WHAT IS MACRA?
MACRA is the law that governs several programs, and the QPP is no exception. QPP combines the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-based Modifier (VBM) and Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) program into one program that we know as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Thus, allowing MACRA & MIPS to be inseparable.
Value-based care navigates through the veins of the healthcare system via the MIPS program. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines MACRA as an enactment of the new payment order that rewards clinicians for demonstrating better care instead of looking after more patients.
Furthermore, MIPS suggests clinicians perform in four performance categories such as Quality, Promoting Interoperability (PI), Improvement Activities (IA) and Cost. A high MIPS final score depends on all of them as each category has measures to support and report. MIPS Quality measures are the common factor as they are similar in number (usually six) for practices.
MIPS QUALITY REPORTING STEPS
Understand Your Reporting Requirements
Choose Your Quality Measures
Collect Your Data
FEE FOR SERVICE TO PAY FOR PERFORMANCE
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for the implementation of the MIPS program. As one of the MIPS submission methods is through a Qualified Registry, it gives us immense pleasure to be of value to the system, and doctors across various specialties. Not only do the doctors but clinicians across the board help us help them report MIPS to the CMS.
As mentioned in the heading, US healthcare gradually moves from fee-for-service payment model to the pay-for-performance model. It is the value-based reimbursement model, a dire need of the hour for the end-users, the patients.
Healthcare MIPS appears well-directed, and purpose-driven if you ask us as health IT consultants. However, sometimes it doesn’t do justice to clinicians due to its reporting burden. Physician burnout happens as a result and goes to the credit of EHR and its burdening list of measures. Subsequently, CMS has removed some of the measures in MIPS 2019 as an effort to reduce some stress.