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?”.
A new provision has been introduced for 2019 MIPS performance year, the option for ECs to opt-in for MIPS. Learn more about this option, how it is different from Voluntary Participation in MIPS, and 5 good reasons why physician practices must consider it.
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.
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……