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

How will the QPP MIPS program be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on May 18, 2020

We know the current regulatory updates for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) program. To date, CMS has issued many changes. The 2019 MIPS reporting requirement had an extended deadline and options for hardship exemptions. The 2020 MSSP program reporting period had many changes in both of the interim final rule with comment periods (IFCs) issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), at the end of March and the end of April. CMS has also added a COVID-19 improvement activity to the 2020 program, that provides full credit for the Improvement Activity category for MIPS, if an individual or 50% of a group (TIN) participates in clinical trial reporting. No changes to the reporting window or other parameters of the program have been issued.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, COVID-19

MIPS 2020 – Why and how to get started

Posted by Lauren Patrick on May 12, 2020

Are you wondering how MIPS reporting in 2020 will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?  Are you holding off reporting because you are uncertain as to the requirements for 2020?  Has the responsibility of MIPS reporting shifted with the impact of the pandemic on your organization?

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Reopening Your Medical Practice with Confidence

Posted by Lauren Patrick on May 11, 2020

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Topics: COVID-19, Practice Reopening

Practice Sustainability in the time of COVID-19

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 19, 2020

Physician practices are confronting new operational and business challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a mounting financial and administrative toll this pandemic has placed on practices, forcing all to adapt in a variety of areas.  Much of the conversation around COVID-19 has appropriately focused on addressing the pandemic and treatment of COVID-19 patients, however, we are also keenly aware of the other impacts on practices. 

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Topics: Cost Performance Category, ROI, COVID-19

CMS relaxes more rules around telehealth, allowing healthcare across state lines

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 14, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to relax regulations to enable hospitals, clinics and other providers to boost their front-line medical staff during the COVID-19  pandemic. This pandemic has created an urgency for expansion of the use of virtual healthcare to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It has also created a need to relax practice restrictions and allow more flexible care practices to meet the needs of patients.

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Topics: CMS, Interoperability, Industry insights, Policy, Health IT, VBC, COVID-19

Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response - Update April 6

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 6, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is working rapidly to update policies and allow healthcare providers to flexibly apply best practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Programs such as Hospitals without Walls and the existing Patients over Paperwork have been deployed.  Removal of barriers have resulted in exponential growth of telehealth and remote patient monitoring.   Advanced payments to healthcare providers are being provided to counter the effects of changing patterns of healthcare use,  reduction in elective procedure, increase in ICU utilization and other ongoing unanticipated changes.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Quality Performance Category, COVID-19, submission

LEVERAGING TELEHEALTH UNDER NEW CMS RULES

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 1, 2020

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is paying for a wider range of telemedicine services during the coronavirus pandemic as of March 6, 2020. These remote medical services are available for all patients, not just those receiving coronavirus treatment. Telehealth services now include remote patient monitoring for both chronic and acute conditions, and allow doctors to collect Medicare payments for making phone calls to patients.

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The CARES Act - March 27, 2020

Posted by Lauren Patrick on March 29, 2020

There is a tsunami of information coming at us all about COVID-19, the impact to healthcare practices, the business climate, and the federal government response. On Friday, we saw monumental legislative changes.  I haven't read the entire 887 page document yet, but here are a couple of the best recaps I've seen.  

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, COVID-19

Diving into the 2020 MIPS Final Rule - Game On!

Posted by Lauren Patrick on December 10, 2019

Over the last month, there’s been a lot of discussion around the 2020 Medicare Final Rule updates for the QPP and MIPS here at Healthmonix and with our partners and clients. While the last three years of the program were about getting healthcare providers up-to-speed with the program, now the focus is on challenging providers to adhere to tougher rules.  High performers will reap significant rewards, others will see increasing downside.

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Healthmonix Announces Partnership Agreement with ChartSpan

Posted by Lauren Patrick on November 25, 2019

 

(Malvern, Pennsylvania) - Healthmonix, the country’s largest provider of quality and MIPS reporting and healthcare data analytics, has announced a national distribution partnership with ChartSpan, the market-leading vendor in chronic care management (CCM) services.

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Topics: Healthmonix