It seems like an eternity that we’ve been writing about government regulations like Meaningful Use, HITECH, MIPS, MACRA, and a bunch of other abbreviations that many would like to forget, but can’t because they’re still a part of many organizations’ daily lives.
In all the time we’ve been writing about it, we’ve often echoed our friend Jim Tate from EHR Advocate’s take that the MIPS Scores are going to be made public and it’s likely going to have an impact on your practice.
Well, that has come to a reality. All of the MIPS 2017 scores are now publicly available to anyone who wants to know how well you and/or your practice did. In fact, my friend Joy Rios who literally wrote the book on MIPS and her partner Robin Roberts at Chirpy Bird Health IT Consulting have published all of the MIPS scores in an easily searchable format. Check out their MIPS tool here. Shoutout to Tableau for powering their tool.
Their tool is quite easy. You just search for the name of the doctor you’d like to look up. Click Apply and it will pull up any doctors with that name. You can also search by NPI number if you have that number available. If you want to search by group instead of an individual, that option is available as well. I also love that the tool will show you the national averages for each of the MIPS scores so you can see how a doctor you’ve looked up is doing against the national average. Now that we have all the data, we can take a look at where the national average fell and what that could mean for future MIPS scoring.
I just took a quick look at some of the major physician review sites like Vitals, ZocDoc, and HealthGrades and it seems like none of them have added these “quality” scores to their websites yet. I say yet since I’ll be pretty shocked if none of them do it. If I were in their shoes, I’d love to publish a “quality” score for the doctors people are evaluating. We’ve discussed why that does a disservice to patients since we all know MIPS isn’t a real measure of the quality of a doctor, but what’s to keep them using the MIPS Quality score that way anyway?
The only thing that might be holding these organizations back from implementing it is that they all have a ton of information on every doctor already. In fact, I hadn’t looked at those sites for a while and I’m shocked with how much information they have on each doctor. The UI guy in me thinks they’re showing too much information, but maybe having all the information is good for SEO, but I digress.
It’s also worth noting that this MIPS lookup tool is for MIPS scores in 2017. Only took them a couple years to make the scores available. I’m not sure all of the reasoning behind waiting to release the scores, but that seems like a long time to wait for this information. One might even ask if 2017 MIPS data is valuable in the middle of 2019.
What do you think of these scores? How would you use them? Is it good that they’re being published for everyone to see? I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments and on Twitter with @HealthcareScene.