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QRUR Report Information Now in the QPP Feedback Reports

If you all saw my earlier post on the QRUR reports, then this is especially for you (It’s for all of you that didn’t see the last blog as well, we don’t exclude anyone around here). The world of CMS is changing day by day (literally). My blog post yesterday was regarding the QRUR reports [...]

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Why QRURs are important for MIPS

Here I go, rambling about the cost category again. I really want to make sure all of my readers understand this measure because it is so new and we didn’t have to worry about it in the past. CMS is going to be comparing your spending based on beneficiary to other providers across the country [...]

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Conquering the MIPS Cost Category

Most of us don’t worry about the cost category because we don’t have to submit any data for this measure, it is simply calculated from our claims. Well, it is time to start worrying about this measure since CMS upped it to 15% of your final MIPS score. So, how do we make sure we [...]

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Important Deadline for 2019 MIPS Reporting Period

CMS has created a website with all of the deadline information you will need for the 2019 MIPS reporting period. This website also has links leading to other pages that will provide additional information with you. For those of us that have been using the CMS websites for several years, this is a big [...]

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The New MIPS Promoting Interoperability Category

In 2017 and 2018, it was not difficult to achieve full points for this category. CMS offered ample bonus points along with base measures and performance measures that made it almost impossible to fail. Things have changed quite a bit in 2019 so I’ve listed the major changes below. Total possible points are now 110 [...]

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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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