Tami Barrett is a practice manager at Fast Access Healthcare, a group of six urgent care clinics in Chattanooga, Tenn. and the surrounding suburbs. Altogether, the clinics see approximately 400 patients per week. While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the practice, Tami has helped the providers at Fast Access Healthcare adjust their workflows to continue
To further support clinicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS is extending the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application deadline to Feb. 1, 2021. For the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups
In the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, CMS has finalized its previous proposal to allow Alternative Payment Model (APM) Entities to submit an application to reweight Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories as a result of extreme and uncontrollable circumstances. In addition, CMS has extended the application deadline to Feb. 1, 2021.
Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to perform a review and publish a final rule to update Medicare payment policies in the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Changes to the Quality Payment Program are included in this process. CMS published the final rule for the 2021 Quality Payment Program on Dec.
Making a connection between diagnoses is a simple concept. Yet many patients fail to understand how one relates to another. Take diabetes and hypertension (HTN) for example. Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to have high blood pressure and for many, this is uncontrolled. Uncontrolled blood pressure can increase the risk for a heart
CMS Survey Data Illustrates Impact of COVID-19 on Medicare Beneficiaries’ Daily Life and Experiences The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that 21% of Medicare beneficiaries report forgoing non-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) care due to the pandemic, and nearly all - 98 percent - of beneficiaries have taken preventative measures to keep
Benefits of Exercise during the Pandemic Stress. Anxiety. Fear. All normal emotions during a crisis. They’re enough to make anyone binge on carbs and Netflix during a global pandemic. COVID-19 is quickly coming jokingly referred to as COVID-19 plus pounds. But the seriousness of weight gain, isolation and a sedentary lifestyle is no joking matter.
Participation in the Quality Payment Program for 2019 saw an increase, up 6.25 percent from the participation level for 2018 (183,306 clinicians). Nationally, 195,564 clinicians participated in QPP during 2019 through the advanced alternative payment model track, qualifying for a five percent bonus payment in 2021. Results show that 98 percent of eligible clinicians reporting
How to bring it home at the end of the performance year! We are coming into the home stretch of the MIPS performance period. Let’s talk about all of the things to button up for 2020 so you are ready for data submission first thing in January. Let’s go through each category. Cost One of
If you want to help patients control their hypertension, it starts with YOU making hypertension control a practice or system priority and committing to making a change in your patients’ healthcare and the community in which they live. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package is one option that outlines 17 high-level change concepts with