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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!

 

 Join us for Part 3 of our MACRA/MIPS Webinar Series:
February 22 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Advancing Care Information in 2017
Registration open soon

 

MIPS Timeline 2017-2019

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Basics of MACRA/MIPS

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 allows clinicians to choose two tracks for getting paid: MIPS or Advanced APMs.

Most of our Amazing Charts providers fall into the MIPS category. If you participate in an Advancing 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.


Who is included/excluded in the Quality Payment Program?

The QPP website provides the following information: You’re a part of the Quality Payment Program in 2017 if you are in an Advanced APM or if you bill Medicare more than $30,000 a year and provide care for more than 100 Medicare patients a year. You must both meet the minimum billing and the number of patients to be in the program. If you are below either, you are not in the program.

For MIPS, you must also be a: Physician, Physician assistant, Nurse practitioner, Clinical nurse specialist, Certified registered nurse anesthetist

If 2017 is your first year participating in Medicare, then you’re not in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program.


What is MIPS?

MIPS is a quality program that scores providers based on four categories and uses those scores to determine any adjustment in 2019 Medicare Part B payments. The following four categories make up the MIPS program 

  • Quality Measures Category (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.


View our FAQs page for more information on MIPS.

MACRA in the News

EMR&EHR: MACRA Monday

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
published 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 here


Direct Primary Care & MACRA
published 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 here


How to Maximize your 2019 Reimbursement Today
published 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 the Blog


What the Final Rule Means for Small Practices
published November 14, 2016

John Squire, President and COO of Amazing Charts, breaks down how the final rule with impact small practices. 

Read the blog


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

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

Get prepared for MIPS now

Checklist: We have put together a MACRA/MIPS Preparation Checklist to get you started.

Questions and Answers: We also plan to continue to update our FAQs page with more information throughout the year.

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.

Webinars

Webinars

Previous Webinars on MIPS

Quality Category: Reporting on and Scoring Quality Measures
In this webinar, Christine Tremblay, Director of Product Strategy for Amazing Charts, delves into the details of the Quality Category. She covers how the quality category works, how to submit measures, how those measures are scored, and how to use Amazing Charts to complete this part of the MIPS program. 

View the webinar recording and download slides.


Navigating MACRA/MIPS with Amazing Charts
In this webinar, Christine Tremblay, Director of Product Strategy for Amazing Charts, delves into an overview of the Medicare Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and how Amazing Charts is prepared to support you. We even help guide you to the best strategy for your specific practice.

View the webinar recording.