Taylor Johnson

About Taylor Johnson

Taylor is the Meaningful Use Specialist at eMedApps and has been working with Meaningful Use since 2013. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s of science in Health Systems Management where she was introduced to the different areas of health care. She found her passion to be in patient satisfaction and began her journey in Meaningful Use to assure patients are getting the best quality of care possible.

Upgrade to 2015 certified EHR version now

Well folks, if you are planning on reporting MIPS for the 2019 payment year, the time has finally come that we are being forced to upgrade to a 2015 certified version of your electronic health record. So, how does one go about upgrading the version and what does this mean for staff workflow within the [...]

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Top 3 CMS MIPS Documents for 2019 Reporting

It can be somewhat overwhelming to look on the QPP website at all of the different documents they put out there to review before reporting. I’m a big fan of working smarter, not harder, so I went through and picked out the top 3 that I see as most informational. You know, the ones that [...]

Take these 2 Steps Before Your MIPS Attestation

We are almost done with another year of MIPS, can you believe it? Before you set aside time to attest, take these two steps. Step 1: Test your HARP account At the beginning of 2019, CMS implemented the HARP website. This was formerly your EIDM account. If you had a previous EIDM account, you do [...]

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Medicare ACO Proposed Changes

Recently The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced an overhaul to the Affordable Care Organization program. The overhaul would be specific to EHRs and risk-based payment models. My favorite proposed changes in this rule: Reduce administrative burden by streamlining quality measures that ACOs are required to report. Allow ACOs to provide incentive payments to [...]

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MIPS 2019 FAQs

MIPS FAQs There has been confusion about what counts towards the low-volume threshold. Does this included Medicare billings or Medicare allowed charges? Medicare allowed charges, which includes the 80% Medicare pays and the 20% covered by cost-sharing. What is the advantage of reporting as a group vs individual? The most important thing to know about [...]

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Highlights for the 2019 MIPS Proposed Rule

CMS has released the 2019 Proposed Rule for the MIPS program. Let’s talk about some of the highlights below. Opt-In Option Starting in Year 3, clinicians or groups can opt to participate in MIPS if they meet or exceed one or two of the low-volume threshold criteria. This option is not available if the clinician [...]

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Creating and Accessing CMS EIDM Accounts

I know what you probably think, “Great, another CMS website that I need to remember the login for so I can log in once a year.” Well, kind of. You will use this site to submit MIPS data or verify that that the MIPS data for your practice has been reported to CMS. You will [...]

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Surviving MIPS: Small Practices

MIPS has proven to be an extremely difficult and cost-burdening program for many practices across the nation, especially small practices.  CMS has heard all of the suggestions submitted to make this program more small practice friendly by adding hardships, special statuses, reweighting of the categories and virtual groups. Hardship Exceptions: If a practice has insufficient [...]

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What Does MIPS mean for FQHCs?

I have received a ton of questions over the past few years regarding where FQHcs stand with the Quality Payment Program. The truth is, it is a bit confusing so let’s break down to how find out if you (or one of your providers) qualify for the Quality Payment Program. The first thing to note [...]

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