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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ABCs of the QPP: Wisdom & War Stories from the MIPS Trenches

March 20th, 2019 By
Two MIPS performance years down, and now we embark on the most competitive MIPS performance year yet in 2019. What have we learned over two years? Where are the pitfalls in 2019 that will erode our scores? How can we continue forward progress when the rules of engagement have intensified and...
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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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Podcast: Dr. Sanders Sees Significant Cost Reductions after Implementing AI

April 18th, 2019 By
In this episode of Voices in Value-Based Care, Beth Houck talks to Dr. Michael Sanders of Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, FL. With very few resources, Dr. Sanders was able to deploy artificial intelligence that ultimately delivered huge cost savings and a significant reduction in length of stay...
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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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