The Healthmonix Advisor

To Do: Check Your MIPS Eligibility Status, Preview Your QPP Data.

Posted by Christina Zink on December 14, 2018
 

Have you checked your 2018 MIPS eligibility status? Since September?

CMS emailed physicians to let them know that their MIPS status for this year may have changed that recently--and some physicians may find that they are no longer eligible to participate. Although CMS conducted an initial review of Medicare Part B claims and Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) data between September 2016 and August 2017, further updates were made after a second review that took place between September 2017 and August 2018. If you are eligible, your 2018 performance will affect your 2020 Medicare payment adjustment.

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2018 MIPS Score Hacking: Avoiding the Penalty as a Small Practice

Posted by Christina Zink on December 6, 2018

Most post offices in the United States stay open late on April 15. The online voter registration portal for voters wishing to weigh in on Brexit crashed due to traffic two hours before the deadline. Our MIPS reporting customer support channels reach their peak traffic between on March 24, a week before the submission deadline. It is clearly human nature to procrastinate, so if you've reached December without a MIPS reporting plan, you're certainly not alone.

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Chance Breakfast Dr. Barbara McAneny, President of the AMA

Posted by Mike Lewis on November 29, 2018

The early bird gets the worm.” 

I'm not sure when I heard this for the first time, but it became the guiding principle to my work ethic. Always show up first to any event whether personal or professional - that's the code.  This time it paid off!

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PCOC 2018: Top Takeaways

Posted by Lauren Patrick on November 26, 2018

Value-based care seems like such a good idea. Who doesn’t want better health, and better care, at a lower cost? It is one of the premises of the MACRA legislation: “Change the way that Medicare rewards clinicians for value over volume.” We all think, in theory, preventive care is better than fixing problems after they occur. That’s why we take our cars in for regular maintenance, we have our furnace checked each year before winter, we get our teeth cleaned and checked every six months.

Yet, the current evolution to value-based care is adding burden and distracting from care in many ways, rather than focusing on the intended goals. I attended the Patient-Centered Oncology Care (PCOC) 2018, the annual meeting presented by The American Journal of Managed Care, last week and listened to some of our most highly-trained and most needed oncologists talk about how the current payment models have affected their practices. Oncology practices have been asked to take on risk for the cost of care and manage that cost. These practices are now responsible for costs that are not within their control, and that they don’t even know about until long after decisions have been made.

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CMS Backs Renewed Bundled Payment Efforts

Posted by Christina Zink on November 19, 2018

Bundled payments are on the rise. Last Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced in a keynote speech at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Conference that CMS will be revisiting mandatory bundled payment models, changing the way bundled payment programs have been treated by this administration under his predecessor, Tom Price.

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How To Start With MIPS (If You've Been Avoiding It)

Posted by Mike Lewis on November 8, 2018

CMS reports that for 2017, just over 90% of eligible clinicians participated in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). That number is impressive, but what about the nearly 10% who declined to participate? Many adopted a “wait-and-see” approach, or were concerned that the required investment of time, money, and effort wasn’t worth the reward. But the QPP is here to stay, and some physicians may only now be wondering where to start, or even whether they can succeed at all after avoiding it for so long.

If you find yourself among that number, don’t worry, because it’s not too late! This week we’re laying out the first things you should know, and the first steps to take.

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2019 QPP Final Rule Now Available

Posted by Christina Zink on November 2, 2018

Note: This article will update as we learn more, and to reflect any changes that may happen before the rule is officially published to the Federal Register on November 23, 2018. To view the entirety of the final rule, view the unpublished pdf version.

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Topics: MIPS, QPP

Lawmakers Push Back on Proposed Changes to MSSP

Posted by Christina Zink on October 31, 2018

In August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed rule titled “Pathways to Success,” which outlined significant changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) that encourage ACOs to move more quickly from one-sided to two-sided risk models. The proposed participation options for the MSSP--the largest ACO model with 561 participants--no longer include an “upside-only” risk model; instead, ACOs would be required to select one of two tracks, both of which ultimately include some downside risk.

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Topics: ACO

How To Improve EHR User Experience

Posted by Christina Zink on October 24, 2018

EHRs have undoubtedly already changed the way healthcare works in America, and many of these changes have been for the better. Improved workflows and care delivery, enabled through EHR technology, are in many cases key to improving both patient and public health outcomes. But in the face of increasing requirements for providers, and the ever-looming need for health systems to justify their investment, EHRs must recognize that demand is high for a product that continues to improve and keep up with the changing times.

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Specialists: The Secret Key to CMS Success

Posted by Mike Lewis on October 18, 2018

 

  • I’m seeing a patient for dermatitis – Why do I need their BMI?
  • I’m seeing a patient for a colorectal screening – How is it going to help me if they got their flu shot?
  • I’m a Specialist. Why is it my job to ask these questions?

I encountered these questions all the time as a MIPS consultant within the specialty market. I spent the past 6 years working with providers who just want to provide better care to their patients. They didn’t mind participating in the programs, but they were not convinced there was much value.

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