[Podcast] Are Clinicians Prepared for MACRA?

In a recent Black Book Research Survey, over 8,000 physicians reported their top 10 concerns about MACRA in 2017. Not surprisingly, compliance, EHR optimization and reimbursement potential top that list. 

In our fourth episode of our Quality Matters podcast, we speak with Denise Scott, Director of Ambulatory Services at Medisolv who helps us to break down this survey and figure out what it means for the 2017 MIPS reporting year. Denise offers us some tips to help prepare for a successful first year of MACRA.

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50 Quality Reporting Resources

🎶“Fifty nifty United States from thirteen original colonies…” 🎶

Does anybody else remember this song? If you do, you most likely can name all of the states in alphabetical order. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out this video to waste a few minutes of your day.

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, so we've put together a list of 50 nifty quality reporting resources for you; one for each state. Enjoy!

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MIPS Reporting in 2017: Feast or Famine

In the CMS MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) program, the clinicians who do not report will feed the incentive money for those who do report.

It’s called a budget neutral program and in this week’s blog we visually explore this concept with a graph that will help you understand how the program is slated to work. We also review the different reporting options for clinicians and reveal the magic number that will award you extra funds for the Exceptional Performance bonus.

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How to succeed in the MIPS Improvement Activities category

We are finishing up our 3-part MIPS series in which we dig deep into each reporting category of MIPS. We offer tips to succeed and explore ways to identify the nuances of each category.

In this final part of our series, we explore the Improvement Activities category of MIPS, which is a brand new reporting category. The other MIPS categories all replace a former CMS reporting program. This category does not.

Of all the MIPS category requirements for 2017 submission, the Improvement Activities category might be the simplest. 

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Time for a MIPS Fact Check

Is it better to submit more or less Quality measures to the MIPS program? Should you report as an individual or a group? How about just doing the bare minimum to get by this year?

If you're not sure, it’s time for a MIPS Fact Check.

As the middle of the year approaches, members of the healthcare community are focused on what to do about MIPS. MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is a new quality reporting program from CMS. The program combines the previous PQRS, Meaningful Use and Value-Based Modifier programs into one comprehensive program. 

While many aspects of these old programs remain the same, unfortunately there are many complexities added to these programs that can easily trip you up. So to help you avoid these pitfalls, Medisolv has checked the top 10 MIPS facts with our patented truth-o-meter (definitely not patented) to help you identify some of the misconceptions around MIPS and to alert you to some of the true “gotchas” of the MIPS program.

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A Deep Dive into MIPS: Advancing Care Information

You’ve been hearing a lot about MIPS lately. It seems that everywhere you look, someone has an eBook or a webinar that will reveal all of the secrets to successfully submitting for MIPS with one convenient, easy-to-digest piece of content. But is anyone really telling you anything you don’t already know?

Well, in this article, we dig quite a bit deeper into one specific category of MIPS; the Advancing Care Information category. This article is not for the faint of heart. You’ll want to put on some music, shut your door, and really think about how best to digest this information and put it to use with your clinicians.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Medicare Payment at Risk

How much will your hospital or clinicians lose in Medicare reimbursements if you don't report this year? Take a look at the Medicare penalties below.

Check out this infographic that shows exactly how much revenue is at risk for your hospital or clinicians. Then sign up for the webinar to learn how to avoid the pain.


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MIPS Quality – It’s All About the Numbers

Well, we’re almost two months into 2017 – the first year of MIPS!  As everyone tries to finish submitting their PQRS and Meaningful Use data for 2016, the need to make decisions about the new quality program sits on top of the To-Do list. Usually, when a new program is announced by CMS, it’s a matter of understanding the new acronyms associated with the program. PQRS is gone and has been replaced with a category named QUALITY.  

That’s the good news – it will be easy to know what you are reporting under this category of MIPS – quality measures and performance. You may have already reported certain quality measures to CMS in the past few years and they may still be good measures to report for MIPS, but MIPS is different in a few ways.

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MACRA Mind Game [Quiz]

Play the MACRA Mind Game!

So you've participated in our eCQMs 101 Quiz, huh? Well get ready for a new challenge. We've adapted this quiz to the new MACRA Quality Payment Program and it's even harder! Test your knowledge on MACRA by answering detailed questions about eligibility, payments, exemptions and dates.

Take this quiz to see how much you really know about the MACRA Quality Payment Program.

Caution: This test isn't for wimps.  

Take the QUIZ!

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The Pillars of the MIPS Quality Payment Program [INFOGRAPHIC]

Once upon a time, there lived a great and powerful ruling empire. They were called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or as the common folks called them, CMS.

CMS was a beneficent ruler, always looking out for the elderly or poor. But in order to properly care for the elderly they instructed all of their clinicians throughout the kingdom to report on the way they cared for the elderly through the magical power of quality reporting data.

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Medisolv Academy Courses

eCQMs 101 eCourse

Get started with electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) with this 101 course covering the basics of understanding eCQMs.



Understanding MIPS eCourse

In this course you’ll learn the basics of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the specifics of what’s required for successful completion of MIPS.



Cost Accounting eCourse

This basic course will explain to you how to get cost accounting system set up quickly in your hospital.


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