The COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in the United States began at a time when many healthcare providers would normally be submitting their 2019 MIPS attestations. This yearly process, however, had to be set aside as lockdown orders were implemented in a vast majority of states and social distancing rules had to be observed. In order to offer some relief from the current pressure being experienced by providers during this public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has enacted a number of new measures to reduce the chaos of 2019 MIPS attestation.
Remember learning how to ride a bike? Although it was slightly nerve-wracking when your parents took the training wheels off, it was also empowering. You had moved beyond just getting the hang of things and were really making progress. You could travel past the end of the block and explore new possibilities. In some ways, this is similar to what healthcare organizations are going through with the 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rules.
When it comes to MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), change seems to be the only constant. The requirements associated with the MIPS program have been in flux since MACRA launched in 2015. Despite the moving parts, specialty providers must remain focused on program compliance to receive incentive payments and avoid penalties. Unfortunately, with all the unknowns, it is often hard to feel confident that a practice is set up for success.