The Healthmonix Advisor

Reporting MIPS as Individuals or as a Group: Why Not Both?

Posted by Mike Lewis on September 26, 2019

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) can be rewarding for those who optimize their scores, and devastating for those who fall behind. 2019 is no longer considered a transition year, which means that the program is doing away with much of the leniency that made reporting easier in the past. The financial risk is now as high as 7%, while the performance threshold has increased to 30 points.

As the stakes continue to rise, it’s more important now than ever before that organizations strategize about their MIPS reporting process for 2019 and beyond. And in the course of that effort, one major decision they will need to weigh carefully is whether to report as individuals (at the TIN level) or as a group (at the NPI level).

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Topics: PRO Tips, MACRA & MIPS, Healthmonix, Administrative Burden, Hospitals & Health Systems, ROI

MIPS: It's Time For Your Practice To Level Up.

Posted by Lauren Patrick on September 17, 2019

For many years now, Healthmonix has supported clients who engage with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) on a variety of levels, in terms of the maturity of their process. At the lowest level—let’s call it Level 0—we have clients that come to us because they just want to report and avoid a penalty. Just beyond that, at Level 1, are those clients that seek an incentive.

Now, as we continue to settle into the brave new world of value based payments, we have noticed that our clients at Level 1 are starting to get comfortable. Clearly they are investing time and effort into the process, but with incentives still relatively small, MIPS can unfortunately seem more like an annoyance than an opportunity, and it can be hard to see beyond the immediate requirements.

But we’re thinking bigger, and we want you to do the same.

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MIPS 2019 Free Resource Round-Up

Posted by Christina Zink on August 22, 2019

There's a lot to learn about Merit-Based Incentive Payment System compliance in 2019. Luckily, we've produced many resources over the past few months that break down the essentials in a way that is more quickly understood than reading hundreds of pages of federal policy. We've rounded them up for you this week in one convenient list!

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Healthmonix Achieves Quasi-QE status, Adds Functionality to Address Cost

Posted by Christina Zink on August 15, 2019

Malvern PA, August 7 2019 – Healthmonix, an industry leader in healthcare performance analytics, has been approved as a certified quasi-Qualified Entity (quasi-QE) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This status allows Healthmonix to use QCDR clinical data, combined with CMS Medicare data, to publicly report provider performance across the US.

Healthmonix is also launching the CostPROTM platform, integrated with the industry-leading (as published by KLAS) MIPSPRO platform. CostPRO is an unprecedented solution for Cost performance tracking and optimization that supports the Cost component of MIPS reporting, allowing providers and their staff to be proactive in analyzing the cost of care for their patients, and to determine how to control spending and provide better value throughout their ongoing care.

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MIPS Scores Impact More Than Medicare Revenue, Commercial Payers Are Following Suit

Posted by Shannon Scott on August 8, 2019

Since 2017, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has provided eligible clinicians a score of zero -100 annually based on the clinician’s efforts and data collection in four program categories: Quality, Improvement Activities, Promoting Interoperability, and Cost. A clinician’s final score for each year’s MIPS performance ultimately dictates a payment adjustment that is applied to his or her Medicare Part B reimbursement rate two years later. In practical terms, this means that a clinician’s 2017 performance impacts all of his or her Medicare claims that are filed in the 2019 calendar year.

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Topics: PRO Tips, MACRA & MIPS, Industry insights, VBC, ROI

MIPS Hacking for Psychologists: Turbo-boost your ROI With This One Simple Trick.

Posted by Mike Lewis on August 1, 2019

In last week’s blog I laid out the case for opting into MIPS, an option that allows clinicians and groups to still receive a MIPS payment adjustment if they exceed 1 or 2, but not all, elements of the low-volume threshold. Although this option can be beneficial for a wide range of clinician types depending on their situation, today I want to focus on psychologists in particular. Because in my experience, they provide some of the most striking examples of this “MIPS hack” in action.

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Topics: PRO Tips, MACRA & MIPS, Eligibility, Small Practice, VBC, ROI

A Summary of the 2020 MIPS Proposed Rule

Posted by Christina Zink on July 29, 2019

Today, CMS posted CY 2020 Updates to the Quality Payment Program to the Federal Register. Many clinicians are still trying to wrap their heads around how to report MIPS in 2019, but the release of the 2020 proposed rule is advantageous in deciding what to conquer both this year and in the future. As the title suggests, this document also covers other Quality Payment Program tracks, like Advanced APMs; however, for now we will just focus on the MIPS component of the proposed rule.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Policy

MIPS Hacking: Why the MIPS Opt-In Policy Could Seriously Boost Your Bottom Line.

Posted by Mike Lewis on July 25, 2019

Beginning in 2019, otherwise-eligible clinicians, groups, and APM entities can elect to opt-in to MIPS if they exceed 1 or 2, but not all, elements of the low-volume threshold. That means that for the first time, these previously ineligible clinicians have the opportunity to participate in the QPP and earn a payment adjustment.

Now maybe you haven’t had the time to pay close attention to policy minutiae, and this is the first you’re hearing of the opt-in option. Or maybe you’ve heard of it, but haven’t looked seriously at what it could mean for you or your organization. After all, on the surface it just sounds like work that isn’t required--and could it really make enough of a difference to your bottom line to be worth it?

Well, we highly recommend you do the math to find out. Because depending on your situation, you might be very, very glad you did.

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Topics: PRO Tips, MACRA & MIPS, Eligibility, Small Practice, VBC, ROI

Everything You Need To Know About MIPS Cost in 2019

Posted by Christina Zink on July 18, 2019

The CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule involves a slew of regulatory changes that will apply to the 2019 performance year. Of course, wading through the final rule to find and understand the most important features of the policy can be grueling; but you’re in luck, because we’ve already done it so you don’t have to! In today’s blog, we’re focusing on the MIPS Cost category.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Policy, Cost Performance Category

Counterpoint: The Perils of Blockchain

Posted by Lauren Patrick on July 3, 2019

In last week’s blog, Point: The Promise of Blockchain, we discussed some of the exciting features of blockchain technology as it begins to take hold of the healthcare IT field. This week, we’re looking at the other side of the coin by outlining some of the pitfalls related to this technology.

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Topics: Interoperability, Industry insights