Going for Gold: Strategies for Crossing the 2019 MIPS Finish Line

May 20th, 2019 By
The first half of the year has flown by so quickly. You’ve already wrapped up submission and implemented key strategies to be successful in the current performance year for MIPS. I like to think of the MIPS performance year as a marathon. Right about now, you are just hitting 20-mile mark, and...
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Moving Beyond 2018 MIPS Successes and Challenges

May 8th, 2019 By
With Q2 well under way, we’re taking stock of 2018 successes and challenges here at SA Ignite. As my colleague Leslie Athmer mentioned in her recent blog post, we submitted MIPS data for nearly 10,000 clinicians, earning an average score of 94% in the three categories submitted for their 2018...
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MIPS Submission Season is Over… What Did We Learn?

May 2nd, 2019 By
Wow, here we are, already in early May and with two MIPS submission seasons behind us!  Here in the Midwest, Mother Nature is confused.  On Monday, it was 71 degrees and starting to really feel like Spring.  With the flower buds beginning to peek out, everyone was feeling happy and refreshed…...
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Creating a Culture of Top Performers

April 23rd, 2019 By
CMS designed the MIPS program to be a catalyst for change, offering healthcare organizations a low-risk path to gradually transition to value-based payment models. Many organizations reacted negatively, viewing MIPS as another complex federal compliance program, which it certainly is. However, more...
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MIPS Cost Category 2019: What Do We Know?

April 9th, 2019 By
I often get asked what the biggest concerns are for organizations participating in MIPS. For the 2019 performance year, one of the biggest concerns is the unknowns with the Cost category. Because there are so many unknowns with this category, I’ll try to focus on what we do know. The Cost...
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Protect MIPS Scores and Secure Maximum Financial Opportunity

February 21st, 2019 By
Every Medicare Part B service you perform from now on is impacted by MIPS. Yes, the MIPS scores you earned in 2017 are now impacting your payment adjustments for 2019 services – whether as a meager incentive or a penalty depending on how your clinicians performed in 2017. The stakes are higher...
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Expert Perspectives on 2019 MIPS

December 12th, 2018 By
In its third performance year MIPS is beginning to come of age with CMS actively expanding the boundaries and strengthening the requirements to usher the program to maturity. CMS issued the 2019 QPP final rule on November 1, 2018 which illustrates the progression of MIPS towards a mature program...
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Multi-Specialty Groups Can Hit MIPS Out of the Park

October 4th, 2018 By
For multi-specialty groups, MIPS can be a burden. It can be confusing, time consuming and downright painful to manage. As the healthcare industry evolves, government and commercial payment programs are moving toward value-based care. At the same time, consumers (74 million aging baby boomers, and...
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