Quality Payment Program

Together We Report the Quality Payment Program (QPP) 2018 to Avoid Penalties in 2020

Maximize MIPS Final Scores with P3 Healthcare Solutions before April the 2nd, 2019

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is the law establishing the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for eligible professionals. MIPS 2017 was the first year of this program, and the scores for 2017 are out. CMS’ specific portal for QPP mentions them with more than 2 percent payment adjustments for the top participants.

We are currently going through the second year of the Quality Payment Program. QPP 2018 is here to accomplish three basic goals.

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Do You Want To Achieve The Highest Score In MIPS 2018?

Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs)

Moving from 2017 to 2018, both the systems exhibit major changes.

Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2018

  • The purpose of MIPS is to focus on the importance of value-based care over volume-based treatments. It also recaptures the idea of improved patient outcomes.
  • As far as the patients are concerned, if you, as an eligible professional, treat them well keeping the cost of care under limits, you accomplish the spirit of the program. However, CMS requires reports and data submissions to know the status of care delivery at your practice.
  • MIPS in healthcare play a crucial role in shaping up the future of the US healthcare system.

MIPS in healthcare play a crucial role in shaping up the future of the US healthcare system

  • Quality (Formerly Physician Quality Reporting System)
  • Promoting Interoperability (Formerly Advancing Care Information/Meaningful Use of EHRs)
  • Cost (Formerly Value-Based Modifier)
  • Improvement Activities (New component introduced in 2017)

Types of Clinicians

  • Primary Care Physicians and Physician Specialists (billing Medicare)
  • Physician Assistants (PAs)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Low-Volume Threshold Requirement

For MIPS 2018, the eligibility benchmark has exceeded.

You are eligible for MIPS 2018 if you are –

  • Providing care to more than 200 patients in a year
  • Billing $90,000 or more to Medicare for Medicare Part B patients

These are comprehensive changes and exclude many clinicians from participating in the 2018 program.

Am I An Eligible Professional for MIPS 2018? Confirm Eligibility Here!

You are exempt -

  • If you newly enroll in Medicare and 2018 is your first year of providing care to Medicare patients
  • If you don’t fall into the above criteria (type and low-volume threshold)
  • If you decide to participate in an Advanced APM
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Do You Want To Ace In Reporting Quality Measures?

Four Performance Categories

Quality

  • Carries 50% weight in the MIPS Final Score
  • Report 6 quality measures in which one is an outcome measure or a high-priority measure
  • Submit data on 50% or more Medicare patients (The measures must meet the data completeness attribute for more points otherwise; each of them will receive only one point)
  • Report quality for the whole year (12 months)

Cost

  • A new category that holds 10% of the MIPS Final Score (CPS)
  • There is no reporting method required for this category because CMS will evaluate your billing claims for 2018 (January 1 to December 31, 2018) to calculate the score
  • You can download QRUR (Quality Resource Use report) of the previous year to find out areas of improvement in Cost.

Improvement Activities (IA)

  • It carries 15% weight in the MIPS Final Score
  • The list of measures has grown – From 92 in 2017 to 112 in 2018
  • Eligible clinicians must achieve a score of 40 in this category
  • Report for at least 90 consecutive days to avoid negative payment adjustments

Promoting Interoperability Formerly Advancing Care Information (ACI)

  • Worth 25% of the MIPS Final Score
  • You may use the 2014 or 2015 version of certified EHRs for MIPS meaningful use (MU) in 2018
  • Must report on all the base measures to earn a decent score and then move on to bonus measures
  • Report for at least 90 consecutive days

100% Guaranteed +5 Percent Positive Payment Adjustments in 2020

If your total MIPS score is 15, it means nothing deducts from your annual Medicare payments. If it is anything less than 15, get ready to face -5% payment adjustments. However, if you score above or equal to 70, be happy and expect +5% payment adjustments in the year 2020. These rewards add to your finances as exceptional performance bonuses.

