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.

MIPS and The Godfather: "This is the business we’ve chosen."

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…….

Proposed Quality Category Changes for MIPS 2019 - Part II

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……

MIPS 2019 Proposed Rule Heralds Change - Part I

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……

MIPS 2017 Incentives : OMG! CMS Analysis Was Spot On

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 Price and Cost of MIPS Submission

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…..

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.