MIPS Cost Category: OLD is the new NEW

MACRA Final Rule 2018 was published back in Nov 2017, but the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that was signed on Feb 9th, 2018 changed certain provisions related to the Cost Category for MIPS 2018 performance year. Cost performance category would still have a 10% weight in calculation of the final MIPS score in 2018, but there are some changes related to performance improvement in the Cost category.  

Promoting Interoperability: What's New in MIPS 2018?

As the submissions for 2017 performance year wrap up, it’s perfect time to get started with 2018. In our previous blogs, we discussed the Quality and Cost categories. In this post, we will focus our attention on the Advancing Care Information (ACI) category and the noteworthy changes for performance year 2018.

Mapping Base-EHR to MIPS ACI-Base-Score: 5 Things You Need to Know

Although providers can use a 2014 or a 2015 certified EHR for 2018 MIPS reporting year, starting 2019, 2015 edition will be required. However, the mapping between 2015 Edition EHR and the ACI category reporting requirements has providers and EHR vendors confused. In this blog, we attempt to eliminate this confusion with the help of an infographic that explains this mapping. 

Interoperability: There is FHIR® at the End of the Tunnel

Over the last decade, billions of American tax payer dollars have been spent to achieve “interoperability” in healthcare. Has it worked? The answer depends on who you ask. However, everyone agrees that we have a long way to go. Can FHIR® might be the answer to the interoperability conundrum? 

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.

Azure Cosmos DB & HL7® FHIR® - A Match Made in Heaven?

The key differentiator of FHIR from any previous standards used in the healthcare is the portability of FHIR “resources”. This granular approach to storing and consuming healthcare data opens up many more new opportunities as compared to the traditional document-based methods. However, this approach also presents some challenges. Can Azure Cosmos DB be the perfect solution to those challenges? 

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.