Better Reputation for MIPS 2018 Achievers

  • If your total composite performance score is 15, you will receive neutral payment adjustment on your Medicare Reimbursements (no downward or upward adjustment) in 2020
  • If your total MIPS Final Score is less than 15, you will receive a negative 5% payment adjustment on your Medicare reimbursement in 2020
  • If you score above or equal to 70, you will get a positive 5x budget-neutral incentive in the year 2020
  • Scoring above 70 CPS for MIPS may also make a practice eligible for MIPS bonus payments, which every year are paid out of a $500 million dollar pool to the top 25% performing clinicians

Submission Methods Simplified

You can choose a QCDR, a MIPS Registry, EHR system, and CMS web interface (for groups of 25 ECs or more) to report on these performance categories. However, you must choose a single method of reporting for each category.

How to Qualify For Additional Bonuses in the Quality Payment Program 2018?

  • Improve your MIPS score by focusing more on the activities for the Quality performance category. It can give you up to 10% bonus points.
  • For Cost category, making significant changes in care delivery to cut down costs can earn you up to 1% extra points.
  • ECs and groups gain up to 5 points for treating the patients who are in serious condition
  • ECs and groups must submit data on one of the performance categories to be eligible for bonuses
  • Scoring is relying on Hierarchical Conditions Category (HCC)
  • If ECs or groups are part of small practices, they are awarded 5 bonus points

Advanced Alternative Payment Modules (APMs) for 2018

Advanced APMs is the second track of the Quality Payment Program, which you can opt out by meeting the eligibility criteria.

An APM is a payment system that rewards incentives on account of superior-quality and money-saving care.

What Physicians Need to Know about AAPMs?

This is the second track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which you can opt for, by meeting the eligibility criteria.

An APM is a payment system that rewards incentives because of superior-quality and money-saving care.

How Do You Benefit From An Advanced APM?

Once you attest and participate in an Advanced APM in 2018, you are eligible for incentive payments of up to 5% in 2020.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation

You must:

  • Receive 25% of your Medicare Part B payments through an Advanced APM
  • You must be treating 20% of your Medicare patients through an Advanced APM

 

The model’s portal will guide you through the process of reporting quality category’s data to CMS effectively. If you decide to leave this track in the ongoing performance period of 2018, you must ensure you have received enough payments or treated enough patients through an Advanced APM to be eligible for 5% positive payment adjustments in 2020.

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements of the Advanced APM, you have to join the MIPS 2018 track to prevent -5% deductions from your annual Medicare income in 2020

Additional Information

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Reputational Impacts

CMS publishes sets of clinician-identifiable performance measures through the Physician Compare website and the third-party physician-rating websites. With a more digitally aware consumer population, this data is going to inform more patients and encourage a fair competition among the practitioners to deliver superior service.
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Virtual Groups vs. Individual Participation

  • Eligible professionals can participate in the Quality Payment Program 2018 in the form of virtual groups
  • Reporting as individuals or as groups (under one TIN) is similar to 2017
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P3Care – Optimizing Your Performance

With a long-running experience on Medicare Part B Quality Reporting, seasoned P3 analysts and consultants provide more than just a helping hand. We take control of your demonstration from day one and make sure staff time, and physician time is saved through-out the program’s demonstration.

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Why Us?

  • We are a MIPS Qualified Registry for 2018 and a complete health IT solutions provider.
  • CMS recognizes P3 Healthcare Solutions as a MIPS Qualified Registry for the year 2018. We report on all Quality Measures, Promoting Interoperability, and/or Improvement Activities on behalf of MIPS participants in the form of individuals, groups, and virtual groups.
  • P3Care had the honor of being a MIPS Registry in 2017, and CMS recognizes us to report data on behalf of the eligible physicians in 2018 as well.

How P3Care Does Its Part?

  • With a long-running experience on Medicare Part B Quality Reporting, seasoned P3 analysts and consultants provide more than just a helping hand. We take control of your demonstration from day one and make sure we save physician and staff time during the entire demonstration
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Performance Category

Weightage in 2017Weightage in 2018
Quality60%50%
Promoting Interoperability (ACI)25%25%
Improvement Activities15%15%
Cost0%10%