We realize that dedicated clinicians are rarely motivated solely by money to do the right thing for patients, but tying compensation to Quality measures does help keep the importance of documenting quality of care a priority. By using “macros” (pre-programmed menus) in the EHR, clinicians could do the right thing with less effort (comply with documenting CPGs). Clinicians must embrace accountability and allow technology to assist them to Do the Right Thing. Continual measurement of compliance to the CPGs will keep this goal a priority AND allow us to prove our patient outcomes as we all make the move to Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
“The US Wound & Podiatry Registries have been committed to quality practice since 2008 when we started the ‘Do the Right Thing™’ initiative to get physicians to implement proper diabetic foot ulcer off-loading and venous ulcer compression bandaging as well as screening for arterial disease,” said Dr. Caroline Fife, Executive Director of the US Wound Registry. “We have used our Registry data to show where physicians were missing opportunities to do a better job of patient care, and how quality relates to better patient outcomes. If you or your loved one has a chronic, non-healing wound, you want to go to a clinician participating in quality patient outcome measure reporting through our Registry. It means that they are sharing their quality data with their peers across the US, and working hard to ‘Do the Right Thing.’”
MIPS Gets Harder in 2019
Penalty is bigger
The penalty for not meeting the minimum requirements of MIPS in 2019 increases to a 7% cut of your Medicare Reimbursements. It was 5% in 2018.
Passing Score is Higher
The minimum required score to avoid the 2019 MIPS penalty doubles to 30 MIPS points. It was only 15 points for MIPS 2018.
It takes More Work
You can no longer beat MIPS by only completing Improvement Activities. You must now also complete another MIPS component -- like Quality measures or Promoting Interoperability measures -- in order to meet the 2019 MIPS minimum requirements and avoid a 7% reduction in Medicare reimbursements.
Must Use an Updated EHR
CMS is requiring all medical providers to use a 2015 Certified EHR (the latest updated standards) in 2019 in order to meet the minimum MIPS requirements and avoid a 7% cut to their Medicare reimbursements. Click here to see if the EHR version you are using is 2015 certified.