The Healthmonix Advisor

Lauren Patrick

Lauren is the founder and president of Healthmonix. She brings a vision of assisting organizations and providers in improving the quality of healthcare through innovative approaches. Lauren has a background as a consultant at Ernst and Young and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering. She loves to bike and kayak!
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Recent Posts

4 Reasons to Choose Your Improvement Activities Today

Posted by Lauren Patrick on September 7, 2017

Statistically, you aren’t sure how you’re supposed to comply with quality reporting requirements this year. As late as June 2017, the majority of providers were still unfamiliar or only somewhat familiar with MACRA; only 9 percent described themselves as “very familiar”. But unless you’re a part of that 9 percent, we highly recommend that you take some time ASAP to familiarize yourself with the requirements and to make a plan for the rest of the year. And as part of that plan, here are four reasons why we recommend that you select Improvement Activities for your practice today (yes, literally today):

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Topics: MACRA and MIPS, MIPS

A Guide to Choosing Quality Measures (Part 2)

Posted by Lauren Patrick on August 18, 2017

In our last post, we covered some of the basic questions you should be asking yourself when choosing quality measures to report under MIPS. In part two of this series, we go over a few more specific questions that can help guide you to picking the best measures for your practice.

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS, Quality Measures

A Guide to Choosing Quality Measures (Part 1)

Posted by Lauren Patrick on August 11, 2017

So you’re a MIPS-eligible clinician (if you’re not sure about your participation status, check out our post about how to find out), and you don’t want your practice to miss out on the reimbursement you know you deserve. But how should you decide which quality measures to actually report to CMS? How can you know if the measures you’re choosing will ultimately lead to reporting success, and is there a way to use those measures to not just fulfill the requirements but actually improve your practice? We’ve put together a two-part post to guide you through the most important factors to consider when deciding what might be best for you and your practice. First, the basics:

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS, Quality Measures

A Brief Overview of Quality Measures

Posted by Lauren Patrick on August 4, 2017

what-is-a-quality-measure.pngThe shift from volume to value-based care can be frustrating, especially when the reasons behind such a significant change aren’t clear. But with an estimated 250,000 American deaths per year caused by medical errors, minimizing these errors is a noble and vital effort. Additionally, CMS is now raising the bar for healthcare providers with the assessment of quality metrics against benchmarks and peers. With that in mind, let’s break down the meaning of, and intentions behind, Quality Measures.

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS, Quality Measures

Three Ways to Check Your MIPS Participation Status

Posted by Lauren Patrick on July 28, 2017

When we asked MIPS eligible clinicians about their experiences transitioning from PQRS this year, one of the biggest takeaways was that quality matters even more under MIPS than it did under PQRS. Clinicians who want to maximize their reimbursement would consequently be very smart to start reporting as early as possible, and to adjust performance to maximize quality, rather than waiting until the end of the year. If you’re not sure whether or not you are a MIPS-eligible clinician, take advantage of one of the following resources for determining your MIPS participation status as soon as possible so that you don’t get left behind.

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Topics: MACRA, MIPS

The Ongoing Saga of Trumpcare

Posted by Lauren Patrick on July 21, 2017

On Monday night this week, in the wake of news that there might not be enough votes to pass the updated Senate version of the AHCA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a plan to vote for legislation that would repeal most of Obamacare without immediately putting an alternative in place. The alternative plan would instead be developed over the course of the next two years.

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What You Need To Know About Physician Compare

Posted by Lauren Patrick on July 7, 2017

Transparency is a vital aspect of the transition to quality care because it allows patients to make more informed healthcare choices. To this end, CMS has increased accessibility of physician information with the Physician Compare website, which publicly reports provider data including some quality measures. If you are a provider and want to assess or even optimize how you appear compared to your peers, you may have questions about how the Physician Compare website works and how to make sure it represents you accurately.

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Topics: MACRA and MIPS, PQRS, MACRA, CMS, Physician Compare

Updates on TrumpCare 2.0

Posted by Lauren Patrick on June 30, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), also known as Trumpcare, was narrowly passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday May 4th. On Thursday June 22nd, after a secretive seven-week revision process led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a draft of the Senate version of the bill has been released. Following is a comparison of some of the important changes between the ACA (Obamacare) and both versions of the AHCA.

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Topics: The American Healthcare Act, AHCA

Reporting MIPS Via Registry VS Reporting Via EHR

Posted by Lauren Patrick on June 15, 2017

Maybe you’ve reported PQRS in the past and are already preparing to make the transition to MIPS this year. Or, maybe this year is the first time your practice plans to report. Either way, your method of reporting can help determine whether or not you achieve your quality and revenue goals, and the benefits and drawbacks of different methods must be weighed in relation to the unique needs of your practice. To give you a place to start, this post compares and contrasts some considerations related to two common submission mechanisms: EHR and Qualified MIPS Registry reporting.

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Topics: MACRA and MIPS, MIPS

HIMSS 2017 Orlando – The Happiest Place on Earth?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on March 2, 2017



HIMSS is the seminal event in healthcare technology each year.  This year it grew to 45,000 attendees and literally a mile of exhibit hall.  We logged miles of walking in one day just to cover the exhibit floor, and still did not see it all.  At this pivotal time in healthcare information technology, there were many important themes that were covered.

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Topics: PQRS