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

MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) continue to evolve

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 19, 2023

Explore the options for 2023 and look forward to 2024! 

In 2023, MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs)present a new and challenging reporting option for many providers. There are twelve available MVPs focused on specialties such as Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Hematology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Rheumatology, Neurology, Neurosurgical, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Nephrology, Anesthesiology, Preventive Medicine, and Geriatrics. 

While MVPs can be helpful for reporting, they also pose some challenges.

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Topics: MVPs

CMS's proposed Universal Foundation of quality measures: What is it and how will it change my MIPS/APM reporting?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on April 13, 2023

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated the development of a Universal Foundation of quality measures to improve healthcare quality and transform care.

CMS operates more than 20 quality programs, each with its own set of quality measures. The lack of alignment across these programs has contributed to challenges for clinicians, facilities, and health insurers in prioritizing meaningful outcomes for patients.

By identifying CMS's priority areas for measurement and revealing gaps, the Universal Foundation will evolve over time, with the intent of reducing provider burden and improving patient outcomes.

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Topics: universal foundation of quality measures

Impact of Melanoma Resection Cost Measure On Dermatologists

Posted by Lauren Patrick on December 7, 2022

If you are a dermatology practice, you probably breathed a sigh of relief when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that dermatologists, along with many other specialists, would no longer be attributed patients for the Total per Capita Cost (TPCC) measure, as part of the Cost component of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  However, in 2022, CMS introduced a Melanoma Resection Cost measure that is attributed to those specialists that perform these resections. So the Cost category is back for many dermatologists.  Even if this is the only Cost measure that is attributed to your practice, it is worth 30 of your total 100 MIPS points - as much as all your Quality measures combined!

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Cost Performance Category

QPP / MIPS Reporting in 2023 - More Options, But More Challenging

Posted by Lauren Patrick on December 1, 2022

With the release of the 2023 PFS Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized most of the proposed changes for the QPP / Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program that had been released in the Proposed Rule last July.  

We are seeing that while the payment threshold is holding at 75 points, it can be tougher to achieve that threshold score with the changes in the program for 2023.

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Topics: Cost Performance Category, MIPS Value Pathways, eCQMs, Promoting Interoperability, certified electronic health record technology, 2023 PFS Final Rule, Merit-based Incentive Payment System, Improvement Activities

Will EHRs Implement the 2015 Edition Cures Update By the Deadline?

Posted by Lauren Patrick on September 26, 2022

Electronic health record (EHR) companies have their single biggest technical update to complete by September 2023, as announced in a recent a meeting with the Deputy National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.  All EHR enhancements that are required to comply with the 2015 Cures Act standards must be completed by September 2023.   All data that is shared must be normalized by that time and EHR technology vendors are required to certify with real world testing.  

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Topics: Interoperability, EHR, 2015 Edition Cures Update

Insights from the NAACOS Fall Conference On eCQM/MIPS CQM Reporting

Posted by Lauren Patrick on September 19, 2022

If you are managing a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (MSSP ACO), you have heard the mandate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to move to eCQM/CQM reporting, replacing the Web Interface reporting.  You may also be aware of the significant pushback that ACOs, collectively and independently, have provided to CMS.  At this year’s fall National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) conference, the tenor changed to accepting the move, optional in 2022 through 2024, but required in 2025.

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Topics: ACO, APM Performance Pathway, Accountable Care Organization, MIPS CQMs, eCQMs

MIPS As An On-Ramp to Value-Based Care

Posted by Lauren Patrick on December 16, 2021

As you report your MIPS data, it can feel like a lot of work with little ROI for the last two years. But wait. Sometimes we need to step back and evaluate the bigger picture. While we often focus on "getting the job done", there are changes in the healthcare economy that are occurring that are strategic.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, APMs, VBC, Value-Based Care

Why You'll Be in For a MIPS Shock - No More Bonus Points or Loopholes

Posted by Lauren Patrick on December 6, 2021

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule which governs MIPS and other quality payment programs. Anticipated changes were made to MIPS, making the program more challenging in 2022 and signaling additional changes to the program in coming years.

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Topics: MACRA & MIPS, Quality Performance Category, IA Performance Category, Cost Performance Category, PI Performance Category, MIPS Value Pathways, 2022 PFS Final Rule

This Could Be Your First Year to Receive a MIPS Penalty. Here's Why.

Posted by Lauren Patrick on November 18, 2021

With the release of the 2020 feedback report detailing the 2.2% maximum possible payment adjustment and the release of the 2022 Final Rule, CMS has demonstrated that MIPS will be both financially rewarding and challenging, in terms of reporting requirements, in 2021 and beyond.


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Topics: Quality Performance Category, IA Performance Category, Cost Performance Category, PI Performance Category, 2022 PFS Final Rule

Key Takeaways from the NAACOS 2021 Fall Conference

Posted by Lauren Patrick on October 15, 2021

The NAACOS Fall 2021 Conference was the first live meeting that the Healthmonix team attended since HIMSS 2020 was cancelled in March of that year. It was certainly reinvigorating to meet in person, discuss the state of payment models, and hear from CMS regarding their vision.

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Topics: CMS, ACO, Industry insights, 2021 PFS Proposed Rule