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CMS Announces Findings at Kirkland Nursing Home and New Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspects in light of COVD-19

2020-03-23T16:59:13-05:00March 23rd, 2020|

March 23, 2020 — Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing the preliminary results of a recent inspection of the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington – the epicenter of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in that state. The inspection, which the Agency conducted with the Washington Department

MIPS Value Pathways: Focused MIPS Participation

2020-03-04T14:58:45-06:00March 4th, 2020|

Since the Quality Payment Program launched in 2017, CMS has taken steps to update both the MIPS and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) participation tracks to acknowledge the unique variation in clinician practices, further refine program requirements, respond to stakeholder feedback, reduce reporting burden, encourage meaningful participation, and improve patient outcomes. They have consistently heard

QPP: Eligible Measure Applicability Process

2020-01-14T14:07:32-06:00January 13th, 2020|

What is the Eligible Measure Applicability process? Most have never heard of the Eligible Measure Applicability (EMA) process and have no idea what impact it may have on MIPS reporting. For the MIPS performance period, there are more than 250 measures available to report for the Quality performance category. Unless you’re reporting through the CMS

QPP: Recheck Your Final 2019 MIPS Eligibility Status

2020-01-13T14:02:48-06:00January 13th, 2020|

Update: Recheck Your Final 2019 MIPS Eligibility Status After releasing the final 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility data, CMS discovered and corrected inconsistencies in the data.  If you checked your eligibility following the Dec. 4 listserv announcing final MIPS eligibility, your status may have been affected by the data inconsistencies. We encourage you

Virtual Groups Election Period for MIPS 2020 Performance Period ends Dec. 31

2019-12-19T13:03:19-06:00December 19th, 2019|

If you’re interested in forming a virtual group for the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, you must follow the election process and submit your election to CMS via e-mail by Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.  Details about virtual groups and the election process are available in this toolkit. What is a Virtual Group? A virtual group

Applications for 2019 MIPS exceptions due Dec. 31

2019-12-19T12:56:34-06:00December 19th, 2019|

If you are interested in applying for a Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception or Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception for the 2019 Performance Year of MIPS, you must submit your application to CMS by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Who is Eligible for a Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception? MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups may qualify for a re-weighting of the Promoting

2019 MIPS Eligibility and Low-Volume Threshold Criteria

2019-12-13T11:57:10-06:00December 13th, 2019|

Check Your Final 2019 MIPS Eligibility Status Your eligibility status may have changed for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Check the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to view your final 2019 eligibility status: Your initial eligibility status was based on review of Medicare Part B claims and Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) data

MIPS Q&A Town Hall for Solo and Small Group Practices

2019-12-13T11:44:13-06:00December 13th, 2019|

As we kick off the new year, many small practices are beginning to submit their 2019 MIPS data, while also preparing to succeed in the upcoming performance year. This event features a panel of experts that understand MIPS and work regularly with small practices to help them succeed in MIPS. The panel will briefly identify

MIPS 2020 Changes from the Final Rule

2019-12-13T14:39:26-06:00December 13th, 2019|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule which contained the revised MIPS requirements. Next year CMS is upping the minimum score requirements and plan to post your 2018 MIPS performance to Physician Compare. In the 2020 QPP Final Rule Fact Sheet, CMS highlights the fact