Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final changes for 2023 have become available. Here’s what you need to know about MIPS 2023 Improvement Activities.
With the introduction of episode-based measures in the Cost category, many specialty providers are going to be seeing their Cost score affecting their overall MIPS score for 2019. With this new information coming out with the Final MIPS 2019 scores, many providers are asking how they can manage their score and maximize their MIPS points for the Cost category in the future.
No two doctors are alike. So it goes without saying that each doctor’s method for collecting and documenting each patient’s visit is equally varied. That’s why it’s important for practices to choose an EMR system that easily allows all doctors in the practice to customize EMR templates to match his or her unique workflow. But not all EMRs that promise do-it-yourself customization are created equal. Most EMR vendors will provide templates geared toward a range of medical specialties, and these are a good place to start. However, having the ability to mold that template into a doctor- and treatment-specific document that can both capture the relevant clinical information and interface seamlessly with the practice management system is key. For instance, in an orthopedic practice, one doctor may specialize in sports injuries, so their customized template will be geared toward ligament strains and tears. This won’t come close to resembling that of another doctor in the same practice whose focus is on joint reconstruction and replacement, which will have a field for recording information about osteoarthritis. Yet, since each doctor has created their own template to capture exactly the information they need, the same EMR allows them to work at high efficiency with little or no disruption to their patient visit.