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.
By Jim Tate – The Office of Inspector General last week released the Followup Review: CMS’s Management of The Quality Payment Program. In 2016 OIG published their initial assessment of the management of the QPP by CMS.
By Jim Tate – Last week I published a post entitled MIPS: The Day of Reckoning. That screed covered my thoughts on the predictability and inevitability of the impact of the first MIPS scores being publicly released in 2018. I will not bore you with how important those scores are.
By Jim Tate – One of my favorite books is The Big Short by Michael Lewis. It was eventually made into a movie by the same name and gives a clear view of the housing bubble that burst 10 years ago and pushed the US economy into the Great Recession. What fascinates me was the ability of some to predict, and profit, from knowing when the collapse would occur.
By Jim Tate – Recently, when I googled “MIPS timeline” I got 174,000 results. There sure are lots of pretty charts and colorful graphs out there. Most of them will let you know when this will happen and when that will occur.
By Jim Tate – Several weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “MIPS and Medicare Part B Drugs – Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop”. Late last week the other shoe hit the floor with the release of the Final Rule.
As proposed in the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a virtual group for the 2018 performance period.
CMS issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and final rule with comment period for the QPP.
By Jim Tate – “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”. I’m pretty sure Mark Twain said that. We might as well say “Everybody talks about MIPS, but nobody does anything about it”. Well, hardly anybody.
By Anshu Jindal – Unlike most tales, where you can enjoy any version of your liking, the key facts in this tale have long-term implications for healthcare providers and organizations, both in terms of money and reputation.
By Hannah Lerner Harrison – When the 2017 MACRA Final Rule was released fall 2016, it was branded as a “transition” year. It truly is a transition allowing increased flexibility and limited opportunity to fail. For 2017, CMS estimated only 8.1% – 5.3% of clinicians would fail.
By Jim Tate – We are whiling away the time today on a visit to the piedmont of North Carolina. Even though it is October it feels like the dog days of August. Humidity off the charts and I don’t even want to look at the temperature. What’s a poor boy to do?
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