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August 2, 2016

Use PQRS 2016 Reporting to Prepare for MACRA MIPS

In the last year of PQRS reporting, you may be tempted to take it easy and complete the bare minimum of reporting requirements. But don’t stick your head in the sand. First, PQRS and Value Modifier (VM) penalties are still alive and strong in 2016 and will affect your revenues in 2018. Second, if you’ve only been meeting reporting requirements and have yet to evaluate your performance, you stand to lose more under the tougher requirements of MACRA MIPS next year. We cannot stress this enough: 2016 should be the year to seriously evaluate your performance and create your strategy.…
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July 12, 2016

MIPS v APM: Which Is Your Best Bet?

If you’ve been watching the signals from CMS, you undoubtedly know by now that the current reimbursement structure under Medicare will end, to be replaced by a Quality Payment Program (QPP) that holds providers at risk for resource use and quality. The ensuing choices, however, are confusing. Providers can select one of two QPP tracks: Continue Fee for Service (FFS) and fall under the Merit Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or participate in an Alternative Payment Model (APM), such as a risk-based ACO. So, how do you know if MIPS or APM is the best way to go, and on what…
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July 5, 2016

Succeed Under MACRA Medicare: How to Meet CPIAs for Full Credit in MIPS

Although many parts of MACRA’s MIPS continue Medicare’s existing quality programs, Clinical Performance Improvement Activities (CPIAs) forge a new direction. CPIAs are one of four MIPS components that practices must meet in order to obtain full reimbursement from Medicare. Forward planning is essential. It takes time to strategize and implement performance improvements, including partnerships and technology. To make this happen in 2017—the base year for performance measurement—providers must prepare before the MACRA rules are finalized. CPIAs are a unique sign of Medicare’s intent to hold practices accountable for improving health care outcomes. That’s a significant step in Medicare’s evolving role…
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June 21, 2016

MACRA Medicare: Customize MIPS Strategy to Your Practice’s Attributes

Under MACRA Medicare’s Proposed Rules, CMS anticipates that as many as 90 percent of providers will be part of MIPS’s first year, beginning January 1, 2017. That includes providers in ACOs that don’t bear enough risk for exemption, providers who reported PQRS and Meaningful Use, as well as those who did nothing, “waiting out” Medicare’s plans. Not only is the wait over, but only about half a year remains until MIPS begins. And the challenges won’t fall evenly across provider groups. Size, specialty and support will weigh heavily into MIPS success. A customized MIPS strategy is your key to avoiding the…
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June 7, 2016

Proposed MACRA Rules: Your APM Strategy for Risk Readiness

If you chose not to participate in Medicare ACOs or Bundled Payments in recent years, CMS is planning to change your mind. Proposed MACRA Rules reveal a complex carrot-and-stick approach to inducing providers into risk models. Make no mistake: it’s just a matter of when, not if, you participate in one of the Alternative Payment Models (APMs). It will pay (literally) to begin planning your path to risk now. Here are five important provisions in the Proposed Rules that you need to understand: Full qualification as an Advanced APM earns a 5 percent lump sum bonus, exemption from participation in…
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May 31, 2016

Your MACRA Prep for APMs: Learn from ACO Failures

Many provider groups are suddenly realizing they need to understand how a Medicare risk model will impact their operations and revenues. With CMS pushing providers to embrace Alternative Payment Model (APM) risk models under Proposed MACRA Rules, they should be nervous. Although prior APMs such as ACOs did not approach the levels of risk under MACRA (most had zero risk in the first year), most were unsuccessful in reaching targeted savings. Lessons learned from ACOs will help groups make better decisions about how to manage costs, performance improvement, referrals outside the network and provider recruitment. Here are some key posts…
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May 24, 2016

Large Practice PQRS Reporting: Act Now Before GPRO Self-Nomination Deadline

If you’re still on the fence about reporting PQRS as a Group or Individual for 2016, it’s decision time. With the June 30 deadline for Group Reporting self-nomination just over a month away, you need to check out your options now or risk expensive reporting failures. These are your choices: Report for providers individually, which means that at least 50 percent of eligible professionals billing under one TIN must successfully meet PQRS reporting criteria; Report for providers using a Group Reporting Option (GRPO) in one of three ways: a. GPRO Registry option, by which you select a Registry to perform…
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May 17, 2016

3 Ways Proposed MACRA Rules Revive Health Systems’ Clinical Integration Programs

Clinical Integration in medium to large Health Systems just received a nice push from the federal government’s Proposed Rules for MACRA. Health Systems trying to market quality-based physician and hospital networks systems— especially those with both employed and private physicians—should take note. This opportunity for Health Systems to bridge Medicare and private health plan quality is one of the best features of MACRA. Why? Look at this triple play of provisions woven through both MIPS and APMs: “Other-Payer” Advanced APMs will be allowed in the program’s third year to meet Advanced APM status by participating in both Health Plan and Medicare…
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May 10, 2016

Proposed MACRA Rules Boost QCDR Development

One of the promises fulfilled by the new Proposed MACRA Rules, released April 27, is to position the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) front and center. In fact, the Rules place the QCDR on par with the EHR in the spectrum of Health Care Information Technology (HIT) and give it special emphasis in Performance Improvement. Yet the QCDR is mysterious to most providers. While providers and heath systems try to sort through all of MACRA recalculations for provider gain or loss under the new Quality Payment Programs, it can be easy to miss the simultaneous revolution in HIT to support…
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April 26, 2016

Your Health Care IT Investments: How to Purchase for Performance Improvement

Health care technology (HIT) is frequently oversold. That may be a surprising message coming from a Registry CEO, but it’s the truth. In the quest for answers, too many providers search for a system that can “do it all,” a dream technology that exists, well, only in your dreams. There is intense pressure on providers to prepare for undertaking the financial risk of patient care, while maintaining or improving patient quality and outcomes. Two factors are driving the push for HIT purchases to meet this demand: providers’ strong wish for easy and straightforward solutions that can mesh with existing technology,…
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