Events & Training
2022 MIPS Participation Highlights and Important Updates
While CMS did not make major program changes for PY2022, there are still a number of updates to be aware of in order to successfully report this year. In this session, Bruce Maki, Altarum Regulatory & Incentive Program Analyst, will review important 2022 QPP/MIPS rule highlights and other vital considerations to ensure participants know what they need to successfully participate in the program this year, protecting (and hopefully maximizing) those valuable Medicare reimbursement rates. Please note that Altarum's contract with CMS to support small, underserved and rural practices with their QPP participation ends on 2/15/22, thus this broadcast will be the final one hosted by the QPP Resource Center® for the Midwest.
Closing the QPP of Illinois
With the end of federal funding for Quality Payment Program Small, Underserved, Rural Support (QPP SURS), the QPP of Illinois will be ending services on February 15th, 2022. Please join us for this final webinar as we close the program with a summary of the evolution of the QPP since 2017, guidance for 2021 reporting, and insight into what’s next for small practices.
QPP Year Six: 2022 Final Rule
Join the QPP Resource Center for the Midwest’s partner, the Kentucky Regional Extension Center at the University of Kentucky, as they present a webinar covering the most important things you need to know about the 2022 Final Rule of the Quality Payment Program.
Using the MIPScast® Registry for 2021 Reporting
The QPP Resource Center for the Midwest is funded by CMS to offer small practices no-cost access to the MIPScast® registry, including submission to CMS, through February 15, 2022. To ensure timely submission, MIPScast® data must be finalized by January 15. Please join our webinar to learn more about signing up for the QPP Resource Center and completing MIPScast® registration documents. Our presentation will also include a live demo of entering data for each MIPS category and generating a score estimate.
Taking Exception: Reviewing Options for MIPS Category Re-Weighting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes there may be circumstances outside of your control that make it difficult to meet MIPS program requirements. In an effort to reduce burden, they provide the opportunity to apply for exceptions to re-weight one or more MIPS categories to 0% of your final score. In other circumstances, exceptions are applied automatically. Join us for this webinar to learn more about your options for program year 2021 exceptions and the recent decision to re-open the Targeted Review period to accommodate COVID-19 exceptions for program year 2020.
2021 MIPS Participation for non-office based (aka “traveling”) Eligible Clinicians
MIPS was designed to work well for office-based clinicians but can be problematic for non-office-based (aka “traveling”) clinicians, those seeing patients in nursing homes, rehab facilities, long- and short-term care facilities, etc. This pre-recorded webinar and slide deck reviews some of the significant barriers this cohort of clinicians face and provides guidance on how they can still be successful with their 2021 MIPS participation.
Zero to Sixty: Reaching the MIPS Performance Threshold
For the 2021 program year, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participants must achieve a score of 60 points to avoid penalties. Practices stuck at the starting line who fail to report will receive a score of zero and the maximum -9% negative adjustment on Medicare reimbursements in 2023. Join us for this webinar to accelerate your path to a neutral adjustment, even if you’re not using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).
Navigating the QPP Submission Site
Is your Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting plan in place? Unless you have a third party working on your behalf, most MIPS data submission options require logging into the Quality Payment Program web portal and entering data for Quality, Promoting Interoperability, and/or Improvement Activities. For those who are working with a third party, the portal is the best way to confirm data has been reported on your behalf and get a preview of your performance score. Join us for this webinar on how to: gain access to your information; submit data by attestation or file upload; review preliminary performance scores; and navigate other features of the system.
The Benefits of MIPS Reporting via the MIPScast® Qualified Registry
There are several options in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for submitting MIPS performance data to CMS, but many clinicians and practices are limited to only one or two practical choices due to a variety of circumstances such as data availability, cost barriers, technical limitations, and more. Reporting through a CMS-approved Qualified Registry like MIPScast® is one of the most flexible options because registries can submit all of the same quality measures that an EHR can report, plus any of the additional 196 MIPS CQM (aka Registry) measures, which do not require the use of a certified EHR. MIPScast can also handle reporting for the Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability categories on behalf of MIPS-eligible clinicians and groups.
In this webinar, Kevin Perdue, Altarum’s MIPScast Product Manager, will give a live demonstration using MIPScast to enter MIPS performance data and show how it can provide you with scoring feedback and comparisons so you can pick the measures and activities that yield the highest scores. Information will also be shared about how clinicians and practices receiving no-cost technical assistance through the QPP Resource Center® for the Midwest can register to use MIPScast as a Qualified Registry for 2020 reporting, and submit MIPS data directly to CMS at no cost.
Patient Perspectives on Telehealth
The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated the rapid adoption and scale up of telehealth services. In the rush to implement telehealth services, the patient experience has sometimes been overlooked.
This webinar will focus on patient perspectives on telehealth and will feature interviews with patients who have received telehealth services in the past few months. These vignettes will be accompanied by insights into larger trends on patient sentiment regarding telehealth and tips for how your practice can excel on the aspects of telehealth delivery that patients value most.
Using Telehealth and Telemedicine to Support your MIPS and Medicaid PI Program Participation
Patty Rose, Senior Quality Advisor from PHA, will provide an in-depth look at how providing telemedicine services during the current public health emergency, as well as longer-term telehealth services in your practice, supports your participation in federal and state quality programs. Telehealth integration into your normal practices can increase your patient engagement and compliance, improve quality outcomes, and increase access.
2020 MIPS Participation Without an EHR
Contrary to popular belief, it IS possible to participate in the Quality Payment Program's (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) without the use of an EHR. To perform well in the program without an EHR, however, there are various considerations and decisions to be made to maximize performance. Join a panel of program experts from the QPP Resource Center for the Midwest as they detail what it takes to participate in MIPS without an EHR, covering unique considerations and best practice activities you can follow to ensure you're earning the best MIPS Final Score possible in 2020. Q&A will follow the presentation.