Since MACRA first went into effect, placing reporting pressure on Medicare providers, CMS has continued to analyze the burden on clinicians. Modern Healthcare published a web article on February 23, 2018, called CMS Looks to Study MIPS Burdens on Clinicians. In the article, a new CMS survey is seeking clinician input on the burdens associated with reporting quality measures for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Completing the survey awards full credit for the MIPS Improvement Activities category, which is weighted 15% for 2018. CMS is accepting applications through March 23, 2018, so act now!
The survey’s stated goals are:
One of the primary aims of the Quality Payment Program is to decrease the burden of participation. Quality reporting can be extremely labor intensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Third-party intermediaries, like QCDRs, can help.
Do you utilize a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for MIPS? If so, learn about several 2018 Improvement Activities that leverage a QCDR, listed at the end of this article.
MIPS reporting may indeed present challenges. But what if you had a MIPS solution, today, with an easier workflow that included these features:
The benefits of a smart MIPS application include reduced administrative burden, data visibility across a network, improved measure performance and a higher MIPS composite score for positive adjustments. Scoring above 70 points (the exceptional performance threshold for 2018) could be well within reach.
The SPH Analytics Quality Measures™ Medicare module is for individual providers and groups participating in the MIPS or an Alternative Payment Model (APM). Clinical data across all payers can be aggregated and normalized across multiple EHR systems and used to calculate clinical quality measures.
Helping providers gain visibility into their quality measure results throughout the year so proactive steps can help improve performance for CMS submission or commercial payer reporting.
See also: Healthcare Finance, “CMS to clinicians: Help us better understand the burden of MIPS,” February 26, 2018, http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/cms-clinicians-help-better-understand-burden-mips.