The answer: for MIPS reporting.
A QCDR (like the US Wound & Podiatry Registries) not only saves medical providers significant time when reporting for MIPS, but it also maximizes your MIPS point totals.
FOR QUALITY MEASURES
CMS created generic Quality measures that don’t relate to Wound Care clinicians and Podiatrists. They made a round hole and gave you a square peg and told you start hammering if you want to avoid the MIPS penalty.
The US Wound & Podiatry Registries created and got CMS to approve 18 Quality measures specific to Wound Care and Podiatry, essentially rounding out that square peg CMS gave you. Those 18 Quality measures are only available through the US Wound & Podiatry Registries. Click here to view all the Quality measures offered by the US Wound & Podiatry Registries.
Without using specialty-specific Quality measures, your office will spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make your clinical Quality data fit in CMS’s narrow definitions.
FOR PROMOTING INTEROPERABILITY
By submitting your clinical Quality measures through a QCDR like the US Wound & Podiatry Registries, you can automatically earn points for Promoting Interoperability that you may not earn otherwise.
FOR IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES (IA)
A QCDR is required by CMS to score points in Improvement Activities (IA).
In all, a Registry like the US Wound & Podiatry Registries is necessary to account for 90% of CMS’s MIPS program.
Without a quality registry, you can’t meet the 2019 MIPS minimum requirements, and therefore, you will lose 7% of your Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2021.
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.