This post is part of the MACRA Monday series of blog posts where we dive into the details of the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) and related topics.
As we near the end of 2017, I found a number of tweets from CMS and other people that I thought would be useful to those that are interested in MACRA and MIPS.
First up is this tweet from CMS that it’s not too late to still participate in MIPS and collect some performance data before the end of 2017. This is them promoting the Test Option which would allow you to avoid the 4% penalty:
It’s not too late to participate in #MIPS for 2017! You can still collect some performance data until the end of 2017! https://t.co/PtaqFXl9SW #MACRA #QPP #QualityPaymentProgram pic.twitter.com/HVLvKgY6Mn
— CMSGov (@CMSGov) December 7, 2017
Next up is a fact sheet from CMS which outlines the different between 2017 and 2018 when it comes to MACRA/MIPS. I particularly like page 6 of the document. As you go through it, you’ll realize why 2018 is going to be much harder than 2017.
— CMSGov (@CMSGov) December 10, 2017
Next up is a stat from MGMA. I’d be interested in learning about the 14% of practices that think that their value-based reimbursement is going to decrease. Are these people going to direct primary care? I don’t see it going down for almost anyone. What do you think?
45% of #MGMAStat participants expect their value-based reimbursement to increase in 2018. Learn the differences between 2017/2018 #MIPS requirements: https://t.co/HfdRWS2mAj pic.twitter.com/5Zwt18HUSx
— MGMA (@MGMA) December 8, 2017
Finally, Matt Fisher asks a question about whether MIPS should be voluntary. I don’t think they can make it any more voluntary given the current legislation and do any of us think that congress is going to take up this topic? I don’t. So, it’s kind of a moot point. However, there is a lot of doctor angst about MIPS/MACRA. I just don’t see enough of it to really move the needle on things. I think we’re stuck with MACRA/MIPS for the forseeable future.
— Matt Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher) December 11, 2017