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— Shannon C. Heinrich, DO

 

MACRA & MIPS Resources

Amazing Charts is currently certified for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2017 reporting, and our team is gearing up to support our customers who are participating in MACRA. We are updating our technology options for the certification required for 2018 MIPS reporting, which will be available in next year. 

Please check back frequently for announcements on our progress and the most recent MIPS/MACRA news and information!

WEBINAR: Partnering with FIGmd and Clinical Data Registries 
Wednesday, May 3 | 2:00 pm EST

FIGmd’s ELIXIR is the gateway to simplified data reporting. The ELIXIR interface provides practices access to technology and services designed to eliminate the complexities of MIPS/MACRA or CPC+ reporting, while providing complete, relevant, and accurate data to multiple clinical data registries.
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MIPS Timeline 2017-2019

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MACRA and MIPS Basics

What is MACRA, the QPP and MIPS/Advanced APMs?

MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 aims to change how clinicians are paid: it ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and implemented changes to pay clinicians based on quality, instead of volume, of care. MACRA created the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which CMS says will improve Medicare "by helping you focus on care quality and the one thing that matters most -- making patients healthier."

The QPP has two tracks you can choose to participate in: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Model. 

Most of our Amazing Charts providers fall into the MIPS category. If you participate in an Advanced APM, through Medicare Part B you may earn an incentive payment. If you participate in MIPS, you earn a positive or negative performance-based payment adjustment.

MIPS scores providers based on four categories and uses those scores to determine payment payments. Those four categories are: 

  • Quality Measures (60% of total MIPS score)
  • Advancing Care Information (25% of total MIPS score)
  • Improvement Activities (15% of total MIPS score)
  • Cost/Resource Use (This category will not used in calculations for adjustments for 2017, but will be analyzed)

Clinician performance will be measured annually and will be made available to the public via CMS. MIPS payment adjustments will apply to Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019, based on 2017 performance reporting.

Helpful Guides and Answers

Want to avoid the 2019 penalty and nothing more? Follow the MIPS Test Path in 2017.

Want to earn a positive adjustment in 2019? Follow the MIPS Partial or Full Paths in 2017.

Not sure how to report on quality measures via claims? Read this guide.


Questions and Answers: We will update our FAQ page throughout the year with answers to your common questions.

More from CMS: The CMS Quality Payment Program website is also a fantastic source if you have more questions or want to get in touch with their support staff.

MACRA/MIPS Webinar Series

#1 Navigating MACRA/MIPS with Amazing Charts
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#2 Quality Measures in 2017
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#3 Advancing Care Information in 2017 
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#4 Improvement Activities in 2017 
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CMS Hotline for MIPS

MACRA in the News

EMR&EHR: MACRA Monday
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Click here for your weekly update on all things Quality Payment Program-related, written by Health IT blogger John Lynn. 


How to prepare for MIPS in 2017
January 24, 2017

In this Amazing Charts blog post, we describe, in general terms, what you need to do to prepare for and report on MIPS in 2017. Read more.


Direct Primary Care & MACRA
Dec 22, 2016

In this MedCity News article John Squire draws parallels between the stated goals of the new MACRA/MIPS legislation and the DPC movement. Read more.


How to Maximize your 2019 Reimbursement Today
November 18, 2016

How can ambitious providers get a better-than-modest adjustment to Medicare Part B claims in 2019?  On which performance areas should they focus to maximize their bonuses? Read more. 


Medical Economics: Why Physicians May Want to Apply for the CPC+ Program
August 15, 2016

Our Director of Product Strategy, Christine Tremblay, explains why CPC+ might be the best program for you. Read more.