webinar Q&A

During the webinar “Get Ready for MIPS 2019”, we discussed the significant changes in all the performance categories and how 2019 version of MyMipsScore is equipped to handle them. Particularly how you can find the best Quality measures across multiple collection types, and how scoring and reweighting works for the newly restructured PI category. We have compiled a list of questions and answers from the webinar for your ready reference.

Quality Improvement Scoring: 10 Things You Need to Know

Improvement scoring for the Quality performance category was introduced in the second year of MIPS (2018). As the name suggests, the improvement score will be calculated by direct comparison of performance data for Quality to the previous year’s performance. In other words, if an eligible clinicians scores better in 2019 than they did in 2018, they will be rewarded for it. This blog talks about 10 things you need to know.

MIPS 2019: Show Me The Money!

Is it worth the trouble to do well in MIPS? Since the launch of the MIPS program, healthcare organizations have struggled with this simple question to decide their degree of commitment to the MIPS program. If you had previously decided it is not worthwhile beyond avoiding penalty, 2019 is the year to reevaluate your decision. This blog will help you understand why.

MIPS Report Cards Coming Soon on Physician Compare

Quality Payment Program performance data for 2017 will be publicly available on Physician Compare website in early 2019 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.

MIPS 2019 Final Rule: Key Changes

The QPP 2019 Final Rule was released in November 2018 in which many of the changes in the proposed rule were finalized. The biggest changes are bringing new clinician types under the MIPS fold, making 2015 edition Certified EHR a requirement, restructuring of the Promoting Interoperability category, making multiple submission methods available for Quality and Facility-based scoring. Let's take a closer look.

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?”.  

Patient Engagement Changes Bigly for MIPS In 2019

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.

Improvement Activities: 2019 Proposed Changes Ensure Alignment - Part V

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.

Promoting Interoperability: Will the 2019 Proposed Changes Help? Part IV

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?