By Jim Tate – 2017 was the first reporting year for MACRA/MIPS (Quality Payment Program). Only recently has it been possible to begin the deeper analysis of the data generated out of that year. We are now able to go to the CMS website, Physician Compare, to see some of the publicly reported data.
About Jim Tate
Jim Tate is a contributing author to Answers Media Company. He is an experienced authority and subject matter expert on the CMS EHR Incentive Program, EHR Certification Program, Meaningful Use (MU) audit and appeals process, and the CMS Quality Payment Program.
By Jim Tate – After numerous delays the MIPS final scores for the 2017 reporting year have been released. These scores are based on a foundation on four individual categories: Cost, Quality, Improvement Activities, and Promoting Interoperability.
By Jim Tate – HIMSS19, the annual global conference with over 40,000 attendees, is just a scant two weeks away in Orlando. Since I began working in healthcare information technology some 15 years ago this is the only event I never miss.
By Jim Tate – Back in August I wrote a post entitled, “MIPS and EHR Certification: Most Asked Question”. The issue at hand was when did MIPS eligible providers need to be using 2015 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).
By Jim Tate – The MIPS scores based on 2017 reporting periods have been calculated. For now, only providers have access to their scores. It is easy to do. Sign in at the QPP website and you can view your final MIPS score as well as payment adjustment information.
By Jim Tate – The most common question I receive from EHR vendors regarding certification is this: “What is the deadline for providers to begin using 2015 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)?” The answer is, “It all depends”. Here is the issue:
By Jim Tate – The MIPS scores based on 2017 performance were released just over a month ago and there are a few things to know. It is now possible to sign in and, as CMS tell us, “view your final performance feedback, which includes your final score and payment adjustment information.”
By Jim Tate – I first received a hint that something funny was going on about two weeks ago. A colleague who is one of the foremost MACRA-MIPS experts contacted me about one of her clients.
By Jim Tate – Seem like we’ve been waiting for this a long, long time. All these MACRA/MIPS mileposts and deadlines have come and gone. The rear-view mirror shows where we’ve been, but what lies ahead?
By Jim Tate – The annual MIPS score reported for affected providers is precise but the method to get there is littered with potential pitfalls. CMS had now made it possible for a provider to log in and review their preliminary performance.
By Jim Tate – The race is over, all the data is locked, and now we just wait for the results. The MIPS 2017 data submission period ended last week on April 3, 2018. The time for strategic planning and decision making is over.
By Jim Tate – Over the holidays I have been thinking a lot about the MACRA & MIPS program. Maybe too much. Something about it doesn’t sit right with me. I have had a nagging sense that there was a flaw in the program.
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