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The demise of MIPS: Don’t believe the hype

Posted By Chet Seward, Sunday, October 15, 2017
While the blogosphere lit up in early October after the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS) should be scraped, Colorado ophthalmologists should not be fooled. The fact that MedPAC argued that MIPS will be hard pressed to make meaningful change (something many ophthalmologists already know), the prospect that Congress will take up their recommendation is not only worrisome but also unlikely. As AAO recently noted, MedPAC’s replacement recommendation to penalize physicians who do not move to alternate payment models (APM) is fraught with challenges for most ophthalmologists given the lack of eye-care specific APMs. That said, the current Congressional gridlock dims any immediate changes to the program. For now, don’t believe the hype and keep working on your MIPs scores.

Tags:  MACRA  MIPs 

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Don't be a QPP laggard

Posted By Chet Seward, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A recent survey of practicing physicians regarding Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) showed that “fewer than one in four physicians feel well prepared to meet its requirements in 2017.” That’s not a very rosy picture given the seismic changes that QPP will have on physician practices. 

While it is true that QPP represents the biggest change to Medicare physician payment in decades, there are things that you can and should be doing to succeed within the program. Most ophthalmologists will participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPs) and AAO has developed an incredible set of resources for your immediate use in EyeNet’s MIPS Manual 2017. Local Colorado resources and information updates, including QPP Fast Facts, can also be found at the Colorado Quality Payment Program Coalition. These changes are too big to dawdle over. Take advantage of these resources today.

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