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Cramming for Finals and the MIPS Reporting Deadline

With the March 31, 2018 MIPS reporting deadline for Performance Year 2017 fast-approaching, some providers might be feeling a similar type of stomach-turning anxiety that affected them years ago – exam stress.

Just as the case may have been in med school before a big test, providers have a small window of time to prepare their reporting. And just like in med school, some find it easier to go at it alone. Most, however, would agree that conferring with a trusted advisor often yielded new insights and streamlined the learning process.

The same can be said for reporting MIPS measures. Partnering with HealthEC for MIPS data submission not only helps providers get a handle on 2017 reporting, but ensures key insights for full-year 2018 reporting where cost of care and rising penalties/incentives come into play.

And just like med school, despite the time constraints, it’s not too late to take action.

In fact, submitting one case for one quality measure to avoid penalty can be done with relative ease. Providers willing to “study” a little harder with the assistance of HealthEC, are afforded services that help them understand current performance and obstacles, and better position their practices for meeting 2018 requirements.

Partnering with HealthEC also helps providers understand the reporting process and identify the strongest measures in each category for submission. And the process couldn’t be simpler.

Providers simply submit raw data and HealthEC calculates the numerators and denominators for all measures, conducts analysis of measure performance, and provides recommendation of measures to submit based on best performance. The client provides final decision on measure submission, and then HealthEC submits data directly to CMS and reports back.

The ability to submit raw data and calculate the numerators and denominators for all measures are value-added services not typically offered by other vendors.

Going back to our med-school analogy, imagine a service that could scroll through class notes, clean-up and aggregate them, and then present them in an easy-to-understand manner that could optimize learning. This is what HealthEC is doing for providers today within the MIPS reporting framework.

For both med school students and health-care professionals, there’s no substitution for long hours of hard work. But with busy work schedules and an ever-increasing amount of responsibilities for students and professionals alike, sometimes we all need some assistance.

Jessica Kullman

Blogger Name: Jessica Kullman

Date of Publishing : January 5, 2018

About the Author : Jessica Kullman is the QCDR MIPS Program Manager for HealthEC