MIPS Quality Measures 2017 Applicable to LTPAC Medicine

The following article looks at CMS MIPS quality measures for LPTAC medicine. However, before we go towards the MIPS quality details, we need to look at the underlying purpose and objectives.

Purpose

CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is always working on improving the policy to provide better healthcare facilities. Therefore, the new measures are aimed to help improve the overall care delivery and also reward clinicians who are better engaging patients, families, and the caregivers.

Here is how CMS looks at MIPS.

“To these ends, and to ensure the Quality Payment Program works for all stakeholders, we further recognize that we must provide ongoing education, support, and technical assistance so that clinicians can understand requirements, use available tools to enhance their practices, and improve quality and progress toward participation in APMs, if that is the best choice for their practice.”

Fake Meaningful Use May Cost EHR $1Billion in Lawsuits

An estate of a cancer patient, Stjepan Tot, filed a class action lawsuit against eClinicalWorks. The estate maintains the patient could not refer to earlier cancer symptoms due to faulty meaningful use software.

eClinicalWorks is hit with a class action lawsuit since the patients can no longer trust the accuracy of their medical records. The lawsuit point towards the flaws in the software clearly, defying the meaningful use core objectives.

Lawsuit Adds to eClinicalWorks Financial Struggles

eClinicalWorks had to deal with a huge settlement claim of $155 million only six months ago. The False Claim Act alleged that eClinicalWorks incentivized its customers to promote its products.

Details of the $1 Billion Lawsuit Against EHR Vendor

Kristina Tot, who represents Stjepan Tot estate, filed the lawsuit in New York’s Southern District. She claimed $999 million in monetary damages for gross negligence. Furthermore, the lawsuit also states that Stjepan Tot died because of cancer.

He could not search his electronic medical records to ascertain when was the first diagnosed with cancer. As there was no accuracy in the display of the medical records.

Request Your 2016 PQRS Feedback Report

If you haven’t so already, now is the time to request your PQRS feedback report for 2016, and see if you can apply for an informal review performed by P3Care.

Did you know a Medicare penalty is put in place for those who do not apply for an informal review, which will take effect in 2018! The absolute deadline to request your feedback report is December 1st, 2017. The feedback report will illustrate your 2016 PQRS reporting results and indicate if you are subjected to a positive, neutral, or negative payment adjustment for 2018. Based on the 2016 quality reporting results, you will also receive information on how individual and group providers have performed on quality and cost measures through the Annual Quality and Resource and Use Reports (QRURs). The objective of the PQRS feedback report is to ensure you have the necessary information for a positive outcome on future Quality Payment Programs (MIPS). The feedback report also consists of comprehensive information regarding the overall quality of healthcare provided to Medicare patients and cost performance. You are also given the opportunity to have your results reviewed if you believe there has been a miscalculation in the value modifier adjustment; you must make this request by December 1st, 2017.

MIPS Qualified Registry & Vendors

Criteria 

In order to be included in the MIPS qualified registry vendors, you must self-nominate your organization each year (even if you have previously qualified) and gain approval by CMS. As a clinician, individual or group, you’ll see yourself directly interacting with your selected vendor on a regular basis.

Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary there’s a mutual understanding in regards of expectations and outcome goals. Essentially, the objective of any qualified vendor is to ease all billing and QPP reporting tasks. Which leaves you with valuable time to focus on patients.

To give you a brief understanding of the procedure, here are a few of the necessary requirements to be completed by a vendor in order to be approved by CMS for the 2018 MIPS Qualified Registry Vendors.

  • Provide information about previous registry status (new or existing registry)
  • Each vendor should have at least 25 participants by January 1st, 2018.
  • Provide an attestation statement, verifying that all data in relation to measures, activities, and objectives are accurate and complete.
  • You must submit data using one of the CMS provided secure data submission methods.
  • Provide information on how we (the vendor) will process data validation and MIPS eligibility.
  • Include our supported MIPS quality measures and performance categories.
  • How the vendor will collect information and determine the provider’s performance rates.
  • Process for verifying providers TINs and NPIs.
  • Provide random audit process.

MIPS 2017 – The P3Care Way

MIPS Consulting Services

At P3Care, we understand the importance of participating in MIPS and achieving positive outcome goals. We go the extra mile, to ensure we are there to assist you every step of the way, no matter how big or small your practice is! From determining eligibility, to explaining MIPS core requirements, to providing progress reports, we are committed to eliminate stress associated with performance data and allow you to focus on providing high quality care to patients. P3Care’s analysts and consultants are trained and have comprehensive experience with Medicare Quality Care Programs. Our professional team of consultants will closely work with you to determine which quality measures are best suited for your practice. In addition, we will apply all applicable codes to claims, provide you with monthly analysis and feedback reports, submit your performance data to Medicare by appropriate deadlines, and provide you with the best solutions to gain a positive or neutral payment adjustment.  There is still time to avoid a negative payment adjustment for the transition year 2017. Contact P3 today to find out how!

MACRA & MIPS: A Closer Look

MACRA

Talking about MACRA & MIPS, it is important to learn that in 2016, MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) was officially introduced, ruling out the existing and outdated Sustainable Growth Rate method. Previously, providers received payments based on the number of Medicare patients they provided care to; rather than being paid for the quality of care they provided. Not only was this method proven to be ineffective for the patients, but drastic effects were observed when it came to receiving financial support for Medicare expenses. Treating a high volume of patients (quality or no quality) basically meant higher payments for providers. MACRA established a Quality Payment Program (QPP), a method that will motivate providers to deliver well thought out quality care to patients by rewarding them with payment adjustments. Eligible providers are able to choose one of two pathways in the QPP, MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) or APMs (Alternative Payment Models).  An estimated 500,000 providers will be eligible to participate in first year of MIPS. The amount MACRA will provide for positive payment adjustments is quiet overwhelming, up to 3 billion dollars in the next six years! Let’s take a closer look at MIPS, and how P3Care can provide you with consulting services to ensure you understand how to take full advantage of this new and improved payment process.

MIPS Participation: Pick Your Pace

Depending on the size of your practice, and outcome goal you’re looking to achieve, you can choose how many days you want to participate in the program.  The MIPS transition year stated January 1st, 2017 and runs until December 31st, 2017. The most efficient and effective way to take full advantage of MIPS is to take part in a full year. However, submitting data for a consecutive 90 days can still earn you a maximum payment adjustment. You must remember to submit data no later than March 31st, 2018.

  • Full- Submit data for a full year. May earn maximum/positive payment adjustment.
  • Partial –Submit data for 90 consecutive days. May earn positive, neutral, or max adjustment.
  • Test- By submitting the minimum amount of data (for example. One quality measure for 2017), you may avoid a negative payment adjustment.
  • Do Not Participate- By choosing not to submit any data at all for 2017 you will earn a -4% payment adjustment. (go into effect January 1st, 2019).

*Note: Now that we are less than 90 days away from December 31st, 2017, you MUST submit at least one quality measure or improvement activity data using the Test option, in order to avoid the outcome of a -4% payment adjustment.