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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.

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