MIPS 2018

5 Key Updates by CMS for MIPS Performance Year 2018

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.

MIPS Score Portability and the Ancient Wisdom

“As you sow, so shall you reap” is an adage we are all familiar with. This ancient wisdom holds true for MIPS too. MIPS performance in 2017 will determine the payment adjustments in 2019. Furthermore,  MIPS score will be linked to provider NPI  and follow the providers even if they change groups or switch their reporting preferences.

MIPS 2018 Quality Performance Improvement Scoring: 10 Things You Need to Know

“Scoring Improvement” bonus points for the Quality category 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 when these bonus points will be available. Here are 10 things that you need to know about improvement bonus points in the quality category.

MIPS Submissions: It’s NOT Complicated

Even as the first year of MIPS winds down, complains about how complicated MIPS is, continue to dominate the news. So, we are going to take a step back and compare MIPS submissions with submission to CMS under the previous programs, and help you see how it is not as complicated as you thought. 

Can Registry Reporting Negatively Impact Your MIPS Score?

The Registry submission method (Qualified registries + QCDRs), has more Quality measures available for reporting than all the other submission methods. Despite that, it would be wise to compare and contrast it with EHR submission method to ensure you get the highest score for your effort and earn the end-to-end reporting bonus.