We are quickly coming close to the end of 2017, the first year of the Quality Payment system transition for Medicare. You have most likely done a great deal of work to get you to this point and if you haven't, it's never too early to start planning for next year! Often times, everyone is very … [Read more...]
Is Your Physical Therapy Practice Ready for MACRA?
January 1, 2019 seems like a very distant date right now. However, if you are a Physical Therapist or manage a Physical Therapy practice, that date may be closer than it seems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began the new MACRA program this year which focuses on transitioning … [Read more...]
How Your ACO Relates to MACRA APMs
Over the past few years many providers have begun to participate in an ACO of some kind. Often, these ACO models are attached to the hospital that they are most affiliated with or a larger health system. This arrangement allowed for providers to participate in a quality program while also allowing … [Read more...]
Who Is A MIPS Eligible Clinician?
Here we are half way through the first month of 2017. It is the perfect time to really dive into this MACRA/MIPS program and get a good understanding of how it will impact your practice. In previous blogs, I have discussed some of the financial impact along with details of the MIPS focus areas. … [Read more...]
MIPS Clinical Improvement Activities Study Available
Everyone is working on gathering a better understanding of the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS). We are working on selecting quality measures that will work for the practice along with changes we need to put into place for the Advancing Care Information (ACI) measures. However, there is an … [Read more...]
Will MIPS Impact Your Practice Cash flow in 2019?
Several weeks ago, CMS released the final ruling on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, otherwise known as MACRA. This new program is designed to transition the healthcare system into a quality payment system from the current fee for service payment system. In today's payment … [Read more...]
Is Your Practice Preparing for MIPS
It seems like not so long ago I was writing a very similar blog about Meaningful Use and how it was going to change the adoption of Electronic Medical Records. Since 2011 we have seen some major changes in the industry. Some of them good and some of them not so good. Now, five plus years later, … [Read more...]
Deeper Dive into MIPS – Quality Measures
Digging Deeper into MIPS Quality Measure Requirements I have frequently heard the idiom "The devil is in the detail" and thought this was such an interesting phrase. After spending the past several weeks leisurely reading the MACRA final rule, I have a new found appreciation of these words. The … [Read more...]
How Much Will Trump Change MACRA?
BIDMC CIO John Halamka advised providers to stay the course on MACRA, while iHealth partner Justin Barnes agreed that major changes are unlikely. But Robert Tennant of the MGMA cautioned that we won’t know until Trump takes over. Just a week after the election changes are already starting to take … [Read more...]
Will Your MIPS Score Cause Patients to Stay or Go?
I recently posted a blog about the upcoming MIPS (Merritt Based Incentive Payment System) program that will be impacting the entire health care industry very soon. I will continue to explore various aspects of this program in future blogs. In today's discussion, I am going to review the potential … [Read more...]