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What Will the MIPS Value Pathways Option Mean for Radiology Practices? on September 21, 2022

Beginning in 2023, physicians will have the option to report under the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) using MIPS Value Pathways (MVP) in lieu of the traditional reporting methods. MIPS, the Medicare Incentive-based Payment System, started gathering performance reports in 2017 and in 2019 the first Medicare payment adjustments were made based on that 2017 reporting. Eventually traditional MIPS reporting will be phased out, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not proposed a timeline for doing so.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, MIPS, MIPS participation, radiology

What’s In Store for Radiology In The 2023 Medicare Proposed Rule? on July 19, 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) press release announcing the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule for 2023 highlights expanded access to behavioral health services, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), cancer screening, and dental care. Of these areas, cancer screening could be important to radiology practices, but the news was not good – CMS declined to include CT colonography coverage while it expanded coverage for traditional colonoscopy. The MPFS regulates the Medicare fee schedule payment provisions as well as the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Categories: radiology reimbursement, cms, MPFS, MIPS, MIPS participation, radiology, QPP

Quality Payment Program Modified Due to COVID-19 Outbreak on March 24, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they have adjusted certain aspects of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in response the Public Health Emergency (PHE) caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.  CMS has extended the deadline for reporting 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data and has relaxed the criteria for avoiding a penalty in 2021 based on submission of 2019 data.

Categories: cms, MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, QPP

Quality Payment Program Update for 2020 on March 2, 2020

Participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) means that you always have several years’ information in play at one time.  The score you earned from submitting 2018 data will now be impacting your Medicare reimbursement in 2020; you have just completed your 2019 performance and it’s time to submit your data; and finally, you now have to begin your 2020 performance year.

Categories: cms, MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, QPP, quality measures

Get Feedback on Your 2018 Quality Payment Program Performance on August 23, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that clinicians who participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018 can access their 2018 performance feedback by logging in to the Quality Payment Program website.   The information should confirm whether you or your practice will receive a positive, negative, or neutral Medicare fee schedule adjustment in 2020 based on the 2018 results.  According to a posting on the CMS website, 98% of eligible clinicians participated in MIPS for 2018, up from 95% in 2017, and 97% will receive a positive payment adjustment by virtue of exceeding the 15-point performance threshold. 

Categories: cms, MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, QPP

CMS Releases a New Resource on the MIPS Cost Category on June 24, 2019

Radiologists are most likely not paying much attention to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Cost category because no specific action is needed to report data, and usually radiology groups have little control over the cost attributed to a patient.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new MIPS resource on the Cost performance category that provides good information on this aspect of the MIPS scoring.  This affords a good opportunity to review the Cost category and better understand its potential impact on your practice.

Categories: cms, MIPS, MIPS participation, radiology

How Radiologists Can Avoid Penalties Under the Medicare CDS/AUC Mandate on May 24, 2019

Just as you were done revising your practice systems and processes for Meaningful Use and MACRA/MIPS, a new Medicare mandate came along.  One of the biggest challenges for radiology practices right now is to be able to comply with the requirement that ordering physicians use a Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (CDSM) to consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) when ordering MR, CT, PET and other specified nuclear medicine exams.  This rule has been on the books since 2014, but it will begin to be implemented in 2020 followed by the imposition of penalties in 2021.  This is not a voluntary bonus like Meaningful Use, or the avoidance of a small fee reduction under MIPS, but rather it means there will be NO payment to the radiologist for procedures performed without using the appropriate process.  

Categories: radiology billing, MIPS, MACRA, CDS, MIPS participation, radiology, AUC

Update on MIPS Reporting and Payment Adjustments for Radiology on March 25, 2019

The year 2019 marks the third reporting period under the Medicare Incentive-based Payment System (MIPS).  Radiology groups’ performance this year will determine their positive or negative Medicare fee schedule adjustment for payments in 2021, just as this year’s Medicare payment adjustment was determined by performance in 2017.

Categories: cms, MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, QPP

How Can Your Radiology Practice Maximize Its MIPS Score? on August 23, 2018

With the 2017 MIPS reporting year behind us, we now know that practices that achieved the highest possible Final Score of 100 points will receive 2.02% more Medicare reimbursement than the basic fee schedule for 2019.  This increase is compared with the possibility of a 4% payment reduction for practices that did nothing, and a zero-percent adjustment for practices that did the minimum amount of reporting.  In between the minimum level and a perfect score, the fee schedule positive adjustment varies on a sliding scale computed by Medicare.

Categories: MIPS, MIPS participation, radiology

What Does APM Participation Mean for a Radiology Practice? on May 31, 2018

In our recent article we explored the ways radiology groups can begin to move toward participation in Alternative Payment Models (APM*) as an option in place of working within MIPS under the Medicare QPP.  But what does APM participation mean for a radiology practice, and what should radiologists look for to begin moving in this direction? 

Categories: MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, radiology, QPP, APM, Advanced Payment Model

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