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Getting a Head Start: Now is the Ideal Time to Jump on MACRA Quality Reporting

Getting a Head Start: Now is the Ideal Time to Jump on MACRA Quality Reporting

With the recent release of the MACRA final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed that they remain committed to implementing the legislative requirements in less than 3 months, but did make some provisions to satisfy provider concerns. Briefly, the final rule said that CMS decided to increase the flexibility of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

November 23, 2016 | By More
Murky MIPS Math

Murky MIPS Math

MIPS relies on the calculation of a composite (or final) score based on the linear combination of 4 factors (except 3 for 2017), each multiplied by its corresponding weight as explained in the more than 2000-page Final Rule. The factors and their weights for 2017 are Quality (60%), Improvement Activities (15%), and Advancing Care Information (25%).

November 16, 2016 | By More
The Quality Payment Program Final Rule

The Quality Payment Program Final Rule

Many people have asked me to review the Quality Payment Program final rule, released on October 14, 2016. Yes, the rule is still complex – over 2400 pages, of which more than 50% is the mandated response to comments made on the proposed rule. The good news is that CMS has been very responsive to feedback, creating a transition plan for adoption, reducing the number of criteria and extending the timeline which enables iterative learning before large scale implementation.

November 9, 2016 | By More
MIPS is Easier – Say WHAT?!?

MIPS is Easier – Say WHAT?!?

Now that we have had time to digest (choke on?) the MIPS 2300+ page final rule, the picture is becoming clearer. We have begun preparation efforts with the practices that we work with and you know what we are finding?

November 2, 2016 | By More